Main Centre Mennonite Brethren Church (Main Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada)
The Main Centre Mennonite Brethren was founded in June 1904 by recently arrived settlers from Steinbach, Manitoba. Main Centre is located 50 km east-north-east of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and just north of Herbert. It was founded by 15 charter members and began worship under the leadership of Benjamin Janz. The church met in Main Centre school until the construction of a church building in 1907, with subsequent building programs in 1922 and 1945. Main Centre was originally called the Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church.
The first baptism was held on 16 August 1905. In 1915 they hosted the North District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren (later known as the Canadian Conference). Membership peaked in 1937 at 239. The economic oppression of the Great Depression forced many farmer–members to move to British Columbia or to other, more fertile, parts of Saskatchewan.
The History of the Main Centre Mennonite Brethren Church, 1904-1979. 1979, 40 pp.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 62; (28 August 1992): 25.
Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975, 160.
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volume 592, Reel 45.
Mailing Address: Box 86, Main Centre SK S0H 2V0
General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches
Main Centre Mennonite Brethren Church Ministers
Main Centre Mennonite Brethren Church Membership
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 442. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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