Vauxhall Mennonite Church (Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada)

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The Vauxhall Mennonite congregation near Vauxhall, Alberta, began services in 1937, and formally organized in 1938. The first building was occupied in 1940, with a subsequent building program in 1983. Wilhelm Martens is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

The language of worship was English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s. The congregation closed in October 2000.

The group was originally called the Vauxhall-Grantham church. It amalgamated with Hays Mennonite Mission about 1962. It also owned and operated a cemetery together with the Mennonite Brethren.

On 18 June 1940 the church building was burned down by arsonists in an outbreak of anti-German feeling which occasionally surfaced against the Mennonites during WWII. The Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren church was destroyed by fire as well. Though the identity of the arsonists was known, the church chose not to take legal action.

The church building was located 6 km north of Vauxhall and 1 km east of Hwy. 36.


Dick, C. L. The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: a History of its Churches and Institutions. Edmonton: The Mennonite Conference of Alberta, 1981, 147 pp.

Harder, Anne. The Vauxhall Mennonite Church. Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta, 2001.

Additional Information

Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Alberta (1938-2000)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1940-2000)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1962-1999)

Vauxhall Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 51
1965 53
1985 34
1995 36
2000 36

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Marlene Epp
Date Published February 1989

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Gingerich, Melvin and Marlene Epp. "Vauxhall Mennonite Church (Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 1989. Web. 13 Jul 2020.,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=155948.

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Gingerich, Melvin and Marlene Epp. (February 1989). Vauxhall Mennonite Church (Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 July 2020, from,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=155948.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 799. All rights reserved.

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