A Brief History of the Bezanson Community Church
September 1971-July 2015
The Bezanson Community Church was formed in 1971 under Village Missions. The first service was held on September 12, 1971 with approximately 25 people in attendance. The offering was $22.97. The church building was a former schoolhouse, which had been given to the community to be used as a church. The United Church held services here for several years and then closed down. Village Missions was then invited into the community and the building was purchased from the United Church for $1.00.
During the leadership of Village Missions a 24’x 24′ addition was built on the west end of the church at a cost of approximately $15,000. Further renovations were also made to the building.
Village Missions served the community for 19 years under the leadership of 4 pastors from 1971-1990:
• Arie and Mae DeVoss
• Bill and Lorna Powell
• Ron and Linda Neufeld
• Jake and Tina Thiessen
In July of 1990, a decision was made to change our church affiliation from Village Missions to the Evangelical Free Church of Canada. This change was supported by a vote of 85%.
On September 10, 1995, a sod turning ceremony took place on a new location for a new facility. The old church building was sold and the money was used to help pay for the new building.
On November 3, 1996, the new building was dedicated. We had a 25th year church anniversary celebration the same weekend.
September 11, 2011 was the celebration of our 40th Anniversary of the Bezanson Community Church.
Our congregation lives with an approximate radius of 40 miles.
Our Pastors who have served since than are:
• 1990-1997 Mike and Kim McWhinnie
• 1998-2003 Jonathan and Barb Siggelkow
• 2004-2012 Chris and Irene Willis
• 2014-2015 Ken and Janet Gibbs
In December of 2004, we hired a new pastor, Chris Willis and his wife Irene and their little girl. Pastor Chris and his family moved on in Dec 2012 as he joined our Canadian Armed Forces where he is serving as a Chaplain today.
In the last few years we had transitioned out of being a small rural family church into a multi-staffed growing church.
In September 2005 we hired Jenny Stinton as a part time youth leader. She was with us till June 2008 to pursue a career in camp ministry.
In January 2011 we hired Pastor Ryan Plett as a youth / associate pastor to minister to our community. Pastor Ryan and his family were with us till March 2013.
In April 2014 Pastor Ken and Janet Gibbs joined us from the United States but unfortunately had to return to the States after only being here for a year.
In November 2015 we are very thankful to have Pastor Greg and Colleen Clairmont agree to come and serve our congregation and community.
We have been blessed by growing families as we serve our Lord, each other, and our community.
The Hamlet of Bezanson is located in the County of Grande Prairie #1.
It is 20 minutes to the city of Grande Prairie.
There is a kindergarten to Grade 9 School.
Has a General store with a post office, a home-style restaurant and a gas station.
There are five senior citizen trailers and an active Senior Centre.
The Community Hall is busy for rentals and holds various functions throughout the year. The hamlet of Bezanson has been awarded a grant to proceed on a new facility!
There is a fully staffed Fire Hall.
Recreation options include:
An Active Curling Rink
Camp Ground(The Old Bezanson Townsite)
Bezanson is located a few minutes from the Smoky River and the Simmonette River(which has a day use beach area)
Within short distance there are several golf courses and a brand new multi-plex in Grande Prairie.
The People of Bezanson are hardworking citizens that are employed through a diversity of jobs, including: farming, oil field, office, carpentry, sales etc. Bezanson is a community that consist of all ages from young families to senior citizens.
Our Church was built in 1996 and seats about 300 people. It has several Sunday School rooms, and a fair sized Fellowship Hall with a kitchen.
Over the years we served our community with Sunday School. Vacation Bible School, The Alpha Program, Parenting Courses, Marriage Counselling, Weddings and Funerals.