Grace Bible Church to celebrate golden anniversary this Sunday, Nov. 12

The last three pastors of Grace Bible Church and their wives, from left, are Paul and Rachel Van Kesteren, Bonnie and John Van Kesteren and Laurie and Bill Zylstra.

LITTLE CURRENT—Grace Bible Church in Little Current will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this Sunday, November 12.  To mark this event, a special service will be held at 11 am.

Grace Bible Church was established by Reverend Jack Gordon and meetings were held in a residence on Blake Street. In 1967 a property was purchased on Draper Street and construction of a church building by members of the congregation began immediately. The church building was completed in 1970.

An Evangelical Baptist church, Grace Bible was for many years under the sponsorship of Village Missions which provided both financial and spiritual support. In 1990 the church became entirely self-sufficient, and remains so to this day.

The Jack Gordon family moved to Alberta in 1971 and was succeeded by Pastor Stan Tombs, who remained until 1974. A succession of pastors followed – Pastors Al Kliewer, Jerry Vaughn, Brian Wheaton, Bill Mann, Bill Zylstra, Graham Clark and John Van Kesteren. In August 2010, the present pastor, Paul Van Kesteren, his wife and six children arrived in Little Current.

The church building has gone through several renovations over the years. Of note is the 2001 addition of a pastor’s office, library, meeting room, two chair lifts and an entrance ramp which markedly improved accessibility for elderly church attendees.

The November 12, 11 am service will be followed by a luncheon prepared by members of Grace Bible Church. Friends of Grace Bible and members of the public are most welcome to attend this free open door event.