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Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship Source: D. Giesbrecht
In the spring of 1974 several families in the Coquitlam–Port Coquitlam area began meeting together for home Bible studies with the hopes of someday starting a Mennonite Brethren church in the area. They contacted the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Board of Church Extension (BOCE) and expressed their desire to call a pastor. John F. Klassen was willing to help start the church, and on 1 July 1974 the Board of Church Extension agreed to subsidize Klassen’s salary and the congregation’s operating expenses.

At the beginning, four Mennonite Brethren families, along with several others from the Coquitlam community, met on Sunday evenings in the local United Church. The group was called Burke Mountain Bible Fellowship, a name that was changed to Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship in 1981. By 1975, the congregation was officially accepted as a part of the British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches.

After several years at the United Church, the congregation sought an alternative location for their Sunday services. Westwood Elementary School served as a temporary home, but, by December of 1978, the congregation had purchased its own building. The early eighties were a time of growth, and soon an additional property was purchased, and a new building constructed. The first service in the new building was held on 28 November 1982.

In 2010 the congregation had a membership of 168 and an annual attendance of 272.

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[edit] Bibliography

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship." Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches: Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/british_columbia_archives/eagle_ridge_bible_fellowship_archives/ (accessed 17 March 2009).

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 15; (October 2011): 30; (April 2012): 30.

Mennonite Reporter (4 October 1976): 10.

Archival Records

Records kept at church.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 1160 Lansdowne Street, Coquitlam, BC V3B 5V8

Phone: 604-464-2416

Website: Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1975-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1975-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Eagle Ridge Leading Ministers

Minister Years
John F. Klassen 1974-1977
Nick Dyck 1977-1978
Pat Fadden 1978-1979
Henry Unrau 1979-1980
Harry R. Loewen 1980-1996
Len Doerksen 1996-2004
Doug Monkemeier 2004-2011
David Esau 2012-present

Eagle Ridge Membership

Year Members
1976  13
1980  21
1985 85
1990  138
1995 173
2000 180
2005 150
2010 168

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Map:Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship, Coquitlam, BC


Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published April 2012


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Thiessen, Richard D. "Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2012. Web. 11 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eagle_Ridge_Bible_Fellowship_(Coquitlam,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=91605.

APA style

Thiessen, Richard D. (April 2012). Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 11 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eagle_Ridge_Bible_Fellowship_(Coquitlam,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=91605.




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