Manitou Christian Fellowship (Manitou, Manitoba, Canada)

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Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church, 1951.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Manitou MB Church.
Source: Manitou Christian Fellowship website

Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church began services in 1927 and formally organized on 6 June 1927 with 30 charter members. Anton Baerg was elected as the first leader. The congregation originated through emigration from the Soviet Union. At first the congregation met in Hazel School north of Manitou. When the congregation outgrew the school, they met in an available machine shed during the summer and in the winter, divided into four groups and met in homes. On 16 October 1931, it was decided to build a church. Once a month, the congregation held a youth service. The present sanctuary was built in 1967 and dedicated on 25 June 1967. The church had a 50th anniversary celebration in 1977. Another building was purchased in 1983 and attached to the original building for Sunday School.

The name was changed to Manitou Christian Fellowship in 2018.


Giesbrecht, Ed. "Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church 90th Anniversary Celebration June 25, 2017: Looking Back: A Presentation on the History of our Church." Church website.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (4 April 1986), (27 May 1988): 40; (22 October 1999).

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

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Volumes 423, 425–430.

Additional Information

Meeting location: 106 Voth St., Manitou, Manitoba (Coordinates 49.235833 -98.538611)

Mailing address: Box 340, Manitou Manitoba R0G 1G0

Phone: 204-242-2433

Website: Manitou Christian Fellowship

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Manitou Christian Fellowship Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Anton Baerg 1927–1930
Johann P. Froese 1931–1933
Heinrich H. Goossen 1934
Johann P. Froese 1935-1938
Heinrich H. Goossen 1939
Gerhard Klassen 1940
Jacob Wiebe 1941-1942
Heinrich H. Goossen 1943-1947
J. Froese 1948
Gerhard Klassen 1949-1951
John Wiebe 1952-1967
Jacob Falk 1968-1972
A. J. Froese 1973-1978
Alvin Penner 1980-1987
George Toews 1988-1999
John Nikkel 2000-2005
Stephen Kroeker 2006-2009
Derek Lehman 2009-2015
Scott Koop 2016
Hugh Froese 2017-2020
Andrew Krahn (interim) 2022-present

Manitou Christian Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1950 66
1965 65
1985 134
1995 125
2000 111
2010 80

Author(s) John P. Froese
Marlene Epp
Date Published March 2012

Cite This Article

MLA style

Froese, John P. and Marlene Epp. "Manitou Christian Fellowship (Manitou, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 24 Mar 2023.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=173760.

APA style

Froese, John P. and Marlene Epp. (March 2012). Manitou Christian Fellowship (Manitou, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 March 2023, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=173760.

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