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Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church at Winkler, Manitoba, the oldest [[Mennonite Brethren Church|Mennonite Brethren Church]] in [[Canada|Canada]], began as the result of home mission effort of the [[General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church]]. In 1883 the Conference sent [[Voth, Heinrich (1851-1918)|Heinrich Voth]] and [[Dyck, David (1846-1933)|David Dyck]] as evangelists to [[Manitoba (Canada)|Manitoba]]. On 30 May 1886, the first baptismal service was held, when six members were received into church membership.  The church formally organized in 1888.
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[[File:WinklerBurwalde.jpg|300px|thumbnail|right|''Winkler MB Church with the smaller Burwalde church.<br />
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Source: Canadian Mennonite, Vol. 14, no. 11 (31 May 2010).<br />
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http://legacy.canadianmennonite.org/vol14-2010/14-11/feature.php.'']]
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[[File:WinklerMBChurch1951.jpg|300px|thumbnail|''Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church, 1951.<br />
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Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)<br />
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Digitized by Hiebert Library. [http://callimachus.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15008coll27/id/66/rec/199 Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies]''.]]
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[[File:WinklerMB.jpg|300px|thumbnail|''Winkler MB Church <br />
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Source: [http://prairie-edge-photogallery.ca/churchimages/mennonite_brethren.html Churches of Manitoba]'']]
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Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church at Winkler, Manitoba, the oldest [[Mennonite Brethren Church|Mennonite Brethren Church]] in [[Canada|Canada]], began as the result of home mission effort of the [[General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church]]. In 1883 the Conference sent [[Voth, Heinrich (1851-1918)|Heinrich Voth]] and [[Dyck, David (1846-1933)|David Dyck]] as evangelists to [[Manitoba (Canada)|Manitoba]]. On 30 May 1886, the first baptismal service was held, when six members were received into church membership. The church formally organized in 1888.
  
Gerhard Wiebe, an immigrant from Russia, or­ganized the group into a congregation of 16 mem­bers. In 1889 the first church building was erected 6 miles northwest of Winkler, in the village of Burwalde. In 1895 David Dyck, a minister from Colorado, became leader of this church, which at that time numbered 84 members. Affiliated stations were opened at [[Kronsgart Mennonite Brethren Church (Kronsgart, Manitoba, Canada)|Kronsgart]] and [[Grossweide Mennonite Brethren Church (Plum Coulee, Manitoba, Canada)|Grossweide]], which developed into new churches. Since 1898 there have been quarterly meetings in which all three congre­gations participated. In 1898 the church building was moved from Burwalde to just outside Winkler. Shortly after, a new one was erected on the same site; it was enlarged twice. In 1947 the building and lot were sold, and a new building was erected in Winkler, 60 x 102 ft., seating capacity 1,000.  A new sanctuary was completed in 1988.
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Gerhard Wiebe, an immigrant from Russia, or­ganized the group into a congregation of 16 mem­bers. In 1889 the first church building was erected 6 miles northwest of Winkler, in the village of Burwalde. In 1895 [[Dyck, David (1846-1933)|David Dyck]], a minister from Colorado, became leader of this church, which at that time numbered 84 members. Affiliated stations were opened at [[Kronsgart Mennonite Brethren Church (Kronsgart, Manitoba, Canada)|Kronsgart]] and [[Grossweide Mennonite Brethren Church (Plum Coulee, Manitoba, Canada)|Grossweide]], which developed into new churches. Beginning in 1898 and for many years thereafter, the three congregations held a meeting each quarter (''Vierteljahresfest'') to promote foreign missions. In 1898 the church building was moved from Burwalde to just outside Winkler. Shortly after, a new one was erected on the same site; it was enlarged twice. In 1947 the building and lot were sold, and a new building was erected in Winkler, 60 x 102 ft., seating capacity 1,000.  A new sanctuary was completed in 1988.
  
In 1895 [[Warkentin, Johann (1859-1948)|Johann Warkentin]] was ordained as min­ister and in 1906 he became the presiding minister of the church, a position he held 25 years. In 1898 the Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church was held at Winkler. This was the first time that it convened in Canada.
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In 1895 [[Warkentin, Johann (1859-1948)|Johann Warkentin]] was ordained as min­ister and in 1906 he became the presiding minister of the church, a position he held 25 years. In 1898 the [[Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America|Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church]] was held at Winkler. This was the first time that it convened in Canada.
  
In 1906 P. H. Neufeld was ordained to the min­istry. In 1931 [[Voth, Heinrich S. (1878-1953)|H. S. Voth]] became leader and pastor of the church, followed by G. D. Pries. In 1959 the leader was [[Quiring, Jacob H. (1913-2004)|J. H. Quiring]], with a membership of 374.
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In 1906 P. H. Neufeld was ordained to the min­istry. In 1931 [[Voth, Heinrich S. (1878-1953)|H. S. Voth]] became leader and pastor of the church, followed by G. D. Pries. In 1959 the leader was [[Quiring, Jacob H. (1913-2004)|J. H. Quiring]], with a membership of 348.
  
The congregation has been affiliated with the [[Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba]], the [[Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]] (1913-    ) and the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1888-2002). The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
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The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
Brown, Frank. <em>A History of the Town of Winkler, Manitoba.</em>
 
Brown, Frank. <em>A History of the Town of Winkler, Manitoba.</em>
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<em>Canadian Mennonite</em> (6 July 1956): 5; (12 November 1963): 1.
 
<em>Canadian Mennonite</em> (6 July 1956): 5; (12 November 1963): 1.
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Lenzmann, Ed. "Further GAMEO corrections." Personal e-mail (14 February 2014).
  
 
<em>Mennonite Brethren Herald</em> (1 April 1988): 14; (27 May 1988): 39.
 
<em>Mennonite Brethren Herald</em> (1 April 1988): 14; (27 May 1988): 39.
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<h3>Archival Records</h3> Church records at [http://www.mbconf.ca/mbstudies/ Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.]
 
<h3>Archival Records</h3> Church records at [http://www.mbconf.ca/mbstudies/ Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.]
 
= Additional Information =
 
= Additional Information =
<strong>Directory Information:
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<strong>Address</strong>: 120 Pineview Drive, Winkler, MB, R6W 1T3
 
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</strong>
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<strong>Address</strong>: 120 Pineview Drive, Winkler, MB, R6W 1T3.
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<strong>Telephone</strong>: 204-325-8322.
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<h3>Winkler MB Church Ministers</h3> <table class="vertical listing">  <tr> <th>Pastor
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</th> <th>Years of Leadership
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</th> </tr>  <tr> <td>[[Voth, Heinrich (1851-1918)|Heinrich Voth]]</td> <td align="right">1883–1887</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gerhard Wiebe
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</td> <td align="right">1888–1895</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Dyck, David (1846-1933)|David Dyck]]</td> <td align="right">1895–1906</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Warkentin, Johann (1859-1948)|Johann Warkentin]]</td> <td align="right">1906–1931</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Voth, Heinrich S. (1878-1953)|H. S. Voth]]</td> <td align="right">1932–1950</td> </tr> <tr> <td>G. D. Pries</td> <td align="right">1951–1954</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Quiring, Jacob H. (1913-2004)|J. H. Quiring]]</td> <td align="right">1955–1961</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Lenzmann, Herman (1909-2005)|Herman Lenzmann]]</td> <td align="right">1962–1967</td> </tr> <tr> <td>J. M. Schmidt</td> <td align="right">1968–1972</td> </tr> <tr> <td>John D. Stoesz</td> <td align="right">1973–1981</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Walter Janzen</td> <td align="right">1982–1985</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Herb Van Bergen</td> <td align="right">1986–1988</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wally Klassen</td> <td align="right">1989–1995</td> </tr> <tr> <td>George Baerg, interim</td> <td align="right">1995-1996</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Neil Block</td> <td align="right">1996–2000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Victor Neufeld, interim</td> <td align="right">2000-2002</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gary Loewen</td> <td align="right">2002-2005</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Phillip Vallelly</td> <td align="right">2005-present
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</td> </tr>  </table> <h3>Winkler MB Church Membership</h3> <table class="vertical listing">  <tr> <th>Year
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</th> <th>Members
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</th> </tr>  <tr> <td>1895</td> <td align="right">84 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>1925</td> <td align="right"> 325</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1930
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</td> <td align="right">390
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</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1935
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</td> <td align="right">383
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<strong>Telephone</strong>: 204-325-8322
  
</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1941
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'''Website''': [http://inspireequipemerge.com/ Winkler MB Church]
  
</td> <td align="right">379
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'''Denominational Affiliations''':
  
</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1945
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[[Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba]]
  
</td> <td align="right">325
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[[Central District of Mennonite Brethren Churches (United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches)|Central District of Mennonite Brethren Churches]] (1910-1913)
  
</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1950</td> <td align="right"> 375</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1959</td> <td align="right"> 374</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1965</td> <td align="right"> 327</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1975</td> <td align="right"> 393</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1985</td> <td align="right"> 457</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1995</td> <td align="right"> 380</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2000</td> <td align="right"> 409</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2010
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[[Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]] (1913-present)
  
</td> <td align="right">500
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[[General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]] (1888-2002)
  
</td> </tr> </table>
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<h3>Winkler MB Church Leading Ministers</h3>
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<table class="vertical listing">
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<tr> <th>Pastor</th> <th>Years of Leadership</th> </tr>
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<tr> <td>[[Voth, Heinrich (1851-1918)|Heinrich Voth]]</td> <td align="right">1883–1887</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Gerhard Wiebe</td> <td align="right">1888–1895</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>[[Dyck, David (1846-1933)|David Dyck]]</td> <td align="right">1895–1906</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>[[Warkentin, Johann (1859-1948)|Johann Warkentin]]</td> <td align="right">1906–1931</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>[[Voth, Heinrich S. (1878-1953)|H. S. Voth]]</td> <td align="right">1932–1950</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>G. D. Pries</td> <td align="right">1951–1954</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>[[Quiring, Jacob H. (1913-2004)|J. H. Quiring]]</td> <td align="right">1955–1962</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>[[Lenzmann, Herman (1909-2005)|Herman Lenzmann]]</td> <td align="right">1962–1967</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>J. M. Schmidt</td> <td align="right">1968–1972</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>John D. Stoesz</td> <td align="right">1973–1981</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Walter Janzen</td> <td align="right">1982–1985</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Herb Van Bergen</td> <td align="right">1986–1988</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Wally Klassen</td> <td align="right">1989–1995</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>George Baerg (interim)</td> <td align="right">1995-1996</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Neil Block</td> <td align="right">1996–2000</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>[[Neufeld, Victor H. (1935-2012)|Victor H. Neufeld]] (interim)</td> <td align="right">2000-2002</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Gary Loewen</td> <td align="right">2002-2005</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Phillip Vallelly</td> <td align="right">2005-present</td> </tr>
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</table>
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<h3>Winkler MB Church Membership</h3>
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<table class="vertical listing">
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<tr> <th>Year</th> <th>Members</th> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1895</td> <td align="right">84</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1925</td> <td align="right">325</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1930</td> <td align="right">390</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1935</td> <td align="right">383</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1941</td> <td align="right">379</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1945</td> <td align="right">325</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1950</td> <td align="right">375</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1959</td> <td align="right">348</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1965</td> <td align="right">327</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1975</td> <td align="right">375</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1985</td> <td align="right">457</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1995</td> <td align="right">380</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>2000</td> <td align="right">409</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>2010</td> <td align="right">500</td> </tr>
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</table>
  
 
= Maps =
 
= Maps =
 
[[Map:Winkler MB Church (Winkler, Manitoba, Canada)|Map:Winkler MB Church (Winkler, Manitoba, Canada)]]
 
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Winkler MB Church with the smaller Burwalde church.
Source: Canadian Mennonite, Vol. 14, no. 11 (31 May 2010).
http://legacy.canadianmennonite.org/vol14-2010/14-11/feature.php.
Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church, 1951.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
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Winkler MB Church
Source: Churches of Manitoba

Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church at Winkler, Manitoba, the oldest Mennonite Brethren Church in Canada, began as the result of home mission effort of the Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1883 the Conference sent Heinrich Voth and David Dyck as evangelists to Manitoba. On 30 May 1886, the first baptismal service was held, when six members were received into church membership. The church formally organized in 1888.

Gerhard Wiebe, an immigrant from Russia, or­ganized the group into a congregation of 16 mem­bers. In 1889 the first church building was erected 6 miles northwest of Winkler, in the village of Burwalde. In 1895 David Dyck, a minister from Colorado, became leader of this church, which at that time numbered 84 members. Affiliated stations were opened at Kronsgart and Grossweide, which developed into new churches. Beginning in 1898 and for many years thereafter, the three congregations held a meeting each quarter (Vierteljahresfest) to promote foreign missions. In 1898 the church building was moved from Burwalde to just outside Winkler. Shortly after, a new one was erected on the same site; it was enlarged twice. In 1947 the building and lot were sold, and a new building was erected in Winkler, 60 x 102 ft., seating capacity 1,000.  A new sanctuary was completed in 1988.

In 1895 Johann Warkentin was ordained as min­ister and in 1906 he became the presiding minister of the church, a position he held 25 years. In 1898 the Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church was held at Winkler. This was the first time that it convened in Canada.

In 1906 P. H. Neufeld was ordained to the min­istry. In 1931 H. S. Voth became leader and pastor of the church, followed by G. D. Pries. In 1959 the leader was J. H. Quiring, with a membership of 348.

The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

[edit] Bibliography

Brown, Frank. A History of the Town of Winkler, Manitoba.

Brown, Frank. Mennonite Brethren Church, Winkler, Manitoba. Winkler, MB: Mennonite Brethren Church, 1963, 44 pp.

Canadian Mennonite (6 July 1956): 5; (12 November 1963): 1.

Lenzmann, Ed. "Further GAMEO corrections." Personal e-mail (14 February 2014).

Mennonite Brethren Herald (1 April 1988): 14; (27 May 1988): 39.

Mennonite Historian (June 1988).

Mennonite Mirror (October 1988).

Neufeld, Arnie. "The First Mennonite Brethren Church in Canada." Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of Canada Newsletter (June 1981).

Neufeld, Arnie. "The Origin and Early Growth of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Southern Manitoba." MA Thesis, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 1977.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 153-156.

Archival Records

Church records at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 120 Pineview Drive, Winkler, MB, R6W 1T3

Telephone: 204-325-8322

Website: Winkler MB Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

Central District of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1910-1913)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1913-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1888-2002)

Winkler MB Church Leading Ministers

Pastor Years of Leadership
Heinrich Voth 1883–1887
Gerhard Wiebe 1888–1895
David Dyck 1895–1906
Johann Warkentin 1906–1931
H. S. Voth 1932–1950
G. D. Pries 1951–1954
J. H. Quiring 1955–1962
Herman Lenzmann 1962–1967
J. M. Schmidt 1968–1972
John D. Stoesz 1973–1981
Walter Janzen 1982–1985
Herb Van Bergen 1986–1988
Wally Klassen 1989–1995
George Baerg (interim) 1995-1996
Neil Block 1996–2000
Victor H. Neufeld (interim) 2000-2002
Gary Loewen 2002-2005
Phillip Vallelly 2005-present

Winkler MB Church Membership

Year Members
1895 84
1925 325
1930 390
1935 383
1941 379
1945 325
1950 375
1959 348
1965 327
1975 375
1985 457
1995 380
2000 409
2010 500

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Map:Winkler MB Church (Winkler, Manitoba, Canada)


Author(s) H. H. Redekop
Marlene Epp
Date Published February 2014


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