Agape Fellowship (London, Ontario, Canada)
Agape Fellowship House Churches began as a weekly Bible study in 1976 in London, Ontario, Canada at the initiative of Alvin Roth, just retired as Director of Mission Services in London. The Bible studies developed into a house church model of weekly fellowship and worship. During these years it received financial assistance from the Inter-Mennonite Mission and Service Board in Ontario.
The outreach was directed at vulnerable persons living in London's inner city. Many participants were supported by Ontario government social assistance, and programs included a food pantry and weekly potluck dinners for participants.
In fall 1988 the house churches began to meet for Sunday morning worship as Agape Fellowship, with the house churches continuing. In 1989 the fellowship became a member of the new Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada. In fall 2004 the house church portion of the program ended, and in 2005 the continuing Agape Fellowship began to meet at Valleyview Mennonite Church in London.
"Changing times at Agape Fellowship." Canadian Mennonite 9, no. 15 (1 August 2005): 29.
Mennonite Reporter (10 July 1989): 9.
Rogalsky, Dave. "Agape Fellowship on the rebound." Canadian Mennonite 16, no. 7 (2 April 2012): 15.
Schiedel, Mary. "Agape Fellowship says farewell to Kipfers." Canadian Mennonite 7, no. 18 (22 September 2003): 29.
Meeting Address: 1170 Melsandra Avenue, London, ON N5Y 5L1
Pastoral Leaders at Agape Fellowship
|Enos & Doris Kipfer||1988-2003|
|Ruth Johnston (Interim)||2003-2005|
Membership at Agape Fellowship
|Date Published||December 2016|
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Steiner, Sam. "Agape Fellowship (London, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2016. Web. 22 Aug 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Agape_Fellowship_(London,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=141663.
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