Fonds BF503; Microfilm: R13, pp.1-370. - Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

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Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

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CA CMBS BF503; Microfilm: R13, pp.1-370.

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  • 1918-2002 (Creation)

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22 cm of textual records
1 microfilm reel

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The Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church is a member of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Brotherfield, a country church six miles west of Waldheim, was the mother church of the Waldheim M.B. Church. In 1918 a number of Brotherfield members who lived in or near to the town of Waldheim decided to organize their own church because winter driving to Brotherfield was difficult. This organizational meeting was led by Elder David Dyck, the leader of the Brotherfield Church. Congregational services were held first in an empty store, next in the Empress Hotel, and then in the old public school. By 1920 the members had built a sanctuary. Pastors and ministers have been: David Dyck (1919-1925), Jacob T. Ediger (1926-1939), George Willems (1928-1944), Frank Jantzen (1946-1951), Jacob Adrian (1952-1957), Paul J. Wiebe (1958-1959), John D. Goertzen (1960-1968, 1980), Adolph Redekopp (1969-1973), Otto Derksen (1974-1979), John Schmidt (1981-1983), John Block (1984-1990) and Clarence Peters (1991-). In 1970 the Laird M.B. Church united with the Waldheim Church and in 1988 the Brotherfield Church closed and merged with the Waldheim Church.

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Many of the records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. File 1 and the Waldheim Golden Jubilee booklet came to Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies from Bethany Bible School in 1996. Most of the yearbooks and the minutes 1992-98 were transferred by Eileen Quiring of Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church in 1999, others donated in 2003.

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This fonds consists of the following series: Membership records, minutes of congregational meetings, yearbooks, church bulletins, and historical notes. The materials show the history and activities of the people involved with the church.

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Related material: Brotherfield Mennonite Brethren Church (BF529)

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Much German.

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