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Through the British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches Board of Church Extension and individuals from the Squamish community, Nick Dyck of Abbotsford organized a Bible study with locals to determine if the community would benefit from a new church plant.  In January of 1980, Nick Dyck, with the assistance of visiting pastors, began conducting worship services in the Stawmus Mall, calling themselves Valleycliffe Christian Fellowship.  It was decided early on that, due to the varied denominational backgrounds of the initial attendees, the question of denominational affiliation was to be put on hold for the time being.  When membership increased, the congregation became affiliated with the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in 1981.

In May 1980, John Esau began his tenure as pastor of the congregation, and in the summer of the same year Sunday school was started.  The first baptism took place on 7 September.  A ceremony to initiate the construction of their church building was held on 25 September 1980, but in February of the following year, John Esau resigned due to the failing health of his wife.  Upon the recommendation of the Board of Church Extension, the church extended an invitation to Sam Penner to lead the congregation, which he accepted, beginning his pastorate in April 1981.  The following year, the church structure was completed.

The congregation closed in 2002 and was restated under the name of Cedar Mountain Community Church in 2003. That congregation closed in October 2006.



Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Cedar Mountain Community Church." (accessed 2 July 2008).

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 14.

Additional Information

Mailing address: Box 5721, Squamish, BC  V0N 3G0

Meeting address: 38265 Westway Ave., Squamish, BC

Phone: 604-892-5023

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1981-2006)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1981-2006)

Valleycliffe Christian Fellowship Leading Ministers

Minister Years
John Esau 1980-1981
Sam Penner 1981-1991
Dan Neufeld 1991-1993
Heinz Ratzlaff 1993-1995
Vic Peters 1996-1999

Valleycliffe Christian Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1985 17
1995 31
2000 29

Author(s) Andrew Klager
Date Published August 2007

Cite This Article

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Klager, Andrew. "Valleycliffe Christian Fellowship (Squamish, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2007. Web. 23 Jun 2017.,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=78461.

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Klager, Andrew. (August 2007). Valleycliffe Christian Fellowship (Squamish, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 June 2017, from,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=78461.

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