Sterling Mennonite Fellowship (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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Sterling Mennonite Fellowship, July 2017.
Photo: Bert Friesen.

The Sterling Mennonite Fellowship in Winnipeg, Manitoba began services in 1951, and formally organized in 1958. The first building was occupied in 1956, with subsequent building programs in 1969 and 1981. Frank J. Dyck is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through urbanization from rural Manitoba.

The group was known as St. Vital Mennonite Mission until its formal organization in 1958. It was a city mission begun as a joint effort of the Sommerfelder, Rudnerweider, and Bergthaler churches and with outreach of students from Canadian Mennonite Bible College. Two fellowship groups which met in the homes of Corny Derksen and Jake Derksen decided to rent the Greendale hall in St. Vital for the purpose of establishing a mission church. Ministers D. D. Schulz and D. D. Klassen helped advise and organize the group in 1952.

The congregation met in the church building at 18 Sterling Avenue until the end of March 1970, when a new building was completed at St. Mary's Road and Marvin Place. Their name was then changed to "Sterling Mennonite Fellowship", which it retained when it moved to yet another new building in 1980 at 1008 Dakota Street at Nova Vista Drive.

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


Canadian Mennonite (27 November 1953): 3; (28 November 1958): 4; (20 May 1960): 14.

Heppner, Jack. Search for Renewal: the Story of the Rudnerweider/Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference 1937-1987. 1987: 96, 162.

Loewen, Gary and Dave Martens. "Sterling Mennonite Fellowship." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1979, 139 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Co-ordinates 49.82444 -97.1025)

Address: 1008 Dakota St., Winnipeg, MB, R2N 1P2

Telephone: 204-253-9337

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Manitoba

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1959-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1986-1999)

Sterling Mennonite Fellowship Ministers

Minister Years
Henry Theodore Klassen 1958-1963
Jacob W. Schmidt 1963-1968
David Letkemann 1968-1969
John F. Wiebe 1969-1973
Helmut Rauser 1975-1976
Gary Loewen 1977-1978
Don MacBurney 1979-1980
Gary Martens 1979-1984
Erwin Wiebe 1984-1986
Norm Voth 1988-2000
John B. Wiebe 2001-2007
Ed Cornelson (interim) 2007-2009
Terry Goertzen 2009-2014

Sterling Mennonite Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1965 44
1975 30
1985 73
1995 109
2000 128

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published February 1989

Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene. "Sterling Mennonite Fellowship (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 1989. Web. 19 Apr 2021.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=149073.

APA style

Epp, Marlene. (February 1989). Sterling Mennonite Fellowship (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 April 2021, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=149073.

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