Kelowna Mennonite Mission Church began services on 30 October 1960 and was formally organized in 1961. The congregation originated through division from Kelowna First Mennonite over language and personality issues. Some members left Kelowna First Mennonite in order to increase outreach by using English exclusively in worship. Jacob H. Enns and John P. Vogt are considered the founding leaders of the group. The group met in various locations including the Kelowna Women's Institute Hall and a Baptist Church. In 1966 they purchased their own meeting house at the corner of Ethel and Stockwell and changed their name to Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church. For six months in 1966 they shared the building with the Mennonite Brethren congregation. A subsequent building program was undertaken in 1978, with a new sanctuary completed in 1980.
The congregation has operated a local Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift and Self-help store with other Mennonite congregations in Kelowna, and has offered a number of seminars dealing with issues like evangelism, discipleship, and youth conflict.
Kelowna Gospel Fellowship's relationship with Mennonite Church Canada had become strained over a number of years due to theological differences. The congregation withdrew from Mennonite Church Canada in 2000 and Mennonite Church British Columbia in 2004 and joined the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches that year.
In 2010 the congregation had 211 members and an average weekly attendance of 306.
Canadian Mennonite (10 February 1961): 3; (5 April 2004): 13; (14 June 2004).
Churches in Profile. Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia, 1978: 68-72.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (11 June 2004): 15.
Mennonite Reporter (7 January 1991): 4; (15 April 1996): 10.
Address: 3714 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC V1W 4M8
Website: Kelowna Gospel Fellowship
Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia (1961-2004)
Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1962-2000)
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (2004-present)
Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Leading Ministers
|Jacob H. Enns||1961-1977|
|John P. Vogt||1961-1971|
|Doug Epp (interim)||1988-1989|
|Kelly Dean Cochrane||2007-2009|
Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Membership
|Date Published||November 2010|
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Epp, Marlene and Hugo Friesen. "Kelowna Gospel Fellowship (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 1 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kelowna_Gospel_Fellowship_(Kelowna,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114721.
Epp, Marlene and Hugo Friesen. (November 2010). Kelowna Gospel Fellowship (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kelowna_Gospel_Fellowship_(Kelowna,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114721.
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