History of Gospel Preaching in New Brunswick - 8 - Other Assemblies

 Chapter 8

Other New Brunswick Assemblies

Dundas

 

Dundas is a small rural community 15 miles to the north of Moncton. Many preachers have visited this area and many meetings have been held in tents and schoolhouses dating back to the late 1800's.

 

Russell and George Morton were probably the men who did the planning for the building of the Gospel Hall in Dundas, with lots of help from George and Ernest Morton?s sons, Wilfred Budd, the Coates, the Bears and some of the Moncton brethren. It was Wilfred Budd who cut the trees for the lumber to build the Hall in 1949. Mary (Bears) Graves sold the original lot for the building of the hall for $75.00 and later more land was obtained from her when the hall was enlarged. Those on the deed as trustees in 1949 were Russell Morton, Harry Hannah, Arthur Bears and Wilfred Budd.

 

A Sunday School was started about 1950 and Ralph and Austin Morton taught there on Sunday afternoons until Ralph left for British Columbia and Austin carried on with Cecil Budd until he too left for British Columbia. This work continued in the Dundas Hall for many years by Cecil Budd with help from the brethren from Moncton and many children from the district attended and learned of God?s love to them in sending the Lord Jesus Christ to die for their sins. They memorized many Bible verses that could still bring forth eternal life.

 

A conference was held at the opening of the Hall in October 1949 and Douglas Howard, Isaac McMullen and Reg Jordan all spoke at that conference.

Clarence Budd gave me the following information about the assembly being formed in Dundas in 1983. Some souls were saved in the Dundas area and were going in to Moncton to the assembly meetings. Clarence and Eleanor Budd, Cecil Budd, Robert & Linda Budd and Ida Budd were in fellowship in Moncton but lived in the Dundas area. As the people, saved at meetings with Harold Smith and Wade LeBlanc, lived in Dundas and found it quite a distance to go to Moncton, it was decided to meet there for meetings. They started a Bible study about this time for the Christians in the area.

 

The first meeting to remember the Lord was held at Robert and Linda Budd?s house in February 1983. It was a Remembrance meeting and was a lovely meeting. Eighteen were present and there were some children besides. Clarence Budd spoke in the Bible class and his message was on the question, "What are we doing here?". The answer, "to praise and worship our Lord Jesus Christ".

 

Those present were:

 

Cecil Budd

Bob & Linda Budd

Wendell & Suzanne Budd

Wallace & Anita Coates

Clarence & Eleanor Budd

Jim & Dora Melanson

Mary Graves

Ida Budd

Don & Sharon Cormier

* Daryll Budd

Brian & Debbie Budd

 

* Wendell & Suzanne?s son

The building that was over 30 years old was raised and a basement put under it and an addition was constructed at the front of the building which also contained washroom facilities, coat racks and bookcases, etc. The basement had kitchen facilities installed and there was room there for Sunday School classes.

 

Many series of Gospel meetings were held through the years mostly with Harold Smith and Wade LeBlanc who visited faithfully in the area surrounding the Hall. David Hunt, Floyd Stewart and Alec Stephenson also were involved in Gospel work in Dundas. As was mentioned earlier, Albert Ramsay and David Oliver also held Gospel meetings.

 

In October 1949, after the opening of the Dundas Hall, Reg Jordan and Isaac McMullen held Gospel meetings and Mrs. George Morton, Sr, was saved, after being concerned for her soul?s salvation for many, many years.

 

 

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Testimony

Cecil Budd

I was born into a Christian family although my mother was taken home to Heaven when I was a little over two years old. I do not remember her at all.

I always knew I was a sinner and that there was a Heaven and a Hell. The first time that I heard the Gospel that I can remember well was in 1941. I was seven years old. Mr. William Brennan and Mr. Robert McCracken had a tent in Dundas for many weeks. There were large crowds coming to the meetings and at times I and other boys would be sitting around the edge of the platform. Although it has been many years since, and the two preachers have long since gone to Heaven, I still recall those meetings.

My oldest sister and others were saved that summer. Over the years, others in my family were saved. I always wanted to be and tried, but could not seem to get it even after hearing so much Gospel at so many meetings.

Mr. Isaac McMullen had many meetings in our area but when we are young it is so easy to put off this matter. I was always afraid that the Lord would return and I would be left alone.

When I was sixteen years old, there came a time when I thought to myself that I would not likely ever get saved. I had tried so hard and could not find a way so I thought I might as well forget about it. The next morning, I was still thinking about it so I got down on my knees and asked the Lord to save me. I thought about a verse in John 3:36 "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life" It was then that I saw that Jesus died for my sins and that was all I needed and that is all I have today and all I have for eternity. This is all anyone needs because "the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin"

1 John 1:7.

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Sussex

In the 1950's, Mr. Tom Wilkie and Mr. James Blackwood held meetings in Sussex and Christians from the Moncton assembly would travel to Sussex on Saturday nights for street meetings and through the week to support the men in their Gospel effort.

The Assembly in Sussex had its beginnings from a word spoken from a nurse in training in Saint John to a classmate.

Grace Craig, later Mrs. Allison Morton, Jr. of Moncton was a nurse in training in Saint John from 1961 to 1963. She had a friend who was religious and thought she was a Christian and she was very interested in Grace?s manner of life.

After many conversations about Salvation, she trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Saviour. This led to the Lord working in her family?s lives and some were saved and as a consequence of this, Murray McCandless came from Ontario to preach the Gospel in the St. Martins, Sussex areas of New Brunswick.

Before Murray and Shirley McCandless made their home in Sussex, Sam Cairns and Bill Swan of Moncton would go to Sussex to visit and they carried on Gospel meetings in a building in Waterford. They would go down to Waterford on Sunday afternoons to make a fire in an old oil barrel which served as a stove to warm the building before the meetings.

David Kember, of Ontario, moved to Sussex for about two years to assist in the work there. Mr. Kember left his trailer in the trailer park when he returned to Ontario and Bible readings were carried on by Sam Cairns and Bill Swan in Mr. Kember?s trailer in the park one night a week, for some who had professed Salvation. Ken and Doris Taylor also lived in Sussex and helped in this new work.

 

The people who were saved in the Sussex area drove to Moncton to remember the Lord on Sundays along with Murray and Shirley McCandless who then made their home in Sussex.

An assembly was started near St. Martins in the W.I. hall on April 30, 1978. They later moved to the Fire Hall in St. Martins.

A new building was built near Sussex and was opened on July 6, 1980 and there were 15 in fellowship. They were helped in their building by Christians from the Maritimes, Ontario and the United States. Gaius Goff and Albert Ramsay held Gospel meetings after the opening of the new building.

 

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Avonmore Christian Fellowship

 

In a small country place about fifty miles west of Moncton and forty miles east of Saint John, a group of Christians meet in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. They have recently built a commodious hall in which to meet as a New Testament Church and they are a lighthouse in their small community and are known as the Avonmore Christian Fellowship.

 

In 1979, George Hicks, now of Kitchener, Ontario, was holding Bible studies in the home of John and Grace Vanderlaans in Mercer Settlement three miles east of Avonmore. Several of the local people attended these meetings among whom were Eric Huggard and David and Connie Cripps. David and Connie were impressed with the Bible studies and enjoyed many evenings with George and Amy Hicks over the Word of God.

 

In the next year in June, John Martin, of Tavistock, Ontario, came to this community and held Gospel meetings in the Community Church in Mercer Settlement. That fall, the Bible studies continued on Sunday evenings at the Vanderlaans? home. John and Melissa Martin came for another visit later on and John had another week of meetings at the Community Church.

 

In October, George Hicks held more Bible studies in the home of Doug and Sandy Hall on Thursday evenings. George Hicks was a forest ranger employed with the Province of New Brunswick and was glad to hold these Bible studies in the evenings.

 

When the Hicks and Cripps heard of meetings in Riverview, New Brunswick on the Principles of The New Testament Church, with J. B. Nicholson, Jr., they attended several meetings in the series. During this week of meetings, Eric Huggard, George and Amy Hicks and David and Connie Cripps met with Mr. Nicholson regarding establishing a New Testament Church in Avonmore.

 

In January of 1981, the Hicks, the Cripps and Eric Huggard, met in the Cripps? home in Avonmore on Sunday mornings and studied the Emmaus Course "Christ Loved The Church" by William MacDonald.

 

That spring, John Martin and his wife were there for another visit. Eric Huggard and the Cripps learned the truth of believers? baptism at that time and were baptized at Belleisle Bay by George Hicks.

 

They then commenced a regular meeting on Sunday mornings to remember the Lord Jesus Christ and the breaking of the bread and drinking of the cup. Those attending were: John and Melissa Martin, Gerald and Lois MacLellan, Eric Huggard, Connie and David Cripps and George and Amy Hicks. On Thursday and Sunday evenings, they all met for Bible studies at the Cripps? home. They acquired a portable type building in September and this was placed on land bought from David Cripps for $1.00.

 

Jim and Linda Eastwood moved to the area in 1983 and were added to this local church. Jim had grown up in the assembly in Saint John and the believers were very thankful for the gifts and abilities they were able to share with the Christians at Avonmore. At the time Jim and Linda had three children and later their daughter Candace was born giving them a family of one son and three daughters.

 

A year later, another couple Wesley and Andrea Hall started to attend the Bible studies. After learning the Principles of The New Testament Church, they wanted to become part of the fellowship in Avonmore and were gladly received.

 

After much prayer and discussion, it was decided that the time was now right for a new building. Plans were drawn up, contractors engaged and the work started in the fall of 1993 with the men of the assembly helping out with their individual expertise.

 

In September of 1994, Jim and Linda and family, moved to Calgary for employment. Now there were only two families in the fellowship but the Lord sustained them as He did Moses of old as they too were in the wilderness. They were in training.

 

Jamie and Beth Ganong came into fellowship in April 1996. They have four children.

 

A young woman Beth had been witnessing to, Simone Jarling, realized her need of a Saviour and was wonderfully saved. She was baptized in 1997 and received into fellowship. She has three children.

 

In June of 1998, Jim and Linda Eastwood returned from Calgary and once again became part of the local church in Avonmore.

 

Many others have been saved and baptized over the years. However, for one reason or another, they have chosen to establish themselves in places other than Avonmore.

 

The Christians were thankful that it pleased the Lord to use them to present the truth of the Gospel to those individuals and that they, by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, were fitted as firmly and securely into the Body of Christ as they were.

 

They have been blessed from the beginning with visits from faithful servants of God proclaiming the Gospel and building them up in their most Holy faith: John Martin, Harold Smith, George Heidman, Wade LeBlanc, Alex Stevenson, Joe Sherlock, J. B. Nicholson, Jr., and Bruce Toye, all were a blessing to the saints.

 

At the present time, 1999, those presently in fellowship are: Jim and Linda Eastwood, Wes and Andrea Hall, Jamie and Beth Ganong, Simone Jarling and David and Connie Cripps.

 

There are several adults and children who attend the Family Bible Hour and Sunday School on a fairly consistent basis.

 

Names of the children of those currently in fellowship: Candace Eastwood (Carrie, Cathy and Jamie are all away from home now), Matthew, Allyson and Phillip Hall, Samuel, Jessica, Adam and Daniel Ganong, Sean, Wilhelm and Ariana Jarling, Josiah and Jordan Cripps.

 

These Christians? prayer is that their Light will shine clearly and brightly in their community as a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ who gave His all for them.

 

Connie Cripps (Mrs. David)

Avonmore Christian Fellowship

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Former Assemblies

Campbellton

Mr. & Mrs. Norman Kion of Ontario, were missionaries in the West Indies before they moved to Campbellton, New Brunswick in the 1940's.

In 1949, Mr. Kion started a radio program reaching out in a 300 mile radius of Campbellton. The program was called "Echoes of Grace" and over a period of time was broadcast on many other stations, starting with Quito in Ecuador and then to many other countries.

There was an assembly in Campbellton in the 1940's and 50's and they were in fellowship with the English assemblies on the Gasp‚ coast of Qu‚bec which were the nearest assemblies to them.

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Chard lived in Campbellton for a time and helped in the Gospel work there. Alice (Johnson) Harvie, now of Halifax area, worked as a schoolteacher in the area and was a great help to Mr. Kion as he prepared the radio messages and was also a help in the assembly.

Faith Bible Chapel

(Riverview)

The local newspaper "The Riverview Recorder" in its March 18, 1970 issue, contained an article on the official opening of Faith Bible Chapel situated on the Coverdale Road at the Gunningsville Bridge, the building formerly occupied by the Gunningsville Baptist Church.

The article read, In November of 1968, a group of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ began holding services in the Riverview High School. This group had a desire to meet in accordance with the New Testament principles of church gatherings and to proclaim the Word of God, to assist in their spiritual problems and to provide a place of fellowship for all Christians.

The church recognizes as their spiritual head the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and in regard to leadership among them, they recognize the truth of Ephesians 4:11 ?and He gave some, apostles; and some, pastors and teachers?. Thus they have no one person who is minister or pastor as such but pastors and teachers or ministers in each local church. See 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 and 1 Corinthians 12:28. They are governed by elders or overseers, members of the local church, who are recognized for their spiritual abilities. See Acts 14:23 and Acts 20:28. They are a non-denominational group, thus are not restricted by denominational barriers. There are numerous local churches meeting in this manner to be found across Canada, the United States and most countries of the world. In February of this year, the building was purchased and is now known as Faith Bible Chapel. Since the building has been purchased, repairs have been made and the main auditorium redecorated in preparation for the official opening set the March 27, 1970.

In 1968, several young couples from the Mountain Road Gospel Hall left and commenced to meet in the Riverview High School and then moved to the above-mentioned building in Gunningsville now a part of the town of Riverview.

They carried on a Sunday School and were very busy calling on the homes to invite children to Sunday School. Many children had the opportunity of hearing the Gospel as did their parents when they attended special programs of the Sunday School at different times through the years.

The trustees at the time of buying the building were Jack Briggins, Reginald Burge, Allison Morton and David Tipper.

Many of the couples originating this work in Riverview moved from the city of Moncton to different parts of Canada and the United States. Some of the Christians returned once again into fellowship at the Mountain Road Gospel Hall in Moncton.

The building had been sold in 1986 and Missionary Service Committee was asked to distribute the money realized from the sale of the building and the largest sum was given to retired missionaries and widows of the Lord?s servants. Faith Bible Chapel asked the Federal Government for a proposal to Revoke in February, 1988..