Jubilee Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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Jubilee Mennonite Church, July 2017.
Photo: Bert Friesen.

Jubilee Mennonite Church officially came into being on 1 January 1995.  It was the result of the amalgamation of two congregations: Northdale Mennonite Fellowship, a General Conference Mennonite church, and Valley Gardens Community Church, a Mennonite Brethren congregation. Both congregations had been undergoing re-evaluation, in part due to declining attendance. The newly formed congregation initially had around 80 members and decided to meet in the church built by the Northdale congregation in 1975-76. An important dynamic of the new congregation was the desire to participate in two Mennonite conferences.

On 12 June 2022 the congregation affirmed that "all people are made in the image of God and are equally loved by God," and that everyone is welcome to join "regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social or economic status, or ability." As a result, members of the LGBTQ+ community were welcome to become full members of the congregation. On 29 September 2022 the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba notified the congregation in a letter that it had suspended the congregation because the congregation's statement of inclusion failed to adhere to the Canadian Conference of MB Churches' Confession of Faith by not upholding the definition of marriage as exclusive to a man and a woman. A motion to removed the church from the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba was approved on 4 March 2023.


Longhurst, John. "Jubilee Mennonite Church Voted Out of Membership in the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches." Time to Tell. 4 March 2023. Web. 4 March 2023. https://timetotellcanada.blogspot.com/2023/03/jubilee-mennonite-church-voted-out-of.html.

Longhurst, John. "Jubilee Mennonite Votes to Become An Affirming Congregation." Canadian Mennonite. 31 August 2022. Web. https://canadianmennonite.org/jmcaffirming.

Longhurst, John. "Manitoba MB Church Suspended Over LGBTQ Stance." Anabaptist World. 24 October 2022. Web. https://anabaptistworld.org/manitoba-mb-church-suspended-over-lgbtq-stance/.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (5 August 1994): 19-20; (24 March 1995): 14; (23 November 2001).

Mennonite Reporter (6 February 1995): 14.

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volume 535.

Additional Information

Address: 365 Edelweiss Crescent, Winnipeg, MB R2G 2B6

Telephone: 204-668-9933

Website: Jubilee Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Manitoba (1995-present)

Mennonite Church Canada (1995-present)

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1995-2023)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1995-2023)

Jubilee Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
John B. Epp (interim) 1995
Lora Braun (interim) 1995
Siegfried Wall 1995-2001
Allan Labun (interim) 2001-2002
Terry Goertzen 2002-2008
Dan Nighswander 2009-2015
Bryce Miller 2016-June 2019
Ken Warkentin
(Intentional Interim)

Jubilee Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1995 81
2010 122
2020 116

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published March 2023

Cite This Article

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Thiessen, Richard D. "Jubilee Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2023. Web. 24 Mar 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jubilee_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=174966.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (March 2023). Jubilee Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 March 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jubilee_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=174966.

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