Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church (Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada)

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Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church, 1950.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

The Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren congregation near Vauxhall, Alberta began services in 1933, and formally organized in 1934 with a membership of 44. The first building was occupied in 1937, with subsequent building programs in 1949 and 1984. Peter Langemann is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization from Saskatchewan and elsewhere in Alberta. The Vauxhall area was attractive to settlers because it offered opportunities for irrigation and there were numerous farms available to rent and later buy.

On 17 June 1940 the church building was destroyed by fire by arsonists as an expression of anti-German feeling occasionally directed at the Mennonites during World War II. The Vauxhall Mennonite Church (GCM) was burned the same night. The basement for a new church was completed in 1941 and used for services. The building was completed in 1949.

The church conducted its own Bible school 1937-43. The language transition from German to English occurred in the 1960s. Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren planted a daughter church in the community of Hays in April 1987.


Esau, John J. "The Mennonite Brethren Settlement in the Vauxhall District." 1968, 4 pp. Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies

Mennonite Brethren Herald (24 January 1986): 17; (27 May 1988): 5.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 166. Available in full electronic text at:

Archival Records:

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Volumes 340-341, Microfilms R49, pp. 1361–2294, R50, pp. 1–1193.

Additional Information

Address: Box 75, Vauxhall AB T0K 2K0; located 7 km north, 2 km east of Vauxhall.

Telephone: 403-654-4282

Website: Vauxhall MB Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1934-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1934-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1934-2002)

Vauxhall MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Peter Langemann 1934-1943
Peter Redekopp 1944-1945
Henry Rempel 1946-194?
David Baerg 194?-194?
David Petkau 194?-195?
D. J. Thiessen 195?-195?
Henry A. Unruh 1955-1956
Bernard P. Epp 1957-1959
Henry A. Unruh 1960-1965
Abe Esau 1966-1968
Henry A. Unruh 1969
Wally Kroeker 1970-1975
Gerhard Reimer 1975-1977
Dewayn Isaac 1977-1982
David Nightingale 1982-1987
Adam Wiggins 1988-1992
Leo Siemens 1993-1997
Rudy Heidebrecht (interim) 1998
Bill Glasspell 1999-2004
Harry Heidebrecht (interim) 2004-2005
Elroy Senneker 2005-2013
Harold Reimer 2016-present

Vauxhall MB Church Membership

Year Members
1965 83
1985 152
1995 102
2000 112
2010 120
2015 143

Author(s) A. A. Toews
Marlene Epp
Date Published July 2016

Cite This Article

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Toews, A. A. and Marlene Epp. "Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church (Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2016. Web. 13 Jun 2021.,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=163457.

APA style

Toews, A. A. and Marlene Epp. (July 2016). Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church (Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 June 2021, from,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=163457.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 799. All rights reserved.

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