Forest Grove Community Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Forest Grove Community Church.
Source: Saskatchewan MB Conference website

The Forest Grove Community Church (formerly named Nutana Mennonite Brethren Church), located in Saskatoon, is a member of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. This church developed as an extension of the Central Mennonite Brethren Church (Saskatoon) in 1964. During the years 1962 and 1963, following a series of seminars on evangelism and church extension, a group of Central members decided to launch a new work in the university area of Saskatoon where an evangelical witness was rather weak. Ninety-nine members with their children, a total of about 140 persons, took the challenge which led to the dedication of the new church on 12 January 1964. Their first pastor was Henry H. Epp. One of the main purposes of the new church was to extend the gospel witness in the university area. During the early 1980s the congregation also used the facilities of a nearby public school for Sunday school and Club activities.

In 1980 the congregation committed itself to building a new and larger facility to meet the ever increasing needs of its growing membership. This building which was completed in 1984 seated approximately 625 people and included adequate teaching facilities and a gymnasium. On 20 March 1983 the congregation voted to change its name to the Forest Grove Community Church. The congregation is composed of a large professional element such as teachers, nurses, doctors, and businessmen, but also a good number of working people and students.

A second campus was launched in the Broadway area of Saskatoon in 2010, with a second gathering added at the site in 2013.

The church celebrated its 50th anniversary on 2 November 2014.


Canadian Mennonite (21 January 1964): 1.

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Forest Grove Community Church." Web. 22 March 2010.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 65; (17 March 1989): 22; (November 2014): 25.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. 1975: 164. Available in full electronic text at:

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Winnipeg, MB): Volumes 595-596, Reel 7.

Additional Information

Address: 502 Webster Street, Saskatoon, SK S7N 3P9

Phone: 306-933-2266

Website: Forest Grove Community Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1964-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1964-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1964-present)

Forest Grove Community Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Henry H. Epp 1964-1971
Sylvester Dirks 1971-1975
Kenneth Dyck 1975-1983
Robert Radtke 1984-1996
Harry Strauss 1999-2004
Bruce Enns 2004-2021
Reg Toews (transitional) 2022-2023
Matt Ewert 2024-present

Forest Grove Community Church Membership

Years Members
1965 124
1985 350
1994 587
2000 697
2010 585

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published August 2011

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Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. "Forest Grove Community Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2011. Web. 30 May 2024.,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=178212.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. (August 2011). Forest Grove Community Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2024, from,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=178212.

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