Tofield Mennonite Church (Tofield, Alberta, Canada)
The Tofield Mennonite congregation at Tofield, Alberta began services in 1929, gathering in homes and rented facilities. The congregation formally organized on 15 June 1936 and their first building was occupied in 1937. David A. Heidebrecht is considered the founding leader of the group having served as minister beginning in 1929 and elder from 1942. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.
Tofield was originally known as Schoenwieser Mennonite Gemeinde zu Tofield or the Schönsee Mennonite Church, and changed its name to Tofield Mennonite Church in 1960. In 1958 the leader was Johann Neufeld, and the assisting ministers were David Boese, Abraham Epp, Peter Regehr, Gerhard Franz, and Abraham Heidebrecht. The transition from German to English occurred in the 1950s.
In a letter dated 4 February 2015 the church informed the area conference that it had voted 94% in favor of withdrawing from Mennonite Church Alberta, citing differences with the area conference regarding the view of Scripture, God, mankind, sin, and salvation.
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Address: 5631 - 47 Street, Box 598, Tofield, AB T0B 4J0
Website: Tofield Mennonite Church
Mennonite Church Alberta (1936-2015)
General Conference Mennonite Church (1938-1999)
Tofield Mennonite Church Leading Ministers
|David A. Heidebrecht||1929-1956|
|Abe D. Heidebrecht||1940-1980|
Tofield Mennonite Church Membership
|Date Published||July 2010|
Cite This Article
Epp, Marlene. "Tofield Mennonite Church (Tofield, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 26 Sep 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tofield_Mennonite_Church_(Tofield,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=142211.
Epp, Marlene. (July 2010). Tofield Mennonite Church (Tofield, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 September 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tofield_Mennonite_Church_(Tofield,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=142211.
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