Brotherfield Mennonite Brethren Church (Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Bruderfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, ca. 1950-1951
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies

The Brotherfield (Bruderfeld) Mennonite Brethren congregation near Waldheim, Saskatchewan was one of the first Mennonite Brethren congregations in Canada. During the years 1897-1899 a number of families from Minnesota and South Dakota pioneered in the Waldheim area. They met in homes until they formally organized in 1901 with 25 charter members. The first building was occupied in 1902, with a subsequent building program in 1911. Isaac Neufeld is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from Minnesota and South Dakota. Its German name was Bruderfeld, taken from the name of the church (Brothersfield MB Church) near Parker in Turner County, South Dakota where many of the first members originated. The name was changed to Brotherfield in 1956.

David Dyck (1910-1923), Henry A. Willems (1922-1950), and Henry M. Willems (1948-1956) were significant leaders in the congregation. After 1962 Bethany Bible School teachers pastored the Brotherfield Church on a part-time basis, including Cornie Braun, David Bergen, Ben Doerksen, Isaac Bergen, George Dirks, and Elmer Andres. Frank Kroeker assisted during the 1940s and 1950s. The language of worship was English; the transition from German occurred in the 1950s.

The Brotherfield Church amalgamated with the Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church on 2 October 1988. The building was sold and moved to Martensville in 1995 where it was renovated into a home. In 1965 the the Brotherfield church had 79 members; in 1985, 66.


Brotherfield Mennonite Brethren Church, 1898-1986. Waldheim, SK, 1988, 159 pp.

Kroeker, Frank F. "The Spiritual Pilgrimage of the Brotherfield M.B. Church." 1978, 23 pp. Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 70; (6 January 1989): 18.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1975:  41, 158. Available in full electronic text at:

Waldheim Remembers the Past. 1921: 41.

Archival Records

Church records at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Additional Information

Location: the church had been located on the northwest corner of NW 1/4 of Sec. 11 R 6 T 42 W 3rd.

Denominational Affiliations:

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Brotherfield MB Church Ministers

Minister Years
Peter Nickel 1903-1909
Peter Dyck 1903-1908
David Klassen 1904-1905
Heinrich Zimmerman 1906-1910
David Dyck 1910-1922
Henry A. Willems 1922-1950
Henry M. Willems 1949-1956
George Geddert 1956-1961
Frank Kroeker 1962
Cornie Braun 1962-1964
David Bergen 1964-1970
Ben Doerksen 1970-1975
David Bergen (co-pastor) 1975-1983
Isaac Bergen (co-pastor) 1975-1978
George Dirks (co-pastor) 1978-1983
Elmer Andres 1983-1986
Reuben Andres 1986-1988

Author(s) J. H. Epp
Marlene Epp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published December 2009

Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, J. H., Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. "Brotherfield Mennonite Brethren Church (Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2009. Web. 17 Jul 2019.,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=163437.

APA style

Epp, J. H., Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. (December 2009). Brotherfield Mennonite Brethren Church (Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 July 2019, from,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=163437.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 445. All rights reserved.

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