History

Newspapers reported the story – $500 down, $25,000 to go. Here were two young college students with no congregation and no financial foundation, only a daring boldness to answer God’s call and pursue the vision he had placed within them to start a new Church.

Original Building

Original Building

The original Peoples Church building, erected in 1912 as McDonald Memorial Baptist Church, was purchased in March of 1967 for $25,000.00. Beginning with a bank balance of zero, no congregation and no human resources, the two young pastors drew heavily on their faith in God and the confidence that they were called to lay the foundation of a new work.

From its inception and through the 1980’s, People’s Church was blessed with a literal explosion of revival as countless youth were saved, baptized, and set on fire to serve God. Pastors Laurie and Iris, along with their associates, Pastor Dave and Ruth Townsend, started single adult’s residences for new converts with over 20 houses operating at a given time. There were weekly home cell meetings, and a number of vibrant outreach ministries including Better Way – a 24 hr. crisis counseling service, daily street evangelism, ‘Elisha Leather Coffee House’, ‘St. Peter’s Bible College’, missions outreaches and later, Alberta’s first private ACE Christian School for grades 1-9.

A second church building was constructed in 1977 and served as a Christian school, volleyball court and Church sanctuary as the Church was transformed from a young people’s church to a young family church combined with a vibrant young adult’s ministry.  Through discipleship and training, many were groomed and thrust into full-time ministry. These include;

  • Claude & Jean Favreau who are involved in ministry and music in Quebec
  • Dan & Mardy MacTavish who were sent as missionaries to Mexico and are currently serving as missionaries with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
  • Fred & Cindy Palmer who pastor in Walla Walla, Washington
  • Dave & Linda Roussel who came on staff  in September of 1980
  • Dave & Karen Kitz who pastored for a season in Ontario

There are many others who were at People’s Church for a time and are now working alongside pastoral staff in churches all across Canada. One of Pastor Laurence’s greatest joys has been to come in contact with these individuals who were baptized and taught at Peoples Church and have gone on to effectively serve God in other congregations. This attests to the teaching and leadership given, and to the sovereign work of the Spirit in so many lives.

Present Day

Present Day

Main Entrance

Main Entrance

In 1989 People’s Church amalgamated with Faith Cathedral and purchased its third building – the one in which we now reside. At this time, God began another transformation and Peoples became a Church for the nations of the World

 

 

Over the past number of years, Pastor Laurence has traveled extensively in overseas missions, has been involved in radio outreach ministry, has served with various ministerial groups, and is currently an area director for the Canadian Fellowship of Churches and Ministries.

People’s Church continues to be an ‘outreach church’, believing that God wants to use us to see lives transformed. These are exciting days filled with new vision, outreach and ministry.

  • We are thrilled to be helping Pastors Brett and Des Esslinger launch Engage City Church in Spruce Grove Alberta. Brett and Des came to People’s Church as worship and youth pastors in 2010 and now have fulfilled a dream and calling to launch a new work for the Lord in Spruce Grove.
  • Pastors Fred and Betty Marshall joined our ministerial team in 2007. Pastor Fred went home to be with Jesus in the fall of 2014 and Betty is currently residing in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta where she is spending more time with her immediate family.
  • Pastors Alphonse and Francoise Karekezi and the VARIM Church joined with us in 2012 and are providing fresh fire in our worship and prayer times.

We are excited today as we continue in the work God has called us to – never taking the amazing grace of our Lord for granted but rather pressing on to reach Edmonton and the World with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.