Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship (Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada)

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Dawson Creek MB Church, early years.
Source: MHSBC Archives MB Missions of BC Fond S21-1992.001.065
Northgate MB Church, Dawson Creek, BC.
Source: Church

In 1962 Dawson Creek Mennonite Brethren Church began as an outreach program of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Its first core group was teachers who had moved to the area and taught in Dawson Creek. This congregation became part of the Mennonite Brethren conferences in 1963. Jacob "Jay" Neufeld was the first pastor.

Through the efforts of Dan Reimer, who had already been in the area, this group was able to rent an old school for one dollar a month, including all facilities. This served as their meeting place for one year, while plans were being made to build a sanctuary using volunteers. The congregation moved into their completed building in 1965.

In 1978 the church changed its name to Northgate Community Church. In 1986 the church changed its name again to Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church. Beginning in 2003, the congregation was led by a board of three elders. This group has included Ernie Klassen, Wayne Plenert, Lois Klassen, Annemarie Sawatzky, and Violet Williams.

Membership increased until 1998-2002 when it stood at 73. By 2004 the membership had decreased to 23 and to 12 by 2010.

The congregation left the BC Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and was accepted into the membership of Mennonite Church British Columbia as Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship on 27 February 2016.


Canadian Mennonite (28 August 1959): 1.

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. "Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church." (accessed 9 November 2009).

Mennonite Brethren Herald (28 April 2000); (14 September 2001).

Mennonite Reporter (16 October 1989): 5.

Neufeld, Jay. "Northgate MB Church." Personal e-mail (10 November 2009).

Penner, Peter. No Longer at Arms Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1987: 130-131. Available in full electronic text at:

Plenert, Delores. "Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church." Personal e-mail (7 June 2011).

Various items, including 1 p. congregational history, in Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Waddell, Amy Rinner. "‘House church with a building’: small size, remoteness characterize Dawson Creek fellowship." Canadian Mennonite 24, no. 16D (29 July 2020). Web. 30 July 2020.

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Winnipeg, MB): Volume 1263-1266; NP186; NP149-01, NP091-01; NMV74-1.

Additional Information

Address: 1800-109 Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2V5

Phone: 250-782-3262

Website: Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches (1963-2016)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1963-2016)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1963-2011)

Mennonite Church British Columbia (2016-present)

Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Jacob "Jay" Neufeld 1962–1964
Leo Siemens 1964–1968
Alvin Penner 1968–1974
George Anastasiades 1974–1976
Chris Wilson 1977–1978
John E. Friesen 1979–1983
John F. Klassen 1983–1997
Brian Palmer 1997-1998
David Dick 1999-2000
Corey Lizotte 2001–2003

Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1963 11
1965 21
1970 45
1975 40
1980 39
1985 32
1990 55
1994 68
2000 73
2004 23
2010 12
2020 6

Author(s) Andrew Klager
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published February 2016

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Klager, Andrew and Richard D. Thiessen. "Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship (Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2016. Web. 22 Sep 2020.,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=169218.

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Klager, Andrew and Richard D. Thiessen. (February 2016). Northgate Anabaptist Fellowship (Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2020, from,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=169218.

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