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Cornerstone Mennonite Brethren Church was a daughter congregation of Harbour of Hope Chapel in Port Edward, British Columbia. In 1981, after evaluations of the city indicated that Prince Rupert was in need of a new church, 70% of Harbour of Hope Chapel's membership took over a building on 6th Ave. E. in Prince Rupert with the intent on starting a daughter congregation. This new church was named Prince Rupert Community Chapel, and Menno E. Friesen was called as the congregation's first pastor. In 1983, Harbour of Hope Chapel closed its doors, and the remaining membership transferred over to Prince Rupert Community Chapel. The church took over a former barracks for a World War II Canadian Artillery camp in 1986 as their new place of worship, and in the process changed their name to Prince Rupert Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1994-96, the building underwent renovations in the sanctuary and entrance, and the building received a new roof and windows. In 1996, the church discussed purchasing a portable to free up space in the nursery and sanctuary, but in the end such a move was not feasible. The following year, the congregation changed its name to Cornerstone Mennonite Brethren Church.

In 2010 the congregation's membership was 18 and the average weekly attendance 31.


[edit] Bibliography

Blyth, Gladys. When God Opens the Door. Belleville, ON: Essence Publishing, 1999.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 29; (June 21, 2002): (accessed 16 March 2009); (February 2010): 29.

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Address: 202-6th Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1Z1

Phone: 250-627-1033

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1981-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1981-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1981-2002)

Cornerstone MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Menno E. Friesen 1981-1985
Helmut T. Janzen 1986-1990
Arthur Dyck 1991-1993
Andreas Tabert 1995-2002
Dick Knox 2002-200?
Tony Price 2009-present

Cornerstone MB Church Membership

Year Members
1985 35
1990 42
1995 49
2000 38
2004 27
2010 18

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Map:Cornerstone Mennonite Brethren Church (Prince Rupert, BC)

Author(s) Andrew Klager
Date Published November 2010

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Klager, Andrew. "Cornerstone Mennonite Brethren Church (Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 26 May 2017.,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=77088.

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Klager, Andrew. (November 2010). Cornerstone Mennonite Brethren Church (Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 May 2017, from,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=77088.

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