The Morson Community Bible Fellowship began services in 1955, and formally organized in 1960. In the early years summer Bible schools were held in the area by Irvin Schantz of Northern Light Gospel Missions. Irvin and Helen Grabill of International Falls, Minnesota then visited every three weeks to show Christian films. Big Grassy First Nation asked the Grabills to build a church, and offered land for the purpose. The first building was completed in 1961. Willard and Alta Marner from Iowa came and pastored the young congregation. In 1978 the congregation moved to its present location; in 1987 a addition was built to add an upstairs to the auditorium and dining space downstairs.
The congregation was originally affiliated with the North Central Mennonite Conference and the United Native Ministries Council.
In 2008 Morson Community Bible Fellowship withdrew from the North Central Conference and Mennonite Church USA, and became part of the Harvest Fellowship of Churches and the Anabaptist Native Fellowship of Churches. The congregation has had an ongoing relationship with Northern Youth Programs.
The group was originally known as Big Grassy Indian Mission. English has been used almost exclusively in services since 1978.
Longenecker, Rodi. "Morson Community Bible Fellowship." See What GOD Has Done in the Anabaptist Native Fellowship of Churches. (June 2011): 1-2.
The North Central Conference Bulletin includes reports from congregations; Records at the church.
Address: P.O. Box 35, Morson, Ontario, Canada P0W 1M0 (Church located five miles (eight km) south on Highway 621))
Anabaptist Native Fellowship of Churches
Pastoral Couples at Morson Community Bible Church
|Name||Years of Service|
|Willard & Alta Marner||1961-1965 1969-1970|
|Fred & Mary Morrison||1966-1968|
|Burdette & Ada Hershberger||1971-1978|
|Willie & Rodi Longenecker||1978-1993|
|Wally & Liz Detweiler||1994-|
Membership at Morson Community Bible Church
|Date Published||March 2012|
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Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Morson Community Bible Fellowship (Morson, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 30 Mar 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Morson_Community_Bible_Fellowship_(Morson,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=90172.
Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (March 2012). Morson Community Bible Fellowship (Morson, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 March 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Morson_Community_Bible_Fellowship_(Morson,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=90172.
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