This year marks the 50th Anniversary of The Evangelical United Brethren union with The United Church of Canada. The following is some important dates in the history of the church.
CANADA CONFERENCE AND CHURCH UNION (1967 Journal)
1890-1910 Conference Efforts to unite with The Methodist Church in Canada.
1925 Consideration of Union with uniting churches in Canada.
1930 Consideration of Union with the United Church of Canada.
1940 Joint Committee of 14 – prepared drafts of two alternative Plans of Union. Issue tabled.
1946 Union of the Evangelical Church with the United Brethren in Christ to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church.
1962 General Conference action to seek a Plan of Union between the E.U.B. Church and the Methodist Church, USA.
Authority given to Conference in Canada to work out a union with any kindred denomination.
1963 Study of possibilities of Union with The Methodist Church, USA, or The United Church of Canada.
1964 Joint Committee of Twelve formed to work out a Plan of Union with The United Church of Canada.
1965 Consensus presented and approved.
1966 Preferential Vote taken in Conference favouring union with The United Church of Canada.
General Conference Votes favouring union with Methodists in USA and Europe, and with The United Church in Canada.
1967 Voting on General Conference actions by Annual Conferences
Canada Conference vote – 73.3%.
Decision to hold Adjourned session of the Canada Conference, October 10-12, 1967.
1968 Consummation of Union with The United Church of Canada in Jan. 1968.
Consummation of Union with The Methodist Church, USA April 1968.
HISTORY OF THE EVANGELICAL MISSIONARY CHURCH OF CANADA
Matthew 28:19 – “go and make disciples of all nations” –
1500s Anabaptist roots - Menno Simons.
Late 1700s Methodist roots - John and Charles Wesley, George Whitfield.
1785 Jacob Albright – found hope and comfort in faith in
Jesus, started a revival movement – preaching the
Good News. Birth of the Evangelical Church.
1860s revival meetings in Port Elgin, Ontario attended by
Solomon Eby who was an elder of a Mennonite
congregation. Attracted other Mennonite people as
well. Folks wanted a tangible religious experience.
1883 several Anabaptist groups amalgamated to form the
United Mennonite Brethren in Christ.
1947 name changed to the United Missionary Church.
1969 merged with Missionary Church Association and
became the Missionary Church.
1946 Evangelical Church and United Brethren in Christ
amalgamated to become the EUB
1968 most Ontario EUB united with The United Church of
Canada in Jan. 1968. The Northwestern Conference
1970 Evangelical Church in Canada was granted autonomy from USA.
1988 Missionary Church in Canada gained independence
from her sibling in USA.
1993 these 2 churches recognizing that combining their
strengths would be a benefit – combining the
Methodist roots – ‘power of Spirit’ and the Anabaptist
roots with their powerful missionary history.
They formed a union and became the Evangelical
Missionary Church of Canada.