In early 1980 several pastors met with the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Board of Church Extension and requested that a new church in the Abbotsford/Clearbrook area of British Columbia be established. Receiving approval, a meeting of all interested people was called for 27 March 1980 in the Columbia Bible Institute school chapel. The purpose and function of the new church was outlined at this meeting. A steering committee of 6 men was organized and each was given a particular area of responsibility and met once a week to plan for the worship services.
The congregation held its first service in September of 1980 in the Mennonite Educational Institute chapel. On 23 November 1980 a charter service was held, with 58 charter members joining the church at that time. The search for a pastor also began at this time and hired Merv Boschman, at that time of Fresno, California, in March 1981. On 7 February 1982 the congregation decided to look for property on which to build a permanent facility and purchased 10 acres of land.
The congregation grew considerably under the leadership of Vern Heidebrecht, becoming one of Canada's largest evangelical congregations. By 1996 the church had introduced a fourth service (two on Saturday evening and two on Sunday) and had an average weekly attendance of 3,000. In 2000 the congregation had an average weekly attendance of 3,800 at four services, and the church employed 12 pastors and 35 full-time staff. In 2005 membership was 1,700 with an average attendance of 2,400 in three services. In 2010 membership was 1,100 with an average attendance of 2,364.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (17 July 1987): 24; (27 May 1988): 25; (28 June 1991): 18-19; (17 July 1992): 21-22; (28 August 1992): 17-18; (3 December 1993): 18; (17 March 2000): http://old.mbherald.com/39-06/pe.html.
Address: 32040 Downes Road, Abbotsford, BC V4X 1X5
Website: Northview Community Church
British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1981-present)
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1981-present)
Northview Community Church Leading Ministers
|Justyn Rees (interim)||2003-2005|
Northview Community Church Membership
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||November 2010|
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Klager, Andrew and Richard D. Thiessen. "Northview Community Church (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 29 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Northview_Community_Church_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114643.
Klager, Andrew and Richard D. Thiessen. (November 2010). Northview Community Church (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Northview_Community_Church_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=114643.
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