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Gnadenthal Mennonite Brethren Church building, 1951.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies

Gnadenthal Mennonite Brethren Church in Gnadenthal, Manitoba began services in 1925, and formally organized on 14 June 1929. The first building was occupied in 1943. It was a remodeled home that seated 200 persons. Johann Retzlaff is considered the founding leader of the group. One missionary that emerged from the congregation was Helen Harder. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

The congregation worshiped together with the Blumenorter Mennonite Church until 1928, and was considered a branch of the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church until 1929.

Minister Heinrich Harder served as the last congregational leader. In 1950 there were 32 members. The congregation dissolved in 1954. The language of worship was German.

[edit] Bibliography

Gnadenthal, 1880-1980. Winkler: Gnadenthal History Book Committee, 1982, 232 pp.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 162.

[edit] Archival Records

Church records at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

[edit] Additional Information

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Author(s) Heinrich P. Harder
Marlene Epp
Date Published January 1989

[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Harder, Heinrich P. and Marlene Epp. "Gnadenthal Mennonite Brethren Church (Gnadenthal, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 26 Sep 2016.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=115566.

APA style

Harder, Heinrich P. and Marlene Epp. (January 1989). Gnadenthal Mennonite Brethren Church (Gnadenthal, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 September 2016, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=115566.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 533. All rights reserved.

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