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The Springstein Mennonite Church began services in 1924, established by a group of recent immigrants from the Soviet Union who took up farming around the towns of Oak Bluff and Springstein in Manitoba. The town of Springstein quickly became a favorite meeting place because it had a school and was located on the main railway line on which Aeltester J. P. Klassen could travel regularly to provide worship services. Thus, the worshiping group at Springstein became a part of the Schoenwieser Mennonite Church group, an association which lasted until 1939. The Mennonite Brethren families worshiped with them until the first building project began.

Springstein Mennonite Church completed its first church building 1938. The congregation was formally organized on 17 October 1938. Minister William H. Enns, their founding leader, was ordained as Aeltester (bishop) in 1941 and served the congregation until 1965. The congregation grew as transportation improved and families from greater distances could attend. When the Starbuck Mennonite Church dissolved, its remaining members joined Springstein. The original building was enlarged to double its original size in 1959. The transition from German to English occurred in the 1960s.

Springstein Mennonite Church is probably best known for its leadership in the founding and development of Camp Assiniboine near Headingly in 1949. They were also a part of the group which founded the Canadian Mennonite Bible College in the 1947, which later became the Canadian Mennonite University. Members from Springstein have been active on committees in Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada.

[edit] Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (22 August 1958): 8.

Deininger, Margot. "The Historical Development of the Springstein Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1985, 15 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Dyck, J. P. Das 25-Jaehrige Jubilaeum der Springsteiner Mennoniten-Gemeinde, 1938-1963. Springstein: Springstein Mennonite Church, 1963, 60 pp.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: Box 38, Springstein MB R0G 2N0; located at 22 Victoria Road, Springstein, Manitoba

Telephone: 204-735-2758

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba / Mennonite Church Manitoba

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1939-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1947-1999)

[edit] Springstein Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years of Service
Wilhelm Enns 1930-1940
1941-1965
Rudy Goerzen 1948-1966
Gerhard Peters 1966-1971
Henry Neufeld 1971-1973
Ervin Siemens 1973-1974
Bruno Epp 1974-1977
Ernest Wiebe 1977-1981
Albert Durksen 1981-1989
Ernie Hildebrand 1990-1993
Elizabeth and Don Plett 1994-1999
Kathy Giesbrecht 1998-2005
Al Rempel 2001
Erwin Kroeker 2002-2007
Steve Plenert 2005-2009
Melissa Miller 2007-present

[edit] Springstein Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 156
1965 202
1975 159
1985 194
1995 185
2000 129


Author(s) Alf Redekopp
William H. Enns
Date Published November 2015


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Redekopp, Alf and William H. Enns. "Springstein Mennonite Church (Springstein, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2015. Web. 28 Jul 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springstein_Mennonite_Church_(Springstein,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=132932.

APA style

Redekopp, Alf and William H. Enns. (November 2015). Springstein Mennonite Church (Springstein, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 July 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springstein_Mennonite_Church_(Springstein,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=132932.




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