6 cm of textual records, 1 photograph, 1 graph and other materials.
The St. Eustache Church was born in an old house near the big Catholic Church in St. Eustache, Quebec. In the 1970s, a group of neighbors began to meet at Mme Madeleine Wingender’s home where they would have a small service and talk about Jesus. Mr. Ernest Dyck, the pastor of the Thérèse Church would come an teach on his day off. It was in this way that the official church was born. What started with seven or eight individuals soon grew to about thirty. Due to this growth, Wingender’s home needed to be renovated to accommodate the people. A group of young men, consisting of Pierre Wingender, Jean Théoret and Robert Dagenais began taking on leadership within this small church.
In 1976 a committee was formed in order to organize the St. Eustache Church as a daughter church of Ste. Thérèse Church. The St. Eustache Church joined the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in 1977. The church consisted of 12 members and was lead by pastor by Robert Dagenais. At first the church met in a school auditorium and later in a local community center. July 4, 1980 construction began on a new church building. This church has witnessed an incredible evangelism outreach; starting with only 12 members and then growing to 69 members in under 3 years. The pastor of this church in 2006 was Stéphane Rheaume, and there were 101 members.
The leaders of the congregation were: Robert Dagenais (1977–1986), François Vermette (1986–1988), Blaise St. Louis (1988), Jean-Victor Brusseau (1989–1996), and Stéphane Rheaume (1997– ).
Scope and content
The records found in this collection consist of finance reports, reports from church leadership, minutes from congregational meetings, minutes from pastoral meetings, church lists, constitution and general regulations, annual reunion reports, charts / graphs, and a photograph of the church building.
The material in this collection came to the archives July 31, 1987 by Ken Reddig who copied them at the Institute Biblique Laval.
Textual file list
- Accession no. 1987-35.
- Language: French, however some material has been translated into English.
- Described by Janelle Hume, June 27, 2006.
- Finding aid consists of a file list.
- No restrictions on access.
- Location: Volume 576.
- Related material:
- Related materials, see MCC fond volume 800 file 10. MB Herald, Nov 25 1977, Oct 13 1978, Jan 23 1998, located in Periodical collection.
1. “The Story of the Christian Evangelical Church of St. Eustache” (original french)
(English translation of “L’histoire de l’église Chrétienne Évangélique de St. Eustache”) 1985
2. Financial reports 1982–1986
3. Minutes from church counsel meetings 1980–1981, 1984, 1986–1987
4. “Constitution et règlements généraux de l’église Chrétienne Évangélique de Ste. Eustache” (Constitution and General Regulations of the St. Eustache Evangelical church) [1987?]
5. Réunion annuelle (Annual Reunion minutes / reports) 1978, 1982–1987
6. Member lists 1982–[1987?]
7. “Moyenne des offrandes mensuelles” (Average monthly offerings graph) [1986?]
8. Church growth chart within an annual report 1983
NP020-01-26 Chrétienne Évangélique de St. Eustache MB Church
17 x 11 cm [b&w]
This photo is of the church building.