Sojourn had its first service in November 2013, but our story is much bigger than ourselves. We are an Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) church plant and part the global Anglican Communion.
Sojourn is a partnership between St John’s Vancouver (SJV) and University Chapel (UC). Why did a committed Anglican church and an Evangelical church of Brethren heritage decide to partner? The answer is one best answered in conversation over a cup of coffee. We'll give you the sparknotes version here, but the full story is far more interesting and exciting.
University Chapel is on crown (government) land and a number of years ago the government wanted to charge full commercial rates for the lease (over $100K per year). That was quite steep so UC began praying and asking God to intervene. As UC explored solutions, those at St. John's Vancouver were having their own land issues because they wanted to be faithful to Scripture and to the faith handed down from the Apostles (i.e. traditional Christianity). As UC and SJV started talking to each other they discovered that they shared a common vision and that there were great opportunities for ministry together. God solved the land issues in other ways but had linked SJV and UC up for ministry. Not long after Sojourn began as an Anglican Church plant here at UBC.