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William I. Neufeld (1908–2006)

1947–2000.
170 cm of textual material and 79 photographs.

Biographical sketch

William Neufeld, son of Isaak Neufeld and Anna Koehn Neufeld, was born November 10, 1908 in Waldheim, Russia. Due to the war and revolution, the Neufeld family emigrated from Russia arriving in Winnipeg on April 16, 1926. From there, the family moved to Altona where they bought a small flour mill.

Neufeld was sent to the Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna, Manitoba from which he graduated in 1929. He went to Normal School to become a teacher, and taught for 26 years. He raised his educational level by attending summer schools and through one year of studies at the University of Manitoba, graduating with a B.A. degree. After that he became a high school teacher at Osborne, Manitoba.

He married Hilde Neufeld, born February 7, 1909, in 1941. His teaching was interrupted by World War II. Because Neufeld was a conscientious objector, the government permitted him to be a missionary with the Indians at Island Lake, Manitoba in lieu of military service. Here the Neufelds stayed for almost two years until the end of the war. He then taught at the Mennonite Educational Institute in British Columbia for thirteen years.

During this time Neufeld became very active in the church working in Sunday school, youth work, committees, and preaching. He definitely felt the Lord’s call to help spread the kingdom of God. He was active in the B.C. conference youth work, the constitution committee and in Home Missions.

In 1958 the South Abbotsford MB Church ordained him to the ministry, and a year later called him to be its pastor. After seven years there he received a call to the North Kildonan MB Church in Winnipeg, where he served for 13 years until his retirement.

In 1980, the Manitoba Conference asked Neufeld to write a history of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Manitoba upon the suggestion by the Historical Committee of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches that every province write its own history. Neufeld completed the book, called From Faith to Faith, and it was published in 1989.

During his retirement Neufeld was busy writing. In addition, the Canadian Bible Society asked him to promote its work. That assignment took him to many different churches all over Manitoba and to many different denominations. William Neufeld died August 22, 2006.

Excerpts from “The Neufelds of Waldheim: 1744–1985”

Scope and content

The William I. Neufeld fonds consists of drafts and manuscripts created by Neufeld in the process of writing his book, From Faith to Faith.  Also in the fonds, are Neufeld's research files, collected as information for his book.  The research files could be a valuable source for anyone researching the history of the Mennonite Brethren churches in Manitoba. Also, the fonds contain several sermons in both English and German written by William I. Neufeld as well as his sermon research notes and raw material. In addition, the meditations from the answering machine ministry entitled “Dial A Meditation” are also found in this collection. The photographs are of various people who were important in the history of the Manitoba Mennonite Brethren Church and of Manitoba M.B. institutions such as camps, Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, and Mennonite Brethren Communications.  Sixteen photographs are originals that were used in Neufeld's book From Faith to Faith (1989).

Custodial history

William I. Neufeld donated his original papers, printed materials, and photographs to the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies on April 8, 1992. Neufeld's published book is in the J.A. Toews library. Additional sermons and papers were donated on October 24, 2006 by his daughter Karin Suderman. On July 16, 2007, Herb Suderman (spouse of Karin) donated several German sermon notes.

Notes
Textual file list

Volume 1019 Date
1. A book review of From Faith to Faith by T.D. Regehr.  
2. First draft (56 pages) of A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. (2 copies)  
3. Manuscript of A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. (2 copies in duotang form).  
4. From Faith to Faith: A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. (4 copies in duotang form)  
5. Files created in the research and writing of the above manuscript: The first 24 files are organized alphabetically and geographically. The last 25 files are organized according to subject. File headings are:
  • Alexander
  • Altona
  • Arnaud
  • Boissevain
  • Brandon
  • Carman
  • Domain
  • Elm Creek
  • Elmwood
  • Fort Garry
  • Gnadenthal
  • Griswold
  • Horndean (Grossweide)
  • Justice
  • Kronsgart
  • Lakeview (Killarney)
  • Morden
  • Manitou
  • North Kildonan
  • Oakville (Community Fellowship) Newton
  • Salem
  • Steinbach
  • Westwood
  • Winkler
  • Mennonite History – Russia
  • J.A. Kroeker – Moskow
  • Das Molotschnaer Mennoniten Gebiet
  • Early Manitoba Mennonite – origin & settlement
  • Beginnings
  • Notes on Beginning of MB Church (H. Voth & Joh. Warkentin letters)
  • Manitoba Mennonite economic & spiritual aspects
  • Urbanization
  • Arnie Neufeld
  • Symposium
  • Interviews & Correspondence
  • Influences
  • Mennonite Quarterly Review
  • Biographies
  • Missionaries (CS, MCC)
  • Home Missions
  • Winnipeg City Mission
  • Missions to 1969
  • Mission & Church Extension (1969– )
  • Missions (1969– )
  • Mission policies (1970– )
  • Mennonite Sermons
  • Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute
  • Maps
  • Provincial Archives
  • Miscellaneous
 

Volume 1255

  1. Sermons (filed alphabetically– German and English)

            Volume 1256

1.                  Abortion (study) by Vern Ratzlaff

2.                  Anabaptist identity (study) by H.G. Krahn

3.                  Mennonite Brethren Instruction for Baptism

4.                  B.C. Conference of M.B. Church (in German)

5.                  Change – F.C. Peters at Readley Conference – 1967

6.                  Charismatic Church movement (study) by David Ewert

7.                  Article – Christ is the Answer by Tom Skinner

8.                  The Christian and his Material Possessions (study) – Leonard Siemens

9.                  Notes: Christian Schools [1964-1978]

10.              Christian Stewardship of our Money (study)

11.              Christian Philosophy of Education at MBBC (study) by F.C. Peters

12.              The Church (study) Marvin Hein; F.C. Peters

13.              Church Covenant – Mennonite Brethren (some German)

14.              Church Discipline (study papers / articles) (some German)

15.              Gemeindezucht – Church discipline – A.H. Unruh (German)

16.              The Church and the Urban Frontier – Ed Janzen

17.              Commissioning of Servants in the Church (study) by John Regehr

18.              Conflicting Authorities in the Teaching Ministry (study) by John Wall

19.              Creation (study) by Allen R. Guenther – 1976

20.              Diaconate  (studies) by William Neufeld, Roland Marsch, Waldo Heibert, R.M. Baerg, Herbert Brandt – [1967-1984]

21.              Discipleship – Sunday School Convention in B.C.; study by Clarence Bauman – 1961

22.              Divorce and Remarriage (articles / studies) – [1966-1984]

23.              Studies in Doctrine by the M.B. Study Committee – [196?]

24.              Study Doctrinal Priorities for Evangelism – R.M. Baerg

25.              Sermons by E.C. Manning

26.              “The Epistle of John” in The Christian Leader by D. Edmond Hiebert – Jan – March 1979

27.              Evangelism (articles and studies)- Henry Brucks, Gregorio Landero, Jacob J. Toews [196?-197?]

28.              Seminar – Faith and Culture in M.B. History – 1986

29.              Drama by Johann Friedrich Flattich [195?] – (German)

30.              Functional Fellowship for Evangelism (study) – Orlando H. Wiebe

31.              Group Fellowship within the Church (study paper) by J.J. Toews – 1971

32.              Guidance (article) – J.I. Packer – 1975

33.              Guilt (article in MB Herald) by Henry Regehr – 1974

34.              Habakkuk (Study) – Elmer Martens – 1969

35.              Mennonite HistorianChristian leader – Info on Mennonites [1974-1977]

36.              Study Conference (Church leaders) – Kansas by Waldo Hiebert – 1970

37.              Liberal Arts College – Communication, letters, etc. – 1959-1960

38.              Hartford Heresies – article in Time – 1975

39.              Study: M.B. Church – New Wine skins for Old Wine by Delbert Wiens – 1965

40.              The Local Church (study) by B.J. Braun – 1951

41.              Marriage of Believers with Nonbelievers (study)

42.              M.B. Brotherhood (article in the Christian Leader) by Aleen Grunau – 1970

43.               M.B. Orthodoxy (article and study) – Daniel Heinrichs, John H. Redekop – 1970, 1975

44.              Mennonite Centennial (articles) – 1974

45.              Mennonites in Exile – Stories – 1910-1912, 1918 (German)

46.              MCC – Trip to the USSR – report – 1976

47.              Mennonite Life Magazine – January 1951

48.              Mennonite Profile -  MB Herald [1970, 1975], Mennonitische Rundschau (German) [1981, 1988]

49.              Mennonite Brethren – Notes, articles (The Christian Leader) – 1974

50.              German Drama – Mennoniten con Land zu Land – 1952

51.              Mennonite World Conference (7th) – 1962

52.              Ministers Conference (studies) – J. Schmidt, H, Schwartz, A.J. Dick, H.H. Voth, J. Wall

53.              Ministers and Deacons: roles – study by John Regehr – 1976

54.              The Ministry – Study Papers – 1970

55.              Morality – Mennonite: articles and dialogue from the Forum – 1974

56.              Mother – Book Honour Thy Mother compilation of poems, prayers, readings

57.              Nature of Church (study) – Waldo Heibert “Faith at Work” – 1972

58.              New Wineskins for old wine  (study of the MB Church) by Delbert Wiens – 1965

59.              One Body – Many Churches (study) – 1977

60.              Old Testament (articles in The Christian Leader) by Elmer A. Martens – 1974

61.              The Use of the Old Testament in the Church (study) by Elmer A. Martens – 1974

62.              Pacifism (study – To Kill or Not to Kill) – March 1986

63.              Peace Material – Peace Conference – Oct. 1961

64.              Peace Conference – Europe – 1959

65.              Church, Word and World (Study Conference): The Place of Feeling in Christian Experience by W. Hiebert, The use of the OT in the Church by E. Martens, The Christian and his Material Possessions by L. Siemens, The Church and the Urban Frontier by E. Janzen – 1974

66.              The place of Preaching in the Contemporary Church (paper) by John Regehr – 1970

67.              Peace Material – studies, papers, articles – 1961, 1963, 1972

68.              Der Prediger der Gemeinde (German study paper) – 1965

69.              Preparation for death by Dick Klassen – 1987-1988

70.              Principles of Discipleship (study) – Arno Wiebe

71.              Private Schools: research – 1974, 1976

72.              Problems – Religious Teaching (study paper)

73.              Procedures in the Ordination to the Ministry – 1961

74.              Theological Conference in Reedley, California – 1967

75.              Remarriage of Divorced (study) – 1967

76.              Resolutions of the Study Conference – 1971

77.              Roles and Resources (Conference study): Man and Woman under the Lordship of Christ by H. Brandt, The Christian Woman in the Church and the Conference by D. Ewert, Mobilizing our Material Resources by D. Redekop, Mobilizing our Human Resources by A. Konrad – 1974

78.              Salvation (study) by D. Edmund Hiebert

79.              Sanctification (study)

80.              Second Coming: paper (German), article by Dr. J. Walvoord

81.              Sermons – A collection by prominent preachers eg. Ironside, Moody, etc. (all newspaper clippings)

82.              Abram Schellenberg’s story: in the MB Herald – 1969

83.              Story of English Bible by Ernest Howse – 1952

84.              Strategy of Outreach (study) by J.J. Toews

85.              Theological Issues (Lectures) – J.A. Toews

86.              The Tribulation of the Church by John E. Toews: Conference in Fresno, California, 1978

87.              War and Non-Resistance – articles, papers, studies, pamphlets. [1966-1973]

88.              The Whole Gospel (study) by Victor Adrian. – 1971

89.              Topic Articles: Modern Theology by Alan Johnson, Spiritual Maturity from Royal Bank, The Greatest Song from MB Herald, Against Cowardice by Otto Dibelius, New Christology from Christianity Today, Amos, Authority by Allen Guenther, Decision from Royal Bank, Jonah from Christian Leaders, Consensus and Change from Conference in Reedley – 1967, Rapture, Richard Wolff, Hutterites from Winnipeg Free Press, David Hathaway Story from Underground Evangelism, Gospel According to Computers by Linda Curtis.

90.              Topic articles: Child Evangelism, Thanksgiving from Christian Leader, Capital Punishment from Newspaper – 1973.

 

Volume 1257

  1. Abraham – sermon notes
  2. Acts – sermon notes (German)
  3. Acts – A study
  4. Anabaptism – sermons
  5. Biblical Studies – notes
  6. Christian Life (Mind) – notes
  7. Christmas Greetings (Church Bulletins) – 1959-1970
  8. Church – sermon notes
  9. The Church – Gemeinde (German)
  10. Colossians – Study (contains German)
  11. 1 Corinthians (German) – sermon
  12. 2 Corinthians (German) – sermons
  13. Notes: Culture – Leo Driedger
  14. Devotionals – T.V. – 1968
  15. Easter Greetings (bulletin) – [1963-?]
  16. Faith – sermon notes
  17. Familienaudacht – Mennonite Brethren Communications (German) – 1978
  18. German Sermons
  19. Drama – Glaube und Heimat – Erster Akt
  20. Sermon: Grace (Gnade) / God’s Mind (contains German)
  21. M.E.I. Graduation Address(German) – 1960
  22. Hebrews – Sermons (German)
  23. Holy Spirit – Sermon / sermon notes
  24. Home – articles and studies The Christian Position and Authority in the Home by Heggie Iverson
  25. Jakobus (James) – sermons (German)
  26. 1 John – sermons (German)
  27. 2 John – sermons (German)
  28. 3 John – sermons (German)
  29. Letter: from Kindred Press re: book by William Neufeld From Faith to Faith: The History of the Manitoba MB Church. – 1990
  30. Life of Christ / Life of the Christian: sermon notes
  31. Meditations: Materials / Ideas (contains German)
  32. Mind – sermon notes / research
  33. Ministerial Candidates Statement – 1964
  34. Miscellaneous – sermon notes (contains German)
  35. North Kildonan MB Church’s Solution to the Language Problem - 1985
  36. North Kildonan visitation to Donwood Manor (German) – 1994-2000
  37. Obedience – sermon notes
  38. Peace – sermon notes
  39. Isaiah – sermon notes
  40. Pastoral Letters – 1963
  41. 1 Peter – sermons (German)
  42. 2 Peter – sermons (German)
  43. Philemon – sermons (German)
  44. Prayer – notes and articles – 1974
  45. Prophecy – sermons
  46. Prophetic Promises concerning Christ’s Nativity (an advent service) – 1973
  47. The Old Testament prophets: notes
  48. Quotations and Reading sources
  49. Radio Messages – 1964-1966
  50. Rationale for Christian Private School
  51. Reading References (notes)
  52. Revelation – sermons (German)
  53. Revelation – Interpreted for Today: article in MB Herald by David Ewert – 1973
  54. Revelations – Outline
  55. Righteousness and Grace – sermon notes
  56. Romans – sermon notes (contains some German)
  57. Romans (Römer) – German sermon notes
  58. Sermon Ideas – notes (contains some German)
  59. Notes: Sermons (German)
  60. Notes: Grace, Second Coming, Prayer, God, Holy Spirit, Eternity, Names of Christ
  61. Sermon: John 15 (German)
  62. Sermon Topics – notes / pamphlets
  63. Sermons – when preached (date)
  64. Sermons – where preached (location)
  65. “Stiftshuette” – (German)
  66. The Teaching of Jesus (Topics from A – Z)
  67. Texts preached on – list (contains some German)
  68. 1 & 2 Thessalonians – sermon notes (German)
  69. 1 Timothy – sermon notes (German)
  70. 1 Timothy – sermons (German)
  71. 2 Timothy – sermons (German)
  72. Titus – sermons (German)
  73. Bible Studies: Thessalonicher, Knowing Catholics, Sin, Sanctification, Holiness, Israel (contains some German)
  74. Topics preached on – name / date (contains some German)
  75. Sermon: “Unity in the Church” – German
  76. Unser Reichtum durch den Glauben – sermon notes
  77. Weddings & Funerals – sermons preached (date / who for)
  78. Bible Study – Where are our Loves ones after death?
  79. Words of Comfort – Scriptures

Volume 1258

1."Dial a Mediation": Meditations -- Feb. 9-Dec. 31, 1970.
2. "Dial a Mediation": Meditations -- Jan. 1-Dec 31, 1971.
3. "Dial a Mediation": Meditations --Jan. 1-Oct. 16, 1972.
4. German Sermon notes. -- 1947-1991.
5. German sermon notes. -- 1947-1991.