Kola Evangelical Mennonite Church (Kola, Manitoba, Canada)

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Art and Marie Neufeld, long-serving pastor, ca. 2003.
Photo: Neufeld family.

Several members of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference moved to the Kola, Manitoba, area starting in 1956 for reasons of farming and business (based on lumber and construction). Together with other Mennonite people already in the area, Bible studies and worship services were soon begun. The language of worship was English.

In 1958 the EM Conference sent the Abe Ungers for a year to get a church established. Kola EMC was officially founded in 1959 while the Abe Ungers were still in the area with Art Neufeld elected as a minister and Dave Plett as a deacon. After the Abe Ungers left, Art Neufeld continued serving as the lead minister. Other ministers and deacons were elected in the subsequent years. Art Neufeld served as a well-loved and respected pastor or associate pastor almost until his death in 2003.

A building was erected in 1957. Two years later work was begun on a more substantial building. Finally, in 1962 the older building was sold to Heron EMC that was starting at Maryfield, Saskatchewan, and the newer building was fully occupied. Later renovations saw an education wing and a larger entrance area added.

The church grew fairly rapidly as farming and business developed in the community.


Additional Information

Location: 57036 Road 171 W (section, township and range: SE-21-10-29)

Address: Kola, Manitoba, R0M 1B0

Phone: (204) 556-2635


Denominational Affiliations: Evangelical Mennonite Conference

Kola EMC Pastoral Leaders

Pastor Years
Abe Unger 1958
Art Neufeld (pastor, associate) 1959-2003 (with gaps)
George Braun 1971-1974
James Penner 1982-1988
Frank Windsor 1990-1991
Menno Kroeker 1991-1993
Henry Plett 1993-1999
Archie Penner and Art Neufeld (shared) 1999-2001
Les Martens 2001-2008
Will Rose 2009-2013
Richard Klassen 2014-present

Kola EMC Membership

Year Membership
1965 102
1970 144
1975 138
1980 151
1985 146
1990 142
1995 125
2000 153
2005 174
2010 158
2015 119

Author(s) Richard Klassen
Date Published August 2017

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Klassen, Richard. "Kola Evangelical Mennonite Church (Kola, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2017. Web. 27 Sep 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kola_Evangelical_Mennonite_Church_(Kola,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=156066.

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Klassen, Richard. (August 2017). Kola Evangelical Mennonite Church (Kola, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 September 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kola_Evangelical_Mennonite_Church_(Kola,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=156066.

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