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East Ridge Community Fellowship held its first public service on 26 May 1996 and formally organized on 20 October 1996 with 32 charter members. Harry Loewen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated from outreach by the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Board of Church Extension, and joined that conference in 1997.

From 1996 to 2000 the congregation met for worship at the Thomas Haney Centre in east Maple Ridge. The congregation later met at Alexander Robinson Hall at the corner of Dewendy and 240th Street and Fraserview Village Centre, located at 22610 116th Avenue in Maple Ridge before moving to its present location at the Harry Hooge Elementary School on 230th Street.

In 2010 the average weekly attendance was 60. The congregation closed on 10 March 2013.

Founding pastor Harry Loewen served until April 2012. Steven Forbes served as part-time interim pastor for the final months.

Bibliography

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Annual Convention Minutes of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1997. Abbotsford, BC: BC Conference of MB Churches, 1997: 57-58.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (22 November 1996): 19; (January 2014): 29.

Additional Information

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1997-2013)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1997-2013)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1997-2003)

East Ridge Community Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1996 32
2000 47
2006 61
2010 50


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published January 2014


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Steiner, Sam. "East Ridge Community Fellowship (Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2014. Web. 26 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=East_Ridge_Community_Fellowship_(Maple_Ridge,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=105435.

APA style

Steiner, Sam. (January 2014). East Ridge Community Fellowship (Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=East_Ridge_Community_Fellowship_(Maple_Ridge,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=105435.




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