North Park Bible Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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North Park Bible Church in winter.
Photo: Saskatoon Public Library (PH-2016-126)

The North Park Bible Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan began services in 1960, and formally organized in 1961. The first building was occupied in 1961. Pete Unrau is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation was affiliated with the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren (EMB). It closed about 1979.

Bruce L. Thiessen: a.k.a. "Dr. BLT," Ph.D. (California School of Professional Psychology; 1990) grew up in the congregation then moved to California and became a Christ-centered clinical psychologist and a prominent country and rock song writer.[1]

In 1976 pastor Jerold Gliege left North Park Bible Church to join the New Covenant Apostolic Order which in 1979 became the Evangelical Orthodox Church. This dramatic change in their pastor had a devastating effect on the congregation causing it to collapse a couple of years later. Gliege is now Presiding Bishop of this new Orthodox denomination and he has a small congregation in Saskatoon, Holy Covalent Orthodox Church, that one report noted that they use Mennonite hymnals! Several others have joined and left the Mennonites.


Canadian Mennonite (22 September 1961): 3.

Mennonite Observer (12 August 1960): 3.

Wall, O. J. A Concise Record of Our Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Annual Conference Reports 1889-1979. Freeman South Dakota, Pine Hill Press.

Additional Information

Address: 1628 9th Ave N. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

North Park Bible Church Pastors

Pastor Years
Pete Unrau 1961-1963
J.J.M. Friesen 1964-1966
Reuben O. Peters 1967
Abe Unrau 1968-1970
Jerold Gliege [not ordained by the EMB] 1971-1975
George R. Litke 1977-1979

North Park Bible Church Membership

Year Members
1961 28
1962 40
1963 61
1964 62
1965 69
1966 82
1967 88
1968 77
1969 100
1970 117
1971 118
1972 130
1973 105
1974 91
1975 98
1976 75
1977 104
1978 48
1979 Church closed

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Victor G Wiebe
Date Published October 2021

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Epp, Marlene and Victor G Wiebe. "North Park Bible Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2021. Web. 30 May 2024.,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=172447.

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Epp, Marlene and Victor G Wiebe. (October 2021). North Park Bible Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2024, from,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=172447.

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  1. Review by Dr. Bruce L. Thiessen, from a review of a CD, Hand in love-lined Glove  Traveling Light by Max Lucado and the CD, Traveling Light (Songs from the 23rd Psalm) at: