©Mennonite Heritage Centre 2002
Last updated April 17, 2002

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Title: Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church fonds
Dates: 1951-1990
Extent: 8 cm of textual records
Extent: 1 microfilm reel

Historical note

The congregation originated through settlers moving into the area from the "West Reserve" after a number of local Mennonite families immigrated to Mexico and South America. The congregation began services about 1933, and formally organized in 1938. The first building was constructed in Spencer in 1939. William Heinrich is considered the founding leader of the group. Subsequent building programs occured in 1949 and 1970. In 1970 the congregation built a new building at Grunthal. They were then known as the Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church. The building was expanded in 1983. Wilhelm Heinrichs gave leadership to the group from 1936 to 1946. Other leaders of the congregation were: Peter Dyck (1956-1973), John Wiebe (1974-1999), Edwin Klippenstein (2000), Colin Plett (2001- ). This congregation withdrew membership from Mennonite Church Manitoba in 2001.

Scope and content note

The fonds contains church council meeting minutes (1972-1989), congregational meeting minutes (1951-1956, 1971-1989), membership and family register (1981-1990), ministerial meeting minutes (1972-1982), annual election meeting minutes (1971-1981), congregational constitution ([198-?]), and miscellaneous documents. The records pertain to the congregational activities in Grunthal.

Finding aids

Inventory file list available.



Some German.

Restrictions on access

No restrictions on access.

Other notes

Some textual records were microfilmed in 1982. Textual records were deposited at the Mennonite Heritage Centre in 1994. Described by Bert Friesen 22 November 2001.

Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church fonds file list:

Volume 4318

  1. Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church council meeting minutes (1981-1989)
  2. Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church congregational meeting minutes (1981-1989)
  3. Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church family register (1981-1990)


(MHC Project No. __; MHC Microfilm no. 627)