Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship (Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada)
In 1962 Dawson Creek Mennonite Brethren Church began as an outreach program of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Its first core group was teachers who had moved to the area and taught in Dawson Creek. This congregation became part of the Mennonite Brethren conferences in 1963. Jacob "Jay" Neufeld was the first pastor.
Through the efforts of Dan Reimer, who had already been in the area, this group was able to rent an old school for one dollar a month, including all facilities. This served as their meeting place for one year, while plans were being made to build a sanctuary using volunteers. The congregation moved into their completed building in 1965.
In 1978 the church changed its name to Northgate Community Church. In 1986 the church changed its name again to Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church. Beginning in 2003, the congregation was led by a board of three elders. This group has included Ernie Klassen, Wayne Plenert, Lois Klassen, Annemarie Sawatzky, and Violet Williams.
Membership increased until 1998-2002 when it stood at 73. By 2004 the membership had decreased to 23 and to 12 by 2010.
The congregation left the BC Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and was accepted into the membership of Mennonite Church British Columbia as Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship on 27 February 2016.
Canadian Mennonite (28 August 1959): 1.
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church." http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/british_columbia_archives/northgate_community_church_archives/ (accessed 9 November 2009).
Mennonite Brethren Herald (28 April 2000); (14 September 2001).
Mennonite Reporter (16 October 1989): 5.
Neufeld, Jay. "Northgate MB Church." Personal e-mail (10 November 2009).
Penner, Peter. No Longer at Arms Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1987: 130-131. Available in full electronic text at: https://archive.org/stream/NoLongerAtArmsLengthMBChurchPlantingInCanadaOCRopt?ref=ol#mode/2up.
Plenert, Delores. "Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church." Personal e-mail (7 June 2011).
Various items, including 1 p. congregational history, in Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Winnipeg, MB): Volume 1263-1266; NP186; NP149-01, NP091-01; NMV74-1.
Address: 1800-109 Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2V5
Website: Northgate MB Church
General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1963-2011)
Mennonite Church British Columbia (2016-present)
Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church Leading Ministers
|Jacob "Jay" Neufeld||1962–1964|
|John E. Friesen||1979–1983|
|John F. Klassen||1983–1997|
Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church Membership
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||February 2016|
Cite This Article
Klager, Andrew and Richard D. Thiessen. "Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship (Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2016. Web. 26 Jun 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Northgate_Anabaptist_Fellowship_(Dawson_Creek,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=163571.
Klager, Andrew and Richard D. Thiessen. (February 2016). Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship (Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 June 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Northgate_Anabaptist_Fellowship_(Dawson_Creek,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=163571.
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