The Forest Grove Community Church (formerly named Nutana Mennonite Brethren Church), located in Saskatoon, is a member of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. This church developed as an extension of the Central Mennonite Brethren Church (Saskatoon) in 1964. During the years 1962 and 1963, following a series of seminars on evangelism and church extension, a group of Central members decided to launch a new work in the university area of Saskatoon where an evangelical witness was rather weak. Ninety-nine members with their children, a total of about 140 persons, took the challenge which led to the dedication of the new church on 12 January 1964. Their first pastor was Henry H. Epp. One of the main purposes of the new church was to extend the gospel witness in the university area. During the early 1980s the congregation also used the facilities of a nearby public school for Sunday school and Club activities.
In 1980 the congregation committed itself to building a new and larger facility to meet the ever increasing needs of its growing membership. This building which was completed in 1984 seated approximately 625 people and included adequate teaching facilities and a gymnasium. On 20 March 1983 the congregation voted to change its name to the Forest Grove Community Church. The congregation is composed of a large professional element such as teachers, nurses, doctors, and businessmen, but also a good number of working people and students.
A second campus was launched in the Broadway area of Saskatoon in 2010, with a second gathering added at the site in 2013.
The church celebrated its 50th anniversary on 2 November 2014.
Canadian Mennonite (21 January 1964): 1.
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Forest Grove Community Church." Web. 22 March 2010. http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/saskatchewan_archives/forest_grove_community_church_archives/.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 65; (17 March 1989): 22; (November 2014): 25.
Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. 1975: 164.
 Archival Records
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Winnipeg, MB): Volumes 595-596, Reel 7.
 Additional Information
Address: 502 Webster Street, Saskatoon, SK S7N 3P9
Website: Forest Grove Community Church
Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1964-present)
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1964-present)
General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1964-present)
 Forest Grove Community Church Leading Ministers
|Henry H. Epp||1964-1971|
 Forest Grove Community Church Membership
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||August 2011|
 Cite This Article
Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. "Forest Grove Community Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2011. Web. 20 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Forest_Grove_Community_Church_(Saskatoon,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=126945.
Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. (August 2011). Forest Grove Community Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Forest_Grove_Community_Church_(Saskatoon,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=126945.
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