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Living Word Church joined Mennonite Church Manitoba on 25 February 2006. The congregation had been affiliated with, but was not a member of, the Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada for a number of years.

Otto and Margaret Hamm are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by Mennonite Pioneer Mission, and began services in 1956. The first building, built without plumbing or heating, was occupied in 1957. A new sanctuary was completed at the end of 2005, and dedicated on 1 January 2006.

The group has also been known as Cross Lake Mission, Elim Chapel, and Elim Mennonite Church. Jeremiah Ross was a long-time leader at Cross Lake, serving as pastor from 1968-1998. The languages of worship are English and Ojibway.


Canadian Mennonite (11 October 1957): 5; (6 March 2006).

CMC Nexus (June 1996): 9.

Additional Information

Address: PO Box 188, Cross Lake, MB  R0B 0J0

Telehone: 204-676-2664

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published July 2010

Cite This Article

MLA style

Steiner, Sam and Richard D. Thiessen. "Living Word Church (Cross Lake, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 28 Apr 2017.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=56244.

APA style

Steiner, Sam and Richard D. Thiessen. (July 2010). Living Word Church (Cross Lake, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 April 2017, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=56244.

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