Fonds BA-513; Microfilm: R54 - Tofield Gospel Church, Tofield, Alberta fonds

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Tofield Gospel Church, Tofield, Alberta fonds

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CA CMBS BA-513; Microfilm: R54

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  • 1967-1985 (Creation)

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0.2 cm of textual records
1 microfilm reel

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This congregation was begun in 1928 by Russian Mennonite immigrants arriving at Trent Ranch, northeast of Tofield. There were 14 charter members in 1928. They met in family homes and, because transportation was difficult, not very frequently. In 1936 the Trent Ranch dissolved and so many families moved to the Lindbrook area. In 1937-1938 many families from Crowfoot also moved the Lindbrook area. In 1939 they had outgrown family homes and so rented facilities were used for meeting places. In 1940 they decided to build their own meeting house between Tofield and Lindbrook, called the M.B. Church of Lindbrook. In 1963 a larger meeting house was completed south of Tofield called the M.B. Church of Tofield. In 1971 the congregation adopted the pastor system. In 1977 the congregation again changed its name to the Tofield Gospel Church. In 1982 the congregation again built a larger meeting house north to Tofield. The leaders of the congregation were: Abram Froese (1928-1935), P. J. Warkentin (1936-1959), H. Huebert (1960-1961), J. J. Dueck (1962-1965), George Quiring (1966-1970), H. H. Epp (1971-1976), John M. Schmidt (1977-1980), P. H. Warkentin (1980-1981), Randy Benson (1981-1986), Calvin Buehler (1987-1993), Tom Peachey (1994-1997), Carl Ibbotson (1997), Wilfred Richert (1998- ).

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Records were transferred to the Centre for M.B. Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1985. Some records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. That microfilmed material includes church membership, family, baptismal, and marriage registers, minutes of congregational meetings and church council meetings.

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This fonds consists of a brief congregational history (1985), a congregational address list (1967), baptismal register (1978), marriage register (1978), membership and family register (1978), congregational meeting minutes (1928-1978), congregational church council meeting minutes (1975-1978).

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Some German.

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