Lakeview Bible Church (Nampa, Idaho, USA)

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Nampa Mennonite Church in Molalla, Oregon on 15 July 1948.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.8-23).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana.

Lakeview Bible Church (formerly Nampa Mennonite Church or First Mennonite Church of Nampa) in Nampa, Idaho, was organized on 4 December 1899 by George R. Brunk, Sr. The meetinghouse built at about that time, located two miles west of Nampa, was known as the Antioch church. In 1906 the Nampa Home Mission was built and dedicated in the city of Nampa. In 1937 a new building was erected at its present location, 9th Avenue and 6th Street N. The congregation sponsored a branch Sunday school, a Christian day school (est. 1944), summer Bible schools, and various young people's activities. In 1958 the membership was 150, with E. S. Garber as bishop-pastor, and D. A. Good, Harold Hochstetler, and O. D. Yoder as ministers.

For most of its history the congregation was part of the Mennonite Church. In the first decade of the 21st century, some church members began to question the affiliation with the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church, based on perceived changes in theological direction, especially regarding homosexuality. About 2005 the church chose to leave the Mennonite Church and to change its name to Lakeview Bible Church.

Despite its difficult history with the Mennonite Church, Lakeview leaders wished to be held accountable to a larger group. In 2008 they began to discuss joining the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. They joined that denomination in August 2008. 

In 2009 the senior pastor was Mike Rice.


Reimer, Kristi. "Three new churches join FEC." FEConnections (Fall 2008): 1-3. Web. 9 March 2010.

Additional Information

Address: 1010 West Greenhurst, Nampa, Idaho

Phone: 208-466-9174

Website: Lakeview Bible Church

Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Church (MC) (Until 2002)

Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference (2002-2005)

Mennonite Church USA (2002-2005)

Fellowship of Evangelical Churches (2008-present)


Map:Lakeview Bible Church (Nampa, Idaho)

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published March 2010

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Lakeview Bible Church (Nampa, Idaho, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2010. Web. 21 Jul 2024.,_Idaho,_USA)&oldid=165209.

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