Lakeview Community Church (Killarney, Manitoba, Canada)

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Lakeview Community Church, Killarney.
Photo: Centre for MB Studies (NP020-01-19).

In 1926, 15 families that had recently immigrated from the Soviet Union settled in the Lena, Manitoba area. These Mennonite settlers felt the need to join together for worship and fellowship. At first the congregation met in homes but then the Plum Hollow School, near Lena, was made available. In 1928, the congregation decided to meet in two locations, one in Holmfield and one in Lena. The official name of the two groups was the Holmfield Mennonite Brethren Church. The Holmfield group met in various homes and then rented a school. Once a month, joint communion services with the Lena group were held in the town hall or the local United Church. These services were whole day events. In the 1940s, when car travel became more common place the joint services took place only in the morning. Baptisms were also held jointly.

The Holmfield congregation merged with the Lena Mennonite Brethren Church in 1959 as a result of dissension among the group and declining membership. By the early 1960s, English was mostly used in the services. In 1967, the congregation decided to build a new church building in Killarney because of lack of space. The first service in this new building was on Christmas Eve. In 1968, the name officially changed to Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church, and in 2002 the name was changed to Lakeview Community Church.


Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. "Lakeview MB Church." Web. 18 October 2011.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 37; (24 October 2003):; (27 February 2004); (26 November 2004):; (February 2013): 31.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 162. Available in full electronic text at:

Archival Records:

Records at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies: Volumes 421, 1333, Reel 88.

Additional Information

Mailing Address: Box 1077, Killarney, MB R0K 1G0

Location: 616 Lakeview Avenue, Killarney, MB

Phone: 204-523-8960

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1928-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-present)

Lakeview Community Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
J. F. Poetker 1959–1965
G. P. Martens 1966
Harry Martens 1967–1972
Abram J. Neufeld 1973–1975
Nick Sawatzky 1976
Ernie Bergen 1977–1984
Walter Janzen 1986–1989
Garry Harms 1991
Dan Stobbe 1991–2003
Allan Labun (interim) 2004
Stephan Bauer 2005-2012
John Klassen (interim) 2012-2013
David Gibson  2013-present

Lakeview Community Church Membership

Year Members
1965 85
1975 83
1985 88
1995 101
2000 109
2010 113

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published February 2013

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Thiessen, Richard D. "Lakeview Community Church (Killarney, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2013. Web. 24 Mar 2023.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=173765.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (February 2013). Lakeview Community Church (Killarney, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 March 2023, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=173765.

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