of Alberta

Donald Stoesz fonds

Accession 2009.010

Title and Physical Description

Donald Stoesz fonds. — 2006. — 2 cm of textual records

Administrative/Biographical History

Donald Stoesz and his twin brother, Dennis, were born in 1954 to Erdman C. and Sara (nee Unger) Stoesz in Altona, Manitoba.  Donald married Naomi Brubacher in 1982 and they have four children, Matthew (1989), twins Kevin and Justin (1991), and Sonya (1993).  Donald and Dennis were educated at the former Canadian Mennonite Bible College,  Donald graduating in 1975 and Dennis in 1977 with a Bachelor of Theology. Donald went on to receive a B.A. Honours from the University of Manitoba in 1979, an M. Divinity from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in Elkhart, Indiana in 1981, and a Ph.D. in theology from McGill University in 1991. His dissertation was entitled, “The Confessional and Apologetics Aspects of Gordon Kaufman’s Thought: An Interpretation”.

Donald served as youth pastor at Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary, Alberta from 1981-1983, as faculty assistant and part-time lecturer at McGill University from 1986-1997, as chaplain in the Quebec federal prison system from 1989-1998, and as prison chaplain at Bowden Institution in Central Alberta from 1998 to the present. He has served on a variety of boards and committees, including the Canadian Theological Society, the Bowden Minor Hockey and Soccer League Boards, Bridge Ministries and COSA boards with Mennonite Central Committee in Alberta, and on the Bergthal Mennonite Church Council. Both he and Naomi have been members of Bergthal Mennonite Church since 1999.

In addition to publishing a variety of articles in religious Journals, he contributed a chapter on Gordon Kaufman’s thought in a 1993 Festshrift in honour of Gordon Kaufman. He has also written a spiritual journey book, entitled, The Intimate Presence of God, (2003) and is currently working on a book on prison ministry, entitled, “Glimpses of Grace: Personal Reflections of a Prison Chaplain.”

Scope & Content

The fonds consists of two self-published monographs, “Mapping the Trajectories of the Manitoba Bergthaler-Sommerfelder Split of 1892” and “Sermons and Services of the Sommerfelder Stoeszs”.

Source of Acquisition

Gift from Donald Stoesz


Accession 2009.010
Last updated 2 Jul 2009 – Judith Rempel
Revised July 2012

GRANDMA #179091

File List

1 – 1 “Mapping the Diverging Trajectories of the Manitoba Bergthaler-Sommerfelder Split of 1892” – 2006
1 – 2 Sermons and Services by Sommerfelder Stoeszs – 2006