Central Mennonite Brethren Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Central Mennonite Brethren Church (formerly known as Saskatoon Mennonite Brethren Church), located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, began in 1927, when members gathered for worship under the leadership of Peter Funk. As more Mennonite Brethren moved into the city from rural Saskatchewan a congregation was organized in 1932 under the leadership of Gerhard Penner, which met for services in a Baptist church. The first church was built on the corner of Avenue C and 25th Street West in 1935, and Henry S. Rempel became the leader of the city mission and also of the congregation. As the work grew the congregation was separated from the mission and a new church was built in 1954 on the corner of Avenue C and 33rd Street. This building was moved to 809 32nd Street West in 1966. An education wing as added at the same time. The language of worship was English; the transition from German occurred in the 1950s.
An aging membership and decreasing numbers led to the closing of the church in 1993. A new Mennonite Brethren church was founded in 1994 at the same location named Hope Fellowship Church.
Mennonite Observer (1 December 1959): 1.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 August 1993): 17-19.
Penner, Peter. No Longer at Arm's Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. 1987, 178 pp.
Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. 1975: 163.
Church records on microfilm at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.
Central MB Church Leading Ministers
Central MB Church Membership
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 427. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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