Gem Mennonite Church (Gem, Alberta, Canada)
The Westheimer Mennonite Church congregation at Gem, Alberta began services in 1929. The first building was occupied in 1947. Dan Janzen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.
The congregation worshiped with the Mennonite Brethren until 1931 when the latter built a church. Gem was a daughter congregation of the Westheimer Mennonite Church (GC) church in Rosemary. It became independent from the Rosemary congregation in 1957 with 51 members and became known as Gem Mennonite Church. By 1966 the declining membership and difficulties in getting ministerial assistance were threatening the survival of the church. The last recorded minutes are from a meeting on September 1967, at which only 9 people were present. The congregation dissolved later that year.
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 Reporter (26 November 1990): B3.
Conference of Mennonites in Alberta
Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1958-67)
General Conference Mennonite Church.
Gem Mennonite Church Membership
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