1.5 cm of textual records and 1 microfilm reel.
The New Hope Christian Church in Delta, BC (formerly known as Kennedy Heights Mennonite Brethren Church and Strawberry Hill Mennonite Brethren Church) originated in 1944. A number of members of the Vancouver Mennonite Brethren and other Fraser Valley churches had set up residence in Surrey and Delta Municipal Districts. They met in the Kennedy Hall in order to organize a new congregation. Rev. David Quapp chaired the first meeting on November 11, 1944. The first moderator selected was Rev. Gerhard Wiens; assistant moderator Rev. J. J. Neufeld, secretary Henry D. Friesen, treasurer David J. Peters, deacon H. D. Goertz.
The congregation joined the BC Conference in 1945, as well as purchased the Kennedy Hall, including 5 acres of land. The original building was added to many times and then in 1970, a new building was erected on the same property. The sanctuary seated about 400 people.
A critical time in the history of the church was when a group of members chose to meet separately and eventually form their own congregation without the blessing of the church.
While the Kennedy Heights Mennonite Brethren Church seeks to minister to the needs of the community it’s membership list has a cosmopolitan texture and only English is used in the services to make visitors feel welcome.
Leaders of the church have included G. Wiens, A.H. Toews, Paul Wiebe, Walter Epp, John Goertz, N. Willems, Rudy Janzen and Calvin Buhler (1981–1985), Art Willms (1986–1988), Henry Wiebe (1988–1991), Ken Dyck (1992–1996), Rey Nickel (1997–2002), Warren Schmidt (2002–2003), Michael Brown (2003– ).
Scope and content
These fonds contains a brief historical sketch, bulletins, membership and family records, annual reports, congregational and church council meeting minutes.
Textual file list
- Location: Volume 366, microfilm 70.
- Description by Shauna Hudson, May 28, 2004; edited by Sheralyn Heinrichs, August 12, 2005.
- No restrictions on access.
- Finding aid consists of a file list.
1. Historical Sketch. ca. 1944–1985
2. Bulletins. 1968
3. Bulletins. 1991
4. Bulletins. 1992
Microfilm file list
Membership and Family Record – Book I. 2138–2198
Membership Register – Book II. 2199–2259
Family Register – Card File. 2259–2388
Annual Reports to Membership. 1960–1965 1825–1966
Annual Reports to Membership. 1968–1976 1967–2137
Congregational Meeting Minutes. Nov 1944–Sep 1953 660–864
Congregational Meeting Minutes. Sep 1953–Dec 1964 865–1158
Congregational Meeting Minutes. Dec 1964–Sep 1976 1159–1361
Church Council Meeting Minutes. Dec 1948–Feb 1962 1362–1554
Church Council Meeting Minutes. Feb 1962–May 1972 1555–1754
Church Council Meeting Minutes. May 1972–Jun 1974 1755–1824
Annual Reports. 1966–1967
Church Council Meeting Minutes. 1944–1947