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Pemberton Christian Fellowship has a diverse and storied history. In May 1974, Les Zimmerman and his family moved to Pemberton, British Columbia (BC) through the sponsorship of the Regular Baptists of Squamish, BC. Tom and Gale Mitchell joined them in their efforts the following month. After two years of service, the Zimmermans moved to Whistler, BC, leaving Tom to continue in the work already underway in Pemberton.  

Through the sponsorship of the Open Brethren, Gary McLeod and his family moved to Pemberton in 1976. The resulting youth program flourished, but as the two existing groups of believers in Pemberton were small in size, Gary and Tom decided to combine their efforts. Unfortunately, turmoil and instability followed. The McLeod family also ended up moving to Whistler, allowing Tom to once again continue the ministry alone.  

In 1982, Nick Dyck, of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Board of Church Extension came to assist the congregation during its struggles; the resulting denominational variety intrinsic to the congregation's past created tension and stress.  In May of this same year, Art and Leona Martens traveled from Surrey, BC to Pemberton on the weekends to lead the congregation.  In 1983 the congregation organized under the support of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. 

In September 1985, Henry Thiessen was called as the new Mennonite Brethren congregation's first pastor.  His background in twenty-four years of interdenominational missions allowed for the required sensitivity to the diversity of believers in the congregation.

In 2010 the congregation's membership was 60 and the average weekly attendance was 80.


[edit] Bibliography

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Pemberton Christian Fellowship." (accessed 10 November 2009).

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 14.


Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies: Volume 398.

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Mailing Address: Box 310, Pemberton, BC   V0N 2L0

Meeting Address: Pemberton Community Centre, 7567 Meadows Road, Pemberton, BC

Phone: 604-894-6410

Website: Pemberton Christian Fellowship

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1983-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1983-present)

Pemberton Christian Fellowship Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Les Zimmerman 1974-1976
Tom Mitchell 1976-1982
Gary McLeod 1976-1982
Art Martens 1982-1983
Henry Thiessen 1984-1991
Will Born 1991-1993
Neil Klassen 1993-2004
Mark Leverton 2004-2005
Paul Cumin 2006-present

Pemberton Christian Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1985 17
1990 35
1996 25
2001 49
2005 55
2010 60

Author(s) Andrew Klager
Date Published November 2010

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Klager, Andrew. "Pemberton Christian Fellowship (Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 30 May 2017.,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=76942.

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Klager, Andrew. (November 2010). Pemberton Christian Fellowship (Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2017, from,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=76942.

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