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County Line Gospel Chapel originated through the outreach of the West Coast Children's Mission. It began when Abe J. Sawatsky of Yarrow took over a ministry originally started by a Baptist group in 1948. He was succeeded by John Guenther from Clearbrook two years later. In 1951, the East Aldergrove Mennonite Brethren Church assumed sponsorship of the work, constructing a chapel to accommodate a Sunday school ministry carried out by Calvin Buehler. Evangelistic work carried out by A. H. Wieler in 1956 led to the establishment of a mission church. John Esau was appointed to lead the church, and the congregation was accepted as a member of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in 1958.

The congregation struggled financially and due to population shifts, and for many years the ministry remained a children's ministry. In 1962 George and Edith Penner took leadership of the ministry work. Eventually the congregation distanced itself from the Mennonite Brethren and it was released from the Mennonite Brethren conferences in 1979.



Penner, Peter. No Longer At Arms Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1987: 77.

Additional Information

Address: 26620 32nd Avenue, R.R.1, Aldergrove BC V0X 1A0

Telephone: 604-856-6437

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches (1958-1979)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1958-1979)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1958-1979)

County Line Gospel Chapel Ministers

Minister Years
Abe J. Sawatsky 1948-1950
John Guenther 1950-1951
Calvin J. Buehler 1951-1953
John Esau 1953-1960
David Froese 1961-1962
George J. Penner 1962-1978

County Line Gospel Chapel Membership

Year Members
1958 18
1960 14
1965 17
1970 30
1975 44
1978 39

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published November 2009

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Thiessen, Richard D. "County Line Gospel Chapel (Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2009. Web. 24 Jun 2017.,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=86950.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (November 2009). County Line Gospel Chapel (Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 June 2017, from,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=86950.

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