From GAMEO
Jump to: navigation, search

Contents

Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church, ca. 1950
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church, Black Creek, BC, 2012.

The Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church, 11 miles (18 km) north of Courtenay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, is a member of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. On 30 December 1934, a group of seventeen Christians began plans for the formation of what was to become the Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church. The decision was formalized 6 January 1935, with 34 members under the leadership of Franz Friesen, who served as the first pastor. After considerable discussion, the name Merville Mennonite Brethren Church was chosen, since, at that time, Merville, British Columbia was the closest post office. However, as of a 1 February 1937 meeting, the official name was changed to Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church. During this same meeting, members also decided to seek affiliation with the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

Land for a building site was donated by a Mr. Goertzen and Henry Falk, and a five-dollar per member levy also helped cover costs. The building was dedicated December 1937, and with a 150 seating capacity, served the church until 1953. At this time a new structure, seating about 200 people, was built almost entirely with volunteer labour. The new building was dedicated 11 April 1954 with J. F. Redekop and Johannes A. Harder as guest speakers.

In 1960, the congregation hired Johannes A. Harder as its first paid pastor - John A. Goerz had been the first paid minister. Harder served the church for three years, helping it through a difficult transition to English-language services. 

A foyer section with additional Sunday school classes was added in the summer of 1966, and, in 1973, a two storey educational wing was added.

In 2010 the congregation had a membership of 242 and an average attendance of 178.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 13.

Archival Records

Microfilmed records at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 7898 Island Highway, Black Creek BC  V9J 1G5

Phone: 250-337-5423

Church website: Black Creek MB Church

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1935-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1935-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches of North America (1935-2002)

Black Creek MB Ministers

Minister Years
Jacob Falk 1940-1942
John A. Goerz 1942-1956
Jacob B. Falk 1956-1960
Jacob Schoenke 1940-1960
Cornelius Thiessen 1956-1960
Bernard Falk 1956-1960
Alvin Philippsen 1956-1960
Abert Wedel 1956-1960
Johannes A. Harder 1960-1963
John E. Klassen 1963-1974
Albert Durksen 1975-1980
John Falk 1981-1985
Alvin Philippsen 1985-1986
Barry Falk 1987-present

Black Creek MB Membership

Year Membership
1935  25
1941 45
1945 27
1950 52
1955 69
1960 89
1965 91
1970 95
1975 82
1980 75
1985 75
1990 69
1995 128
2000 163
2004 205
2010 242

[edit] Maps

Map:Black Creek MB Church (Black Creek, BC)


Author(s) John A. Goerz
Hugo Friesen
Date Published November 2010


[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Goerz, John A. and Hugo Friesen. "Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church (Black Creek, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 23 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Black_Creek_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Black_Creek,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=115395.

APA style

Goerz, John A. and Hugo Friesen. (November 2010). Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church (Black Creek, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Black_Creek_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Black_Creek,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=115395.




Hpbuttns.gif
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 351. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.


©1996-2014 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.