Saanich Community Church (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

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Saanich Community Church, early 1980s.
Source: Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia Archives,
Fond 30-Series 21-File 1992.001.115
Saanich Community Church
Church website

In 1968, John and Evelyn Baerg were sent to the Saanich, British Columbia area by the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches' Board of Church Extension to conduct outreach programs specifically aimed at University of Victoria students. Attendance at the initial services was served by an influx of migrants from the Fraser Valley. In 1970, George and Carol Brown came to the area to assist in the efforts already underway. The church formally organized with 18 members in 1971, and two years later the congregation joined the provincial and national conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

Initially, the congregation met in various local homes and community centers. Eventually, the church purchased a building in 1975. A subsequent building program occurred in 1988. John Baerg is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through the movement of Mennonites to Victoria from the Fraser Valley and outreach by the British Columbia Mennonite Brethren Conference. The outreach was conceived as a ministry to students at the nearby University of Victoria.


Mennonite Reporter (19 February 1973): 18; (4 August 1975): 9.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 13.

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies: Volume 387, microfilm 69.

Records kept at the church.

Additional Information

Address: 4566 West Saanich Road, Victoria BC V8Z 3G4

Phone: 250-479-0410

Website: Saanich Community Church

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches (1973-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1973-present) 

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1973-2002)

Saanich Community Church Pastors

Pastor Years
John Baerg 1968-1970
George Brown 1970-1979
Paul Unger 1979-1984
Leslie Biggs 1984-1990
Doug Enns 1990-1999
Marvin Schmidt (interim) 2000-2001
David Eagle 2002-2008
Kathleen Busch (interim) 2008-2010
Ken Peters 2010-present

Saanich Community Church Membership

Year Members Attendance
1975 30
1980 35
1985 45
1990 50
1995 54
2000 54
2005 97
2010 66 105
2015 63 67
2020 69 40


Saanich Community Church, Victoria, BC

Author(s) Andrew Klager
Date Published June 2023

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