Formerly Elim Mennonite Brethren Church
2 cm of textual records and one reel of microfilm.
The Gnadenau church began holding services in homes in 1908 and had 34 members. In 1910 the church spilt into two groups, Gnadenau (in the Flowing Well area in the north) and Elim (around the Kelstern area). The Elim church then joined the Mennonite Brethren Conference with 52 members. Peter P. Penner was the first minister.
From 1911 to 1918 the Elim congregation met in the Queen Centre school. The first building was built on a farm about 3 miles west of Kelstern in 1918. The members of the congregation originated through immigration from Russia, Germany, and the United States.
In 1954 the church building was moved to the town of Kelstern. In 1968 the Gnadenau and Elim churches joined and continued to meet in the Elim Church. A new church was built in 1998. In ca. 1998 the church name changed from Elim Mennonite Brethren Church to Kelstern Community Church.
Congregational leaders prior to 1950 included Peter Penner, Jacob Mueller, Gustav Ewert, Paul Koop, Jacob J. Knelson, Abram J. Redekopp and John G. Redekopp. Leaders after 1954 were paid pastors which include Jacob Kehler (1953–1956), Henry Dueck (1956–1958), Jacob Schmidt (1959–1962), J.J. Thiessen (1967–1973), Henry Martens (1973–1977), Earl Wanamaker (1977–1979), Wesley Ulriksen (1979–1983), Bill McGladdery (1983–1989), Archie Jantzen (1989–1993), Arnie Armstrong (1994–2000), Ray Ulriksen (2001– ). The church’s address is now Hodegeville, Saskatchewan.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of membership records, congregational meeting minutes, young peoples records, and histories. These records show the activities and members of the church. The history items give a good account of the church’s life up to 1985.
The custodial history of this fonds in unclear.
Textual file list
- Volume 615.
- Described by Conrad Stoesz June 6, 2002, microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003.
- No restrictions.
- Finding aid consists of a file list.
- Location: Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren churches congregation BF517; microfilm R46.
- Language: Much in German.
Microfilm file list
- Young people’s meetings at the Elim MB Church showing the topic titles and speakers. – 1911–1945.
- Elim Mennonite Brethren church of Kelstern 1910–1985 history book. – 1985.
- Elim MB Church history. – 1979, 1985, 1989.
- Church directory. -- [198-?].
- Annual reports. -- 2001-2003.
- Membership list and church correspondence. -- 2001.
- Bulletins. -- 2001.
- Bulletins. -- 2005.
- Bulletins. -- 2006.
- Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Dec.1909–Oct.1941. – p.1270–1568.
- Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Aug.1941–Nov.1969. – p.1569–1865.
- Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Nov.1969–Apr.1976. – p.1866–1954.
- Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Nov.1976–May 1978. – p.1955–1975.
- Membership and Family Records (Books I & II). – 1908–1978. – pages 2269–2357 (+70).