Springridge Mennonite Church (Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada)

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Springridge Mennonite Church, 1942
Source: David Janzen
Springridge Mennonite Church, ca. 2011.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2220300#view-photo=126399933

The congregation at Pincher Creek, Alberta began services in 1927, and formally organized in 1928 with 56 members. The congregation was known as the Blumenthaler Mennonite Church. Worship services were held in various homes and included both Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite families. The first building was occupied in 1934, built from salvage materials taken from a hotel at Fort Macleod, Alberta, and dedicated on 21 July 1935. The building was later expanded. In 1969 the congregation changed its name to Springridge Mennonite Church.

David P. Janzen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1950s.


CMC Nexus (Mar. 1996): 10.

De Jong, Joanne. "A fantastic model at Springridge." Canadian Mennonite 24, no. 3 (3 February 2020): 22.

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 Reporter (18 March 1974): 14.

Unpublished congregational history, 1978, 29 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives: Vols. 93, 3256, 4698, 4826, 4757.

Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta Archives

Additional Information

Address: Box 69, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0; the church is located fifteen miles east and two miles south of Pincher Creek.

Phone: 403-627-2352

Website: Springridge Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Alberta (1928-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1931-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1938-1999) 

Springridge Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
David P. Janzen 1928-1954
Johann Pöttker 1931-1940
Klaus Janzen 1931
Wilhelm Raabe 1942-1944
Henry Poettker 1948-1954
David D. Janzen 1948-1954
Abraham B. Koop 1941-1950,


Henry Koop 1956-1966,


David Adrian 1967
Elwin Epp 1974-1980
Erwin Wiebe 1980-1982
Henry Koop, Nick A. Dyck, Peter J. Janzen (Team) 1983-1985
Nick A. Dyck, Gwen Schlichting, Linden Willms, Peter J. Janzen (Team) 1985-1988
Jerry Buhler 1988-2006
Fred Unrau (during sabbatical) 2000-2001
Harold Schilk (Interim) 2006
Terry Lesser 2006-2008
Harold Schilk 2009-2018
Tany Warkentin 2019-present

Springridge Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1928 56
1937 49
1950 57
1965 38
1985 62
1995 53
2000 58
2010 50

Author(s) Frank Janzen
Marlene Epp
Date Published April 2011

Cite This Article

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Janzen, Frank and Marlene Epp. "Springridge Mennonite Church (Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2011. Web. 29 Oct 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springridge_Mennonite_Church_(Pincher_Creek,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=166526.

APA style

Janzen, Frank and Marlene Epp. (April 2011). Springridge Mennonite Church (Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 October 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springridge_Mennonite_Church_(Pincher_Creek,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=166526.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 373. All rights reserved.

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