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[edit] 1955 Article

The British Columbia Provincial Mennonite Brethren Conference was organized on 31 October 1931 with three local churches, Agassiz, Sardis, and Yarrow, having an approximate total membership of 170. Attracted by the mild climate and large farm incomes, the Mennonite Brethren membership of this area increased until 1948, after which a recession occurred, due to economic difficulties and floods. In 1949 there were 13 churches in the conference with a total membership of 3,077. The churches were located in the southwest part of British Columbia, with eleven in the Fraser Valley, one in the Okanagan Valley, and one on Vancouver Island, in an area stretching about 200 miles eastward from the Pacific coast along the United States border.

Activities in the conference at that time included Bible conferences, youth conferences, tract mission work, radio broadcasts, a city mission in Vancouver, and widespread daily vacation Bible school work. The institutions of the conference included a girls' home in Vancouver, the West Coast Children's Mission, three Bible schools in Yarrow, South Abbotsford, and East Chilliwack, and a high school in North Abbotsford. The conference was active in the resettling of European refugees and in the support of the relief program of the Mennonite Central Committee. C. C. Peters, secretary of the conference after 1948, contributed much to the establishment of the conference. -- G. H. Suckau

[edit] 1990 Article

The British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was organized in 1931. Johannes A. Harder, Peter D. Loewen and Cornelius C. Peters significantly shaped the Conference in its formative years.

From its inception, the conference emphasized evangelism and Christian education. The earliest outreach activities included establishing a city mission in Vancouver, and by 1945, support of the West Coast Children's Mission. Simultaneously, much emphasis was placed on Bible conferences, Sunday School conventions, and music festivals.

During the 1970s and 1980s, priority was given to church planting, including congregations among non-English ethnic groups. The conference also supports Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre, and together with the Mennonite Church British Columbia, co-sponsors Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford.

[edit] 2010 Update

In 2010 the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches had 104 congregations and 19,698 members. The following congregations were members of the conference:

City Congregation Members
Abbotsford Abbotsford Arabic Church 25
Abbotsford Alderbrook Community Church 35
Abbotsford Arnold Community Church 109
Abbotsford Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church 716
Abbotsford Central Heights Church 1,005
Abbotsford Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church 307
Abbotsford East Abbotsford Community Church 79
Abbotsford Highland Community Church 83
Abbotsford Iglesia Hispana Bakerview 20
Abbotsford King Road Mennonite Brethren Church 635
Abbotsford Mountain Park Community Church 233
Abbotsford Northview Community Church 1,100
Abbotsford Ross Road Community Church 390
Abbotsford South Abbotsford Mennonite Brethren Church 809
Abbotsford The Life Centre 68
Armstrong Armstrong Bible Chapel 37
Black Creek Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church 248
Blind Bay River of Life Community Church 98
Burnaby Burnaby Pacific Grace Church 206
Burnaby Deaf Community Christian Church 53
Burnaby Esperanza Multicultural Church 55
Burnaby Grace Ethiopian Evangelical Church 50
Burnaby House for All Nations 330
Burnaby Pacific Grace Mandarin Church 130
Burnaby Willingdon Church 2,504
Campbell River Discovery Community Church 41
Chilliwack Broadway Mennonite Brethren Church 349
Chilliwack Central Community Church 340
Chilliwack Greendale Mennonite Brethren Church 268
Chilliwack Ministerio Cristiano Broadway 30
Chilliwack Promontory Community Church 253
Chilliwack Sardis Community Church 201
Chilliwack Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church 202
Coquitlam Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship 153
Delta Cedar Park Church 163
Delta New Hope Christian Church 167
Fort St. John North Peace Mennonite Brethren Church 182
Grand Forks Gospel Chapel 130
Harrison Hot Springs Harrison Gospel Chapel 61
Kamloops Valleyview Bible Church 111
Kelowna Kelowna Gospel Fellowship 231
Kelowna Sunridge Community Church 60
Kelowna Willow Park Church 1,030
Keremeos Similkameen Christian Fellowship 80
Lake Errock North Fraser Community Church 27
Langley Jericho Ridge Church 82
Langley North Langley Community Church 444
Langley South Langley Mennonite Brethren Church 214
Maple Ridge Discovery Church of Ridge Meadows 60
Maple Ridge East Ridge Community Fellowship 50
Maple Ridge Maple Ridge Community Church 121
Maple Ridge Silver Valley Community Church 22
Midway Boundary Community Church 46
Mission Northside Community Church 169
Nanaimo Neighbourhood Church 98
New Hazelton Community Gospel Chapel 30
North Vancouver North Shore Bethel Christian Mennonite Brethren Church 58
North Vancouver North Shore Pacific Grace Mandarin Church 37
North Vancouver North Shore Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church 92
Pemberton Pemberton Christian Fellowship 90
Penticton Grace Mennonite Brethren Church 61
Port Alberni Gateway Community Church 27
Port Coquitlam Hyde Creek Community Church 81
Port Moody Heritage Mountain Community Church 40
Port Moody Port Moody Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church 402
Port Moody Tri-City Chinese Christian Church 50
Prince George Westwood Mennonite Brethren Church 318
Prince Rupert Cornerstone Mennonite Brethren Church 16
Richmond Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church 202
Richmond Richmond Bethel Church 130
Richmond Richmond Chinese Mennonite Brethren Church 206
Richmond Richmond Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church 168
Sayward Sayward Christian Fellowship 19
Surrey Arabic Evangelical Church 35
Surrey Coast Hills Community Church 64
Surrey Emmaus 0
Surrey Gracepoint Community Church 468
Surrey Hindi Punjabi Fraserview Gospel Chapel 56
Surrey Lao Christian Mennonite Brethren Church 28
Surrey Real Life Community Church 21
Vancouver Bethel Chinese Christian Mennonite Brethren Church 249
Vancouver Culloden Mennonite Brethren Church 188
Vancouver Artisan 0
Vancouver Imago Dei Christian Community Church 40
Vancouver Killarney Park Mennonite Brethren Church 101
Vancouver Pacific Church 0
Vancouver Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church 298
Vancouver Point Grey Inter-Mennonite Fellowship 54
Vancouver Reality Vancouver 24
Vancouver South Hill Church 88
Vancouver South Vancouver Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church 307
Vancouver Urban Journey 40
Vancouver Vancouver Chinese Mennonite Brethren 161
Vancouver Vancouver Christian Logos Church 70
Vancouver Vancouver Vietnamese Mennonite Brethren Church 32
Vancouver Westside Church 303
Vanderhoof Nechako Community Church 74
Victoria City on a Hill 9
Victoria Saanich Community Church 67
Whistler Whistler Community Church 60
Williams Lake Cariboo Bethel Church 101
Total 19,698

[edit] Bibliography

Minutes of the Annual Meetings (1931-1996). Clearbrook [Abbotsford], B.C.: B.C. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, published annually.

Klassen, Agatha E. Yarrow: A Portrait in Mosaic. Yarrow: A.E. Klassen, 1976.

Penner, Peter. Reaching the Otherwise Unreached. Clearbrook: West Coast Children's Mission 1959.

Toews, John A. History of the Mennonite Brethren Church, ed. A.J. Klassen. Fresno, Calif.: Mennonite Brethren Board of Literature and Publication, 1975, index, esp. 167-71.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 101-32310 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T 1X1

Telephone: 604-853-6959

Website: BC Conference of MB Churches

[edit] British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Executive

Date of Election Moderator Assistant Moderator Secretary
1931 June 21 Johannes A. Harder   Jacob B. Harder

Peter D. Loewen

1931 October 25 Heinrich G. Dueck   Petrus Martens

Peter D. Loewen

1932 June 19 K. A. Klassen   Cornelius C. Peters

Petrus Martens

1932 November 17 K. A. Klassen   Cornelius C. Peters

Petrus Martens

1933 June 11 K. A. Klassen Johannes A. Harder Alexander Baumann

Peter D. Loewen

1933 November 26 K. A. Klassen Heinrich G. Dueck Jacob B. Harder

Cornelius C. Peters

1934 May 27 Heinrich G. Dueck    
1934 August 12 K. A. Klassen   Johannes A. Harder

Cornelius C. Peters

1934 November 25 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Peter D. Loewen

Jacob B. Harder

1935 November 10 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Peter D. Loewen

Jacob B. Harder

1936 November 8 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Peter D. Loewen

Jacob B. Harder

1937 November 21 Johannes A. Harder Heinrich G. Dueck Cornelius C. Peters

Peter D. Loewen

1938 November 27 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters

Peter D. Loewen

1939 November 11 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1940 November 10 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1941 November 2 Johannes A. Harder Heinrich G. Dueck Cornelius C. Peters

Peter D. Loewen

1942 November 15 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1943 November 21 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1944 November 25 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1945 November 3 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder Cornelius C. Peters
1946 November 16 Jacob F. Redekop Johann P. Braun Cornelius C. Peters
1947 November 8 Jacob F. Redekop Heinrich G. Dueck Cornelius C. Peters
1948 August 14 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder David A. Friesen
1949 June 11 Jacob F. Redekop Aron A. Toews David A. Friesen
1950 October 28 Jacob F. Redekop Heinrich G. Dueck David A. Friesen
1951 June 9 Heinrich G. Dueck Jacob F. Redekop David A. Friesen
1952 June 7 Heinrich G. Dueck Johannes A. Harder David A. Friesen
1953 June 6 Johannes A. Harder Jacob F. Redekop David A. Friesen
1954 June 12 Heinrich G. Dueck Herman Lenzmann David A. Friesen
1955 June 18 Herman Lenzmann Gerhard Thielmann David A. Friesen
1956 June 9 Herman Lenzmann Gerhard Thielmann David A. Friesen
1957 June 9 Peter R. Toews Gerhard Thielmann David A. Friesen
1958 June 7 Peter R. Toews Herman Lenzmann David A. Friesen
1959 June 6 Herman Voth Peter R. Toews Johannes A. Harder
1960 June 10 Herman Voth Peter R. Toews Abram Goerz
1961 June 9 Peter R. Toews Isaac H. Tiessen George Konrad
1962 June 8 Peter R. Toews Herman Voth David A. Friesen
1963 June 7 Henry Brucks Herbert J. Brandt Henry J. Unger
1964 June 5 Henry Brucks Nick Willems Henry J. Unger
1965 June 11 Herbert J. Brandt Nick Willems Henry J. Unger
1966 June 10 Herbert J. Brandt David H. Neumann Henry J. Unger
1967 June 2 Jacob H. Quiring David H. Neumann Hugo W. Jantz
1968 June 7 Jacob H. Quiring Peter R. Toews John H. Neumann
1969 June 6 Herman Lenzmann Jacob H. Quiring John H. Neumann
1970 June 5 Jacob H. Quiring Herbert J. Brandt John H. Neumann
1971 June 11 Jacob H. Quiring Rudie Willms Harry E. Pankratz
1972 June 9 Herbert J. Brandt Rudie Willms Harry E. Pankratz
1973 June 16 Loyal A. Funk Rudie Willms Leonard Doerksen
1974 June 14 Loyal A. Funk Harold Ratzlaff Frank Peters
1975 June 13 Loyal A. Funk Harry Heidebrecht Frank Peters
1976 June 11 Loyal A. Funk Harry Heidebrecht Frank Peters
1977 June 10 Loyal A. Funk Harry Heidebrecht Henry J. Unger
1978 June 9 Harry Heidebrecht Herbert D. Neufeld Henry J. Unger
1979 June 8 Harry Heidebrecht Herbert D. Neufeld Henry J. Unger
1980 June 13 Harry Heidebrecht Herbert D. Neufeld Henry J. Unger
1981 June 12 Herbert D. Neufeld John Schmidt Robert J. Friesen
1982 June 12 Herbert D. Neufeld John Schmidt Robert J. Friesen
1983 June 10 Harry Heidebrecht Rudy Boschman Robert J. Friesen
1984 June 9 Harry Heidebrecht Robert J. Friesen Peter Enns
1985 June 14 Harry Heidebrecht Robert J. Friesen Peter Enns
1986 June 13 Harry Heidebrecht Robert J. Friesen Peter Enns
1987 June 12 Robert J. Friesen Bill A. Wiebe Peter Enns
1988 June 10 Robert J. Friesen Bill A. Wiebe Peter Enns
1989 June 9 Robert J. Friesen Peter Nikkel John Lenzmann
1990 June 8 Robert J. Friesen Peter Nikkel John Lenzmann
1991 June 14 Herbert D. Neufeld Reuben Pauls John Lenzmann
1992 June 12 Herbert D. Neufeld Reuben Pauls John Lenzmann
1993 June 11 Herbert D. Neufeld Reuben Pauls Mark Burch
1994 June 10 Herbert D. Neufeld Reuben Pauls Mark Burch
1995 April 21 Robert J. Friesen   Mark Burch
1996 May 3 Robert J. Friesen Mark Burch John Lenzmann
1997 May 2 Robert J. Friesen Peter Nikkel Peter Enns
1998 May 1 Robert J. Friesen   Peter Enns
1999 April 30 Robert J. Friesen Herbert D. Neufeld Peter Enns
2000 Arnie Peters Herbert D. Neufeld Peter Enns
2001 May 4 Arnie Peters Reuben Pauls Reg Toews
2002 May 3 Christopher Douglas Reuben Pauls Reg Toews
2003 May 2 Christopher Douglas Ron van Akker Reg Toews
2004 Ron van Akker Arnie Peters Reg Toews
2005 April 29 Ron van Akker Arnie Peters Ron Redekop
2006 April 29 Ron van Akker Larry Schram Ron Redekop
2007 May 5 Reg Toews Tim Williams Ron Redekop
2008 May 3 Reg Toews Tim Williams Ron Redekop
2009 May 2 Reg Toews Ron van Akker John H. Redekop
2010 May 1 Rob Thiessen Ron van Akker John H. Redekop
2011 April 30 Rob Thiessen Ron van Akker Lorraine Dick
2012 May 5 Ron van Akker Steve Wiens Reuben Pauls
2013 May 4 Ron van Akker Steve Wiens Reuben Pauls
2014 May 3 Michael Dick Lee Francois Reuben Pauls


Author(s) G. H. Suckau
Herbert J. Brandt
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published May 2012



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MLA style

Suckau, G. H., Herbert J. Brandt and Richard D. Thiessen. "British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2012. Web. 20 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=British_Columbia_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches&oldid=126954.

APA style

Suckau, G. H., Herbert J. Brandt and Richard D. Thiessen. (May 2012). British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=British_Columbia_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches&oldid=126954.




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