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Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church – Abbotsford, BC

Proper Title

Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1965–2020

Physical Description

19 cm of textual material, 2 microfilm reels, and digital bulletins and newsletters

Administrative History

The Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church, located in Abbotsford, BC, began as an offshoot of the Clearbrook MB Church. By 1964, it was clear that the facilities at Clearbrook MB were not sufficient. Coupled with this problem was the language issue: young people wanted an all-English service; many older people did not. In response to these problems, church leaders decided to plant a daughter congregation that would serve the needs of the younger more anglicized church members and meet in a different location. Services began April 4, 1965 in the Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute facility, initial membership: 103.

In the decades that followed, Bakerview grew considerably, acquiring its own property, and completing several building projects. Throughout these years the congregation has been actively involved in international missions, community outreach, and church planting. Perhaps most notably, it helped establish Vietnamese and Spanish congregations in its area.

At the outset, John B. Toews and A.J. Friesen served the church as ministers. By 1966, J.H. Quiring had been appointed as pastor – a role he filled for eight consecutive years. Peter Falk (1975), Ben Zerbe (1976–1981), Harry Heidebrecht (1982–1994), John Neufeld (1995–1999), and Michael Dick (2000– ) served as pastors in subsequent years.

Language of worship is English.

Scope and Content

This fonds contains telephone directories, photo directories, bulletins and newsletters, constitutions, annual reports, minutes, and a membership / family register.

Notes

  • Location: Volume 362, 1249; Digital records located on the CMBS server "Electronic collections/Provinces/BC/Bakerview MB Church."
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory number BB511, and are partially located on microfilm reel 58 and 59.
  • Described by Shauna Hudson May 27, 2004. Edited by Donovan Giesbrecht, August 27, 2004. Updated by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander November 2, 2011. Updated by Kate Woltmann July 18, 2013.
  • No restrictions on access.

File List

Volume 362
1. Telephone Directory. -- 1970–1971.
2. Telephone Directory. -- [ca. 1994–1995].
3. Photo Directory. -- [ca. 198-?].
4. Photo Directory. -- [ca. 198-?].
5. Bulletins. -- 1986.
6. Bulletins. -- 1987.
7. Bulletins. -- 1988.
8. Bulletins. -- 1991.
9. Bulletins. -- 1992.
10. Bulletin. -- 1993.
11. Bulletin. -- 1998.
12. Bulletins & Newsletters. -- 2000.
13. Bulletins & Newsletters. -- 2001.
14. Bulletins & Newsletters. -- 2002.
15. Bulletins & Newsletters. -- 2003.
16. Bulletins. -- 2004.
17. Bulletins. -- 2005.
18. Bulletins, Jan.-July. -- 2006.

Volume 1249
1. Bulletins, Aug.-Dec. -- 2006.
2. Bulletins, Jan.-July. -- 2007.
3. Bulletins, Aug.-Dec. -- 2007.
4. Bulletins. -- 2009.
5. Bulletins. -- 2010.
6. Annual Reports. -- 2010-2011.
7. Bulletins, Newsletters, Week at a Glance, Current Issues Class Schedule. -- 2011.
8. Bulletins, Newsletters. -- 2012.

Microfilm file list

Reel 58

  • Constitutions. -- p. 1585–1594.
  • Annual Reports. -- 1966–1969. -- p. 1595–1689.
  • Congregational Meetings Minutes. -- Mar 1965–Sep 1969. -- p. 1327–1472.
  • Congregational Meetings Minutes. -- Oct 1969–Jun 1971. --p. 1473–1584.
  • Congregational Meetings Minutes. -- Aug 1971–Mar 1974. -- p. 1690–1833.
  • Congregational Meetings Minutes. -- Jun 1974–Dec 1977. -- p. 1834–2017.
  • Church Council Meeting Minutes. -- Mar 1965–May 1968. -- p. 2018–2119.
  • Church Council Meeting Minutes. -- Jun 1968–May 1974. --p. 2120–2290.
  • Church Council Meeting Minutes. -- Jun 1974–May 1977. -- p. 2291–2446.

Reel 59

  • Membership and Family Register. -- 1965–1978. -- p. 1–244.

Digital Files

  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2012. Incomplete.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2013. Incomplete.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2014. Incomplete.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2015.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2016.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2017.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2018.
  • Bulletins. -- 2019.
  • Bulletins. -- 2020.
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