Springfield Heights Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, July 2017.
Photo: Bert Friesen.

In the years immediately following World War II, the migration of Mennonites from Europe to Canada resulted in a rapid increase in membership at the Mennonite churches in the North Kildonan part of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

In addition, there was an influx of people moving from the country to the city of Winnipeg, and other new immigrants from Germany and Paraguay. This created a real space problem for the Mennonite community in North Kildonan. These factors and others led to the decision to plant a new congregation in January 1964.

Initially, this new congregation met at the Springfield Heights School, thus providing the name, Springfield Heights Mennonite Church (SHMC). When a group of people transferred in from the Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, the decision was made to build, and on 14 March 1965, the congregation dedicated its new home at the corner of Sharron Bay and Defehr Street.

The congregation’s growth twice necessitated the establishment of daughter churches. Jubilee Mennonite Church began its ministry as Northdale Mennonite Fellowship on 1 January 1975, and on 1 January 1980, Douglas Mennonite Church opened its doors. Somewhat later, a number of members from SHMC also joined the newly created River East Mennonite Church.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (23 March 1965): 1.

"Our history." Springfield Heights Mennonite Church. Web. 28 June 2021. https://springfieldheights.ca/about-us.

Springfield Heights Mennonitengemeinde, Winnipeg, Manitoba 1971. Winnipeg: Springfield Heights Mennoniten Gemeinde, 1971, 52 p.

Fast, Karl, ed. Fiftieth Anniversary of the Mennonite Settlement in North Kildonan. Winnipeg: The Anniversary Committee, 1978, 128 p.

Hiebert, Angi. "The History of the Unique Separation of the Douglas Mennonite Church from the Springfield Mennoniten Gemeinde (1976-1982)." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1983, Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: 570 Sharron Bay, Winnipeg MB R2G 0H9

Telephone: 204-663-5036

Website: https://springfieldheights.ca/

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Manitoba (1972-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1975-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1975-1999)

Springfield Heights Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
Bruno Enss 1964-1967
George K. Epp 1967-1968
Franz Dyck 1968-1974
Erwin Strempler 1974-1975
Frank Isaac 1975-1988
Johannes Stolz 1988-1990
Hermann Dueck 1991
Jake Harms 1992-1993
Henry Kliewer 1994-2000
Ferdinand Funk 2001-2009
James Schellenberg 2009-2012
Jack Dyck 2013-2020
Rafael Duerksen 2018-
Jose Luis Moraga 2019-

Springfield Heights Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1964 194
1975 549
1985 505
1995 534
2000 504
2020 373


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published June 2021

Cite This Article

MLA style

Steiner, Samuel J. "Springfield Heights Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2021. Web. 9 Aug 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springfield_Heights_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=171876.

APA style

Steiner, Samuel J. (June 2021). Springfield Heights Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 August 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springfield_Heights_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=171876.




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