Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)

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The Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church began as an English-language outgrowth of the Scott St. Mennonite Brethren Church. It officially organized on 16 February 1964 when 156 persons became charter members. Walter Unger provided leadership during the earliest period.

The congregation grew rapidly, with a gymnasium and other facilities added in 1968.

In 1966 open air drive-in services were begun in the summer and a radio ministry was launched in 1969. From 1978 to 1987 the congregation operated a Nursery School. In 1980 they were partners in starting another congregation in the area, Fairview-Louth.

Bibliography

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. "Fairview MB Church." Web. 8 November 2012. http://cmbs.mennonitebrethren.ca/inst_records/fairview-mennonite-brethren-church-st-catharines-on/

Canadian Mennonite (5 May 1964): 3.

Friesen, Ron. "A decade of growth at Fairview Church." Mennonite Brethren Herald 13, no. 6 (22 March 1974): 12.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 50; (12 May 1989): 21; (10 June 2005): http://www.mbherald.com/44/08/transitions.en.html; (23 September 2005): http://www.mbherald.com/44/13/transitions.en.html.

Unger, Walter. "Fairview M.B. Church." Mennonite Brethren Herald 3, no. 35 (4 September 1964): 9.

When Your Children Shall Ask: A History of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1957-1982 (1982): 62-64.

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: http://cmbs.mennonitebrethren.ca/inst_records/fairview-mennonite-brethren-church-st-catharines-on/.

Additional Information

Address: 455 Geneva St., St. Catharines, ON, L2N 2H2

Phone: 905-934-3398

Website: Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1963-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1964-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1963-2002)

Fairview MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Walter Unger 1964
Harvey Goosen 1965–1974
Paul Fast 1975
Rudy Bartel 1975-1981
Ed Wiebe 1981-1984
Paul Wartman 1985-1991
Murray Unruh 1992
Henry Petkau (interim) 1993
Gary Janzen 1994–1995
Waldo Pauls 1996-2005
Glenn Reid 2005-2008
Don Craw (interim) 2009-2012
Kevin Smith 2012-2013
Michael Dyck 2013-2015
Kenn Kraeker 2012-2015
Brian Reynolds (interim) 2015-present

Fairview MB Church Membership

Year Members
1965 201
1975 406
1980 425
1985 403
1995 279
2000 297
2010 233
2015 189


Author(s) Richard D. Thiessen
Sam Steiner
Date Published November 2012


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Thiessen, Richard D. and Sam Steiner. "Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2012. Web. 20 Aug 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fairview_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(St._Catharines,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147102.

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Sam Steiner. (November 2012). Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 August 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fairview_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(St._Catharines,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147102.




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