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King Road Mennonite Brethren Church
Source: David Giesbrecht

King Road Mennonite Brethren Church originated through division from South Abbotsford Mennonite Brethren Church over the use of the German language in worship. The influx of immigrants from South America, particularly Paraguay, produced a need for a German-language congregation. The congregation began services and formally organized in 1966 with Jacob Dueck as the founding leader.

At first the congregation rented the former Poplar United Church building at the corner of King Road and Clearbrook Road. The congregation purchased the church in December of that year. It was almost immediately full, so in 1967 a new church was built on the same property. The church continued to grow and by October 1975 a building fund for an education wing was established. By 7 June 1976 it was completed. In August 1981 the church was once again outgrowing its sanctuary; in fact it was breaking fire safety codes. On 26 October 1981 the congregation voted to build on the attached land they had purchased in 1979. On 19 December 1982 the congregation moved from the old church to the new 850-seat sanctuary. The official dedication was held on 16 January 1983.

King Road has also done German Radio Ministry as well as helped the Abbotsford Chinese Christian Church get its start. In 1991 separate English and German services were established. These two services continue to operate concurrently today. In 2010 the congregation had 623 members and an average weekly attendance of 506.

[edit] Bibliography

The King Road Mennonite Brethren Church: Highlights Of The First Twenty-Five Years 1966-1991. Abbotsford, BC: King Road MB, 1991.

Klassen, A .J. The Church in the Heart of the Valley. Abbotsford, BC: Matsqui-Abbotsford Ministerial Association, 1992.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 24.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 32068 King Road, R.R.5, Abbotsford, BC V2S 4N5; located at the corner of King Road and Clearbrook Road

Telephone: 604-864-0030

Website: King Road MB Church

Denominational Affiliation:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1978-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1978-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1978-2003)

King Road MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Jacob P. Dueck 1966-1970
Jacob H. Franz 1971-1978
Peter C. Penner 1978-1981
Abram J. Klassen 1981-1984
Peter C. Penner 1985
Abe J. Konrad 1985-1994
Frank Peters 1994-1997
Alvin Enns 1997-2002
Andrew Dyck 2002-2007
Harry Heidebrecht (interim) 2007-2009
Don Petker 2009-present

King Road MB Church Membership

Year Members
1966 77
1971 214
1976 261
1980 357
1985 373
1990 423
1995 506
2000 528
2005 560
2010 623

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Map:King Road MB Church (Abbotsford, BC)


Author(s) Andrew Klager
Date Published November 2010


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Klager, Andrew. "King Road Mennonite Brethren Church (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 25 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=King_Road_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114635.

APA style

Klager, Andrew. (November 2010). King Road Mennonite Brethren Church (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=King_Road_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114635.




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