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Kamloops Alliance Church

Christian & Missionary Alliance


1944: Founded as "The Gospel Lighthouse" at the corner of 1st and Victoria St.

1945: Became affiliated with the Christian & Missionary Alliance.

9-14 June 1945: First annual missionary convention held at the 1st Avenue and Victoria Street building. Rev Walter Pister shared slides and stories of his recent mission to French West Africa.

July 1946: Construction of the "Alliance Tabernacle" at 702 Columbia Street was completed.

22 November 1967: 9 members of the Alliance Church appeared in city council to discuss zoning regulations that were making it challenging to sell the 702 Columbia Street building.

28 January 1968: The first services were held in the new Alliance Tabernacle on Fortune Drive (its current location)

3 March 1968: Dedication services were held at the new building.

3 February 1976: Building completely destroyed by fire. Began meeting at Overlander Elementary School (Henry Grube Centre) while building a new building.

1 May 1977: Dedication services for the new building, the "Kamloops Alliance Church".

1979: The Kamloops Alliance Church began holding devotional meetings at Rayleigh Elementary School every Sunday morning. By 1982, these grew into “Rayleigh Alliance Church”.

1980s: Pinantan Alliance Church began meeting for a time.

August 2015: Finished construction of "Ministry Centre"

Meeting Places

1944-1946: Corner of 1st Avenue and Victoria Street - The Gospel Lighthouse

1946-1967: 702 Columbia Street - The Alliance Tabernacle

1967-Present: 200 Leigh Street - Kamloops Alliance Church

Feb 1976 - May 1977: 245 Kitchener Crescent - Overlander Elementary School (Henry Grube Centre)

Leadership History

Until Sept 1945: C. A. Ansley

12 September 1945: Selwyn Neale

2 July 1957: K Neill Foster

Rev William Rose

Rev H O Craig

Rev Edward McCarthy

Until February 1976: Rev Alway Bell

April 1976: Rev Jack Schroeder

Don Krause

Current: Chris Throness

Congregation Website

Meeting Times

Sundays 9am, 11am

Saturdays 6:30pm

Information Sources

Church Directory listings in old newspapers

1945. Selwyn Neale Assumes Pastorate, Gospel Lighthouse. Kamloops Sentinel. 12 September 1945. A05

1945. Christian and Missionary Alliance Convention Here. Kamloops Sentinel. 20 June 1945. A08.

1946. Come To Church (Church Directory ads). Kamloops Sentinel. 24 April 1946. A15. This ad mentions the “pending erection” of the 702 Columbia Street building.

1968. Alliance Tabernacle Moving To New Building This Weekend. Kamloops Daily Sentinel. 27 January 1968. A10.

1968. Alliance Church Building To Be Dedicated Sunday. Kamloops Daily Sentinel. 2 March 1968. A07.

1976. Damage to Church Estimated Up To $250,000. The Kamloops News. 4 February 1976. A01

1976. Plans for new building, minister being made by Alliance Church. The Kamloops News. 20 February 1976. A18.

1976. Alliance gets new minister. The Kamloops News. 23 April 1976. A26-A27.

1976. Salvage Party (photo). The Kamloops News. 28 April 1976. A27.

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