In the mid-1970s, members of the Borden Mennonite Brethren Church began to hold Vacation Bible School in the summer and Bible Club during the school year in Hafford, Saskatchewan. These programs were led by Arnold Stobbe. Two years later, youth meetings for teenagers were started, eventually followed by Bible studies for adults. After 10 years, Sunday morning services were organized. Arnold Stobbe arranged for ministers from surrounding communities to preach until Conrad Hunchak began serving as pastor in 1995.
Hafford Gospel Fellowship formally organized in 1988. At first the church rented the town hall and held its Sunday services on Sunday afternoon, but it was a large building that was not energy efficient. Eventually someone sold the church a double serviced lot for $1.00, followed by the purchase of two trailers from a Christian school in Battleford, also for $1.00. One trailer was made into a sanctuary, and the other in an entrance, activities/dining room, kitchen, and washrooms. Musical instruments and furniture were also donated. People from three different towns participated in the services.
Conrad Hunchak became pastor of the church in 1995. Hafford Gospel Fellowship joined the Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in 1998, and a new building was acquired in 2004. The church had 13 members in 2010.
The congregation celebrated its 25th anniversary on 8 September 2013.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (October 2013): 29.
Stobbe, Arnold and Naomi Epp. "A New Church in Town." Web. 1 August 2011. http://westerntractmission.org/Hope/New-Church-in-Town.shtml.
Address: Box 234, Hafford, SK S0J 1A0
Location: 211 Main Street, Hafford, SK
Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1998-present)
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1998-present)
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||March 2014|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Hafford Gospel Fellowship (Hafford, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2014. Web. 25 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hafford_Gospel_Fellowship_(Hafford,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=115262.
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