Bethany Christian Church (Smith, Alberta, Canada)
The Bethany Christian (formerly Bethany Mennonite) congregation began services in July 1946, and formally organized on 5 October 1947. The first building was occupied in 1960, with a subsequent building program in 1996/97. Willis Yoder is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by the Alberta-Saskatchewan Conference and Willis Yoder.
With the 1997 building, the Bethany congregation moved into town. It had been located five miles (eight km) southeast of Smith.
Minister Joe Mrak served in 2009 as a congregational leader. In 1947 there were 11 members; in 1952, 20; in 1965, 31; in 1975, 31; in 1985, 22; in 1995, 25; in 2000 26. The congregation has been affiliated with the Alberta-Saskatchewan Conference, now the Northwest Mennonite Conference, (1947-) and the Mennonite Church (1946-2001). The language of worship is English.
Mennonite Reporter 24 (8January 1996): 11; 25 (14 April 1997): 11.
Stauffer, Ezra. History of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. 1960: 4.
Willis Yoder collection at Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana contains information about the church's beginnings.
Address: Highway 2A, Smith, Alberta
Denominational Affiliation: Northwest Mennonite Conference
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