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1959 Article

The Pacific District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church, created in 1913, included 22 congregations with a total membership in 1957 of 5,070 distributed as follows: Washington one congregation with 187 members; Oregon two, 507; and California nineteen, 4,376. Most of the congregations were located in the San Joaquin Valley of California, with the center in Reedley. The Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary was established in Fresno in 1955 alongside the previously (1944) established Pacific Bible Institute, a junior college and Bible institute (now Fresno Pacific University). The first congregations in the conference were established in 1905 at Reedley. In 1942 an Old People's Home was established at Reedley. The Pacific District Mennonite Brethren Youth Fellowship was set up in 1948. In 1957 the conference organization included among others the Executive Committee, the Home Missions Committee, and the Sunday School Committee. -- Harold S. Bender

1990 Update

The Pacific District Conference, established in 1912 at Reedley, California, consisted of 43 congregations with an approximate membership in 1986 of 7,350. Two congregations were located in Washington, three in Oregon, thirty-seven in California, and one in Arizona. Nineteen other congregations have existed at various times but had closed by 1987. During its first few decades, the Pacific District received new members primarily through migration from mid-western Mennonite Brethren congregations, especially during 1915-1920 and 1935-1940, when the conference experienced its most significant growth. In 1987 the conference supported Fresno Pacific College (now Fresno Pacific University), a liberal arts college founded in 1944 as Pacific Bible Institute. A high school and five retirement homes were supported by various congregations within the conference, although they were not formally affiliated with the conference as a whole. Since the mid-1950s the conference has engaged in significant ministry among Hispanics in California's San Joaquin Valley; eight Pacific District congregations were primarily Hispanic in membership (1986). A Bible school, Instituto Biblico del Pacifico (Bible Institute of the Pacific) was founded in 1984. The archives of the Pacific District Conference were housed in the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Fresno, CA. -- Kevin Enns-Rempel

2010 Update

At the beginning of 2010 the following congregations were members of the Pacific District Conference:

City State Congregation
Glendale Arizona Copper Hills Community Church
Phoenix Arizona The Bridge on Glendale
Scottsdale Arizona Iglesia Getsemani
Arleta California Iglesia Cristo es La Respuesta
Bakersfield California Heritage Bible Church
Bakersfield California Iglesia Aposento Alto
Bakersfield California Iglesia Christiana Vida Nueva
Bakersfield California Laurelglen Bible Church
Bakersfield California Rosedale Bible Church
Bakersfield California The Bridge
Bonita California Bonita Japanese Bible Church
Buena Park California Okhab
Capitola California Shorelife Community Church
Clovis California College Community Church
Clovis California Eagles Harbor Community Church
Clovis California New Hope Church
Coarsegold California Mountain Bible Church
Dinuba California Templo Calvario MB Church
Dinuba California Dinuba Mennonite Brethren Church
Downey California Abundant Hope Christian Center
Fresno California Bethany Church
Fresno California Butler Church
Fresno California House of the Gospel
Fresno California Iglesia Hermanos Menonita West Park
Fresno California Iglesia Camino Hacia La Luz
Fresno California Mountain View Community Church
Fresno California North Fresno Church Japanese Chapel
Fresno California North Fresno Mennonite Brethren Church
Fresno California The Grove Community Church
Fresno California United Faith Christian Fellowshipo
Gardena California Iglesia Betania
Hanford California Iglesia La Gran Comision
Hollister California Iglesia Cristiana Hermanos Menonitas
Kingsburg California Iglesia Agua Viva
Kingsburg California Kingsburg Mennonite Brethren Church
Lancaster California Le Senda Antigua de Lancaster
Lodi California Vinewood Community Church
Los Angeles California Bethlehem Church
Los Angeles California Chief Cornerstone Mission Church
Los Angeles California City Terrace Bible Church
Los Angeles California Iglesia Cristiana Esparanza Mia
Los Angeles California World Blessing Mission Church
Madera California Iglesia Biblica Filadelfia
Madera California Madera Avenue Bible Church
Manteca California Los Hechos Manteca
Modesto California Torre Fuerte MB Church
North Highlands California Evangelical Church Immanuel of Christian Faith
Northridge California Oneness in Christ Church MB
Orange Cove California Iglesia El Buen Pastor
Orland California Country Bible Church
Orosi California La Paz Mennonite Brethren Church
Pacoima California Iglesia de Restauracion La Senda Antigua
Parlier California Iglesia Fuente de Vida
Perris California Iglesia Comunidad Christiana Emanuel
Raisin City California Iglesia de la Comunidad
Rancho Cordova California Living Stones Baptist Church (MB)
Reedley California El Faro Community Church
Reedley California Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church
Sacramento California Ethiopian Christian Fellowship
Sacramento California Greenhaven Neighborhood Church
Sacramento California House of Prayer
Sacramento California Melchizedek MB Church
Sacramento California Sacramento Bible Church - Mennonite Brethren
Sacramento California Ukrainian Mission Church
San Diego California Light of the World
San Jose California Blossom Valley Bible Church
San Jose California Ethiopian Christian Fellowship
San Jose California Lincoln Glen Church
Sanger California Grace Community Church
Sanger California Iglesia La Roca
Santa Clara California El Camino Bible Church
Santa Clara California Indian Community Church
Shafter California Iglesia Companerismo Cristiano
Shafter California Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church
Sun Valley California Iglesia Cristiana Sinai
Traver California Templo de Oracion
Upland California Grace Chinese MB Church
Visalia California Neighborhood Community Church
Watsonville California Los Hechos de Watsonville
Eugene Oregon North Park Community Church
Fairview Oregon Slavic Evangelical Church "Sulamita"
Fairview Oregon Ukrainian Bible Church
Grants Pass Oregon New Hope Bible Church
Hillsboro Oregon Iglesia Cristiana Hermanos Menonitas
Milwaukie Oregon Ukrainian Bible Church - Pathway to God
Portland Oregon New Life Missionary Church
Portland Oregon Primera Iglesia Hispana Ebenezer
Portland Oregon The Love of God International Ministries
Salem Oregon First Slavic Baptist Church
Salem Oregon Kingwood Bible Church
Salem Oregon Slavic Christian Church
Draper Utah South Mountain Community Church
South Jordan Utah SMCC at Daybreak
St. George Utah SMCC at The Springs
West Jordan Utah Shadow Mountain Community Church
Battle Ground Washington Smirna Christian Church
Battle Ground Washington Word of Grace Bible Church
Bellevue Washington Victory Christian Center
Blaine Washington Birch Bay Community Church
Bothell Washington Church of the Living God
Edgewood Washington Salvation Slavic Baptist Church
Everett Washington Full Gospel Mission Church
Everett Washington Harvest Christian Center International
Ferndale Washington Good News Fellowship
Lakewood Washington Grace Slavic Baptist Church
Lynden Washington Slavic Gospel Chapel
Mukilteo Washington Sulamita Slavic Church
Seattle Washington Medhane-Alem Evangelical Church
South Auburn Washington Zion Castle Church
Spokane Washington Light of the Gospel
Spokane Washington Pilgrim Slavic Baptist MB Church
Tacoma Washington Slavic Christian Center
Vancouver Washington Calvary Slavic Christian
Vancouver Washington Grace Slavic Church
Vancouver Washington Slavic Evangelical Church

Bibliography

Lohrenz, J. H. The Mennonite Brethren Church. Hillsboro, KS, 1950: 159-176.

Toews, John A. History of the Mennonite Brethren Church, ed. A. J. Klassen. Fresno, CA: Mennonite Brethren Board of Literature and Education, 1975: 146-149, 202, 205, 209.

Year book of the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1912 and following).

Additional Information

 Website: http://www.pdcmbc.org/


Author(s) Harold S. Bender
Kevin Enns-Rempel
Date Published June 2010


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Bender, Harold S. and Kevin Enns-Rempel. "Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2010. Web. 26 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pacific_District_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches_(United_States_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches)&oldid=115969.

APA style

Bender, Harold S. and Kevin Enns-Rempel. (June 2010). Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pacific_District_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches_(United_States_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches)&oldid=115969.




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