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Cedar Hills began as a Sunday school in New Westminster in the mid-1930s. The congregation began services in 1938, and ministers from First United Mennonite Church in Vancouver and Mennonite Brethren ministers in the surrounding cities would come in by bus, bicycle or car to preach. After the first few years, this joint ministry discontinued, but the Sunday school continued under Peter Dyck's leadership.  Eventually, John Goertz began serving the fledgling group. The first building was occupied in 1943 and the congregation formally organized in 1945 as the United Mennonite Church of South Westminster. The congregation joined the Conference of United Mennonite Churches of British Columbia (now Mennonite Church British Columbia) on 13 January 1946. Peter Dyck and John Goertz are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation was later known as New Westminster United Mennonite Church and became known as New Westminster Mennonite Church in 1960. In 1951 they found their first full time pastor, Abram "Abe" Neufeld.

By 1962 the congregation was looking for a new site for a church because their current accommodations were getting too small. In 1963 land was purchased and early 1964 construction began. However, the contractor went out of business and the congregation was forced to finish the work themselves. 4 October 1964 the first service was held in the basement, the building was dedicated 21 March 1965 and the congregation renamed Cedar Hills Mennonite Church.

On 12 September 2004 the congregation merged with Living Hope Christian Fellowship which had been meeting at the church and Cedar Hills was officially dissolved on 31 December that same year.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (21 August 1959): 3; (24 November 1961): 28.

Churches in Profile. Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia, 1978: 21-26.

Historical sketch, 1938-1971, MHSC collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Lehn, Cornelia.  Frontier Challenge: A Story of the Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia. Clearbrook, BC: Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia, 1990: 117-118.

Mennonite Reporter (11 November 1991): 12.

Archival Records:

Church records were deposited with the Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia Archives in 2004.

Microfilmed records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Former Location: 12246 100 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 2X1

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia / Mennonite Church British Columbia (1946-2004)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1950-2004)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1959-1999)

Cedar Hills Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
Abram Neufeld 1951-1959
Abe Neufeld 1960-1962
John Hiebert 1962
Rueben Siemens 1963-1968
Delmer Epp 1968-1975
Rudy Goerzen 1975-1982
John R. Unrau 1983-1991
Helmut Isaak (interim) 1992
Clare Neufeld 1992-2002
Helmut Isaak 2003-2004

Cedar Hills Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1948 18
1949 22
1952 25
1955 47
1959 60
1965 82
1970 100
1975 123
1980 142
1985 129
1990 134
1995 121
2000 51
2004 7


Author(s) Waylon, Hugo Friesen Klix
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published May 2012


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Klix, Waylon, Hugo Friesen and Richard D. Thiessen. "Cedar Hills Mennonite Church (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2012. Web. 2 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Cedar_Hills_Mennonite_Church_(Surrey,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=112521.

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Klix, Waylon, Hugo Friesen and Richard D. Thiessen. (May 2012). Cedar Hills Mennonite Church (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Cedar_Hills_Mennonite_Church_(Surrey,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=112521.




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