Abbotsford Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada)

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Abbotsford Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, ca. 1965.
Source: The Reach P19743
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Abbotsford Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, 2009
Source: David Giesbrecht

The Abbotsford Church of God in Christ, Mennonite congregation in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada had its beginning in the 1940s when the John Enns family moved from Manitoba to be near family located at Langley. In the following years other families also moved to the area.

Initially the families held Sunday school in various homes. Church services began to be held in a variety of homes, barns, community halls and local churches. The congregation organized and held its first revival meetings in November 1948. Frank Wiebe of Steinbach, Manitoba accepted an invitation to lead the congregation, and moved to Abbotsford on 6 August 1949. By the end of 1949 the young congregation had 87 members; 47 of whom had come from Linden, Alberta, and another eight from Crooked Creek, Alberta. A number of others came from Manitoba. The congregation was formally incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia on 25 August 1950.

A new 32x44 foot building on Mt. Lehman Road was first used on 28 May 1950. The congregation dedicated a new structure at the intersection of Downes and Ross Roads on 4 October 1959. A further expansion took place in 1975.

Pacific Christian School organized in 1976 and used Sunday school rooms as classrooms.

In 2019 the congregation was part of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The ministers were Jason Thiessen and Larry Bartel.

Bibliography

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Yearbook (2009): 27; (2019): 33-34.

Histories of the congregations. 3rd. ed. Moundridge, Kansas: Gospel Publishers, 1999: 71-74.

Histories of the Congregations of the Church of God in Christ Mennonite. Ste. Anne, MB: Gospel Publishers, 1975.

Mennonite Reporter (5 September 1977): 3.

Additional Information

Address: 29623 Downes Road, Mt. Lehman, British Columbia

Phone: 604-856-6302

Website:

Denominational Affiliations:

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite

Ordained Pastors at the Abbotsford Church of God in Christ, Mennonite

Name Years
of Service
Frank Wiebe 1949-?
A. John Wilson 1952-1972
Alphaeus Baerg (1922-1998) 1952-1998
Cornelius Unruh (1929-2015) 1962-1984
Beverly J. Toews 1981-2013
Cornelius Wiebe (1936-2020) 1992-2000
Eldon Wenger 2013-2017
Jason Thiessen 2018-present
Larry Bartel 2018-present

Abbotsford Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Membership

Year Members
1975 239
1985 122
2000 138
2010 132
2019 122


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published June 2020

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Abbotsford Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2020. Web. 13 Jun 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Abbotsford_Church_of_God_in_Christ,_Mennonite_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=169078.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (June 2020). Abbotsford Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 June 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Abbotsford_Church_of_God_in_Christ,_Mennonite_(Abbotsford,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=169078.




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