Church of the Way (Granisle, British Columbia, Canada)

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Church of the Way, Granisle, BC
Source: MCBC

The Church of the Way had its origins in a Bible study that developed in Granisle, British Columbia, which drew the attention of some of the members of First Mennonite Church at Burns Lake, including the pastor, Ed Giesbrecht. They decided to help out with the Bible study and initiate a children's educational program.

In 1973, Ed Giesbrecht asked for support and physical assistance from the Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia. The Missions Committee of the conference sent George and Carol Born in 1974 to fill the vacancy. By working with the local Anglican rector, regular Sunday morning worship services began as well as Sunday school and a Wednesday fellowship.

A transient mining population made it difficult to maintain sufficient numbers in the beginning. However, as time passed, the congregation grew enough to justify constructing a church building of their own, which they began to occupy in 1979. In the same year, the congregation adopted the name, Church of the Way, and officially became affiliated with the BC Conference of Mennonites. In 2006 the church was the only Christian community actively conducting regular services.

In February 2019 it was announced that the congregation had voted to leave Mennonite Church British Columbia and had applied to join the Evangelical Free Church of Canada. The primary reason for the congregation's departure from MCBC was Mennonite Church Canada's approval of the Being a Faithful Church 7 document in 2016.


Buhler, Jerry. "The Development of the Church of the Way: Granisle, B.C." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1982, 12 pp., Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Churches in Profile. Clearbrook, BC: Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia, 1978: 55-57.

Dueckman, Amy. "Church of the Way to leave MC B.C." Canadian Mennonite, Vol. 23, no. 5 (4 March 2019): 15.

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives, Winnipeg, Manitoba. "Church of the Way fonds." 27 March 2003. (accessed 14 December 2009).

Mennonite Reporter (7 January 1980): 10.

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg MB: Volume 2422.

Additional Information

Address: Box 207, Granisle, BC V0J 1W0

Location: 1 Newman Avenue, Granisle, BC (coordinates: 54.88269, -126.20485 [N 54 52' 57", W 126 12' 17"])

Phone: 250-697-6334

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church British Columbia/Mennonite Church British Columbia (1979-2019)

Church of the Way Ministers

Minister Years
George H. Born 1974-1980
Dick Hildebrandt 1981-1983
Norman Voth 1984-1987
David Ruby 1989-1991
Harold Anderson 1992-1996
Ken Peters 1998-2000
Ed Giesbrecht 2000-2007
Steve Heinrichs 2007-2010
Rob Wiebe 2011-present

Church of the Way Membership

Year Members
1974 35
1979 24
1985 11
1990 28
1995 6
2000 12
2005 17
2010 20
2015 19


Church of the Way, Granisle, British Columbia, Canada

Author(s) Andrew Klager
Date Published March 2019

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