Cedar Valley Mennonite Church (Mission, British Columbia, Canada)

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Cedar Valley Mennonite Church, Mission, BC
Source: D. Giesbrecht

The first Mennonite settlers in Mission, British Columbia, came in 1934-1937. Nine Mennonite families and some Mennonite Brethren began gathering together for worship services and formally organized in 1940 under the leadership of Abram J. Pankratz, their first pastor. They met in a small building on the latter’s property on Ferndale Road and the church was named the United Mennonite Church of Mission (Vereinigte Mennoniten Gemeinde zu Mission). The congregation joined the Conference of United Mennonite Churches of British Columbia at that time. In 1940 a meeting house seating 180 and measuring 30 by 24 feet was built on land donated by Abram J. Pankratz. A dedication service was held in August 1940. Peter Froese arrived in the late 1940s and had the longest tenure of all Cedar Valley pastors, serving as the leading minister from 1947 to 1964.

The members in the 1950s were largely engaged in dairying, poultry-raising, and berry culture. Construction on the second sanctuary began in 1951 when the congregation outgrew the original building. The land was donated by John Friesen. It was slowly built so that no debt would be incurred. Services were held in the basement until the work was completed in 1953. Eventually the name was changed to Cedar Valley Mennonite Church. In 1965 Ed Goerzen was retained as the first salaried pastor. He oversaw the change from the German to the English language. This change and a vision for outreach opened the doors to the community. As a result the church soon took on a community feel. Not long after they saw the need to build a new church and a 700-seat sanctuary on the same property was constructed. It was dedicated in May 1979.

Returned missionaries George and Martha Janzen, Jake and Elfrieda Thielmann, and Gary and Ellie Loewen have served the congregation. Youth workers, associate ministers, music ministers, Christian Education directors and others have served. Cedar Valley began an Indo-Canadian ministry in 1977 and helped found the Valley Christian School in the late 1980s. The congregation has always been concerned about people in the community, including prison inmates and especially children.


Canadian Mennonite (24 November 1961): 24.

Cedar Valley Mennonite Church 50th Jubilee 1990. Mission, BC: Cedar Valley Mennonite Church, 1990.

Churches in Profile. Clearbrook, BC: Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia, 1978: 27-31.

Information bezueglich der Vereinigten Mennoniten Gemeinden in British Columbien: Gelegentlich der Konferenz der Mennoniten in Kanada, 1959. Abbotsford, BC: The Conference, 1959: 15.

Rempel, Dick. "United Mennonite Church, Mission City, British Columbia." Research paper, CMBC, 1956, 13 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Archival Records

Records kept at Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: 32840 Janzen Ave., Mission, BC  V2V 2T5; located 1 1/2 miles north of downtown Mission, off Cedar St.

Phone: 604-826-2445

Website: http://www.cedarvalley.ca/

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church British Columbia (1940-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1940-2006)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1959-1999)

Cedar Valley Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Abram J. Pankratz 1940-1944
Jacob W. Nickel 1944-1946
Abram J. Pankratz 1946-1947
Peter Froese 1947-1964
Ed Goerzen 1965-1976
Henry C. Born 1977-1979
George Janzen 1980-1990
Gary Loewen 1989-1992
Timothy Epp 1992-1994
Robert Cottrill 1995-1999
Waldy Klassen (interim) 1999-2000
Daniel Rempel 2000-2020
Rob Ayer (transitional) 2020-present

Cedar Valley Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1940 21
1945 40
1950 96
1955 116
1959 109
1965 114
1975 192
1980 243
1985 249
1990 254
1995 285
2000 185
2005 123
2010 169
2015 138
2020 143


Map:Cedar Valley Mennonite Church (Mission, BC)

Author(s) George Janzen
Date Published February 2016

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Janzen, George. "Cedar Valley Mennonite Church (Mission, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2016. Web. 29 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Cedar_Valley_Mennonite_Church_(Mission,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=169203.

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Janzen, George. (February 2016). Cedar Valley Mennonite Church (Mission, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Cedar_Valley_Mennonite_Church_(Mission,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=169203.

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