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Grace Mennonite Brethren Church – Penticton, BC

Proper Title

Grace Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1957–2002

Physical Description

13 cm of textual records

Administrative History

The Grace Mennonite Brethren Church of Penticton, BC had its roots in 1957 when the Associated Gospel Churches (AGC) of Canada opened up work under the name of Grace Gospel Church. In 1960 a church building was constructed which was used for many years.

In 1982, a spokesperson for a potential Mennonite Brethren church in Penticton approached the A.G.C board chairman with questions about a possibility of an amalgamation with the proposed Mennonite Brethren work. Discussion meetings were held, and on March 7, the first joint Sunday service was held.

On April 18, 1982 the church was officially chartered as the Grace Mennonite Brethren Church with 57 members. The newly formed church welcomed its first resident pastor couple, Rev. and Mrs. Edward Hamm on September 19, 1982. They ended their pastorship with Grace MB Church on July 28, 1983 and on February 19, 1984, the church held a commissioning service for their second pastor couple, Hart and Louise Loewen.

Those to have lead the Grace MB Church include: Edward Hamm (1982–1983), Hart Loewen (1984–1985), Dave Esau (1987–2000), Blake Wagner (2002– ).

In about 1985 membership stood at 74, average attendance at Sunday morning services was 92 and average Sunday school attendance was 60. As of 2004 membership at Grace was 51 with an average attendance of 55.

The language of worship is English.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of historical sketch and bulletins.

Notes

  • Location: Volume 397.
  • Description by Shauna Hudson, June 25, 2004.
  • The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory number BB559.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • No restrictions on access.

File List

Volume 397

  1. History. -- 1957–ca. 1985.
  2. Bulletins. -- 1984.
  3. Bulletins. -- 1985.
  4. Bulletins. -- 1986.
  5. Bulletins. -- 1987.
  6. Bulletins. -- 1988.
  7. Bulletins. -- 1989.
  8. Bulletins. -- 1990.
  9. Bulletins. -- 1991.
  10. Bulletins. -- 1993.
  11. Bulletins. -- 1994.
  12. Bulletins. -- 1995.
  13. Bulletins. -- 1996.
  14. Bulletins. -- 1997.
  15. Bulletins. -- 1998.
  16. Bulletins. -- 1999.
  17. Bulletins. -- 2000.
  18. Bulletins. -- 2001.
  19. Bulletins. -- 2002.
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