Grace Mennonite Brethren Church (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)
Grace Mennonite Brethren Church was established as a result of a cooperative effort between local Mennonite Brethren and the Associated Gospel Churches (AGC) of Canada, which began ministry in the area in 1957. The product of this initial ministry was Grace Gospel Church with the congregation constructing its first building in 1960.
It was not until 1982 that Henry Unrau approached the chairperson of the AGC board to discuss a potential Mennonite Brethren church in Penticton by way of a possible collaboration between Grace Gospel Chapel and the local Mennonite Brethren who were attending the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church at the time. On 7 March 1982, the first joint service was held. With fifty-seven members, the congregation was chartered with the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches on 18 April 1982, taking the name Grace Mennonite Brethren Church. The first pastor of the new church was Edward Hamm, who began his ministry on 19 September 1982.
In 2010 the congregation's membership was 56 with an average weekly attendance of 49.
In 2018, the congregation agreed unanimously to close. A closing celebration service was held on 20 May 2018.
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Grace Mennonite Brethren Church."http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/british_columbia_archives/grace_mennonite_brethren_church_archives/ (accessed 2 December 2009).
Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 32; (26 June 1992): 19; (Winter 2019): 25.
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Winnipeg, MB): Vol. 397.
Address: 74 Penticton Ave., Penticton, BC, V2A 2M3.
Website: Grace Mennonite Brethren Church
Grace Mennonite Brethren Church Leading Ministers
Grace Mennonite Brethren Church Membership
|Date Published||February 2019|
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Epp, Marlene and Andrew Klager. "Grace Mennonite Brethren Church (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2019. Web. 20 May 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Penticton,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=163157.
Epp, Marlene and Andrew Klager. (February 2019). Grace Mennonite Brethren Church (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 May 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Penticton,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=163157.
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