Laidlaw Gospel Chapel (Laidlaw, British Columbia, Canada)

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A Sunday school ministry in Laidlaw, located 16 km (10 miles) west of Hope, British Columbia, was started by a Mrs. Wiley. After several years, she contacted the West Coast Children's Mission in 1945 and requested assistance. On the first Sunday of 1946, Olga Hodel and Louise Delesky, young people from East Chilliwack Mennonite Brethren Church, took on the work. Eventually other young people from the church, including Herbert Brandt, Henry Born, and Henry Dick, took on leadership responsibilities and established Laidlaw Gospel Chapel. The St. Elmo School and a community hall were used until 1951, when a hall was constructed for the outreach and dedicated on 2 December 1951. At that time enrollment reached 50 pupils. In 1960 six Sunday school rooms were added to the chapel and dedicated on 31 January 1960.

The congregation has since dissolved. It had been affiliated with British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches.

Henry Born, Art Isaac, Nick Kroeker, Don Kornelson, Abe Esa, Jake Willms, and Jake H. Friesen worked with the mission in leadership positions.


"East Chilliwack" Young People Dedicate New Laidlaw Hall." Chilliwack Progress (5 December 1951): 10.

Penner, Peter. No Longer at Arms Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg, MB; Hillsboro, KS: Kindred Press, 1987: 77. Available in full electronic text at:

Penner, Peter. Reaching the Otherwise Unreached: An Historical Account of the West Coast Children's Mission of B. C. Clearbrook, BC: West Coast Children's Mission of British Columbia, 1959: 29, 41-42, 66-67.

Mennonite Observer (12 February 1960): 4.

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published November 2014

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