Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

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1958 Article

The Manitoba Conference of the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church, was called in its Act of Incorporation "The Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba." The MB Church of Manitoba had its beginning on 30 May 1886, when Heinrich Voth baptized two couples. The place of beginning was Burwalde, near Winkler, where a little chapel was constructed. In 1898 this chapel was moved to Winkler. Then other churches sprang up around Winkler. A large influx of new immigrants arrived in 1922-1925, most of them settling in or near Winnipeg. In the 1950s the Mennonite Brethren Church was spread over the southern portion of the province, with a membership of 3,462 in 22 congregations.

On 5 April 1940 it was decided to incorporate the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba, which was done. "The objects of the corporation are to promote, engage in and carry on the Christian Religion and Christian Worship and religious education according to the religious belief of the members of the corporation." The doctrines of the church were the fundamental teachings of the Bible about God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, as given in the Glaubensbekenntnis of the Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1955 there were 22 local churches in Manitoba, including five missions. The following institutions were owned by the Manitoba MB Church: one Bible school, one high school, one old folks' home, five mission stations, one Bible college (owned and supported by the whole Mennonite Brethren Church of Canada). The Conference met twice annually until 1942, since then only once annually.

The Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba was a member of the Northern District (Canadian) Conference, which held its meetings once annually in one of the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. The Northern District Conference was a member of the General Conference of the M.B. Church of North America.

Outstanding personalities of the Manitoba Conference included H. S. Voth, A. H. Unruh, J. G. Wiens, H. H. Janzen, D. D. Derksen, and G. D. Pries. -- H. H. Redekop

1990 Update

In 1929 the Mennonite Brethren congregations in Manitoba united to form a conference, which was incorporated in 1940 and amended its organization in 1982. Total membership in 2001 was 6,081, distributed among 33 congregations, with a heavy concentration of members in Winnipeg. A vigorous and active conference program concentrates on building the Kingdom of God. The Board of Missions and Church Extension supervises and supports church planting, student ministries, prison chaplaincy and counselling programs. MB Communications oversees television programs and English, German, Low German, and Russian radio releases. The German and Russian releases are broadcast all over the world. The Board of Educational Institutions directs Winkler Bible School and the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute. The conference is also very active in inter-Mennonite projects, including Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Disaster Service, and Eden Mental Hospital in Winkler. -- William I. Neufeld

2015 Update

In 2015 the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches had 42 congregations and 6,433 members. In 2015 the following congregations were members of the conference:

Church City Members Average Weekly


Boissevain Mennonite Brethren Church Boissevain 132 100
Christian Family Center Winnipeg 19 25
Community Fellowship Church Newton 142 122
Cornerstone Community Church Flin Flon 35 45
Crossroads Mennonite Brethren Church Winnipeg 110 75
Eastview Community Church Winnipeg 467 622
Église Communautaire de la Rivière Rouge Winnipeg 13 26
Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church Elm Creek 224 250
Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church Winnipeg 268 150
FaithWorks Winnipeg 61 120
Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church Winnipeg 417 750
Fourth Avenue Bible Church Niverville 99 102
Friends Community Church Carman 16 70
Grace Church Cranberry Portage 8 20
House Blend Ministries Winnipeg 15
House of Covenant International Church Winnipeg 28 55
Jubilee Mennonite Church Winnipeg 119 92
Justice Mennonite Brethren Church Justice 49 125
La Salle Community Fellowship La Salle 86 140
Lakeview Community Church Killarney 117 142
Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church Manitou 71 60
McIvor Mennonite Brethren Church Winnipeg 513 293
North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church Winnipeg 700 566
One88 Winnipeg
Philadelphia Eritrean Church Winnipeg 130 250
Portage Avenue Church Winnipeg 217 138
Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church Brandon 96 165
River East Church Winnipeg 219 150
Salem Community Bible Church Winnipeg 51 90
Selkirk Community Church Selkirk 43 62
Slavic Evangelical Church Winnipeg 33 50
Snow Lake Christian Centre Fellowship Snow Lake 6 30
South Park Mennonite Brethren Church Altona 152 115
Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church Steinbach 437 332
The Meeting Place Winnipeg 240 790
Thompson Christian Centre Fellowship Thompson 31 46
Walls of Freedom Winnipeg 80
Westside Community Church Morden 247 408
Westwood Community Church Winnipeg 182 193
Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church Winkler 601 709
Winnipeg Chinese Mennonite Brethren Church Winnipeg 54 120
Totals 6,433 7,693


Manitoba MB Conference yearbooks.

Winkler MB Church minutes.

Additional Information

Address: 83 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB  R2L 1L2

Phone: 204-594-3050

Website: Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Author(s) H. H. Redekop
William I. Neufeld
Date Published December 2016

Cite This Article

MLA style

Redekop, H. H. and William I. Neufeld. "Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2016. Web. 26 Jan 2021.

APA style

Redekop, H. H. and William I. Neufeld. (December 2016). Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 January 2021, from


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 466; v. 5, p. 537. All rights reserved.

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