Pineridge Fellowship Chapel (Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Pineridge Fellowship Chapel, Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan
Source: EMC Website
Fred Buhler, pastor, 1990-1995; 2004-present.
Courtesy of Terry Smith.

The Pineridge Fellowship Chapel at Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan traces its beginning to the outreach that the Evangelical Mennonite Conference began in this logging and farming community in the early 1960s through Vacation Bible School and film presentations by Ernest Funk. In 1965 Ben D. Reimer, Edwin Wright and Lester Olfert explored the area. Worship services began in 1965, first held in the trailer home of Virgil and Velma Scharfenberg, and then moved to the basement of Tom Leggit’s home. Lester Olfert from nearby Weekes served as the group’s first minister.

In the fall of 1966 the White Poplar School building was purchased and moved onto a new basement foundation and the name Pineridge Fellowship Chapel was adopted.

In 1967 renovations occurred and Andrew Dueck, from Riverton, Manitoba became the first resident pastor. Church organization and dedication occurred on 23 June 1968 with six members. The facility was further expanded in 1982 with a dedication held on 23 May 1982.

Fred and Irene Buhler, former missionaries in Paraguay, were a long-serving pastoral couple at Pineridge Fellowship Chapel, having served for over 18 years and still serving in 2017. In 2016 Kevin and Irene Young were serving as youth leaders.

In 2016 the average attendance was 40; there were 21 members. The services were in English. The members were coming from many cultural and church backgrounds. Pineridge Chapel was serving as a community evangelical church.


Schellenberg, Dave K. “Church Profile: Pineridge Fellowship Chapel.” The Messenger (June 18, 1982): 6-7, 14.

Schellenberg, Dave K. “Church Dedication: Hudson Bay.” The Messenger (June 18, 1982): 4-5.

Additional Information

Address: Box 13, Hudson Bay, SK S0E 0Y0

Phone: 306-865-2623

Denominational Affiliation:

Evangelical Mennonite Conference

Pineridge Fellowship Chapel Membership

Year Members
1970 15
1975 18
1980 38
1985 --
1990 38
1995 --
2000 39
2005 24
2010 16
2015 21

Pineridge Fellowship Chapel Pastors

Minister Years
Lester Olfert 1965-1966
Andrew Dueck 1967-1969
Edwin and Lillian Friesen 1969-1973
Harvey Kroeker 1973-1977
John Kornelsen 1978-1985
Bill and Anne Buhler (assistant) 1981-
Harry Friesen 1986-1989
Fred and Irene Buhler 1990-1995
Licoln and Marilyn Vellacott 1997-2003
Fred and Irene Buhler 2004-

Author(s) Terry Smith
Date Published June 2017

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