Tofield Mennonite Church (Tofield, Alberta, Canada)

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Tofield Mennonite Church
Source: Church website

The Tofield Mennonite congregation at Tofield, Alberta began services in 1929, gathering in homes and rented facilities. The congregation formally organized on 15 June 1936 and their first building was occupied in 1937. David A. Heidebrecht is considered the founding leader of the group having served as minister beginning in 1929 and elder from 1942. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

Tofield was originally known as Schoenwieser Mennonite Gemeinde zu Tofield or the Schönsee Mennonite Church, and changed its name to Tofield Mennonite Church in 1960. In 1958 the leader was Johann Neufeld, and the assisting ministers were David Boese, Abraham Epp, Peter Regehr, Gerhard Franz, and Abraham Heidebrecht. The transition from German to English occurred in the 1950s.

In a letter dated 4 February 2015 the church informed the area conference that it had voted 94% in favor of withdrawing from Mennonite Church Alberta, citing differences with the area conference regarding the view of Scripture, God, mankind, sin, and salvation.


Baergen, Louise. "The History of the Tofield Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1965, 27 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Canadian Mennonite (12 July 2010): 23; (16 March 2015): 17.

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 Heritage Centre Archives. "Tofield Mennonite Church." 7 February 2007. (accessed 23 September 2009).

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Volumes 967, 1951, 2135.

Additional Information

Address: 5631 - 47 Street, Box 598, Tofield, AB T0B 4J0

Telephone: 780-662-3166

Website: Tofield Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Alberta (1936-2015)

Conference of Mennonites in CanadaMennonite Church Canada (1937-2015)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1938-1999)

Tofield Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
David A. Heidebrecht 1929-1956
Cornelius Heidebrecht 1931-1935
Peter Regehr 1935-1960
David Boese 1938-1994
Abe D. Heidebrecht 1940-1980
Gerhard Franz 1941-1960
David Regehr 1943-1988
Abram Epp 1944-1960
Johann Neufeld 1945-1974
A. Baergen 1958-1997
John Unrau 1975-1980
Frank Baergen 1979-1997
Jacob Nickel 1981-1982
Eric Rempel 1982-1989
George Schroeder 1988-1989
Merlin Stauffer 1990-1997
Walt Braun 1998-1999
Bob Crosland 2002-2010

Tofield Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1941 96
1947 138
1958 189
1965 155
1972 142
1985 120
1990 127
1995 127
2000 124

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published July 2010

Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene. "Tofield Mennonite Church (Tofield, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 21 Nov 2018.,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=138933.

APA style

Epp, Marlene. (July 2010). Tofield Mennonite Church (Tofield, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 November 2018, from,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=138933.

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