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Vancouver, the great Canadian seaport (2006 estimated population, 611,869; 2007 metropolitan area estimate, 2,249,725) on the Pacific coast, is situated at the southwest corner of the province of British Columbia. Mennonites have been living in Vancouver since 1930. By the late 1950s their number was about 3,000, including Van­couver's smaller twin city, New Westminster. At that time most of the Mennonites lived in South Vancouver, where the four churches were located - two General Conference Mennonite and two Mennonite Brethren. There were 5 Mennonite physicians practicing in Van­couver. In the late 1950s, two homes, the Mary Martha Girls' Home and Bethel Girls' Home, cared for the single women working in the city.

Following World War II the number of Mennonites in Vancouver increased due to the relocation of Mennonites from the Fraser Valley and other areas of Canada as well as the immigration of Mennonites from Europe and South America. The population of Vancouver increased dramatically beginning in the 1980s due to immigration from Hong Kong and mainland China, other south-east Asian countries, India, and in more recent years, from South America. Both provincial Mennonite conferences focused much of their church planting work within a number of these immigrant groups, drastically changing the face of the Mennonite church in Vancouver.

Mennonite congregations in Metro Vancouver, 2008

Congregation Denomination Location Members
Arabic Evangelical Church Mennonite Brethren Surrey 33
Bethel Chinese Christian MB Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 259
Bethel Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Langley 246
Burnaby Pacific Grace Church Mennonite Brethren Burnaby 195
Cedar Park Church Mennonite Brethren Delta 137
Chinese Grace Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Vancouver 70
Coast Hills Community Church Mennonite Brethren Surrey 52
Culloden MB Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 192
Deaf Community Christian Church Mennonite Brethren Burnaby 53
Discovery Church of Ridge Meadows Mennonite Brethren Maple Ridge
Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship Mennonite Brethren Coquitlam 138
East Ridge Community Fellowship Mennonite Brethren Maple Ridge 60
Emmaus Mennonite Brethren Surrey
Esperanza Multicultural Church Mennonite Brethren Burnaby 120
Faithwerks Oakridge Mennonite Brethren Vancouver
First United Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Vancouver 282
First United Spanish Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Vancouver 50
Fraserview MB Church Mennonite Brethren Richmond 211
Grace Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mennonite Brethren Burnaby 85
Gracepoint Community Church Mennonite Brethren Surrey 403
Heritage Mountain Community Church Mennonite Brethren Port Moody 105
Hindi Punjabi Gospel Chapel Mennonite Brethren Surrey 56
House For All Nations Mennonite Brethren Burnaby 300
Hyde Creek Community Church Mennonite Brethren Port Coquitlam 75
Imago Dei Christian Community Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 10
Jericho Ridge Community Church Mennonite Brethren Langley 117
Killarney Park MB Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 141
Langley Mennonite Fellowship Mennonite Church Langley 110
Lao Christian MB Church Mennonite Brethren Surrey 38
Living Hope Christian Fellowship Mennonite Church Surrey 149
Maple Ridge Community Church Mennonite Brethren Maple Ridge 135
Mennonite Japanese Christian Fellowship Mennonite Church Surrey 15
New Hope Christian Church Mennonite Brethren Delta 156
North Langley Community Church Mennonite Brethren Langley 452
North Shore Bethel Christian MB Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 88
North Shore Japanese Church Mennonite Church West Vancouver 11
North Shore Pacific Grace Mandarin Mennonite Brethren North Vancouver 103
North Shore Pacific Grace MB Church Mennonite Brethren North Vancouver 14
Pacific Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver
Pacific Grace Mandarin Church Mennonite Brethren Burnaby 104
Pacific Grace MB Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 322
Pacific North Mennonite Brethren Vancouver
Peace Chinese Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Richmond 60
Peace Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Richmond 189
Point Grey Inter-Mennonite Fellowship MB / MC Vancouver 57
Port Moody Pacific Grace MB Church Mennonite Brethren Port Moody 335
Potter's Hand Community Church Mennonite Brethren North Vancouver 17
Real Life Community Church Mennonite Brethren Surrey
Reality Vancouver Mennonite Brethren Vancouver
Richmond Bethel Church Mennonite Brethren Richmond 158
Richmond Chinese MB Church Mennonite Brethren Richmond 197
Richmond Pacific Grace MB Church Mennonite Brethren Richmond 50
Sherbrooke Korean Mennonite Fellowship Mennonite Church Vancouver 12
Sherbrooke Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Vancouver 223
Silver Valley Community Church Mennonite Brethren Maple Ridge 22
South Hill MB Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 116
South Langley MB Church Mennonite Brethren Langley 210
South Vancouver Pacific Grace MB Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 156
Surrey Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Surrey 15
Tri-City Chinese Christian Church Mennonite Brethren Port Moody 50
Urban Journey Mennonite Brethren Vancouver
Vancouver Chinese MB Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 110
Vancouver Chinese Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Vancouver 170
Vancouver Christian Logos Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 101
Vancouver Vietnamese MB Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 7
Vancouver Vietnamese Mennonite Church Mennonite Church Vancouver 31
Westside Church Mennonite Brethren Vancouver 76
White Rock Mennonite Christian Fellowship Mennonite Church White Rock 30
Willingdon MB Church Mennonite Brethren Burnaby 2,031
Total 9,510

The information for this table is taken from the 2007 directories for the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and Mennonite Church British Columbia.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the Mennonite church in Vancouver was multi-ethnic and multi-lingual, with approximately 10,000 members and several thousand more attending worship services every Sunday.


Author(s) Heinrich Goerz
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published December 2008


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Goerz, Heinrich and Richard D. Thiessen. "Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2008. Web. 19 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vancouver_(British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=102969.

APA style

Goerz, Heinrich and Richard D. Thiessen. (December 2008). Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vancouver_(British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=102969.




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