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[edit] 1955 Article

The British Columbia Provincial Mennonite Brethren Conference was organized on 31 October 1931 with three local churches, Agassiz, Sardis, and Yarrow, having an approximate total membership of 170. Attracted by the mild climate and large farm incomes, the Mennonite Brethren membership of this area increased until 1948, after which a recession occurred, due to economic difficulties and floods. In 1949 there were 13 churches in the conference with a total membership of 3,077. The churches were located in the southwest part of British Columbia, with eleven in the Fraser Valley, one in the Okanagan Valley, and one on Vancouver Island, in an area stretching about 200 miles eastward from the Pacific coast along the United States border.

Activities in the conference at that time included Bible conferences, youth conferences, tract mission work, radio broadcasts, a city mission in Vancouver, and widespread daily vacation Bible school work. The institutions of the conference included a girls' home in Vancouver, the West Coast Children's Mission, three Bible schools in Yarrow, South Abbotsford, and East Chilliwack, and a high school in North Abbotsford. The conference was active in the resettling of European refugees and in the support of the relief program of the Mennonite Central Committee. C. C. Peters, secretary of the conference after 1948, contributed much to the establishment of the conference. -- G. H. Suckau

[edit] 1990 Article

The British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was organized in 1931. Johannes A. Harder, Peter D. Loewen and Cornelius C. Peters significantly shaped the Conference in its formative years.

From its inception, the conference emphasized evangelism and Christian education. The earliest outreach activities included establishing a city mission in Vancouver, and by 1945, support of the West Coast Children's Mission. Simultaneously, much emphasis was placed on Bible conferences, Sunday School conventions, and music festivals.

During the 1970s and 1980s, priority was given to church planting, including congregations among non-English ethnic groups. The conference also supports Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre, and together with the Mennonite Church British Columbia, co-sponsors Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford.

[edit] 2016 Update

In 2015 the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches had 106 congregations and 20,106 members. Those congregations had an average weekly attendance of 29,089. In 2010 the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches had 104 congregations and 19,698 members. The following congregations were members of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in 2015:

Congregation City Members Average Weekly

Attendance

Abbotsford Community Church Abbotsford 70 85
Alderbrook Community Church Abbotsford 34 150
All Nations Korean Church Port Coquitlam 50 35
Arabic Evangelical Church Abbotsford Abbotsford 50 60
Arabic Evangelical Church Surrey Surrey 35 50
Armstrong Bible Chapel Armstrong 26 43
Arnold Community Church Abbotsford 161 220
Artisan Vancouver Church Vancouver 47 300
Bakerview Hispanic Church Abbotsford 18 30
Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church Abbotsford 695 530
Beacon Communities Victoria 15 30
Bethel Chinese Christian Mennonite Brethren Church Vancouver 235 280
Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church Black Creek 218 151
Boundary Community Church Midway 24 38
Broadway Mennonite Brethren Church Chilliwack 254 270
Burnaby Pacific Grace Church Burnaby 243 300
Cariboo Bethel Church Williams Lake 138 192
Cedar Park Mennonite Brethren Church Delta 180 225
Central Community Church Chilliwack 392 630
Central Heights Church Abbotsford 805 698
Christ City Church Vancouver 0 220
Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church Abbotsford 287 383
Coast Hills Community Church Surrey 62 160
Cornerstone Mennonite Brethren Church Prince Rupert 21 43
Crossridge Church Surrey 110 270
Culloden Mennonite Brethren Church Vancouver 166 108
Deaf Community Christian Church Burnaby 20 20
Discovery Church of Ridge Meadows Maple Ridge 52 65
Discovery Community Church Campbell River 47 73
Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship Coquitlam 144 212
Epic City Church Kelowna 50 55
Esperanza Multicultural Church Richmond 30 50
Faithwerks Vancouver 36 34
Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church Richmond 196 230
Gateway Community Church Port Alberni 16 40
Gospel Chapel Grand Forks 135 226
Grace Ethiopian Evangelical Church Burnaby 85 85
Grace Mennonite Brethren Church Penticton 64 54
Gracepoint Community Church Surrey 445 438
Greendale Mennonite Brethren Church Chilliwack 251 254
Harrison Gospel Chapel Harrison Hot Springs 36 77
Heritage Mountain Community Church Port Moody 44 70
Highland Community Church Abbotsford 138 114
Hindi Punjabi Fraserview Gospel Chapel Surrey 70 70
House for All Nations Coquitlam 0 185
Hyde Creek Community Church Port Coquitlam 64 59
Imago Dei Christian Community Church Vancouver N/A 225
Jericho Ridge Community Church Langley 101 165
Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Kelowna 359 639
Killarney Park Mennonite Brethren Church Vancouver 97 99
King Road Mennonite Brethren Church Abbotsford 590 226
Lao Christian Mennonite Brethren Church Surrey 20 50
Main Street Church Chilliwack 325 823
Maple Ridge Community Church Maple Ridge 128 229
Meta Communities Vancouver N/A 35
Metro Community Church Kelowna 125 250
Ministerio Cristiano Broadway Chilliwack 25 30
Mountain Park Community Church Abbotsford 180 275
Nechako Community Church Vanderhoof 86 130
Neighbourhood Church of Nanaimo Nanaimo 110 148
New Hope Christian Church Delta 161 84
North Fraser Community Church Lake Errock 25 34
North Langley Community Church Langley 552 1,130
North Peace Mennonite Brethren Church Fort St John 171 235
North Shore Bethel Christian Mennonite Brethren Church North Vancouver 32 45
North Shore Pacific Grace Mandarin Church North Vancouver 77 73
North Shore Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church North Vancouver 136 137
Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church Dawson Creek 6 7
Northview Community Church Abbotsford 1,518 3,340
Pacific Grace Mandarin Church Burnaby 75 180
Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church Vancouver 263 340
Pemberton Community Church Pemberton 55 80
Point Grey Inter-Mennonite Fellowship Vancouver 54 34
Port Moody Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church Port Moody 317 419
Real Life Community Church Surrey 21 100
Reality Vancouver Vancouver 100 200
Richmond Bethel Church Richmond 150 85
Richmond Chinese Mennonite Brethren Church Richmond 423 170
Richmond Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church Richmond 238 250
River of Life Community Church Blind Bay 93 140
Ross Road Community Church Abbotsford 388 410
Saanich Community Church Victoria 63 67
Sardis Community Church Chilliwack 174 209
Sayward Christian Fellowship Sayward 20 30
Silver Valley Community Church Maple Ridge 42 68
Similkameen Christian Fellowship Keremeos 42 48
South Abbotsford Church Abbotsford 743 597
South Langley Mennonite Brethren Church Langley 229 300
South Vancouver Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church Vancouver 283 300
SunRidge Community Church Kelowna 50 130
Surrey Grace Mandarin Church Surrey 39 36
The Fire New Hazelton 11 21
The Life Centre Abbotsford N/A 180
The Rock Church Squamish 39 75
Tri-City Christian Church Port Moody 60 110
Valleyview Bible Church Kamloops 118 111
Vancouver Chinese Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 135 190
Vancouver Christian Logos Church Vancouver 67 110
Vancouver Vietnamese Mennonite Brethren Church Vancouver 25 35
Westside Church Vancouver 350 1,100
Westwood Mennonite Brethren Church Prince George 243 570
Whistler Community Church Whistler 45 80
Willingdon Church Burnaby 2,828 4,995
Willow Park Church Kelowna 1,038 1,040
Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church Yarrow 201 95
Totals 20,106 29,089

[edit] Bibliography

Minutes of the Annual Meetings (1931-1996). Clearbrook [Abbotsford], B.C.: B.C. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, published annually.

Klassen, Agatha E. Yarrow: A Portrait in Mosaic. Yarrow: A.E. Klassen, 1976.

Penner, Peter. Reaching the Otherwise Unreached. Clearbrook: West Coast Children's Mission 1959.

Toews, John A. History of the Mennonite Brethren Church, ed. A.J. Klassen. Fresno, Calif.: Mennonite Brethren Board of Literature and Publication, 1975, index, esp. 167-71.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 101-32310 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T 1X1

Phone: 604-853-6959

Website: BC Conference of MB Churches

[edit] British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Executive

Date of Election Moderator Assistant Moderator Secretary
1931 June 21 Johannes A. Harder   Jacob B. Harder

Peter D. Loewen

1931 October 25 Heinrich G. Dueck   Petrus Martens

Peter D. Loewen

1932 June 19 K. A. Klassen   Cornelius C. Peters

Petrus Martens

1932 November 17 K. A. Klassen   Cornelius C. Peters

Petrus Martens

1933 June 11 K. A. Klassen Johannes A. Harder Alexander Baumann

Peter D. Loewen

1933 November 26 K. A. Klassen Heinrich G. Dueck Jacob B. Harder

Cornelius C. Peters

1934 May 27 Heinrich G. Dueck    
1934 August 12 K. A. Klassen   Johannes A. Harder

Cornelius C. Peters

1934 November 25 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Peter D. Loewen

Jacob B. Harder

1935 November 10 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Peter D. Loewen

Jacob B. Harder

1936 November 8 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Peter D. Loewen

Jacob B. Harder

1937 November 21 Johannes A. Harder Heinrich G. Dueck Cornelius C. Peters

Peter D. Loewen

1938 November 27 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters

Peter D. Loewen

1939 November 11 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1940 November 10 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1941 November 2 Johannes A. Harder Heinrich G. Dueck Cornelius C. Peters

Peter D. Loewen

1942 November 15 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1943 November 21 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1944 November 25 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1945 November 3 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1946 November 16 Jacob F. Redekop Johann P. Braun Cornelius C. Peters
1947 November 8 Jacob F. Redekop Heinrich G. Dueck Cornelius C. Peters
1948 August 14 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder David A. Friesen
1949 June 11 Jacob F. Redekop Aron A. Toews David A. Friesen
1950 October 28 Jacob F. Redekop Heinrich G. Dueck David A. Friesen
1951 June 9 Heinrich G. Dueck Jacob F. Redekop David A. Friesen
1952 June 7 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder David A. Friesen
1953 June 6 Johannes A. Harder Jacob F. Redekop David A. Friesen
1954 June 12 Heinrich G. Dueck Herman Lenzmann David A. Friesen
1955 June 18 Herman Lenzmann Gerhard Thielmann David A. Friesen
1956 June 9 Herman Lenzmann Gerhard Thielmann David A. Friesen
1957 June 9 Peter R. Toews Gerhard Thielmann David A. Friesen
1958 June 7 Peter R. Toews Herman Lenzmann David A. Friesen
1959 June 6 Herman Voth Peter R. Toews Johannes A. Harder
1960 June 10 Herman Voth Peter R. Toews Abram Goerz
1961 June 9 Peter R. Toews Isaac H. Tiessen George Konrad
1962 June 8 Peter R. Toews Herman Voth David A. Friesen
1963 June 7 Henry Brucks Herbert J. Brandt Henry J. Unger
1964 June 5 Henry Brucks Nick Willems Henry J. Unger
1965 June 11 Herbert J. Brandt Nick Willems Henry J. Unger
1966 June 10 Herbert J. Brandt David H. Neumann Henry J. Unger
1967 June 2 Jacob H. Quiring David H. Neumann Hugo W. Jantz
1968 June 7 Jacob H. Quiring Peter R. Toews John H. Neumann
1969 June 6 Herman Lenzmann Jacob H. Quiring John H. Neumann
1970 June 5 Jacob H. Quiring Herbert J. Brandt John H. Neumann
1971 June 11 Jacob H. Quiring Rudie Willms Harry E. Pankratz
1972 June 9 Herbert J. Brandt Rudie Willms Harry E. Pankratz
1973 June 16 Loyal A. Funk Rudie Willms Leonard Doerksen
1974 June 14 Loyal A. Funk Harold Ratzlaff Frank Peters
1975 June 13 Loyal A. Funk Harry Heidebrecht Frank Peters
1976 June 11 Loyal A. Funk Harry Heidebrecht Frank Peters
1977 June 10 Loyal A. Funk Harry Heidebrecht Henry J. Unger
1978 June 9 Harry Heidebrecht Herbert D. Neufeld Henry J. Unger
1979 June 8 Harry Heidebrecht Herbert D. Neufeld Henry J. Unger
1980 June 13 Harry Heidebrecht Herbert D. Neufeld Henry J. Unger
1981 June 12 Herbert D. Neufeld John Schmidt Robert J. Friesen
1982 June 12 Herbert D. Neufeld John Schmidt Robert J. Friesen
1983 June 10 Harry Heidebrecht Rudy Boschman Robert J. Friesen
1984 June 9 Harry Heidebrecht Robert J. Friesen Peter Enns
1985 June 14 Harry Heidebrecht Robert J. Friesen Peter Enns
1986 June 13 Harry Heidebrecht Robert J. Friesen Peter Enns
1987 June 12 Robert J. Friesen Bill A. Wiebe Peter Enns
1988 June 10 Robert J. Friesen Bill A. Wiebe Peter Enns
1989 June 9 Robert J. Friesen Peter Nikkel John Lenzmann
1990 June 8 Robert J. Friesen Peter Nikkel John Lenzmann
1991 June 14 Herbert D. Neufeld Reuben Pauls John Lenzmann
1992 June 12 Herbert D. Neufeld Reuben Pauls John Lenzmann
1993 June 11 Herbert D. Neufeld Reuben Pauls Mark Burch
1994 June 10 Herbert D. Neufeld Reuben Pauls Mark Burch
1995 April 21 Robert J. Friesen Mark Burch
1996 May 3 Robert J. Friesen Mark Burch John Lenzmann
1997 May 2 Robert J. Friesen Peter Nikkel Peter Enns
1998 May 1 Robert J. Friesen Peter Enns
1999 April 30 Robert J. Friesen Herbert D. Neufeld Peter Enns
2000 Arnie Peters Herbert D. Neufeld Peter Enns
2001 May 4 Arnie Peters Reuben Pauls Reg Toews
2002 May 3 Christopher Douglas Reuben Pauls Reg Toews
2003 May 2 Christopher Douglas Ron van Akker Reg Toews
2004 Ron van Akker Arnie Peters Reg Toews
2005 April 29 Ron van Akker Arnie Peters Ron Redekop
2006 April 29 Ron van Akker Larry Schram Ron Redekop
2007 May 5 Reg Toews Tim Williams Ron Redekop
2008 May 3 Reg Toews Tim Williams Ron Redekop
2009 May 2 Reg Toews Ron van Akker John H. Redekop
2010 May 1 Rob Thiessen Ron van Akker John H. Redekop
2011 April 30 Rob Thiessen Ron van Akker Lorraine Dick
2012 May 5 Ron van Akker Steve Wiens Reuben Pauls
2013 May 4 Ron van Akker Steve Wiens Reuben Pauls
2014 May 3 Michael Dick Lee Francois Reuben Pauls
2015 May 2 Michael Dick Lee Francois Reuben Pauls


Author(s) G. H. Suckau
Herbert J. Brandt
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published December 2016



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MLA style

Suckau, G. H., Herbert J. Brandt and Richard D. Thiessen. "British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2016. Web. 9 Dec 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=British_Columbia_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches&oldid=141748.

APA style

Suckau, G. H., Herbert J. Brandt and Richard D. Thiessen. (December 2016). British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 December 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=British_Columbia_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches&oldid=141748.




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