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Komoka Community Church – London, ON

Proper Title

Komoka Community Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1970–2005

Physical Description

25 cm of textual records

Administrative History

The efforts under the sponsorship of the Ontario Mennonite Brethren missions resulted in a fellowship beginning in the London, Ontario area of Komoka in 1970. Continuing efforts resulted in a congregation being organized in 1972 with 24 charter members. They met in rented facilities. In 1980, they completed their own meeting house building. The membership in 1980 was 22. The church building was destroyed by a tornado on August 28, 1990; it was rebuilt in 1991. In 2000, the membership stood at 18.

Starting in 2005? the congregation shared its property at 10246 Glendon Drive, Komoka, Ontario, with a new church plant called Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church. In 2008, the Covenant church purchased the building from the Mennonite Brethren Conference. At some point after 2005, the Komoka Community church came to a close. See http://www.covenantopc.ca/ourstory.htm for the story of the birth of the Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

The leaders of the Komoka Community Church were: Isaac Thiessen (1972–1973), Rudy Janzen (1974–1977), John Letkemann (1978), Herman Kroeker (1979–1986), Gordon Russell (1987–1990), Harvey Peters (1991), John Penner (1992), Jim Heene (1993–1997), Jack Sailor (1997– 2001?), Dennis Corkery (2004–2005).

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a congregational historical sketch ([197–?]), a brief congregational history (1985, 1992), congregational bulletins (1994–1995) and the Komoka Community Church Covenant and Constitution.  In addition, there are annual reports, church records, financial records and some correspondence.

Custodial History

Records were transferred to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Files 5–6 (Church history and the constitution) were added from the Isaac Tiessen fonds.  In 2010, church records were sent from the Mennonite Archives of Ontario to Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies by Laureen Harder-Gissing.  The records had been found in the old Komoka Mennonite Brethren building, which now belongs to the Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and were delivered to the Ontario archives by John and Lori Ferguson. The photo collection NP190-02 came to the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, with the Anne Wiebe collection.

Notes

  • Volumes 554, 1318.
  • Finding aid consists of a series description and a file list is available.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory BD-507.
  • Described by Bert Friesen October 12, 2001; updated by Conrad Stoesz April 29, 2002; updated by Tamara Dyck January 21, 2011; updated by Yvonne Snider-Nighwander March 7, 2012; updated by Kate Woltmann May 31, 2012.
  • NP190-02; includes a photo album.
  • Language of worship, English.
  • No restrictions.

Series Descriptions

I. Komoka Community Church history.
[197–?]-1985.
0.2 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of a brief congregational history (1985, 1992) and a congregational historical sketch ([197–?]).

II. Komoka Community Church bulletins.
1994–1995.
0.8 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of congregational bulletins (1994–1995).

III. Komoka Community Church reports, records and correspondence.
1971-2003.
17 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of annual reports, business meeting minutes, financial records and church records.

File List

Volume 554

  1. Komoka Community Church historical sketch. -- [197-?], 1992.
  2. Komoka Community Church history. -- 1985.
  3. Komoka Community Church bulletins. -- 1994.
  4. Komoka Community Church bulletins. -- 1995.
  5. Komoka Church history. -- 1980–1990.
  6. Komoka Community Church Covenant and Constitution. -- [198-?].

Volume 1318

  1. Annual reports. -- 1993-1995.
  2. Annual reports. -- 1996-2001.
  3. Elder Board meeting minutes. -- 1995-1998.
  4. C.H.E.B. meeting minutes. -- 1999.
  5. Job applications. -- 2003.
  6. Church rebuilding project. -- 1990-1991.
  7. Correspondence with donors of the tornado relief fund (including paper items found the day after the torando hit). -- 1988, 1990.
  8. Membership record book. -- 1971-2002.
  9. Receipts and dispersements book. -- 1983-1987.
  10. Marriage register. -- 1973-1998.
  11. Komoka Community Church Bulletins, Monthly Calendars & Event Advertisements. -- 1988.
  12. Komoka Community Church Annual Business Meeting Minutes. -- 2005.
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