Lena Mennonite Brethren Church (Lena, Manitoba, Canada)

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Lena Mennonite Brethren Church, 1951.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies

The Lena Mennonite Brethren Church was one congregation with the Holmfield Mennonite Brethren church, with two meetinghouses, one in the village of Holmfield, the other near Lena, Manitoba.

The congregation organized under the leadership of H. Unger on 11 March 1928, with a membership of 24. The membership in 1949 was 63, all of whom were rural people. Both the Lena and Holmfield churches were built in 1944, each with a seating capacity of 250. In 1949 P. Schultz was the leader of the group at Holmfield, and J. F. Poetker at Lena. H. Derksen also served as minister. In 1951 the two groups separated, each becoming an independent congregation, Holmfield being organized with 26 members and P. F. Sawatsky as pastor. In 1954 Holmfield had 27 members, with Peter P. Schulz as pastor. The Lena group had 40 members at the time of separation. In 1955 it had 58, with J. F. Poetker as pastor. In 1965 there were 95 members.

Lena amalgamated with Holmfield Mennonite Brethren Church around 1959. The congregation dissolved in 1967 when the Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church was formed in Killarney.

The language of worship was German and English.


Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. "Lakeview MB Church." Web. 18 October 2011. http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/manitoba_archives/lakeview_mennonite_brethren_church_archives/.

Toews, John A. A Brief History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 162.

Additional Information

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Lena MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Franz Enns 1930-1936
Gerhard Hildebrand 1937–1945
Jacob Poetker 1946–1958

Author(s) J. F. Poetker
Marlene Epp
Date Published October 2011

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Poetker, J. F. and Marlene Epp. "Lena Mennonite Brethren Church (Lena, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2011. Web. 31 Mar 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lena_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Lena,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167441.

APA style

Poetker, J. F. and Marlene Epp. (October 2011). Lena Mennonite Brethren Church (Lena, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 March 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lena_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Lena,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167441.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 794. All rights reserved.

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