“Hotspots: that’s what we will call it.” It was the late 1990s and Evelyn Poppy was addressing a small group at Willingdon Church. This group, gathered to intercede for a…
A church plant celebrating its sixth anniversary has moved from its school gym meeting place and into a traditional sanctuary. The 200-plus congregation of Reality Vancouver Church is the new tenant in a Lutheran-built church currently owned by the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster.
John Neufeld, senior pastor of Willingdon MB Church, Burnaby, B.C., for 15 years, has been appointed Back to the Bible Canada’s first Canadian Bible teacher in its 75-year history. Neufeld’s…
South Hill Church, a six-year-old union between two Vancouver MB congregations at 43rd Avenue and Prince Edward, is closing. Coincidentally – or providentially – it’s the same area where a new C2C church plant, Christ City, is just forming.
Some talk about it as one of a handful of B.C. megachurches (defined as a church whose weekly attendance exceeds 2,000). Some admire the church’s choir, a relative rarity these days. Some applaud the regular invitations to newcomers to accept Christ as Saviour. Some celebrate how the church has adapted and shifted in sync with the spectacular growth of Burnaby/Vancouver, meeting the needs of both the new and established ethnic communities of a cosmopolitan city.
Ethnic Chinese have been living in Canadian cities for a very long time, but the development of Chinese Mennonite Brethren churches has only occurred fairly recently. In 1972, pastor Henry Klassen of Pacific Grace Mission Chapel in Vancouver saw the increasing number of Chinese residents in his area and decided to pioneer outreach to the Chinese. Since then, the Chinese MB family has grown to over 20 churches in three countries.