Philadelphia Mennonite Brethren Church (Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Watrous Mennonite Brethren Church, ca. 1950-1951.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Philidelphia Mennonite Brethren Church, 2010.
Photo by Victor Wiebe.

The Philadelphia Mennonite Brethren congregation in Watrous, Saskatchewan, began services and formally organized in 1927. Services were held in an old school building beginning in 1927. In 1929 twenty-one charter members formed the nucleus of the church. The church was received into the Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conference in 1936 under the leadership of Peter Janzen. In 1937 the church had a membership of 135. A church building was completed in 1949, and in 1975 a new church was built.

Philadelphia was previously known as Watrous Mennonite Brethren until 1966. It was affiliated with Evangelical Mennonite Brethren until 1932. Early members had been part of the Allianz Gemeinden in Russia.


Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 67; (24 August 1990): 29.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 163. Available in full electronic text at:

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volume 636; microfilm R6, pp. 323–564; R7, pp. 465–670.

Additional Information

Address: Box 794, Watrous, SK  S0K 4T0

Location: 102 - 5th Avenue West, Watrous, SK  S0K 4T0; the church building is located on Saskatchewan Highway #668 about 16 km east of Watrous, Saskatchewan (51.7365°N 105.3168°W). The cemetery is on the church yard.

Phone: 306-946-2323

Denominational Affiliations:

Evangelical Mennonite Brethren (1927-1932)

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1936-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1936-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1936-2002)

Philadelphia MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Peter Janzen 1937-1942
Franz Wiens 1943
Jacob D. Dick 1944-1950
Paul Rogalsky 1951
Jacob D. Dick 1952-1953
Peter Janzen 1954
J. J. Wiens 1955-1956
Dan Klassen 1957
H. H. Thiessen 1959-1963
A. H. Dueck 1964-1967
Victor J. Nickel 1969-19??
H. M. Toews 1975
Henry Warkentin 1976-1981
Dick Hill 1981-1982
P.R. Toews 1983-1984
Henry Warkentin 1985-1990
Peter Laurie 1990-1993
Ernie Bergen 1995-2000
Darren Holland 1999-present

Philadelphia MB Church Membership

Year Members
1965 72
1975 120
1985 120
1994 99
2000 101
2010 54


Map:Philadelphia MB Church, Watrous, SK

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published August 2012

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