Our Pastors

Affirmation Statement

Charleswood Mennonite Church is rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite tradition as a community of faith committed to becoming the body of Christ.

We welcome all persons to worship and participate with us. We acknowledge the image of God in every person including those of every gender identity and sexual orientation. We invite all to participate in our congregation’s practices such as baptism, church membership, church leadership, and marriage. We lament the prejudice and discrimination found in society and in the church, and we commit to holding each other accountable to the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.

We celebrate and affirm all persons worshiping with us. Together we seek to be a pilgrim community of mission, service, hospitality, grace, healing, justice, peace, and love.

Our History

Charleswood Mennonite Church was started in 1963 by a group of 31 charter members. Presently we have about 300 members.

Over the years we have been involved in various ministries including refugee sponsorship, inner city ministries, thrift store ministries and cross cultural ministries. We are an historic peace church, seeking to follow Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

We are part of Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Central Committee. We are an intergenerational church representing a good balance of all generations.

Our Purpose

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Lisa Enns became Co-Pastor of Charleswood Mennonite on January 1, 2021. She spent 15 years as Associate Pastor at Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, as well as a few years in Chaplaincy at Lindenwood Seniors Living and Donwood Manor Personal Care Home and Elderly Person's Housing prior to joining us at Charleswood. She is married to Kent Haase with whom she cherishes camping, biking, drinking coffee and laughing. They share four young adult children and two dogs, and bask in the quiet life of their new home and yard just outside of the city. She holds an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, a BA from University of Manitoba, and a BTheology from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now Canadian Mennonite University).

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Jeff Friesen has served as Pastor with a focus on youth and young adults at Charleswood Mennonite Church since 2004. He is a graduate of Canadian Mennonite University with a B.A. in Music, and an M.A. in Theological Studies. He is also a graduate of the Grant MacEwan school of music in Edmonton.