Beginnings:

The roots of the Northwest Mennonite Conference go back to the Anabaptist reformation in Switzerland in the 1500s. A small group of these Mennonites immigrated to Pensylvania in 1683. By the 1800s some of them moved to Ontario, Canada and a hundred years later Mennonite pioneers/homesteaders moved to  western Canada to farm in what was then the Northwest Territories.

In 1903 a bishop was sent from Ontario to facilitate the forming of a Northwest district consisting of three churches. Over the past 100 years the Northwest Conference has faithfully served its churches, mainly in rural Alberta.

Recent years have brought a period of transition and today as an independent Anabaptist body, the Northwest Mennonite Conference has restructured itself to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in our new century.

THE NEW FACE OF THE NORTHWEST CONFERENCE:

TODAY the Northwest Conference is an exciting blend of Canadian and immigrant churches.

TODAY the Northwest Conference has a strong focus on Mission with an emphasis on Christ's Great Commission across the street and around the world.

TODAY the Northwest Conference, with an eye to the future has a full time Conference Minister to encourage, support and guide pastors and churches in their mission for Jesus Christ.

TODAY the Northwest Conference with a streamlined  five member General Board leads the way in setting godly vision, upholding biblical faith, providing accountability, and promoting Christian fellowship among its members.

Like an old Oak tree, the Northwest Conference has the strength and stability of age yet demonstrates vibrant life by sending out new branches. "They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor." Isaiah 61:3b

Our Northwest Mennonite Conference Historian is Mary Burkholder of the Duchess Mennonite Church.