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The first and, to date, only Christian Reformed congregation in Halifax was officially organized in April, 1958.
Needs surveys were conducted in the growing Halifax suburbs of Fairview, Princess Lodge and Rockingham it was concluded that those areas would be appropriate venues for a new church building.
Accordingly, in 1963, four adjacent lots on Meadowlark Crescent, Rockingham, were purchased and Edward Gavel, a member and architect, prepared drawings for a small church building to be built on the site.
As a result, Wayne Gritter was called to serve as a pastor, with Jerry Dykstra as his associate.
During Gritter’s ministry a number of changes occurred, including holding church school on Sundays and conducting monthly evening services at Joseph Howe Manor (a seniors residence nearby) and, during the summers, in members’ backyards. Gritter had taken a pastoral position elsewhere and the congregation was experiencing decline. However, the process of seeking God’s will led to James La Grand being called to pastor the struggling congregation, beginning November, 1977.
He received salary support from various sources, including a large Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bos and his wife moved on to serve elsewhere in the denomination. In 1961, Harry Mennega, a recent graduate of Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was called to serve as the pastor of the Halifax Christian Reformed Church.
Also in 1959, the Nova Scotia legislature passed (S. At this time the congregation was still meeting in the YMCA chapel, and it was decided that better facilities would soon be required.
James La Grand also served as a part-time lecturer in New Testament Studies at the Atlantic School of Theology.
This ministry was motivated by a vision for a new ministry in the north end and by the need to alleviate overcrowding in the Inglis Street building’s small sanctuary.
With funding support from the Home Missions Board, the North End Mission called John Van Donk as its pastor in 1986.
The building had previously been converted to several apartments so extensive renovations were required, including the construction of a chapel on the main floor which could hold 90-100 people, church school rooms in the basement, and a manse on the second floor.
The inclusion of a new manse permitted the sale in July, 1966, of the Rosemount Avenue property, which the congregation had acquired from the Home Missions Board in 1962.