Rosedale Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Crooked Creek, Alberta, Canada)

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The Rosedale Church of God in Christ, Mennonite congregation in Crooked Creek, Alberta, Canada is located about 72 km (45 miles) east of Grand Prairie, Alberta. In 1928 Crooked Creek remained unimproved land owned by the government and available for homesteading. Jasper T. Bronson, John W. Friesen and Peter W. Friesen were the first families to take homesteads in 1928, setting up residences the following year. Nearly all the early buildings were built of spruce logs.

The first worship service took place in September 1929 at the home of the Jasper Bronson family. The first Sunday school began in November 1929 with John Esau as superintendent. In October 1930 the Gerhard de Veer family moved from Linden, Alberta, and Gerhard served as the first minister.

In 1931 the small group built a log building on the de Veer property that served both as a church and school building. Gerhard de Veer was also the schoolteacher. The first cemetery was located on a corner of his property as well.

In 1932 the community received a public school building that was also available for Sunday worship services. In 1938 the congregation built a log building to serve as a church on the site of the present church building. Subsequent building programs took place with new buildings in 1949 and 1972.

A women's sewing circle began in the 1930s, and Summer Bible School began in 1941. A small nursing home was operated for a time in the 1950s, and a foster home for children operated in the 1970s.

Rosedale Christian School began in the basement of the church in 1977. A new three-room school building came in 1978, and was expanded several times over the years.

In 2019 the congregation was part of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The ministers were Trevor Penner and Lee Wohlgemuth; there were 179 members.


Canadian Mennonite (28 July 1961): 7.

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Yearbook (2019): 30-31.

Histories of the congregations. 3rd. ed. Moundridge, Kansas: Gospel Publishers, 1999: 59-66.

Histories of the Congregations of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Ste. Anne, Man.: Gospel Publishers, 1975.

Additional Information

Address: 26348 Township Road 713, Crooked Creek, Alberta

Phone: 780-957-2362


Denominational Affiliations:

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite

Ordained Pastors at the Rosedale Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Gerhard de Veer (1886-1981) 1930-1953
Peter W. Friesen (1910-1988) 1941-1951
Peter I. Thiessen (1911-1986) 1955-1986
Alvie Esau (1925-2018) 1955-1963
Isaac Toews (1887-1976) 1958-1963
Lorne Thiessen (1934-2020) 1966-1997
Joseph Isaac (1912-1999) 1968-1999
Allen Wohlgemuth (1936-2011) 1973-1977
Adin Klassen (1941-2016) 1973-2000
Wilbert Thiessen 1980-1987
Dennis Toews 1980-2017
Trevor Penner 1995-present
Lee Wohlgemuth 1998-present

Rosedale Church Membership

Year Members
1957 127
1975 131
1985 167
2000 192
2010 201
2019 178

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By John T. Esau. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 358. All rights reserved.

Rosedale Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church, located at Crooked Creek, Peace River District, Alberta, was organized in 1939. Church services began in 1930 with the coming of Gerhard de Veer from Swalwell, Alberta. The first church building of 1931 was followed by another in 1938, built of logs, with room for 150 persons. One minister and two deacons have been ordained in the history of the church. The meetings include weekly Sunday morning services, biweekly Sunday evening services, a monthly Christian Endeavor, and mid-week Bible study. The church in 1957 had a membership of 127; the ministers in charge were Peter I. Thiessen and Alvie Esau.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published May 2020

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