Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

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The Church choir led by Nicholas Fehderau, announcer C. J. Rempel (left) and preacher Frank C. Peters (right) giving a weekly radio program ca. 1950.

The congregation began services in 1924, and formally organized on 25 May 1925 with Jacob P. Friesen as leader. The first building was occupied in 1935 with a subsequent building program in 1952. J. P. Friesen, J. W. Reimer, and J. P. Wiens are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union in the 1920s. Kitchener Mennonite Brethren was known as the Molotschna Mennoniten-Brüder-Gemeinde until 1932. Worship services were first held in St. Jacobs. The languages of worship are English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

The church housed the Ontario Mennonite Brethren Bible School from 1955-64. Congregational leaders prior to 1955 included Jacob P. Friesen, J. W. Reimer, J. P. Wiens, P. Klassen, H. Konrad, Henry H. Janzen, D. Klassen, Isaac Ewert, J. Sudermann, Henry Thielman, Frank C. Peters and Jacob J. Toews.


Canadian Mennonite (28 June 1966): 17.

Er fuehret: Geschichte der Ontario MB Gemeinden 1924-1957.

"History of Kitchener MB Church." May 2008 Accessed 3 May 2008. <>

Mennonite Reporter (6 June 1975): 5.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 49; (17 December 1993): 16.

When Your Children Shall Ask: A History of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1957-1982. The Conference, 1982: 38-40.

Archival Records:

Church records at Ontario Mennonite Brethren archives in St. Catharines.

Additional Information

Address: 19 Ottawa St. N., Kitchener, ON N2H 3K2

Phone: 519-745-5144

Website: Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Kitchener MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Jacob P. Friesen 1925-1932
Henry H. Janzen 1932-1944
Henry G. Thielman 1945-1949
Frank C. Peters 1949-1954
Isaac T. Ewert (interim)  1954
Jacob J. Toews  1954-1959
William J. Schmidt 1959-1964
Isaac H. Tiessen (interim) 1964-1965
Frank C. Peters 1965-1973
John F. Froese 1974-1985
John Wall 1985-1989
Ron Toews  1989-1994
Allan Labun 1994-2000
Grant Gordon (interim) 2000-2003
Vidya Narimalla  2002-present

Kitchener MB Church Membership

Year Membership
1925 52 
1950  278 
1965  396 
1975  423 
1985  578 
1995  431 
2000  427 

Author(s) H. H Janzen
Date Published 1957

Cite This Article

MLA style

Janzen, H. H. "Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 27 Apr 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=92306.

APA style

Janzen, H. H. (1957). Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 April 2018, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=92306.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 187. All rights reserved.

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