about Dartmouth First Church of The Nazarene:
You will discover many ways to live out your faith,
ways that encompass all ages and abilities. There is a place for everyone in
God’s Kingdom, therefore, there is a place in our church for you and your
family. We invite you to join us for times of celebrating God’s love and
presence. You will find a place very much like home, where you can be
yourself and be confident that you are loved. Come and get to know us. You
will find there is more to our church than meets the eye.
We hope you will take a moment to read a little about
us and then come and visit us this Sunday!
Dartmouth First Church of The Nazarene has the unique
place of being in a quiet neighbourhood surrounded by a few much larger
churches in the inner city of downtown North Dartmouth. This, by no means
makes it any less important to our Lord Jesus Christ and to people of this community!
We can best describe Dartmouth First Church of the
Nazarene in the following terms:
It has a heart and love for the people of
North Dartmouth and nearby communities!
It presents living GOSPEL of Jesus Christ to
a lost and dying world!
It declares the message of Christian Holiness
to North Dartmouth and the surrounding area!
It endeavors to provide a place for all
people of all walks of life in this city!
It’s interest is in building a Sunday School
to teach the principles of God and develop the church of both today and
You won’t be disappointed in coming! Please come and
meet our loving and caring church family and the ONE Who will make a real
difference in your life!
The Church of the
is a world wide denomination of local churches organized into districts. Our
mission is to make Christ-like disciples in the nations. We currently have
local churches and organized districts in 161 countries, serving about 3
that the grace of God revealed in Jesus of Nazareth is sufficiently
include all people and all groups of people.
We Are A Holiness Church...
that acts on the belief that the relationship people have with God through
Jesus enables people to have personal fellowship with God and to be
effectively involved in His purposes for all humanity.
A Brief History of Dartmouth
The Church of the Nazarene in Canada was born in
oxford, NS in 1908. The Dartmouth First Church of The Nazarene was formed on
September 18th, 1953 at 324 Portland Street in Downtown Dartmouth. Rev. J.H.
MacGregor, District Superintendent for the Canada Atlantic District, Church
of the Nazarene in Canada established the congregation which was considered
to be a "baby home mission church". The Charter Members were Ella and James
Kay, David Kay, Gladys (Ramsay) Tupper, Edith Ramsay, Elaine Lewis, Gordon
Lewis and Rev. Lyle Miller.
- On December 31, 1961, the Dartmouth congregation
purchased the former Stairs' Memorial United Church building located at 3
Henry Street in Dartmouth. After renovations were completed, the first
service was held in their "new home" on March 4, 1962 and the church was no
longer considered to be a "home mission church" and became an "organized
church". In 1968 the house next door to the church building was purchased as
a "parsonage" - a pastoral residence. Both properties are being occupied for
church purposes today.
- Several pastors have faithfully served the congregation
over the years and are remembered as dedicated servants of the Lord who gave
much in service to the congregation and community over the last 6 decades.
- Rev. Lyle Miller, (Founding Pastor), 1953 - 1954
- Rev.r Clarence Ropp, 1954 - 1956
- Rev. Owen Underwood, 1956 - 1960
- Rev. Stanford and Mr. Ed Smith - 1960-1961,Interim
- Rev. Ray Lewis, 1961 - 1964
- Rev. Elmer Brunton, 1965 - 1971
- Rev. Dr. Anthony B. Sampson, 1971 - 1982
- Rev. Donn Littlfield, 1983 - 1995
- Rev. Robert "Bob" Barnes, 1995 - 1998
- Dr. William "Bill" Hamby, 1998 - 2001
- Pastor Andrew Purje, 2001 - 2002
- Rev. Ralph G. Yarn, 2002 - present
The message is still the same and will always remain so,
"Jesus still receives sinners!'
"We look forward to seeing you!"