Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, August 2017.
Pooto: Bert Friesen.

The Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba began in the late 1940s through the efforts of the Home Missions Committee of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada to help recent Mennonite refugees from Russia. The first worship service was led by Minister Jacob Toews on 11 September 1949. The congregation was first called the Winnipeg Mennoniten Stadtmission. It was renamed Winnipeg Mennonite Mission church in 1950, and became Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church in 1955. Jacob Toews was elected as the Aeltester in 1952 and served as the leading minister until 1958. Throughout its history, the congregation has been blessed with lay ministers who served alongside pastoral staff.

The Sargent Avenue Mennonite congregation in Winnipeg began services in 1949, and formally organized in 1950. The first building was occupied in 1951, with a subsequent building program in 1960. Jacob Toews is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through urbanization from rural Manitoba and immigration.

The language of worship in 2006 was predominantly English. At that time a half-hour German worship service preceded the English service. The last German language service was held on 21 June 2009.


Canadian Mennonite (5 February 1960): 1; (20 May 1960): 21; (7 September 2009): 23; (23 August 2010): 22.

Dirks, Rita. "Sargent Avenue Mennonitengemeinde." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1979, 30 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Fuenfundzwanzig Jahre: Sargent Avenue Mennonitengemeinde, 1950-1975. Winnipeg: Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, 1975, 76 pp.

Rempel, Jakob. Unpublished history to 1975.

Archival Records

Microfilmed records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: 926 Garfield St., Winnipeg, MB, R3E 2N6 (Co-ordinates 49.8972222 -97.176389)

Telephone: 204-786-1006


Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba/Mennonite Church Manitoba

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1950-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1956-1999)

Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Jacob Toews 1952-1958
Gerhard Lohrenz 1958-1971
Jake Harms 1971-1986
Arthur Fast, interim 1986-1987
Martin Sawatzky 1987-1990
Bernhard Sawatzky, interim 1990-1992
Isaac Block 1992-1995
Bernhard Sawatzky, interim 1995-1996
Jacob F. Pauls, interim 1996-1997
Edwin Epp 1997-2010
Marla Langelotz 2010-2022
Ben Pauls, interim 2022-2023
Janet Peters 2023-

Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 45
1965 428
1975 437
1985 490
1995 478
2000 439
2005 378
2020 293

Author(s) John Reimer
Marlene Epp
Date Published June 2021

Cite This Article

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Reimer, John and Marlene Epp. "Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2021. Web. 13 Jul 2024.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=177668.

APA style

Reimer, John and Marlene Epp. (June 2021). Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 July 2024, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=177668.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 422-423. All rights reserved.

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