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


John Braun has served as Pastor of Charleswood Mennonite Church since 1994. Prior to that he served as Pastor of Grace Mennonite Church in Steinbach from 1979-1994.

He is a graduate of University of Waterloo in Ontario and Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. He has also studied at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon and spent sabbaticals studying at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and Tantur in Jerusalem.


Jeff Friesen has served as Associate Pastor with a focus on youth and young adults at Charleswood Mennonite Church since 1994. 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.


Paul Kang as an Associate Pastor is currently serving the Korean group in Charleswood Mennonite Church since 2007.

He graduated from Canadian Mennonite Bible College with a B.Th. and also from University of Winnipeg with a M.Div. in Theological Studies.