Portage Avenue Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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The Portage Avenue Church began services about 1930, and formally organized on 4 October 1936. In the 1920s, the only Mennonite Brethren church in Winnipeg, Manitoba was the North End Mennonite Brethren Church. This made traveling to the church difficult for the people living in the south end of Winnipeg. This group began to meet in their own part of town in a rented chapel, Maple Street Mission Church. They then rented a second story room but moved after realizing that their neighbors were spiritualists. In 1933 the group purchased a building at 344 Ross Avenue. In 1936, the congregation became independent from the North End Mennonite Brethren Church and was officially accepted into the MB Conference. It was known as the South End Mennonite Brethren Church.

In 1940 the South End MB Church bought the former Wesley Methodist Church at William and Juno with a seating capacity of 1,200. In 1961 a new church was built on Portage Avenue at Raglan Road. Peter J. Kornelsen is considered the founding leader of the group. It was then known as the Portage Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church until September 2005, when "Mennonite Brethren" was dropped from the name.


Canadian Mennonite (20 May 1960): 18; (15 September 1961): 10.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 43.

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

50th anniversary book.

Archival Records

Records at the church.

Additional Information

Address: 1420 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0W2

Phone: 204-774-4414

Web site: Portage Avenue Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1936-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1936-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1936-2002)

Portage Avenue Leading Minsters

Minister Years
Peter J. Kornelsen 1936-1947
Henry H. Janzen 1947-1950
Jacob P. Neufeld 1950-1961
Henry R. Baerg 1962-1969
Henry H. Voth 1970-1980
Frank C. Peters 1980-1983
Abram J. Neufeld 1983-1986
Albert Baerg 1987-1990
Roland Marsch 1991-1997
Cliff Janzen 1998-1999
Claude Pratte 1999-2006
Travis Reimer (interim) 2007-2011
George Toews 2012-present

Portage Avenue Membership

Year Members
1950 279
1965 477
1985 667
1995 483
2000 428
2010 287

Author(s) Herman Neufeld
Marlene Epp
Date Published March 2012

Cite This Article

MLA style

Neufeld, Herman and Marlene Epp. "Portage Avenue Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 24 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Portage_Avenue_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=60270.

APA style

Neufeld, Herman and Marlene Epp. (March 2012). Portage Avenue Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Portage_Avenue_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=60270.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 587. All rights reserved.

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