1 cm of textual records and 1 photograph.
The St. Donat Mennonite Brethren Church in Quebec was formally founded in 1980. Work in the area started in 1976 when Simone Giguere and her daughter Suzanne became Christians as prayed for the people in the area and for a leader. They called pastor David Franco who agreed to come and serve the growing group.
In 1978 Denis Tremblay began to giv eleade5rsjip to the group in addition to his school commitments. About a dozen people began to meet regularly at Denis’ home. In April 1979 Jean-Victor Brosseau who replaced Denis as leader. Along with this new leadership came a new door-to-door evangelism outreach program reaching everyone in the community.
In autumn, 1980, the church became autonomous with its own constitution. The church began to reach out to a neighboring village and Native reserve 90 miles from St. Donat. Later on the church was criticized by the Catholic Church and others in the area were not happy with the new Mennonite Brethren Church.
With the lease up on their old building, it seemed as though the church was going to dissolve, but a new building was found, well situated near the entrance to town.
The congregation has been affiliated with the Association québécoise des Frères mennonites du Québec, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1981– ) and the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
The leaders of the congregation were Jean Victor-Brusseau (1982–1985), Ben Klassen (1986–1987), Roger Lauzaunel (1988–1990), André Bourque (1991–1996), and Michael H. Gagnon (1997– ).
Scope and content
The records consist of a brief church history, a letter from the pastor, a French tract and a photograph of the church building.
The material came to the archives May 14, 1985, by mail from Jean-Victor Brosseau, pastor of St. Donat Mennonite Brethren Church.
Textual file list
- Location: Volume 578.
- Language: English, however some articles are in French.
- Described by Janelle Hume, June 28, 2006.
- Finding aid consists of a file list.
- No restrictions on access.
- Related materials, see MCC fond volume 800 file 10.MB Herald, April 14 1978, Oct 13 1978, found in the Periodical collection.
1. Testimony of St. Donat MB Church 1985
2. Letter from Pastor Jean-Victor Brosseau 1985
3. Tract in French with church stamp on the back [198?]
NP020-01-29 St. Donat Mennonite Brethren Church
10 x 9 cm [coloured]
This is a photo of the church building.