Mountain Park Church – Niagara Falls, ON
Mountain Park Church fonds
Dates of Creation
0.2 cm of textual records
The Mountain Park Church began as a house church of six to ten people led by Willie and Margaret Baerg, a missionary couple who had spent many years in Africa. The congregation decided to name their new church "Niagara Falls Christian Fellowship Church." The first public service was held in Martha Cullimore School in December 1975. In 1978, the congregation was officially organized with 16 charter members.
In 1979, the congregation and the Ontario Mennonite Brethren Conference purchased land on Mountain Road, and its first building, which seated 120 people, was dedicated on 28 October 1979. A second phase was built in 1984, and a third phase was dedicated on 27 May 1990 and included a sanctuary able to seat 550.
The 1990s saw a transition to contemporary styles of services and to leadership models that included women along with men.
The church went through difficult times in the later 1990s and early 2000s, which led to a loss of members. Part of the revisioning process for the congregation included a name change in 2002 to Mountain Park Church. Remodeling and updating of the facility took place during this time as well, and the church began to rent space to outside groups, like a licensed preschool and counselling services.
In 1994, the membership was 196. In 2000, it was 165.
The leaders of the congregation include Willie Baerg (1975–1977), Richard Hill (1978–1981), Henry Wiebe (1982–1994), Rudy Bartel (1995), Stephen Mortley (1996–2001), Herman Plett (2001–2018?), Matt Unruh (2012–2017), Andrew Plett (2017– ).
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of a brief congregational history (1985).
Records were transferred to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Volume 573.
- Finding aid consists of a series description and a file list.
- Formerly classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory BD-527.
- Described by Bert Friesen 15 October 2001.
- No restrictions.
- Niagara Falls Christian Fellowship history. -- 1985.