Morden Mennonite Church (Morden, Manitoba, Canada)

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The Canadian Pacific Railway built a station at the current town site of Morden in 1882. This caused the towns of Mountain City to the south and Nelson to the north to dissolve and move to Morden, which then became a thriving town by 1885. Mennonites lived in the surrounding area as early as 1876. By 1918 some moved into the town site. These Mennonites were from various conference backgrounds. Both Michael Klaassen from Herold and C. Bergmann from Altona gave leadership to this group during the 1920s. In 1928 the Bergthaler Church of Manitoba decided to start a more permanent work in Morden and sent Peter P. Epp that year. They met in rented facilities. The Mennonite Brethren decided to form their own congregation in 1930 and so in 1931 a Bergthaler congregation was formally organized under the leadership of Peter P. Epp with 30 charter members.

In 1938 the congregation built its own meetinghouse. In 1949 this building was expanded. In 1958 a new larger meeting house was completed.

The congregation has been affiliated with Mennonite Church Manitoba, Mennonite Church Canada and the General Conference Mennonite Church (1968-1999). The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1970s.

The congregation changed its name from Morden Bergthaler Mennonite Church in 2003.


Canadian Mennonite (3 March 1964): 11.

Gerbrandt, H. J. Adventure in Faith. Altona, MB: Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Manitoba, 1970.

Milstones and Memories, 1931-1981: Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Morden. Morden, MB: Morden Bergthaler Mennonite Church, 1981.

Pauls, Jake I. "History of Morden Bergthaler Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1966, 44 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Archival Records

Church records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: 363 Gilmour, Morden, MB R6M 1M5; located at the corner of 8th and Gilmour.

Phone: 204-822-7450


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Manitoba

Mennonite Church Canada

Pastoral Leaders at Morden Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Michael Klaassen 1922-1934
Peter P. Epp 1924-1935
Jacob M. Pauls 1934-1952
Wilhelm Buhr 1938-1953
Johann Janzen 1938-1952
Abram Born 1954-1968
Jakob F. Pauls 1954-1971
Abram Neufeld 1968-1979
John Friesen 1970-1976
Otto Hamm 1978
William Block 1979-1984
Abe Hiebert 1985-1990
Walt Braun 1991-1996
Rick Neufeld 1997-2004
Harold Peters Fransen (Interim) 2004/2005
Harold Schlegel 2005-2012
Diane Hildebrand Schlegel 2005-?
Michael Pahl 2013-2020
Larissa Pahl 2013-2020
Ben Pauls (Interim) 2021
Justin Majeau July 2021-present

Membership at Morden Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1954 202
1965 261
1975 388
1985 413
1995 339
2000 360
2020 376

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published June 2021

Cite This Article

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Epp, Marlene. "Morden Mennonite Church (Morden, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2021. Web. 18 May 2024.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=175323.

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Epp, Marlene. (June 2021). Morden Mennonite Church (Morden, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 May 2024, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=175323.

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