Meadowlands Fellowship Church

our history

In 1989, a group of people worshipping at a few different Christian Reformed churches in Hamilton and Ancaster had the desire to develop a “daughter” church in the West Hamilton-Ancaster area. After much discussion the name Fellowship was decided on--- fellowship with Jesus and fellowship with each other. Fellowship church would be like a patchwork quilt: we may be different but we can be woven together by the sharing of Christ’s love in community.

God blessed Fellowship as it worked and worshipped in Hamilton District Christian High School from 1989-2005. Pastor Peter Hoytema was used by God to minister to us from 1990-1998. In the late 1990’s Fellowship began planning for ministry over the long term. In that process Fellowship prayerfully discerned a vision for our mission in the emerging Meadowlands community of Ancaster. Planning for ministry development and finding a permanent facility began in earnest.

In October of 2000 God provided Fellowship a new pastor, John Bouwers. At the same time the church began pursuing a dream–some might have called it an impossible dream–to build a facility in the Meadowlands. And as it turns out God made possibilities out of the impossibilities. Hundreds of miracles later Fellowship adopted the name Meadowlands Fellowship and began settling into a new facility in December 2005.

In early 2011, Pastor John left Fellowship to follow a call to ministry in Milton.  In September 2012, we welcomed Pastor Everett VanderHorst into our midst.

Today, Meadowlands Fellowship is a growing church that is passionate about helping people find a place of belonging and purpose in God’s family. And this vision of fellowship extends beyond the Meadowlands to the city of Hamilton and on to the rest of the world.

A more detailed history, Remember, Rejoice, Renew, was written by Hugh Cook as part of  Meadowlands' 25th anniversary celebrations.