Arabic Evangelical Church (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada)
The Arabic Evangelical Church began in 1991 and formally organized in 1993 under the leadership of Sammir Youssef. It joined the British Columbia (BC) Conference of Mennonite Brethren (MB) Churches the same year. The language of worship is Arabic. The congregation began meeting in New Westminster but later moved to Surrey. Reda Hanna began serving the congregation as pastor in 1998. The congregation was originally funded by the BC MB conference Board of Church Extension, but went off that board's subsidy in 1999. In 1998 the church met Friday afternoons in New Westminster, and also held a Bible study and youth meeting on Saturday evenings in Surrey, BC and a Bible study on Friday evenings in Abbotsford, BC. By 2005 the congregation was meeting Sunday evenings, while the Abbotsford group had organized as a separate congregation (Abbotsford Arabic Church) and joined the BC MB conference in 2000.
In 2010 the congregation had 35 members and an average weekly attendance of 45.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (16 July 1993): 14; (4 March 1994): 13-14.
Mailing address: 15133-82A Ave., Surrey BC V3S 8R1
Location: Regent Christian Academy, 15100 - 66A Avenue, Surrey BC
Arabic Evangelical Church Ministers
Arabic Evangelical Church Membership
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