Two brothers, Ike and George Friesen, and their families as well as some young people from the Christian Fellowship Chapel of Stratton, Ontario moved to Fort Frances as they became involved in the logging business. They felt the need to form a fellowship group so Bible studies were started by Phil Friesen, a minister from Stratton. Later, Harvey Barkman led these Bible studies. After Harvey Barkman left the community, the group decided it wished to meet on Sundays and to form a congregation.
The group contacted Ben Friesen of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference. A meeting at "Gramma's Pizza" in Fort Frances confirmed strong interest in beginning a congregation. Friesen then made arrangements for visiting ministers to speak at the fellowship's Sunday services then held at the West End Hall (a skating rink).
Attendance increased and Sunday school space was required. The Jehovah's Witness hall on Webster Ave. became available, and with assistance from the conference, other churches and generous individuals, the building was purchased. The dedication service took place on 27 November 1988. In 1990 the congregation added a basement to the building. In 2003 there was a "facelift" with new siding, doors and a new sign.
Messenger (13 January 1989): 8; (27 May 1988): 11.
Table 1: Fort Frances EMC Church Pastoral Leaders
Table 2: Fort Frances EMC Church Membership
|Date Published||September 2003|
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Hicks, Evelyn. "Evangelical Fellowship Church (Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2003. Web. 28 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Evangelical_Fellowship_Church_(Fort_Frances,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=91787.
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