The Southern Alberta Japanese United Church

photograph of very large group of people in overcoats on steps of brick building with 3 sets of double doors

Members of the United Church, Lethbridge, ca. 1950s
Galt Museum & Archives exhibit file

Interdenominational Sunday worship services were held by newly relocated Japanese Christians. In the summer of 1942, the Home Mission Board appointed Reverend Jun Kabayama as the pastor for the Japanese Christians in southern Alberta.

In January 1950, the first annual congregational meeting was held in Lethbridge. The membership grew rapidly, growing to 171 in ten years. In the early 1960s, the church extended mission works to the Japanese in Calgary and Edmonton.