Foothills Community Church (Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada)

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Pincher Creek Mennonite Brethren Church, 1950
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies

Foothills Community Church began on 18 October 1947 as the Mennonite Brethren Church of Pincher Creek; it began as a church plant of the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren congregation and organized as a separate congregation in 1948 with 20 charter members. In 1972 it became Foothills Gospel Chapel, and in 1983 Foothills Community Church.

On 23 October 1949 the church dedicated its first building, located four miles east of Pincher Creek on the Halifax Road. After moving the building into town at 520 Charlotte Street and doing some renovating, the building was rededicated on 10 November 1968.

In 1999 the local Alliance Church joined with Foothills, the Alliance property was purchased, and a new building erected. It was completed in 2004, with first services held in October 2004.

The congregation closed on 31 January 2014. The building and church assets were given to the Alberta Mennonite Brethren Conference for a possible church plant in the future.


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Additional Information

Address: 1200 Ken Thornton Blvd., Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0

Telephone: 403-627-4314

Denominational Affiliations:

Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Website: Foothills Community Church

Foothills Community Church Pastors

Name Years
David A. Durksen 1947-1969
George Reimer 1969-1975
No Pastor 1976
Victor J. Nickel 1977-1981
Henry Nikkel  1981-1984
Gary Andres  1984-1992
Ed Schmidt 1992-1995
Peter Boschman (interim) 1995-1996
Blake Wagner  1996-2000
Leo Siemens & George Reimer (interim) 2000
Ernie Bergen 2001-2012
Jim Nightingale 2012-2014

Foothills Community Church Membership

Year Members
1965 19
1985 33
1995  27
2000 27
2010 21

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published June 2014

Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Foothills Community Church (Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2014. Web. 9 Jul 2020.,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=163439.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (June 2014). Foothills Community Church (Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 July 2020, from,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=163439.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 181. All rights reserved.

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