1 cm of textual records, and 2 photographs.
In 1974 Mrs. Anita Dionne, from Grande Rivière, shared her story with her neighbours from which emerged a group of about 12 people. This group began to meet two times per month in the home of Pastor Jean-Louis Jacques in Grande Rivière. In 1980, Pastor Jacques moved to New Richmond, and began teaching this group together with a deacon from his church. If neither Pastor Jacques nor the deacon could come the group would listen to a recorded church service from l’église Baptiste of New Richmond, Québec
It was in 1980 that the Mennonite Brethren Churches of the Québec Association received a call from these believers requesting a pastor. Taking this request seriously L’Association Québécoise decided to send some help.
The call was made to Denis Tremblay a graduate from Laval Bible Institute (1979), who had been working for the past two years as an assistant pastor in St. Jérôme. In 1981, Denis and his wife Lyne, left Grande Rivière to plant a church in New Richmond. Many activities began to build the church. However, the group did not grow in sufficient numbers since many people kept leaving the region because of the difficult economic situation. Students also had to leave this small city to pursue their education. Yet the small group remained remarkably strong.
Meanwhile, another evangelical group emerged in New Richmond and called Pastor Jean-Louis Jacques to move there in 1980. When he arrived, he started the Evangelical Baptist Church with only 20 members. Their numbers grew and 2 years later there were about 35 members within the church.
Problems arose in 1981 which resulted in a split in the New Richmond church in 1982. After the split a group of 10 believers began to meet with the church in Grande Rivière. When winter came they asked Denis Tremblay to come and teach them in New Richmond once a week in a home. Denis accepted and this group decided to join the Association des Frères Mennonites. From January until July 1983, Denis and his wife Lyne worked part time in New Richmond and part time in Grande Rivière. After that they became full time in New Richmond due to the growing need. It was in 1984 that l’église Chrétienne Évangélique de New Richmond became officially affiliated with the association Québécoise des églises des Frères Mennonites.
The leaders of the congregation were: Denis Tremblay (1984–1990), Marc Vanderham (1991–1992), Michael Roy (1993–1994), Bart Consuelle (1995–1997), Denis Bourdages (1998–2000).
Scope and content
The records found in this collection consist of a letter, a brief church history in French, and two photographs of the church building.
The information in this file came by mail from Denis Tremblay, the pastor of l’église Chrétienne Évangélique of New Richmond.
Textual file list
- Location: Volume 579.
- Language: French.
- Described by Janelle Hume, June 28, 2006.
- Finding aid consists of a file list.
- No restriction on access.
- Accession no. unknown.
- Related materials, see MCC fond volume 800 file 10.
1. Letter from pastor Denis Tremblay. 1985
2. Historique de l’église Chrétienne Évangélique de New Richmond = History of New Richmond Christian Evangelical Church. 1985
NP020-01-27 l’église Chrétienne Évangélique de New Richmond.
12 x 9 cm [b&w] [198?]
NP020-01-28 l’église Chrétienne Évangélique de New Richmond 2.
12 x 9 cm [b&w]