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Armstrong Bible Chapel – Armstrong, BC

Proper Title

Armstrong Bible Chapel fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

1.25 cm of textual records

Administrative History

The Armstrong Bible Chapel began in 1976 when Hank and Allice Wiebe felt led by God to purchase a vacant church building. In August of that year, four families began holding Sunday school classes, and shortly after, Sunday morning services. They brought in guest speakers and had local men provide pulpit ministry as well. The need for a permanent leader of the group soon became evident and after much prayer and consideration the congregation appointed Jake Balzer as their first pastor. The Balzer family began their ministry at the church in August 1977. The church became affiliated with the BC Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in June 1979.

Around this time, the Chapel’s sanctuary seated approximately 100 people, but it was not long before church leaders recognized the need for expansion. In spring 1978, with the help of the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, the Chapel purchased additional land and began plans for construction. The new building did not come soon enough. In February 1980, the original church building was so crowed that the group moved into a local school gym, which was used until construction of the new building was complete.

By around 1985, the congregation consisted of 30 family units with Sunday morning attendance ranging from 95 to 110 people, and a membership of 40 people.

In 2015, the congregation had an average attendance of 43, down from 60 in 2010.

Over the years, the following pastors have served the Armstrong congregation: Jake Balzer (1979–1982), Neil Klassen (1983–1985), Peter R. Toews (1986), Ted Horton (1987–1990), John Balzer (1991–1997), Greg Schmidt (1998–2006), Ken Dueck (2007–2011), Wayne Snider (2012–2020).

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a brief history, bulletins, and one copy of the Church Builder.


  • Location: Volume 393.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • Formerly classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory BB547.
  • Described by Shauna Hudson June 24, 2004. Edited by Donovan Giesbrecht, August 26, 2004.
  • No restrictions on access.

File List

Volume 393

1. History. -- 1976–1985.
2. Bulletins. -- 1985.
3. Bulletins. -- 1986.
4. Bulletins. -- 1987.
5. Bulletins. -- 1993.
6. Bulletins. - 1994.
7. Bulletins. - 1995.
8. The Church Builder. - 1978.

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