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Valleyview Bible Church, Kamloops, BC Source: D. Giesbrecht
Valleyview Bible Church in Kamloops, British Columbia started in 1967 when three families from the South Abbotsford Mennonite Brethren Church moved into the Kamloops area for employment. They began weeknight Bible and prayer sessions and Sunday school classes were held in Marion Schilling School. In 1969, morning worship services began in the library of the small school with Norman Fehr as preacher. The British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Board of Church Extension heard of this group and decided to support the group.

In 1970 the church was formalized with the name Valleyview Bible Church and Jake and Esther Balzer were the first pastors. The church grew by drawing in people from the community. In 1974 the congregation held a dedication service in their new multi-purpose church building.

In 2010 the congregation's membership was 111 with an average weekly attendance of 150.

[edit] Bibliography

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Valleyview Bible Church." (accessed 29 November 2009).

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 30; (12 July 2002): (accessed 29 November 2009); (21 March 2003): (accessed 29 November 2009).

Archival Records:

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Winnipeg, MB): Volume 369, microfilm 54.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 2386 East Trans Canada Highway, Kamloops, BC V2C 4A8

Telephone: 250-374-7444

Website: Valleyview Bible Church

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1971-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1971-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches of North America (1971-2002)

Valleyview Bible Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Jake Balzer 1970–1977
John Klassen 1978–1982
Reuben Pauls 1982–1995
LaMont Schmidt 1995–2003
Dan Warkentin 2003-present

Valleyview Bible Church Membership

Year Members
1971 18
1975 74
1980 53
1985 70
1990 84
1996 75
2000 111
2004 110
2010 111

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Map:Valleyview Bible Church, Kamloops, BC

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published November 2010

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Thiessen, Richard D. "Valleyview Bible Church (Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2010. Web. 29 Jun 2017.,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=93811.

APA style

Thiessen, Richard D. (November 2010). Valleyview Bible Church (Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 June 2017, from,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=93811.

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