The Anglican Church of the Ascension

photograph of large group of japanese canadian women, men, children wearing good clothing posing in front of building with chimney and covered entry

Members of the Anglican Church of the Ascension, Coaldale, 1953.
Photo courtesy of Marlene (Nago) McCaughey, Lethbridge, Alberta

For most of its years in Coaldale, just east of Lethbridge, this church has been synonymous with the Reverend Gordon Goichi Nakayama. Though Anglican services were being conducted for the Japanese in the 1920s by visiting clergy, it was not until the arrival of Reverend Nakayama in 1945 that an attempt was made to establish a parish.