Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta


MHSA Archival Description Record

Title and Physical Description
Neukirchner Mennonite Church fonds. — 1928-1945. — 3 cm of textual records

Administrative History
The Neukirchner Mennonite congregation at Chinook, Alberta began services about 1926, and formally organized in 1928. It was comprised of members from Chinook, Sedalia and New Brigden. William Martens is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union. The language of worship was German. Several of the church members were elected to the ministry and ordained: Peter Regehr, Abraham Epp, Jacob Neufeld, Henry Dyck, Wilhelm Pauls, and David Boese. Gerhard Schmidt and Gerhard Baergen were ordained as Deacons. The congregation dissolved in 1944 due to loss of membership during the Depression. It had been affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Canada.

Custodial History
The records were transferred to the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta.

Scope & Content
The fonds consists of a congregational register book, minutes, correspondence, and account books.

Variations in Title Proper
Also known as Chinook/Sedalia Mennonite Church fonds.

Source of Supplied Title
Title based on name of church in Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (viewed February 2012)

Source of Acquisition
Gift by Conference of Mennonites in Alberta through Henry Goerzen, CMA Archivist.

Access Restrictions
Access to personal information in church registers & financial records is subject to MHSA privacy policy

Finding Aids
See Files Inventory

Related Materials
For records related to the Neukirchner Mennonite Church fonds, see Mennonite Church Alberta fonds

Not expected

Accession 2002.013
Language - German
     * Canadian Mennonite Encyclopaedia <>.
     * Mennonite Reporter (13 December 1982): 10.
     * Klassen, Irene Epp. "The Neukirchner Mennoniten Gemeinde von Chinook-Sedalia (1928-1950)." Mennonite Historian 8:4 (December 1982); 9:1 (March 1983).
     * Klassen, Irene. "The Neukircher Mennoniten Gemeinde von Chinook-Sedalia." Mennonite Life 39:1 (March 1984).
     * Dick, C. L. The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: a History of its Churches and Institutions. Edmonton: The Mennonite Conference of Alberta, 1981, 147 pp.
Of genealogical interest: file 1
Last updated 19 Sep 2003 - Judith Rempel
Revised March 2012

Files Inventory

1 - Churchbook of the Neukirchner Mennonite Church at Chinook-Sedalia, Alberta - 1928-1937 [oversize]
2 - Minutes and Correspondence - 1928-1937
3 - Accounts Book of the Neukirchner Mennonite Church at Chinook, Alberta - 1932-1940
4 - Program Plans, Minutes, Correspondence, Family Group Sheets, etc. - 1929-1945

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