Edmonton Christian Life Community Church (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

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Building shared by the Edmonton Chinese Mennonite and Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowships.
Photo by Victor Wiebe.

The Edmonton Christian Life Community Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, began services in September 1989. The congregation originated through outreach by the Edmonton Mennonite Ministerial and local churches in Edmonton. It was composed of Chinese boat people who came to Canada in the 1980s, many of whom got jobs as cleaners upon their arrival.

Originally named Edmonton Chinese Mennonite Church, it was a joint effort of three Mennonite denominations: Mennonite Church Alberta (formerly known as the Conference of Mennonites of Alberta), the Northwest Mennonite Conference, and the Mennonite Brethren. The original vision was to “help meet the spiritual needs of the new immigrants at the Mennonite Centre for Newcomers,” which opened in 1980.

Because language has continued to be a barrier, church services have remained in Cantonese, with Pastor Ken Tse translating into English so younger congregants, including some university students, can understand the teaching.

Bibliography

De Jong, Joanne. "Chinese Mennonites persist in Edmonton for 30 years." Canadian Mennonite 23, no. 19 (23 October 2019). Web. 20 June 2021. https://canadianmennonite.org/stories/chinese-mennonites-persist-edmonton-30-years

Mennonite Reporter (29 May 1989): 1; (19 August 1991): 15.

Additional Information

Address: 10324–107 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 0V8

Phone: 780-426-2508

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Alberta

Pastoral Leaders at the Edmonton Christian Life Community Church

Name Years
of Service
Ken Tse 1998?-present

Membership at the Edmonton Christian Life Community Church

Year Membership
2000 24
2010 23
2020 12

Maps

Map:Edmonton Chinese and Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowships (Edmonton, Alberta)


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published June 2021

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Epp, Marlene and Samuel J. Steiner. "Edmonton Christian Life Community Church (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2021. Web. 23 Sep 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Edmonton_Christian_Life_Community_Church_(Edmonton,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=171766.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Samuel J. Steiner. (June 2021). Edmonton Christian Life Community Church (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 September 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Edmonton_Christian_Life_Community_Church_(Edmonton,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=171766.




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