Sunrise Community Church (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

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Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church in Edmonton, Alberta began services in 1978, and formally organized in 1979. The first building was occupied in 1982, with a subsequent building program in 1994. Marvin Schmidt and Dwayne Barkman are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by the Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church.

The influx of people into Edmonton during the economic boom of the mid 1970s prompted Lendrum Mennonite Brethren to establish the daughter congregation, that was known as Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church. The name was changed in 1998 to Sunrise Community Church.

The congregation is located in the southeast section of the city.


"The History of the Millwoods Mennonite Brethren Church." Unpublished typescript, n.d., 6 pp. Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (10 January 1986): 15; (27 May 1988): 8; (26 August 1994): 18.

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

Archival Records

Congregational archives at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Additional Information

Address: 3303-37 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6L 5P9

Phone: 780-463-2699

Website: Sunrise Community Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1979-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1979-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1979-2002)

Sunrise Community Church Ministers

Minister Years
Marvin Schmidt 1978-1983
Dwayne Barkman 1980-1987
George Quiring (interim) 1988
Ray Wiens 1989-1999
Dave Follack (interim) 2000-2001
Dennis Wiens 2001-present

Sunrise Community Church Membership

Year Members
1979 35
1985 69
1995 177
2000 172
2010 48
2015 27

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published July 2016

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