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Mountain Park Community Church
Source: David Giesbrecht

Mountain Park Community Church originated through the outreach of the British Columbia (BC) Conference of Mennonite Brethren (MB) Churches Board of Extension who, along with local families, desired to plant a church to serve the needs of East Abbotsford. On 29 April 1991, approximately 140 local people attended the first "interest meeting" at Nazarene Church on McMillan Road. Many of the families came out of the Central Heights congregation.

Mountain Park had their first worship service on 8 September 1991 in the rented gymnasium of Yale Secondary School. The congregation joined the BC MB Conference in 1992. After purchasing 7.44 acres of land for constructing their first church building, the congregation soon occupied its first building in December 1994.

After experiencing strong growth throughout the 1990s, the congregation suffered a significant decline in membership. As a result, the congregation struggled financially to the extent that it was necessary for the congregation to give up ownership of its building. The building was sold to the Abbotsford School District in January 2004 and converted into a school (eventually becoming the Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts). The congregation was able to eliminate its debt and secure exclusive use of their former sanctuary on weekends for 25 years for the price of $1.00 a year. Offices are located in a separate building on the campus.

In 2010 the congregation had 175 members and an average weekly attendance of 246.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Brethren Herald (28 June 1991): 15; (8 November 1991): 14; (17 July 1992): 15-16; (26 August 1994): 19; (24 February 1995): 17; (June 10, 2005) http://www.mbherald.com/44/08/aligning.en.html (accessed 27 August 2009).

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Address: 36228 Lower Sumas Mountain Road, Abbotsford BC   V3G 2J3

Telephone: (604) 855-0911

Website: Mountain Park Community Church

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1992-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1992-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches of North America (1992-2003)

Mountain Park Community Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Herb Neufeld 1991-1996
Terry Kaethler 1996-present

Mountain Park Community Church Membership

Year Members
1993 201
1996 274
1999 391
2003 212
2005 225
2010 175


Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published November 2010


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MLA style

Thiessen, Richard D. "Mountain Park Community Church (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 30 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mountain_Park_Community_Church_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114733.

APA style

Thiessen, Richard D. (November 2010). Mountain Park Community Church (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mountain_Park_Community_Church_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114733.




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