House of Praise (Terrace, British Columbia, Canada)

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Mennonites first moved to Terrace, British Columbia in 1950 and joined together to worship regardless of denominational affiliation along with other evangelicals, forming the Terrace Gospel Chapel. Eventually the group asked for assistance from the West Coast Children's Mission (WCCM), and Aaron Schmidt was sent in response to provide pastoral leadership. The group, composed of people from eight denominational backgrounds, was divided over whether or not they should affiliate with the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. In 1956 a WCCM mission church was established with 25 members but the group did not officially join the Mennonite Brethren. Schmidt served until 1960, when he left for Kitimat. In May 1961 a vote regarding denominational affiliation was taken, but no group received the required two-thirds majority (the Associated Gospel Church received the most votes).

In April 1962 WCCM support was withdrawn and those from the chapel who wished to affiliate with the Mennonite Brethren helped to form the Terrace Mennonite Brethren Church in 1963, while those who remained in Terrace Gospel Chapel joined the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. The first building was occupied in 1963. The congregation withdrew from the conference in 1981.


Canadian Mennonite (27 April 1962): 3.

Penner, Peter. No Longer At Arms Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1987: 81.

Additional Information

Address: RR 3, Terrace, BC  V8G 4R6

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1963-1981)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1963-1981)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1963-1981)

House of Praise Ministers

Minister Years
Aaron Schmidt 1955-1960
Jake H. Friesen 1960-1961
Norman Fehr 1961-1962
Alvin Penner 1962-1968
John Balzer 1968-1972
Jake Martens 1972-1973
Dwayne Barkman 1973-1977
Arnold Peters 1977-1981

House of Praise Membership

Year Members
1963 16
1965 17
1970 16
1975 34
1980 34

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published November 2009

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Thiessen, Richard D. "House of Praise (Terrace, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2009. Web. 14 Nov 2018.,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=142480.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (November 2009). House of Praise (Terrace, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 14 November 2018, from,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=142480.

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