Whitewater Mennonite Church Group (Manitoba, Canada)

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The Whitewater Mennonite Church was organized on 18 April 1927 by Mennonite families from the Soviet Union who settled in that community in 1924. The first elder was Franz F. Enns of Lena, Manitoba, who had been elder of the Terek Mennonite Church. On 16 June 1938 Gerhard G. Neufeld (1902-1997) succeeded him.

In 1931 the church had six congregations led by Elder Franz F. Enns and assisted by 14 ministers. The church had 452 congregational members, a total of 964 members and adherents, and 187 families.

In 1958 the congregation had 565 members and a total population of 1,209 persons in 257 families. It had six congregations at that time: Whitewater  (162 members), Rivers (96 members), Ninga (63 members), Lena (80 members), Crystal City (135 members), Manitou (29 members). Five of these groups had their own meetinghouses. In 1958 all worship was in German.

The Elder performed all baptisms and observed the Lord's Supper four times annually with all congregations. Footwashing was practiced at one time, but was dropped.

The Whitewater group of congregations merged into the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba in 1947.


Ens, Anna. In Search of Unity: Story of the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: CMBC Publications, 1996.

Konferenz-Bericht der 26. Konferenz der Mennoniten im mittleren Canada, abgehalten in Rosthern, Sask., den 2., 3. end 4. Juli 1928.

Neufeld, G. G. Die Geschichte der Whitewater Mennoniten Gemeinde in Manitoba, Canada 1925-1965. Altona, MB: D.W. Friesen, 1967.

Author(s) G. G. Neufeld
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published May 2012

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Neufeld, G. G. and Richard D. Thiessen. (May 2012). Whitewater Mennonite Church Group (Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 February 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Whitewater_Mennonite_Church_Group_(Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=130772.


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