About Us

Who Are We - ECCC

"The Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada (ECCC), a denomination in Canada, and a regional conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is a community of churches in covenant with God and one another. We single-mindedly confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and the Bible as the Word of God, the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct. As a family of churches, we enjoy diversity in all other matters of faith and practice, refusing to let them divide us or detract from our common mission."


Our core beliefs can be summed into the following affirmations:

We affirm the centrality of the word of God.

We affirm the necessity of the new birth.

We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.

We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.

We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.

We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.


History of MECC

Immigrants from the Scandinavian countries arriving in Winnipeg during the latter part of the 1800's and the early 1900's were often contacted by "The Swedish Church" of Winnipeg MB, organized in 1885, the only Scandinavian church in Canada at the time. Communities sprang up all over Canada including one just south of Minnedosa, MB. It was originally named Smoland because many of the families came from the same province in Sweden.

In 1908 a group met in the home of John Berg under the leadership of Rev. J. E Bjorklund and the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Mission Church was formed, later known as the Smoland Mission Covenant Church, and presently Minnedosa Evangelical Covenant Church.

The first church building, Smoland Mission Covenant Church, was started October 29, 1909. In 1957, the Smoland church building burned down. In that same year, the congregation began new construction of a church building in the town of Minnedosa. In 2008, upgrades were made to the church building adding a new foyer to the front of the church building with offices, coat room and elevator.

Frost, Edward S. History of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Minnedosa, Manitoba . 1958.

Leadership

Lead Pastor - Jeff Loewen

Jeff and Ingrid grew up in western Canada and have been married since 1984. They arrived to serve Minnedosa Covenant Church in the fall of 2015 after serving and living in Minnesota for 21 years. Ingrid is a piano teacher and accompanist and enjoys reading and gardening and is always busy doing something. Jeff enjoys racket sports, board games and woodworking when he can find the time.

Youth Pastor - Sean Dyck

Sean began as the youth pastor at MECC in 2016. His wife, Heidi and son Jacoby have lived in Minnedosa since 2016. Sean is originally from Minnedosa, and grew up in MECC. He spent a couple years in Winnipeg attending Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) where he graduated from the one year discipleship program Outtatown, and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree. Heidi is a middle school teacher and enjoys camping, canoeing and volleyball. Sean enjoys spending time fishing, hunting, and playing soccer. In summer Sean has a passion for camp and spends many weeks up at Covenant Heights Bible Camp.

For more information about our church, what we believe, or other churches within the ECCC please contact us!