‘Home Together’ book by Thomas Bergen

by Webmaster on September 24, 2020

We are pleased to announce the release of Home Together: Student Ministry at the Menno Simons Centre! Written by Thomas Bergen (a former Residence Coordinator), this book gives a compelling account of how the Menno Simons Centre engaged emerging adults in a community of discipleship and belonging for over thirty years.

The book is eligible for free shipping and available for ~$20 on Amazon.ca, where you can also take a sneak peek of the book. It is also available in eBook format for $8.99 or less from FriesenPressKobo StoreGoogle PlayNook StoreAmazon Kindle, and iTunes Bookstore. All the profits will go towards supporting the ongoing ministry of the PCDA.

To receive news about the upcoming Virtual Book Launch event on Oct. 24th at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, please subscribe to the PCDA newsletter if you haven’t already done so.

NOTE: if you’re having trouble locating the ~$20 copy sold directly by Amazon.ca, see the instructions below. Don’t be discouraged that Amazon.ca says it is “temporarily out of stock” since they use a print-on-demand service. Lastly, if you don’t see the ~$20 Amazon.ca copy for sale, check back in a day or two, as it seems to disappear occasionally.

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Introducing Joshua Kuepfer, AIMC

by mennosimons on August 30, 2020

Josh K profile picThe PCDA is pleased to introduce Joshua Kuepfer as our Anabaptist Interim Ministry Coordinator (AIMC). He is an alumnus of the Menno Simons Centre and has experienced living in other Christian communities such as A Rocha and with MCC in Uganda. On a part-time basis, Joshua will be working under the direction of our Campus Ministry Committee to:

  • develop alumni connections and build our online presence, including social media accounts
  • assist with arrangements related to our ownership of the Bernice Gerard Ministry House and the former Lutheran Campus Centre property
  • plan and host student and Menno alumni events throughout the year
  • network with UBC campus ministries, chaplains, and academics as we further develop our ministry plans for the future Menno Hall on our UEL site.

If you are a student in Vancouver interested in community living, or an alumnus of the Menno Simons Centre looking to reconnect, Josh Kuepfer can be reached by:

  • e-mail at Josh at PCDA email
  • phone at 604-224-5202.

[FILLED] Job opportunity: Anabaptist Interim Ministry Coordinator

June 25, 2020

[POSITION FILLED AS OF JUNE 21. The selected candidate will start on Sept. 1, 2020. An introduction announcement will be made here shortly before that date]  We are looking to hire an Anabaptist Interim Ministry Coordinator to provide hands-on leadership and support to the Board of the PCDA during the gap year(s) between the end […]

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Spring 2020 Newsletter

June 5, 2020

And so, the finale … This newsletter comes as the final chapter closes on the Menno Simons Centre as we know it. And what an interesting finale it has been! Although the ending to the year was not what anyone expected or planned, the community flourished through difficult times. Read our 15th issue for a […]

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COVID-19 response

March 22, 2020

The Pacific Centre for Discipleship Association is closely following advisories from the Minister of Health, Provincial Health Officer, and the BC Centre for Disease Control in our response to the state of emergency prompted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As we pray for the brave women and men providing essential services in our community, […]

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Menno Farewell – Alumni Event on Sat. Mar. 14 @ 2pm

February 22, 2020

The Menno Simons Centre has been sold in order to raise capital for a new building on the corner of University Boulevard and Chancellor, across the street from UBC and Regent College.  Although the Menno Simons Centre will not be accepting applications for this summer and fall, we will still be networking with students on […]

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Abendmusik Lenten Vespers – 2020

February 13, 2020

Please join the Abendmusik Vesper Choir at 7:30 p.m. for an hour of Choral Music for the Lenten season. See maps and links to driving directions on the “Hear us sing” page. Saturday, March 7, 2020, Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, 3386 Mount Lehman Road, Abbotsford, BC Sunday, March 8, 2020, St. Philip’s Anglican Church, 3737 […]

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Abendmusik Advent Vespers – 2019

October 31, 2019

Please join the Abendmusik Vesper Choir at 7:30 p.m. for an hour of Choral Music for the Advent Season season. See maps and links to driving directions on the “Hear us sing” page. Saturday, December 7, 2019, Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, 3386 Mount Lehman Road, Abbotsford, BC Sunday, December 8, 2019, St. Philip’s Anglican Church, […]

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Resident Coordinator Update

June 21, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the RC Search Committee’s selected candidates have been approved by the PCDA Board to continue our ministry at the Menno Simons Centre as follows: Adam & Bethany Parsons are confirmed as our next Residence Coordinators, starting Monday, August 19th after they move into the MSC Coordinator’s Suite on the […]

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Transition timing set: May 31, 2020

May 31, 2019

At an Extraordinary General Meeting on May 6, 2019, the PCDA approved the sale of the Menno Simons Centre to a local company, including a lease-back through May 31, 2020. Until then, our programs at the MSC will continue as usual, and the Point Grey Inter-Mennonite Fellowship will continue to meet in our chapel until […]

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