Zoar Mennonite Church (Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Zoar Mennonite Church, Waldheim, Saskatchewan
Source: Church website

In 1911 a congregation was organized in the Waldheim, Saskatchewan as a second group along with the Langham group to form the Zoar Mennonite Church. They met in rented facilities. In 1912, they built their own meeting house. In 1917 they joined the Conference of Mennonites in Canada. The meeting house was renovated in 1958. In 1960 there was a division which led to the formation of a new congregation, Grace Mennonite Mission, in 1961. Nicholas Toews is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from Kansas, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and from the Soviet Union.

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

Due to declining attendance and financial challenges, the congregation began to contemplate the closing of the church in May 2020, and on 26 July the membership voted to close the church. The congregation held its closing service on 11 April 2021. The building was sold to the Town of Waldheim for use as a community center.


"1890-Waldheim." Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Adrian, Dorothy. "Waldheim Zoar Mennonite Church, 1910-1972." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1973, 71 pp., Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Bartel, Ken. "The Split of the Waldheim Zoar Mennonite Church 1960-1961." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1982, 19 pp., Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Canadian Mennonite (18 November 1960): 9; (17 March 2008): 17; (12 November 2012): 21.

Schmide, Edward D. "A Short History of the Zoar Mennonite Congregation at Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada." Research paper, n.d., 30 pp.

Summach, Emily. "Churches leave a legacy: three Saskatchewan churches face decisions after closing their doors." Canadian Mennonite 26, no. 1 (10 January 2022): 26-27.

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives: Zoar Mennonite Church (Waldheim) fonds.

Additional Information

Address: Box 368, Waldheim, SK S0K 4R0; the church is located at 4009 - 2nd Avenue East, Waldheim, Saskatchewan

Phone: 306-945-2271

Website: Zoar Mennonite Church, Waldheim

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of Mennonites of Saskatchewan / Mennonite Church Saskatchewan

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1928-2021)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1917-1999)

Zoar Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Nicholas Toews 1910-1914
J. C. Peters 1910-1916
David Toews 1916-1920
Joshua Buller 1913-1920
Gerhard Buhler 1922-1932
John L. Zacharias 1932-1957
Jacob R. Schmidt 1929-1941
Jacob C. Schmidt 1943-1944
John Block 1943-1960
I. V. Schmidt 1956-1958
Jacob Mierau 1956-1958
David Dyck 1958-1960
Henry Penner 1961-1962
Henry Funk 1962-1964
Jake Krause 1971-1975
Gerald Klassen 1976-1979
Benno Klassen 1979-1996
George Hoeppner 1996-1997
Barry Lesser 1997-2007
Henry Block (interim) 2008-2009
Henry & Erna Funk 2009-2011
Ben Pauls 2012-2017
Andrea Enns-Gooding 2018-2021

Zoar Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1925 129
1950 231
1960 202
1962 153
1965 160
1975 188
1981 191
1985 185
1995 188
2000 181
2010 132

Author(s) Bert Friesen
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published November 2012

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Friesen, Bert and Richard D. Thiessen. "Zoar Mennonite Church (Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2012. Web. 6 Jul 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Zoar_Mennonite_Church_(Waldheim,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=172878.

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Friesen, Bert and Richard D. Thiessen. (November 2012). Zoar Mennonite Church (Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 July 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Zoar_Mennonite_Church_(Waldheim,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=172878.

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