Fonds BA-504; Microfilm R54 - Gospel Light Church, Debolt, Alberta fonds

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Gospel Light Church, Debolt, Alberta fonds

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CA CMBS BA-504; Microfilm R54

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  • 1933-1986 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records
1 microfilm reel

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In the late 1920s Mennonite families settled in the Crooked Creek area of northern Alberta. The Mennonite Brethren families worshiped together with the Church of God in Christ Mennonite (Holdeman) families. Since they were barred from taking communion together the Mennonite Brethren families built a school in the Cornwall area in 1936 and worshiped there. In 1943 they built their own meeting house. After the war years families starting moving away and the remaining families began to worship with the Holdeman group again. In 1955 the Mennonite Brethren families increased again to the point where the congregation re-opened in 1960 and joined the Mennonite Brethren conference. It was called the Crooked Creek Mennonite Brethren group, but in 1961-1963 it was referred to as the Cornwall Mennonite Brethren group. From 1964 to 1983 it was known as the Crooked Creek Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1964 a new meeting house was completed in the Ridgevalley hamlet between Crooked Creek and DeBolt. In the 1980s these facilities were less central but a rift caused a division in the congregation. The group that remained built a new meeting house in DeBolt in 1985. The congregation was now called the Gospel Light Church, DeBolt (Mennonite Brethren). In 1998 this remaining group decided to leave the Mennonite Brethren conference and joined the Christian and Missionary Alliance Conference. The leaders of the congregation were: Peter Schroeder ([193-?]), Christian Hauff ([193-?-194-?]), Nick Thiessen (1960-1968), Peter Penner (1969-1981, 1986-1989), James Cornelsen (1982), Peter Doerksen (1983-1986), Robert Sukkau (1990-1991), Paul Warnock (1992-1998).

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Records were transferred to the Centre for M.B. Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Some records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference.

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This fonds consists of brief congregational histories (1960, 1986), congregational bulletins (1985-1986), congregational annual meeting minutes and reports (1959-1977), congregational meeting minutes (1960-1976), church council meeting minutes (1968).

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Some German.

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