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| Jacob D. Nickel ||  align="right" | 1945-1967
| [[Nickel, Jacob D. (1898-1977)|Jacob D. Nickel]] ||  align="right" | 1945-1967
| Leonard Adrian ||  align="right" | 1949-1964
| Leonard Adrian ||  align="right" | 1949-1964

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Mennonites living at Rose­mary, Countess, and Gem began services in 1928, and formally organized on 6 February 1930 as the Westheimer Mennoniten Gemeinde. The congregation was located near Rosemary, Alberta, and was established by four families in an aban­doned, weedy irrigation area. The land in the area was owned by the Canadian Pacific Railroad, which had spent millions of dollars to develop the Eastern Irrigation District. When the Mennonites, like earlier settlers in the district, were unable to make a living on this land, the railroad in 1935 gave the land to a corporation of farmers, to which the farmers made yearly payments. Under this arrange­ment the farmers of the area prospered. The first building was occupied in 1937.  The building was enlarged in 1947 and in 1949 when the Mennonites in the Clemenceau school district united with the Westheimer congregation. Subsequent building programs took place in 1961 and 1990. H. H. Janzen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through emigration from the Soviet Union.

In June 1957, 51 mem­bers at Gem, Alberta, organized the independent Gem Mennonite Church. In February 1959 the constitution was rewritten and the church's name was changed to the Rosemary Mennonite Church. The use of tobacco and alcohol were issues that plagued the congregation. There was much factionalism and many power struggles between strong individuals.

Rev. P. P. Dyck, one of the ministers at Rosemary, began a Bible school in his home in 1931. The school grew and moved into its own quarters in 1934. It was discontinued in 1941; students began attending the Menno Bible Institute at Didsbury.

The church at Rosemary prospered more than others in Alberta because of strong leadership right from the beginning. Due to the use of irrigation, it also had a stable agricultural economy. The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1950s.

In 2014 the congregation withdrew from Mennonite Church Alberta and became an independent Mennonite congregation.


Adrian, David, ed. Marvelous are the Ways: a Brief History of the Rosemary Mennonite Church. Rosemary, AB: Rosemary Mennonite Church, 1961, 16 pp.

Canadian Mennonite (26 March 1954): 1; (11 February 1955): 7; (6 October 1961): 7; (25 May 2009): 14; (12 July 2010): 23; (9 April 2014).

Dick, C. L. The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: a History of its Churches and Institutions. Edmonton: The Mennonite Conference of Alberta, 1981, 147 pp.

Mennonite Church, Rosemary: formerly Westheimer Mennoniten Gemeinde. Rosemary, AB: Rosemary Mennonite Church, 1980, 113 pp.

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives. "Rosemary Mennonite Church Fonds." January 2009. http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/holdings/AB/AB_rosemary.htm (accessed 20 September 2009).

Mennonite Reporter (26 November 1990): B2.

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rosemary Mennonite Church fonds.

Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta Archives, Calgary, Alberta. Westheimer Mennonite Church (Rosemary) fonds.

Additional Information

Address: Box 97, Rosemary, AB T0J 2W0

Phone: 403-378-4933.

Website: Rosemary Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Church Alberta (1930-2014)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1930-2006)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1938-1999)

Rosemary Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
[[Harder, Cornelius D. (1866-1946)|Cornelius D. Harder]] 1930-1945
Peter P. Dyck 1930-1956
Heinrich Janzen 1930-1958
Jacob Neufeld 1935-1945
[[Dyck, Peter Wilhelm "P. W." (1900-1988)|Peter W. Dyck]] 1936-1958
Johann Löwen 1933-1945
Jacob Klassen 1939-1976
Johann Penner 1939-1953
[[Neufeld, David P. (1919-1982)|David P. Neufeld]] 1944-1961
Jacob D. Nickel 1945-1967
Leonard Adrian 1949-1964
Arthur Regier 1967-1971
Ernie Sawatzky 1972-1979
Abraham Regier 1979-1984
Jacob Wiens 1985-1986
Jake Unrau 1987-1998
George Baerg 2000
Roy Hewko 2000-2009
Glen Hobden 2010-present

Rosemary Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 339
1965 239
1985 195
1995 205
2000 213

Author(s) Peter P., J. D. Nickel Dyck
Marlene Epp
Date Published July 2010

Cite This Article

MLA style

Dyck, Peter P., J. D. Nickel and Marlene Epp. "Rosemary Mennonite Church (Rosemary, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 27 Jul 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rosemary_Mennonite_Church_(Rosemary,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=168357.

APA style

Dyck, Peter P., J. D. Nickel and Marlene Epp. (July 2010). Rosemary Mennonite Church (Rosemary, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 July 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rosemary_Mennonite_Church_(Rosemary,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=168357.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 934. All rights reserved.

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