John Neufeld, lead pastor of Willingdon Church, Burnaby, B.C., has resigned, effective immediately. He served the congregation for 15 years.
In his final sermon, Sept. 7, 2014, Neufeld told his congregation he felt it best to leave Willingdon at this time “because of [the church’s] vision and future direction.”
Willingdon is considered the largest Mennonite Brethren church in Canada and has actively planted or assisted in planting a number of churches, including Westside Church which recently moved into the former Ford Theatre building in downtown Vancouver.
In 1999, Neufeld moved to Willingdon from Abbotsford’s Bakerview MB Church, where he had served as preaching pastor and lead pastor. Prior to that, he taught at Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, and planted Peace Arch Fellowship (now Gracepoint) in Surrey, B.C.
Edited Sept. 10, 2014.
Updated Dec. 17, 2014: link added.