Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church, St. Catharines, Ont., celebrates its 50th anniversary May 31–June 1, 2014. A desire to use English as the language of worship led 157 members from Scott Street MB Church to charter the new congregation in 1963. John Andres, John Janzen and Walter Unger were founding leaders. Harvey Gossen was the first full-time pastor. A meeting house was completed in 1964, a parsonage built in 1965 and a gymnasium added in 1968. The congregation innovated with open-air drive-in services 1966–1980, “dial-a-meditation” ministry 1969–1978, and a community nursery school 1978–1987, and they partnered with Grantham MB to plant Fairview-Louth, now Southridge Community Church, in 1980. Currently, the congregation runs a bimonthly English café for international students and new immigrants, offers care ministries, including visitation and prayer shawls, and collaborates with Scott Street and Grantham MB churches on youth ministry. The congregation of 236 members is led by a pastoral team in collaboration with the leadership team.
Updated Apr. 7, 2014: name corrected.