Riverton Gospel Chapel (Riverton, Manitoba, Canada)

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Riverton Gospel Chapel, September 2006.
Source: Terry Smith, Editor, The Messenger.

Riverton Gospel Chapel, a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference (EMC), began as an outreach ministry of Mennville Evangelical Mennonite Church (formerly Washow Bay). In 1954 Vacation Bible School had been held in Riverton with good attendance, and a program was held once a month.

By 1960 there was a year-round Sunday School and services were held bi-weekly on Sunday nights. A small building was purchased and moved into town. A larger building was later built; it was dedicated on 23 July 1961. By 1961, with Aaron D. Friesen as leader, there were six Sunday School classes with a total enrollment of 70 students. Programs and services were each held twice monthly on alternating weeks.

In 1966 the EMC Board of Missions took on the work’s oversight, and Alfred Friesen became interim pastor. In fall 1966 Edwin and Violet Wright took up the pastorate. In the summer of 1967 the chapel gained a basement and an extension to its entrance. Then a larger, singtle-storey building was constructed, and it began to be used in December 2001.

In 1980 there were 34 members and an average church attendance of 50 to 60. In 2012, Don and Bonnie Brynteson, from Texas, were serving as pastoral couple. In 2012, Riverton had a membership of 55, an average Sunday School attendance of 60, and an average worship attendance of 75.


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"Farewell for Larry Heppners." The Messenger 21, no. 6 (25 March 1983): 7.

Kornelsen, Carol. "Past, Present and Future." The Messenger 34, no. 20 (20 November 1996): 10.

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Smith, Terry M. "Riverton Gospel Chapel: A History and a Heart for Reaching Out." The Messenger 50, no. 16 (20 September 2006): 16-18.

Additional Information

Address: 220 Reggie Leach Drive, Riverton MB R0C 2R0

Phone: 204-378-2203

Website: Riverton Gospel Chapel

Denominational Affiliation:

Evangelical Mennonite Conference

Riverton Gospel Chapel Ministers

Pastoral Couple Years of Service
Alfred and Doris Friesen 1966
Edwin and Violet Wright 1966-1969
Harvey and Avril Barkman 1969
Menno and Aurelia Kroeker 1970-1978
Larry and Ruby Heppner 1979-1983
Del and Cindy Fast 1985
Dick and Tina Unrau 1988-1996
John and Helen Froese 1996-2002
Milton and Gladys Fast (interim) 2003
Don and Dianne Timmons 2005-2007
Don and Bonnie Brynteson 2008-present

Riverton Gospel Chapel Membership

Year Members
1970 32
1975 36
1980 34
1985 43
1995 33
2000 60
2005 47
2010 55
2015 52

Author(s) Terry Smith
Date Published February 2013

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Smith, Terry. "Riverton Gospel Chapel (Riverton, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2013. Web. 21 Sep 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Riverton_Gospel_Chapel_(Riverton,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=170148.

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Smith, Terry. (February 2013). Riverton Gospel Chapel (Riverton, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 September 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Riverton_Gospel_Chapel_(Riverton,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=170148.

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