Christian Fellowship Church – Lanigan, SK
Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, fonds
Dates of Creation
4 cm of textual material and 4 photographs
The Christian Fellowship Church in Lanigan, Sask., held its first service on the morning of Nov. 5th, 1972, in St. Patricks Catholic Church with 13 in attendance. This was a project of the Mennonite Brethren Mission of Saskatchewan. The building itself had been moved to Lanigan from 7 miles west of Leroy by the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was purchased by Mennonite Brethren Missions in 1972.
Lawrence and Martha Redekopp were asked to serve as Interim Pastors. They agreed and spent the first nine months driving in from Saskatoon to hold 2 services each Sunday. By spring 1973, they had accepted the invitation to become full-time pastors and moved to Lanigan.
In 1975, the church was accepted into the Mennonite Brethren Conference and, in 1976, it became self-supporting. It is affiliated with the Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren.
One thing that influenced the life of the church was the ministry of the Messenger Quartet. Upon the invitation of the church, they visited the community three different times. People responded to the gospel message through their ministry and church growth resulted.
By their 10th anniversary, the little church, with seating capacity of 100 was full. The Sunday School facilities were taxed to the limit. After much prayer and discussion, a decision was made to build a new building to seat 250 people. The first service in the new sanctuary was held in September 1982.
Church membership in 2000 was 85, and 100 in 2010.
Pastors of the church have been: Lawrence Redekopp (1972–1985), Mel Konkel (1985–1992), Interim Pastor Abe & Mary Unrau (1992–1993), Abe & Kathy Klassen (1993–2000), Steve White (2000–2014), Brad Schroeder (2014–2018), Tim Peters (2018– ).
The language of worship is English.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of historical notes about Christian Fellowship Church and the bulletins from worship services.
Historical material and photographs were collected ca. 1985 by the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. The material was used to produce a special issue of the Mennonite Brethren Herald. Bulletins are sent regularly from the church indicating the current worship and events of the church.
- Location: Volume 616, NP176-01.
- Described by Tamara Dyck, November 9, 2007. Updated by Kate Woltmann July 18, 2013, July 2014.
- Title based on contents of the fonds.
- Formerly classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory number BF518.
- Finding aid consists of a file list and photograph list.
- Related material: Vol. 148, Canadian Conference of MB Churches – Board of Evangelism.
- No restrictions on access.
1. Papers outlining the history of Christian Fellowship Church. -- ca. 1985.
2. Bulletins. -- 1984, 1993.
3. Bulletins. -- 1994.
4. Bulletins. -- 1995.
5. Bulletins. -- 1996–1997.
6. Bulletins. -- 2000–2001.
7. Bulletins. -- 2005.
8. Bulletins. -- 2008, 2010.
9. Financial report. -- 1995.
10. Church Directories and town map. -- [198?], 1992.
11. 25th anniversary photo directory, 1972–1997. -- 1997.
12. Christian Fellowship Church picture directory. -- 2005?
Photo Collection Number: NP176-01
Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, Sask.
NP176-01:1. A Church in a field.
4.5" x 3.5"
This photo is of the new Christian Fellowship Church in Lanigan, Sask., built next to the old church in 1892.
NP176-01:2. Assistant pastor and wife.
1.5" x 1.75"
This photo is of Assistant Pastor Harold Berg and wife Edna. It is a posed photography [possibly for the church directory].
NP176-01:3. Pastor and his wife.
1.5" x 1.75"
This photo is of Pastor and Mrs. Lawrence Redekopp. It is a posed photo [possibly for the church directory].
NP176-01:4. A pastor and his wife.
1.5" x 1.75"
This photo is of moderator Larry Speiser with his wife Marie and their children Greg and Val. This is a posed photo [possibly for the church directory].