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The Fire, New Hazelton, British Columbia
The congregation in New Hazelton began services in 1949 when two couples, the John F. Kornelsons and the George Stobbes, moved to New Hazelton for the purpose of relating the gospel to the community. A chapel, built with the assistance of the West Coast Children's Mission, was constructed and dedicated in 1952. That year, George and Rose Braun joined the venture. In 1962 the New Hazelton Mennonite Brethren (also known as Hazelton Gospel Chapel) was organized as a member congregation of the British Columbia (BC) Conference of Mennonite Brethren (MB) Churches. The congregation withdrew from the BC Conference of MB Churches in 1980 and became a nondenominational church. However they rejoined the conference in 1986.

Prior to 2010 the congregation was listed as the Community Gospel Chapel in the BC MB Conference directory. In 2010 the congregation was listed as The Fire, with Lawrence Peterson as leader, and an average weekly attendance of 30.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (23 February 1962): 1.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 29; (26 September 1997): http://old.mbconf.ca/mb/mbh3618/personal.htm (accessed 27 November 2009); (November 2007): http://www.mbherald.com/46/11/pe.en.html (accessed 27 November 2009).

Penner, Peter. No Longer at Arms Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1987: 80-81.

Additional Information

Mailing address: Box 115, New Hazelton, BC V0J 2J0

Meeting address: 3652-10th Avenue, New Hazelton, BC

Phone: 250-842-6560

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1961-1980, 1986-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1961-1980, 1986-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1961-1980, 1986-2002)

Community Gospel Chapel Ministers

Minister Years
George Braun 1952-1958
Irwin Klaassen 1959-1961
George Braun 1960-1986
Bill Keyes 1986-1993
Don Hannah 1995-1997
Don Watt (interim) 1997-1998
Henry Hanna 1998-2006

Community Gospel Chapel Membership

Year Members
1962 13
1965 10
1970 16
1975 26
1986 27
1990 20
1994 28
1998 47
2004 8


Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published November 2010


Cite This Article

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Thiessen, Richard D. "Fire, The (New Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 28 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fire,_The_(New_Hazelton,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=104216.

APA style

Thiessen, Richard D. (November 2010). Fire, The (New Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fire,_The_(New_Hazelton,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=104216.




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