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Garden Valley Community Church began in the summer of 1995 and held their first official service on 1 October 1995. The congregation formally organized on 28 January 1996 and joined the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in May 1996. At their charter service they received 44 new members in total, 8 by baptism, 24 by transfer and 12 by confession of faith. The congregation originated from outreach by Willow Park Church and the British Columbia (BC) Conference of Mennonite Brethren (MB) Churches. The initial pastor was Geoff Neufeld, who served the church from 1995 until 2002. The church experienced significant growth in its first year and a half, reporting 23 conversions and an average attendance of 200. In 2001 the congregation assisted in the planting of Orchard Valley Church in Winfield, BC.

At the May 2007 BC MB Conference convention, it was reported to delegates that the Garden Valley congregation had elected not to continue meeting as a church within the past year.

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Annual Convention Minutes of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Abbotsford, BC: British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1996: 46.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (12 January 1996): 13; (5 April 1996): 14; (May 30, 1997) http://old.mbconf.ca/mb/mbh3611/bc.htm (accessed 25 August 2009); (September 12, 2003) http://www.mbherald.com/42/12/personalia.en.html (accessed 25 August 2009); (February 24, 2006) http://www.mbherald.com/45/03/transitions.en.html (accessed 25 August 2009).

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Address: 228 Valley Road, Kelowna, BC V1V 2G2

Telephone: 250-763-4822

Website: Garden Valley Community Church

Denominational Affiliation:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1996-2006)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1996-2006)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1996-2003)

Garden Valley Community Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Geoff Neufeld 1995-2002
Lance Schubert 2003-2006
Terry Lam (interim) 2006

Garden Valley Community Church Membership

Year Members
1996 44
2000 123
2006 57


Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published August 2009


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Thiessen, Richard D. "Garden Valley Community Church (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2009. Web. 30 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Garden_Valley_Community_Church_(Kelowna,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114625.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (August 2009). Garden Valley Community Church (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Garden_Valley_Community_Church_(Kelowna,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114625.




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