Portage Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church

Address:1420 Portage Avenue
Use:Place of worship
Original Use:Place of worship
Other Work:2012, Roof refinished with asphalt shingle
Architects:Herbert and St. Lawrence
Tours:Part of the QR Code Tour

Significant Dates

  • 1930, Services begin
  • October 4 1936, Church formally organized
  • 1940, Services held in the former Wesley Methodist Church at William and Juno (with seating for 1,200)
  • September 15 1960, Sod Turning Ceremony (J. P. Neufeld)
  • 1961, Building completed
  • September 2005, The Portage Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church dropped the Mennonite Brethren from its name, now known as The Portage Avenue Church

Design Characteristics

  • Membership in 1950 is 279, around time of construction in 1965 membership increased to 477, peaking in 1985 at 667.
  • Large A-frame structure with single storey, flat roofed hall and office wing on south side (rear) of church
  • Church and hall finished in light coloured brick


  • Ed. Huebert, Jantz and Longhurst. Looking Back in Faith: 1888-1988. Manitoba: Mennonite Brethren Centennial Committee, 17.
  • Golden Anniversary: 1936-1986. Winnipeg: Portage Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church, 1986.
  • Herman Neufeld and Marlene Epp. "Portage Avenue Church". Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2010.
  • Walking in Wolseley. Winnipeg: The Manitoba Historical Society, 1988.
  • John A. Toews,. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975. 162.