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Written by LPC Admin   
Friday, 13 November 2009 18:42

A Short History of Lord's Peace Chapel

 

In 1998, the Chinese Christian Chapel (CCC) in Vancouver, was bursting in size. For the previous two years, a committee within CCC had been discussing the possibility of church-planting, and the church's growth increased that sense of urgency in their hearts. Several families felt led to participate in a new church-planting venture, and in April of that year, CCC commissioned them to form Lord's Peace Chapel (LPC).

 

Shortly after this move, CCC became known as Lord's Grace Church. LPC continues to share a 'sister' relationship with this church, as well as with an earlier church plant, Lord's Love Church. The three churches come together annually for a Good Friday service and occasionally for other events.

 

Through long-standing friendships with others in the body of Christ, Marine View Chapel (at 41st and Crown) became LPC's home for five years. There the church grew from the original group of 40 to a congregation of over 100 worshipers, and they met for worship each week at 2pm. The church family enjoyed a deep sense of community and friendship, as well as a high degree of participation in service. They believed in the 'priesthood of all believers,' that there is no distinction of offices between clergy and lay people, and sought to provide an environment in which each part of the body exercised his or her gift in an orderly manner to the glory of God.

 

For the first four years, the LPC family received teaching from Regent College faculty as well as from pastors and teachers of other Vancouver churches. Men like Paul Stevens, Harry Robinson and Roy Bell contributed their preaching gifts to this new church.

 

Why the name "Lord's Peace Chapel?" Those who were part of the original group speak of a deep sense of peace that pervaded their community. Planting a new church required a great deal of effort, but even through the many challenges, this peace prevailed. The church's name represented the characteristic that seemed to mark the group, as well as a fruit of the Spirit that they desired to maintain and deepen.

 

In September, 2003, LPC moved its worship services to the Scottish Cultural Centre (SCC) in the Marpole area. Two factors led to this move. First, there was a general desire to worship on Sunday mornings. Second, the church was beginning to outgrow the space at Marine View Chapel and SCC provides more breathing room and potential for growth, should the Lord add to our numbers.

 

The first pastor of the Church was Rob Penner who served at LPC until 2007. Trevor Josh served as pastor from 2008-2011.  John Tsang began his ministry at LPC on Jan 1, 2014.

 

 

 


Updated: Oct 2014

 

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