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Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship – Port Coquitlam, BC

Proper Title

Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship fonds

Dates of Creation

1974–2000

Physical Description

1 cm of textual records

Administrative History

In the spring of 1974 several families in the Coquitlam–Port Coquitlam area began meeting together for home Bible studies with the hopes of someday starting a Mennonite Brethren church in the area. They contacted the Mennonite Brethren Board of Church Extension of BC (BOCE) and expressed their desire to call a pastor. John F. Klassen was willing to help start the church, and on July 1, 1974 the B.O.C.E. agreed to subsidize Klassen’s salary and the congregation’s operating expenses.

At the beginning, four Mennonite Brethren families, along with several others from the Coquitlam community, met on Sunday evenings in the local United Church. The group was called Burke Mountain Bible Fellowship, a name that was changed to Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship in 1981. By 1975, the congregation was officially accepted as a part of the Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches of British Columbia, and had become a sister church to Killarney Park Mennonite Brethren Church, Vancouver.

After several years at the United Church, the congregation sought an alternative location for their Sunday services. Westwood Elementary School served as a temporary home, but, by December of 1978, the congregation had purchased its own building. The early eighties were a time of growth, and soon an additional property was purchased, and a new building constructed. The first service in the new building was held on November 28, 1982.

The following leaders have served the congregation as pastor: John F. Klassen, Nick Dyck (1977–1978), Pat Fadden (1978–1979), Harry Loewen (1980–1995), and Len Doerksen ([1997?]–2003).

The language of worship is English.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of an historical sketch, bulletins, calendars, and a summer day camp release form.

Notes

  • Location: Volume 371.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory number BB525.
  • Described by Shauna Hudson June 8, 2004. Edited by Donovan Giesbrecht September 16, 2004.
  • No restrictions on access.

File List

Volume 371

  1. Historical sketch. --1985.
  2. Bulletins. -- 1985
  3. Bulletins. -- 1986
  4. Bulletins. -- 1987
  5. Bulletins. -- 1988–1989.
  6. Bulletins. -- 1991
  7. Bulletins. -- 1997–2000.
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