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The Steinbach Mennonite Brethren congregation at Steinbach, Manitoba began services in 1926, and formally organized in 1927. Until 1927 the group worshipped together with the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren. Gerhard H. Unruh is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

The group first met in the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren church, but then purchased and remodeled an old school. The lot was purchased in 1942 but the new church could not be built because of World War II. The new sanctuary was completed in 1947. In 1957 and 1970, the building was enlarged. In 1978, the adjacent lot was bought for possible expansion and parking. A new sanctuary was completed in 1987.

About two dozen people decided to form another separate independent congregation and in 1983 the Community Fellowship Church began.



Harder, Leland. Steinbach and Its Churches. Elkhart, IN: Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1970, 109 pp.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 41.

Mennonites in Canada Collection, "70-Steinbach," Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church. "A Brief History of the Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church." (accessed 10 November 2009).

Suss, Lenora. "A Short History of the Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church 1927-1985." (accessed 10 November 2009).

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Winnipeg, MB): Volumes 436–438.

Additional Information

Mailing Address: Box 1930, Steinbach, MB R0A 2A0

Location: 340 2nd Street (and Lumber Avenue), Steinbach, MB

Telephone: 204-326-3551

Website: Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1943-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1927-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (until 2002)

Steinbach MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
George Unruh 1927-1933
Abr. A. Regehr 1934-1942
Jacob H. Epp 1943-1952
H. A. Regehr 1953-1964
Peter Martens 1965-1966
John D. Reimer 1967-1974
Jake Falk 1974-1984
F. W. (Bill) Lehman 1985-1990
John Block 1990-1995
Keith Poysti (interim) 1995-1996
Norm Neufeld 1998-2000
Walter Reimer (interim) 2000
Abe Klassen 2000-2008
Walter Fast 2009-present

Steinbach MB Church Membership

Year Members
1950 218
1965 269
1985 285
1995 288
2000 314
2010 407

Author(s) J. Wedel
Marlene Epp
Date Published March 2012

Cite This Article

MLA style

Wedel, J. and Marlene Epp. "Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 27 Jun 2017.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=77911.

APA style

Wedel, J. and Marlene Epp. (March 2012). Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 June 2017, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=77911.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 625. All rights reserved.

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