Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada)
In the spring of 1974 several families in the Coquitlam–Port Coquitlam area began meeting together for home Bible studies with the hopes of someday starting a Mennonite Brethren church in the area. They contacted the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Board of Church Extension (BOCE) and expressed their desire to call a pastor. John F. Klassen was willing to help start the church, and on 1 July 1974 the Board of Church Extension agreed to subsidize Klassen’s salary and the congregation’s operating expenses.
At the beginning, four Mennonite Brethren families, along with several others from the Coquitlam community, met on Sunday evenings in the local United Church. The group was called Burke Mountain Bible Fellowship, a name that was changed to Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship in 1981. By 1975, the congregation was officially accepted as a part of the British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches.
After several years at the United Church, the congregation sought an alternative location for their Sunday services. Westwood Elementary School served as a temporary home, but, by December of 1978, the congregation had purchased its own building. The early eighties were a time of growth, and soon an additional property was purchased, and a new building constructed. The first service in the new building was held on 28 November 1982.
In 2010 the congregation had a membership of 168 and an annual average attendance of 272.
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship." Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches: Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/british_columbia_archives/eagle_ridge_bible_fellowship_archives/ (accessed 17 March 2009).
Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 15; (October 2011): 30; (April 2012): 30.
Mennonite Reporter (4 October 1976): 10.
Records kept at church.
Address: 1160 Lansdowne Street, Coquitlam, BC V3B 5V8
Website: Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship
British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1975-present)
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1975-present)
Eagle Ridge Leading Ministers
|John F. Klassen||1974-1977|
|Harry R. Loewen||1980-1996|
Eagle Ridge Membership
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||April 2012|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2012. Web. 21 Oct 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eagle_Ridge_Bible_Fellowship_(Coquitlam,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=142905.
Thiessen, Richard D. (April 2012). Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eagle_Ridge_Bible_Fellowship_(Coquitlam,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=142905.
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