Finnish Churches in North America - Saskatchewan


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Dunblane - Apostolic ("Heideman")
[Source: Saarnivaara 1947, p. 330]


Dunblane - National
Founded in 1914. Joined the Finnish National Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1914. Left the Finnish National Evangelical Lutheran Church in March 1933 to join some other church in Dunblane.
Pastors:
Tapola
[Source: Kansalliskirkko 1949, p. 357]


Glenside
A chapel of New Finland.
[Source: Raivio 1975, p. 244]


Invermay
A chapel of New Finland.
[Source: Raivio 1975, p. 244]


New Finland - Apostolic ("Heideman")
[Source: Saarnivaara 1947, p. 330]

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Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church (1920-1975)
New Finland Laestadian Congregation (1975-1977)
New Finland and Regina Laestadian Congregation (1977-)
A congregation was organized Jun 6, 1920 in the home of Henry Peterson. Money was donated for a church building, but was lost when a bank was bankrupted. An old school was bought in 1963 and used for meetings. It was sold in 1979 because when the membership diminished to a point where it was more convenient to meet at homes again. 66 paying members between 1930 and 1940. Joined with the congregation of Regina in 1977.
Pastors:
Matti Koski
Matti Tauriainen
Paul Heideman
Walter Törölä (1924-1929)
Jacob Ylioja
Otto Herrala
Adolph North
Ivar Lehtinen
Henry Alajoki
Peter Nordstrom
[Source: Eino Kallio: Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church. P. 57-58 in: Life in the New Finland Woods. A History of New Finland, Saskatchewan. Ed. by Nancy Mattson Schelstraete (1982)]

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The church was legalized in 1924.
[Source: Raivio 1975, p. 306]


New Finland - National
Finnish National Lutheran Church
New Finland Kansallis Seurakunta
Finnish National Evangelical Lutheran Church
This congregation had services in New Finland from the 1920s to the 1940s in members' homes and in a stone building (Kivikirkko) on NW22-17-33-W1.
Pastors:
Jaakko Tapola (1920s)
John Haakana
J. A. Aho
Matti Wilenius
M. Wiskari
W. Wilen (1930)
P. Miettinen (1933-1939)
[Source: Nancy Mattson Schelstraete: Finnish National Lutheran Church. P. 56-57 in: Life in the New Finland Woods. A History of New Finland, Saskatchewan. Ed. by Nancy Mattson Schelstraete (1982)]

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Was working in 1939 (?).
Pastors:
P. Miettinen (visiting)
[Source: Raivio 1975, p. 318]

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Literature:
Arvi Henry Saarisuu: Riemuvuoden virta. Wapella 1940, 69 p.


New Finland - Pentecostal
Clayridge Full Gospel Church
Founded Jul 18, 1963. Chairman: preacher Oiva Vainio, secretary: Frederick Nordlund. A house for church was bought in 1963 and moved to land donated for the church.
Preachers:
Oiva Vainio (1963-1968)
Emil Kiuru (1969-)
Aulis Lappalainen (-1975)
Eino Makela (1975-)
[Source: Eino Makela: Clayridge Full Gospel Church. P. 58-59 in: Life in the New Finland Woods. A History of New Finland, Saskatchewan. Ed. by Nancy Mattson Schelstraete (1982)]

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Preachers:
Oiva Vainio
Emil Kiuru (-1974)
Aulis Lappalainen
[Source: Raivio 1975, p. 339-340]


New Finland (Wapella) - Suomi Synod
St. John's Lutheran Church
19 families met on Nov 1, 1893 to formally establish a new congregation. The following officers were elected:
President - Jeremiah Kautonen, Secretary - Herman Huhtala, Vice-scretary - John Lauttamus, Treasurer - Mikki Myllymaki and Vice Treasurer - Andrew Jarviluoma. A church building was raised in 1907 and a parsonage in 1927, 5 miles S of the church. In 1934 the church was moved to a location near the parsonage.
Pastors and spiritual leaders:
Karl Huotari (1893, 1897
Adolf Riipa (1895)
John Bäck (1896, 1899)
Juhan Kustaa Nikander (1898, 1901)
P. Airakainen (1900)
K. Varmavuori (1902)
S. H. Ronkä (1904)
K. E. Lindstrom (1905)
P. Keränen (1906, 1909)
M: Haapala (1909)
R. Hartman (1910-1911)
H. Sarvela (1913-1924)
Alfred Haapanen (1925)
A. Korhonen (1926)
O. A. Koski (1926)
V. Koivumaki (1927)
W. Tervo (1927-1928) (first resident pastor)
A. Kopra (1929-1932)
E. A. Kyllonen (1933-1936)
Alex Wm. Koski (1937-1939, 1941-1953)
O. Stadius (1953)
F. J. Koski (1953-1957)
H. M. Steinert (1957-1958)
J. D. von Schmeling (1959)
O. Goos (1960)
L. Denef (1960)
H. Gniewotta (1959-1960)
G. Koski (1961-1962)
L. Kleebaum (1962)
E. H. Hansen (1962-1967)
Stan G. Richards (1967-1975)
G. D. Harrington (1975-1981)
[Source: Murray Knuuttila: St. John's Lutheran Church. P. 46-50 in: Life in the New Finland Woods. A History of New Finland, Saskatchewan. Ed. by Nancy Mattson Schelstraete (1982)]

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Uuden Suomen Evankelisluterilainen Seurakunta
A church was founded Nov 1, 1893, which was registered Jan 12, 1894, and joined Suomi Synod Jan 27, 1894. A church building was built in 1906 (took 5 years to build). In 1897-1898 there were arguments in the church and the National group left the church. They returned when the church was being built, but left once again in 1919. The church joined the United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA) in 1931.
Priests (visiting):
Kaarlo Huotari
Antero Riippa
Johannes Bäck
J. K. Nikander
Pekka Airaksinen
Kustaa Sahlberg
S. H. Rönkä
K. E. Lindström
Pekka Keränen
Mikko Haapala
Rafael Hartman
T. A. Samanen
Heikki Sarvela
Pastors:
Antti Kopra (1929-)
Edwin A. Kyllönen
Arvi Henry Saarisuu
Alex Koski
Frans Koski (-1954-)
[Source: Raivio 1975, p. 228-232, 236, 239 & 278-279]

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Cemeteries:
Old Cemetery
3.9 acres in SW36-17-1-W2. Bought in 1902 by the church.
New Cemetery
4 acres in NW24-17-1-W2, on land belonging to Antti Jarvi. In use from 1900. 132 lots in use.
Records:
Antti Jarvi (-1903)
John Maki (-1932)
Charlie Maki (-1937)
Eino Maki (1937-)
[Source: Ray Knuttila: Cemeteries. P. 59-60 in: Life in the New Finland Woods. A History of New Finland, Saskatchewan. Ed. by Nancy Mattson Schelstraete (1982)]

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Joined the Finnish National Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1924. Owns a church building. No activity any more.
Pastors:
J. Haakana
P. Miettinen
[Source: Kansalliskirkko 1949, p. 357]

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Literature:

  • Pekka Keränen: New-Finlandin suomalais-lutherilainen seurakunta, Saskatchewan, Canada. Paimen sanomia 3.6.1907.
  • Lauri T. Pikkusaari: Wuoristo-seurakunta 60-vuotias. 1957.
  • Arvi Henry Saarisuu: Riemuvuoden virta. Wapella 1940, 69 p.

Regina - Apostolic
[Source: Eino Kallio: Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church. P. 57-58 in: Life in the New Finland Woods. A History of New Finland, Saskatchewan. Ed. by Nancy Mattson Schelstraete (1982)]


Rock Point - Pentecostal
Founded in 1953. Dissolved because of few members, and members joined the church in Clayridge.
[Raivio 1975, p. 340]


Tantallo - Apostolic ("Heideman")
[Source: Saarnivaara 1947, p. 331]