Endeavour Fellowship Chapel (Endeavour, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Worship service, 8 October 1995.
Photographer: Menno Hamm. Source: The Messenger.

Endeavour Fellowship Chapel, a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference (EMC), began because of a positive response to Vacation Bible School held in Endeavour and the need of an evangelical church in the community. In 1960 Edwin and Violet Wright of Canora, Saskatchewan, were in charge of a Vacation Bible School in Endeavour. The positive attendance and interest indicated that a church should be started. A long-time resident of Endeavour, Tom Downey, an Irishman converted in the great revival in Ireland, had been praying for an evangelical church to start.

In late summer 1960 the first service was held outside of Tom Downey’s home. Later, town halls were rented. In 1961 the EMC Board of Missions purchased the Red Cross Outpost Hospital, and carpenters turned the previously unfinished upper floor into a chapel.  By the end of 1962 the Wright family had moved to Endeavour to work full-time in the church. By 1963 it had a record Sunday School attendance of 104.  A youth group began. Endeavour Fellowship Chapel, with 13 members, was accepted into the Evangelical Mennonite Conference at its annual convention in 1965.

In 2012, the average Sunday School attendance was 40 and the worship service attendance was 70. The language of worship was English.


Canadian Mennonite (1 December 1961): 7.

EMC Yearbook for 2012: Including a Record of the Proceedings of the 62nd Annual Sessions of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference July 6-8, 2012. Steinbach: Evangelical Mennonite Conference, 2012.

Hamm, Menno. "Endeavour Fellowship Chapel." The Messenger 33, no. 18 (25 October 1995): 5-7.

Moorhead, Lorne. Personal e-mail (23 January 2013).

Additional Information

Address: Box 111, Endeavour, SK S0A 0W0.

Phone: 206-547-2117

Denominational Affiliation

Evangelical Mennonite Conference

Endeavour Fellowship Chapel Ministers

Pastoral Couple Years of Service
Edwin & Violet Wright 1960-1966
Peter & Betty Friesen 1966-1968
Bill & Anne Buhler 1968-1977
Dave & Audrey Wiebe 1980-1984
Garry & Debbie Sawatzy 1984-1987
Lorne & Margaret Moorhead 1988-2000
Brad and Carol Steppan  

Endeavour Fellowship Chapel Membership

Year Members
1965 13
1975 25
1980 24
1985 36
1990 42
1995 44
2000 49
2005 45
2010 60
2015 30

Author(s) Terry Smith
Date Published February 2013

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Smith, Terry. "Endeavour Fellowship Chapel (Endeavour, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2013. Web. 30 May 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Endeavour_Fellowship_Chapel_(Endeavour,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=156050.

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Smith, Terry. (February 2013). Endeavour Fellowship Chapel (Endeavour, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Endeavour_Fellowship_Chapel_(Endeavour,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=156050.

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