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The congregation began services in 1929, and formally organized in 1933. The first building was occupied in 1933, with a subsequent building program in 1963. N. A. Rempel is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union. The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1950s.

Prior to 1947 the group was affiliated with the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren. It was then known as Swalwell or Linden Evangelical Mennonite Brethren. The original composition of the group was Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Evangelical Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite Brethren, General Conference Mennonite and Allianz Mennonite all of whom settled in the area from the United States, Manitoba and Russia. The congregation was influenced to join the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren conference by various evangelists visiting the community.


Contents

Bibliography

50 Years, 1929-1979: Mennonite Brethren Church Linden. 1979, 23 pp.

Megli, Sam. "Historical Review of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Linden, Alberta." Unpublished typescript, 1979, 9 pp. Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 7; (21 February 1992): 14.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 166.

Archival Records:

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Volume 337, 338, 424. Microfilm: R52, pp. 1508–2367, R53, pp. 1–310.


Additional Information

Address: 101 1st Avenue North, Linden, Alberta  T0M 1J0

Phone: 403-546-4485

Website: Linden Mennonite Brethren Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1947-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1947-present)

Linden MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
S. Ratzlaff 1948-1954
Peter J. Doerksen 1954-1957
S. Ratzlaff 1958
Peter J. Doerksen 1958
S. Ratzlaff 1960
William E. Thiessen 1961-1964
Rudy Boschmann 1965-1968
David Epp 1969-1980
Arnie Neufeld 1981-1984
Ralph Klassen 1986-2001
Konrad Loewen 2001-2007
Daniel Beutler 2007-2008
Gary Burke 2008-present

Linden MB Church Membership

Year Members
2000 170
2010 180

Maps

Map:Linden MB Church (Linden, Alberta, Canada)


Author(s) A. A. Toews
Marlene Epp
Date Published March 2012


Cite This Article

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Toews, A. A. and Marlene Epp. "Linden Mennonite Brethren Church (Linden, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 28 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Linden_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Linden,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=57932.

APA style

Toews, A. A. and Marlene Epp. (March 2012). Linden Mennonite Brethren Church (Linden, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Linden_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Linden,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=57932.




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