Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada)

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The Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite congregation in Steinbach, Manitoba began services and organized in 1874. It is the oldest Mennonite congregation in Steinbach. Peter Toews is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from Russia.

Originally services were held in the local school building. The first church building was occupied in 1911, with a subsequent building program in 1959.

The congregation has been affiliated with the Evangelical Mennonite Conference. The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1950s.


Canadian Mennonite (11 March 1960): 1.

Harder, Leland. Steinbach and Its Churches. Elkhart, IN: Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1970, 109 pp.

Mennonite Reporter (11 November 1996): 1-2.

Mennonites in Canada Collection, "70-Steinbach," Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Schellenberg, Dave. To the Glory of God: Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church. 1975, 104 pp.

Warkentin, Anne Marie. "The Churches of Steinbach." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1959, 28 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Mailing Address: Box 8, Steinbach, MB R0A 2A0

Location: 422 Main Street, Steinbach, MB

Phone: 204-326-6572


Denominational Affiliation: Evangelical Mennonite Conference

Membership at Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1960 515
1965 496
1970 554
1975 650
1980 583
1985 580
1990 597
1995 608
2000 630
2005 580
2010 405
2015 419

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By David P. Reimer. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 625. All rights reserved.

Steinbach Evangelical (Kleine Gemeinde) Mennonite Church, located at the east end of Steinbach, Manitoba, was erected in 1912. Formerly meetings were held in the school building. The total baptized membership in 1955 was 400. A new church to seat 850 was in process of building near the 1912 church. Services were conducted in both German and English, sometimes concurrently. The baptized membership in 1958 was 490, with Archie Penner as the leading minister, assisted by P. D. Friesen, Jacob P. Dueck, and Benjamin D. Reimer. Heinrich Toews and David Schellenberg were serving in traveling evangelism and missionary work.

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published September 1986

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Epp, Marlene. "Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 1986. Web. 3 Oct 2023.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=156145.

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Epp, Marlene. (September 1986). Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 October 2023, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=156145.

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