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Killarney Park Church
Source: D. Giesbrecht

By the early 1960s Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church was beginning to outgrow its facility. Fraserview and Vancouver Mennonite Brethren Church joined resources to purchase land with the intent on initiating a new church in Vancouver. At this time, Killarney Park Mennonite Brethren Church was formed, with the church building completed in 1961 and dedicated on 18 June 1961.  The congregation began with 178 chartered members, and Herbert J. Brandt was called as its first leader. Brandt became the congregation's full-time pastor in 1962.

The church experienced healthy growth in its first two decades, but began to decline in the 1980s. Economic realities and rising real estate prices resulted in an exodus of church members from the area. Pastoral instability in the 1990s also contributed to a decline in membership. Changing demographics in the vicinity of the church have encouraged the congregation in recent years to become an intentionally intercultural church.

In 2010 the congregation's mission statement was: "God is calling Killarney Park MB Church to be a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled people who embrace the City's multicultural identity by welcoming and caring for all people. Through Biblical teaching, service and worship, we celebrate our gifts and talents in our desire to impact the City with righteous living and God's message of hope." The congregation had 105 members and an average weekly attendance of 124.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (24 November 1961): 27.

Dueck, Dora. "Bridging Cultures in the Church." Mennonite Brethren Herald (7 January 2005) http://www.mbherald.com/44/01/bridging.en.html (accessed 26 August 2009).

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 18.

Mennonite Reporter (9 September 1976): 9.

"Welcome to the Killarney Park Mennonite Brethren Church: a brief look past and present." 1986, 16 pp. Mennonite Historical Society of Canada coll., Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 6426 Kerr Street, Vancouver, BC V5S 3C1

Telephone: 604-437-9638

Website: Killarney Park MB Church

Denominational Affiliation:

British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches (1961-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1961-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1961-2002)

Killarney Park MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Herbert J. Brandt 1961-1970
Robert L. Roxburgh 1971-1974
Wally Gripp 1975-1978
Jacob H. Quiring 1978-1980
Dietmar Neufeld 1980-1984
Raymond O. Bystrom 1982-1989
George Warkentin 1990-1992
Gordon Stewart (interim) 1992-1994
Ken Peters 1995-2010
David Chow 2010-present

Killarney Park MB Church Membership

Years Members
1961 178
1965 288
1970 348
1975 332
1981 336
1985 270
1990 215
1995 145
2000 141
2005 134
2010 105

Maps

Map:Killarney Park MB Church, Vancouver, BC


Author(s) Andrew Klager
Date Published November 2010


Cite This Article

MLA style

Klager, Andrew. "Killarney Park Mennonite Brethren Church (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 21 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Killarney_Park_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Vancouver,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=102089.

APA style

Klager, Andrew. (November 2010). Killarney Park Mennonite Brethren Church (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Killarney_Park_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Vancouver,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=102089.




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