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Emmanuel Community Church – Pierceland, SK

Proper Title

Emmanuel Community Church fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

25 cm of textual records and 2 photograph albums

Administrative History

The Emmanuel Community Church was originally known as the The Pierceland Mennonite Brethren Church. It began as a mission church under the auspices of the Western Children’s Mission.

Beginning in 1939, Bethany Bible School students visited homes in the area and taught Daily Vacation Bible School. They also held church services in homes or in local schools. People actively involved in the beginning were Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Dyck, Ben Kroeker (Brotherfield), and George Giesbrecht (Hepburn). The first church building was made of squared logs and was built by local Christians. At first the building was divided into an auditorium and a manse. In 1960, a new church was built.

In 1994, the church changed its name to Grace Community Church. In 1997, the church joined with another church in the community known as the Victory Chapel. The new name of the church after this merger was Emmanuel Community Church.

In 2009, the church restructured under a new vision and name, Pierceland Community Church. However, by 2012, the congregation took up again the name Emmanuel Community Church.

Pastors were Abe Wiebe (1939–1944, 1947–1950), Dave Fehr (1945–1946), John G. Willems (1952–1956), Albert Pahlke (1956–1958, 1969–1971, 1973–1977), Waldo Lepp (1958–1959), George Reimer (1959–1963), Walter Penner (1963–1967), Adolph Redekopp (1967–1969), Carroll Hill (1971–1974), Isaac Sawatzky (1977–1992), Vince Hill (1993), Steven K. Wiebe (1994–1999), interim Ralph Gliege (1999–2000), John Enns-Wind (2001–2002), Ron Hewitt (2005–2008), Rob Kroeker (2008–2011), and Frank Poirier (2011–2020).

In 2022, the church withdrew from the Saskatchewan MB Church conference.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of some historical notes.

Custodial History

Most of these historical notes were at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies before 1996, while file 1 came from the Bethany Bible School Archives. The last accrual was in 2024.


  • Volumes 622 and 665.
  • Acc. Nos.: 2023-03; 2024-01.
  • Finding aid: consists of a file list. The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BF524.
  • Updated by Conrad Stoesz September 4, 2008; and Jon Isaak, March 2023 and January 2024.
  • No restrictions on access.

File List

Volume 622

  1. Historical notes. -- 1978?
  2. “History of Church.” -- 1978?
  3. “The Mennonite Brethren Church, Pierceland, Sask,” a history of the church, including two photographs – one of the church building and one of the congregation. -- 1985.
  4. Financial report. -- 1995.
  5. Minute book. -- 1990–2014. {Acc. no. 2023-03}
  6. Membership record book of the Pierceland mission group organized under the Western Children's Mission. -- 1948.
  7. Church membership and baptismal register. -- 1948–2000.

Volume 665

  1. Correspondence related to the withdrawal of Emmanuel Community Church (ECC) from SKMB. -- 2008–2023.
  2. Annual church business meetings--agendas, reports, correspondence, minutes. -- 1968–2022.
  3. Church office correspondence. -- 1959–2000.
  4. Elder board meetings--agendas, reports, correspondence, minutes. -- 1999–2020.
  5. ECC constitutions and related documents. -- 1971–2021.
  6. Victory Chapel board meeting documents. -- 1995–1997.
  7. ECC membership records--certificates, transfers, family data, address directory. -- 1964–2003.
  8. ECC photo album--images of congregation, worship services, activities, summer camp, etc. -- 1986.
  9. ECC photo album--images of congregation, worship services, activities, summer camp, etc. -- 1987.
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