In 1994, Burnaby Pacific Grace Chinese Church had once again reached capacity in its existing buildings. Instead of moving the entire congregation to a bigger building, a second location was found in Port Moody. Despite a gloomy economic picture, the church was able to collect $400,000 in two months to be used as a down payment to buy this building. Port Moody Pacific Grace Chinese Church was founded on 19 February 1995 and joined the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches later that year. In that year there were 104 members. Keynes and Ellen Kan are considered the founding leaders of the group, although pastoral leadership was provided by the mother church until 1998. Later that year the Port Moody building was taken over by the Burnaby Pacific Grace Chinese Church, and the building used by the smaller Burnaby group became the "church plant" location. The Port Moody and Burnaby churches became fully separate on 1 January 1998, and on this date John Hua became the lead pastor.
Membership of the church has steadily grown. In 2008 attendance was 400 in the three Sunday services (two Cantonese and one English), with 250 in Sunday school and more than 300 in various age-specific fellowship meetings. The church also planted a Mandarin language church in Burnaby, the Pacific Grace Mandarin Church, in 1998.
The church established a mission statement with five emphases: evangelism (personal evangelism, door-to-door witnessing and support for missionaries); worship and training; fellowship; youth and children’s ministry (including an English worship service for the youth); and community outreach (including a Saturday Chinese language and culture school, and seminars to help immigrants adapt to life in Canada.
In 2010 the congregation had a membership of 386 and an average weekly attendance of 500.
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Todd, Matthew. "Port Moody Church Celebrates and Looks Back." Mennonite Brethren Herald 44, no. 9 (July 1, 2005). http://www.mbherald.com/44/09/news-3.en.html (accessed 19 May 2008).
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Mailing Address: 2622 St. John's St., Port Moody BC V3H 1Z1
Meeting Address: 2718 Clark Street, Port Moody BC V3H 1Z1 (coordinates: 49.27685, -122.85327 [N 49° 16′ 36″, W 122° 51′ 11″])
General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches of North America (1995-2003)
Port Moody Pacific Grace MB Church Ministers
Port Moody Pacific Grace MB Church Membership
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||November 2010|
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