The South Hill (formerly known as Vancouver) Mennonite Brethren (MB) congregation began services about 1935, and formally organized on 25 April 1937 with a few dozen members. The congregation was the first Mennonite Brethren congregation in Vancouver. The first building was occupied in 1945; the group initially met in a rented hall. The church basement was built in 1941; the sanctuary was completed in 1944. John Peters is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through the urbanization of Mennonites from the Fraser Valley. David B. Wiens was pastor of the congregation from 1957 until 1968, when he became pastor of a daughter congregation, Culloden Mennonite Brethren Church. Roughly 75% of the the church's membership followed Wiens to the new daughter congregation.
In the spring and summer of 2007, Vancouver MB began discussions with the English language congregation of Pacific Grace MB Church to talk about ways in which the two congregations could plant a new congregation. A joint task force was formed in July and a proposal to merge was presented to both congregations on 16 September 2007. Formal approval was given by the leadership of both congregations on 30 September, and a new name, South Hill, was selected on 5 November 2007.
After six years, the congregation voted to disband on 16 June 2013. The church also agreed at that time to turn the building over to Christ City, a new C2C church plant being birthed by Westside Church.
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Address: 5887 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver BC V5W 2X8.
Website: South Hill MB Church
South Hill MB Church Leading Ministers
|John J. Neufeld||1937|
|Johann F. Peters||1937-1938|
|David G. Quapp||1939-1943|
|Henry J. Klassen||1946-1955|
|Gerhard P. Warkentin||1955-1957|
|David B. Wiens||1957-1968|
|Gerhard G. Thielmann||1969-1976|
|Hans J. Wiens||1977-1980|
|Abe L. Klassen||1987-1991|
South Hill MB Church Membership
|Author(s)||J. F. Redekop|
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||July 2013|
Cite This Article
Redekop, J. F., Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. "South Hill Mennonite Brethren Church (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2013. Web. 1 Sep 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=South_Hill_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Vancouver,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=122059.
Redekop, J. F., Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. (July 2013). South Hill Mennonite Brethren Church (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 September 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=South_Hill_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Vancouver,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=122059.
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