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Abbotsford Chinese Christian Church was established in 1989 under the sponsorship of the British Columbia (BC) Conference of Mennonite Brethren (MB) Churches Board of Church Extension, with Yiu-Tong Chan serving as pastor from 1990 to 1996. The church formally chartered in 1990 and became financially self-supporting in 1993. The congregation joined the BC MB Conference in 1991. The Chinese community in Abbotsford is small, and Chan opened a Chinese school to introduce non-Christian families to the congregation and eventually to the Lord. In the beginning, the church shared a building with King Road Mennonite Brethren Church. When King Road built a new sanctuary in 1995, the Chinese congregation was given sole use of the old sanctuary.  At that time the congregation had 35 members. Chan left in 1996 to become pastor of Vancouver Chinese MB Church. He was replaced by Walter Lee, but he left in 1999.

The congregation dissolved in 2006.  A number of the members joined the King Road congregation where they are involved in a Chinese Bible study, while a number of other members began attending a Christian Reformed congregation in Abbotsford.

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Mennonite Brethren Herald (June 30, 1995): 14; (July 19, 1996) http://old.mbconf.ca/mb/mbh3514.htm.

“We Are in the Same Family.” Mennonite Brethren Herald 40, no. 21 (November 9, 2001). http://old.mbherald.com/40-21/family.html (accessed 19 May 2008).

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Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1991-2006)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1991-2006)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches of North America (1991-2003)

Abbotsford Chinese Christian Church Ministers

Minister Years
Yiu-Tong Chan 1990-1996
Walter Lee 1997-1999
Lup Chee Ngai 2002-2004

Abbotsford Chinese Christian Church Membership

Year Members
1991 13
1996 35
2001 30
2005 79


Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published December 2009


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Thiessen, Richard D. "Abbotsford Chinese Christian Church (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2009. Web. 21 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Abbotsford_Chinese_Christian_Church_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=125557.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (December 2009). Abbotsford Chinese Christian Church (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Abbotsford_Chinese_Christian_Church_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=125557.




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