Bethel Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
870 Carter Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3M 2E2. (204) 453-2199. Pastors Rudy Baergen, Lisa Enns-Bogoya and Reynold Friesen served in 2006 as congregational leaders. In 1950 there were 202 members; in 1965, 450; in 1975, 385; in 1985, 516; in 1995, 591; in 2000, 587; in 2005, 598. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba, Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1950-), and the General Conference Mennonite Church (1947-). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1940s.
The work began in January 1938, when Benjamin Ewert, itinerant preacher of the Canadian Conference, and later minister-at-large, started to hold services in an English Baptist church on Sargent Avenue. For over six years services were held at the corner of Sherbrook Street and Sargent Avenue, but in 1945 the congregation purchased the church. In 1953 its membership included many Mennonite students and young people who came to the city for employment attending. Most of the services in 1953 were in English, with a German and an English sermon every Sunday morning. From 1947 to 1949 the Canadian Mennonite Bible College was located in this church. Benjamin Ewert served the congregation 1938-1943, Isaac I. Friesen 1943-1951, and David Schroeder beginning in 1951.
There were building programs in 1945, 1955 and 1995.
The congregation was originally known as Bethel Mennonite Mission.
Canadian Mennonite (4 December 1953): 43; (30 December 1955): 3; (20 May 1960): 11.
Dyck, Betty, ed. Bethel: Pioneering in Faith, 1937-1987. 1988. 147 pp.
Dyck, Harry B. "The History and Development of the Bethel Mennonite Church," Research paper, CMBC, 1965, 26 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Enns, Edward. "Bethel Mission Mennonite Church," Research paper, CMBC, 1950, 22 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Mennonite Reporter (15 April 1991): 11.
Unpublished congregational history, 1965, 16 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Church records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Address: 465 Stafford Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Website: Bethel Mennonite Church
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 314. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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