Historical Sketch: Chinatown Peace Church

The Vancouver Chinese Mennonite Church began its first services in 1977 and formally organized on 4 June 1978 with 41 founding members. The congregation originated through outreach by Mountainview Mennonite Church as well as the conferences. The congregation joined Mennonite Church British Columbia and Mennonite Church Canada in 1979.

Pastor Stephen Lee was the founding Pastor of this church, and served the congregation until 2001. Paster Ng served for one year, and from 2002 until 2007 the congregation was without a Chinese / Senior Pastor. The pastor Lup Chee Ngai joined the church in 2007.

Initially this congregation used the facilities of Mountainview Mennonite Church for their services. In 1978, the church purchased a former YMCA building in Chinatown through the financial assistance of the conference and individual church members. Starting from September  24, 1978 all church activities were relocated to these new premises at 375 East Pender Street, Chinatown, Vancouver. In 1984, the old YMCA building was demolished and a new church building was constructed. In 1995, the church extended the original building to provide spaces for a Senior Home. The extended wing was built on the area of the church’s parking lot.

Starting in 1979, many Mennonite churches sponsored Chinese speaking refugees from Vietnam who joined this church. These new immigrants and following generations now make up the majority of the existing congregation members. Around 1995, the congregation began holding two worship services on Sunday: an early service in English, and a late service in Cantonese.

The Cantonese service was more traditional, using hymns and choir. Attendance was mainly in the senior age group. Their emphasis was on outreach.

The English service was more contemporary and casual in style. Singing was accompanied by guitar, bass, drums, and piano. Primarily professionals and younger families with children and youth attended this service. This group had more focus on small groups, youth, and leadership development.

The congregation changed their name to Chinatown Peace Church (circa 2017).

 

Pastor Years
Stephen Lee 1977-2001
Lup Chee Ngai 2007-2014
Martin So 2015-present
Tim Kuepfer 2017-present