Vancouver Mennonite Brethren Church (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

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Vancouver Mennonite Brethren Church, 1949-1950.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
South Hill Church, 2010
Source: D. Giesbrecht

Vancouver Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church began services about 1935, and formally organized on 25 April 1937 with a few dozen members. The congregation was the first Mennonite Brethren congregation in Vancouver. The first building was occupied in 1945; the group initially met in a rented hall. The church basement was built in 1941; the sanctuary was completed in 1944. John Peters is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through the urbanization of Mennonites from the Fraser Valley. David B. Wiens was pastor of the congregation from 1957 until 1968, when he became pastor of a daughter congregation, Culloden Mennonite Brethren Church. Roughly 75% of the the church's membership followed Wiens to the new daughter congregation.

In the spring and summer of 2007, Vancouver MB began discussions with the English language congregation of Pacific Grace MB Church to talk about ways in which the two congregations could plant a new congregation. A joint task force was formed in July and a proposal to merge was presented to both congregations on 16 September 2007. Formal approval was given by the leadership of both congregations on 30 September, and a name, South Hill, was selected on 5 November 2007.

After six years, South Hill voted to disband on 16 June 2013. The church also agreed at that time to turn the building over to Christ City, a new C2C church plant being birthed by Westside Church.


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McMaster, Barrie. "Vancouver Church Closes, Bequeaths Building to New Plant." 5 July 2013. Web. 5 July 2013.

Mennonite Reporter (August 23, 1976): 9.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (May 27, 1988): 17.

Nishi, Mike. "The tenth church plant of Pacific Grace MB Church: South Hill Church." Pacific Grace MB Church. 30 November 2007. (accessed 20 November 2009).

Additional Information

Address: 5887 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver BC V5W 2X8.

Phone: 604-325-3313.

Website: South Hill MB Church

Denominational Affiliations:

British Columbia Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches (1937-2013) 

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1937-2013)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1937-2002)

South Hill MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Frank Janzen 1936-1937
John J. Neufeld 1937
Johann F. Peters 1937-1938
Peter Reimer 1938-1939
David G. Quapp 1939-1943
Heinrich Regehr 1943-1944
Henry J. Klassen 1946-1955
Gerhard P. Warkentin 1955-1957
David B. Wiens 1957-1968
Peter Rahn 1968-1969
Gerhard G. Thielmann 1969-1976
Hans J. Wiens 1977-1980
Ernst Janzen 1981-1986
Abe L. Klassen 1987-1991
Manfred Schmidt 1994-1997
Johannes Stolz 1999-2007

South Hill MB Church Membership

Year Members
1939 110
1945 250
1950 215
1954 683
1960 620
1965 536
1970 140
1975 196
1980 173
1985 183
1990 159
1996 139
2000 125
2004 126


Map:South Hill MB Church, Vancouver, BC

Author(s) J. F. Redekop
Marlene Epp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published July 2013

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Redekop, J. F., Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. "Vancouver Mennonite Brethren Church (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2013. Web. 24 Jun 2024.,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=155543.

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Redekop, J. F., Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. (July 2013). Vancouver Mennonite Brethren Church (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 June 2024, from,_British_Columbia,_Canada)&oldid=155543.


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