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Grace MB Church, Penticton, BC
Source: D. Giesbrecht

Grace Mennonite Brethren Church was established as a result of a cooperative effort between local Mennonite Brethren and the Associated Gospel Churches (AGC) of Canada, which began ministry in the area in 1957.  The product of this initial ministry was Grace Gospel Church with the congregation constructing its first building in 1960. 

It was not until 1982 that Henry Unrau approached the chairperson of the AGC board to discuss a potential Mennonite Brethren church in Penticton by way of a possible collaboration between Grace Gospel Chapel and the local Mennonite Brethren who were attending the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church at the time.  On 7 March 1982, the first joint service was held.  With fifty-seven members, the congregation was chartered with the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches on 18 April 1982, taking the name Grace Mennonite Brethren Church.  The first pastor of the new church was Edward Hamm, who began his ministry on 19 September 1982.

In 2010 the congregation's membership was 56 with an average weekly attendance of 49.

[edit] Bibliography

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Grace Mennonite Brethren Church." http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/british_columbia_archives/grace_mennonite_brethren_church_archives/ (accessed 2 December 2009).

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 32; (26 June 1992): 19.

Archival Records:

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Winnipeg, MB): Vol. 397.

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Address: 74 Penticton Ave., Penticton, BC, V2A 2M3.

Telephone: 250-492-0088.

Website: Grace Mennonite Brethren Church

Denominational Affiliation:

British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches (1982-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1982-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1982-2003)

Grace Mennonite Brethren Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Edward Hamm 1982-1983
Hart Loewen 1984-1985
David Esau 1985-2000
Blake Wagner 2002-present

Grace Mennonite Brethren Church Membership

Year Members
1983 65
1985 73
1989 60
1995 52
2001 60
2005 51
2010 56

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Grace Mennonite Brethren Church, Penticton, British Columbia


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Andrew Klager
Date Published November 2010


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Epp, Marlene and Andrew Klager. "Grace Mennonite Brethren Church (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 25 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Penticton,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=104260.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Andrew Klager. (November 2010). Grace Mennonite Brethren Church (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Penticton,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=104260.




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