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1953 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. -- GHS


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.


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

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.

Additional Information

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

Telephone: 604-853-6959

Website: BC Conference of MB Churches

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Executive

Date of Election
Moderator
Assistant Moderator
Secretary
1931 June 21
 
1931 October 25
 
1932 June 19
K. A. Klassen
 
1932 November 17
K. A. Klassen
 
1933 June 11
K. A. Klassen
1933 November 26
K. A. Klassen
1934 May 27
 
 
1934 August 12
K. A. Klassen
 
1934 November 25
1935 November 10
1936 November 8
1937 November 21
1938 November 27
1939 November 11
1940 November 10
1941 November 2
1942 November 15
1943 November 21
1944 November 25
1945 November 3
1946 November 16
1947 November 8
1948 August 14
1949 June 11
1950 October 28
1951 June 9
1952 June 7
1953 June 6
1954 June 12
1955 June 18
1956 June 9
1957 June 9
1958 June 7
1959 June 6
1960 June 10
Abram Goerz
1961 June 9
1962 June 8
1963 June 7
Herbert J. Brandt
Henry J. Unger
1964 June 5
Henry J. Unger
1965 June 11
Herbert J. Brandt
Henry J. Unger
1966 June 10
Herbert J. Brandt
Henry J. Unger
1967 June 2
1968 June 7
1969 June 6
1970 June 5
Herbert J. Brandt
1971 June 11
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
Robert J. Friesen
1982 June 12
Herbert D. Neufeld
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
Peter Enns
1988 June 10
Robert J. Friesen
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


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


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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. 17 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=British_Columbia_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches&oldid=101703.

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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 17 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=British_Columbia_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches&oldid=101703.




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