ABOUT US

SUNDAY SERVICES

Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come together, form new relationships and experience authentic fellowship with each other and with God. Our services are designed for participants to experience dynamic worship and learn how to experience and live life the way the God intends.

WHO WE ARE

We’re a diverse group of individuals from over 40 nations. We are committed to transforming lives through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We operate and invest in a variety of Ministries designed to accomplish our goals: A highly dedicated Pastoral Staff, A Counselling Centre, A Childcare Centre, The Local Soup Kitchen, The Local Food Bank, Local Schools, Numerous Ministries Locally, Nationally & Internationally.

KIDS

We’ve created fun, energetic, and interactive programs for them to learn about Jesus on their level. We have programs running every Sunday as well as some week days where we spend time teaching children about the power of the Gospel, how it can change their lives, and how they can live it out.

YOUTH

Many teenagers already have a lot to worry about in their lives. Our youth ministry ‘Plus One’ is where your student can belong. We firmly believe in raising up the next generation to be empowered and equipped to transform the world around them.

COMMUNITY IMPACT

From community focused events, donations, and outreach, we are excited about the impact that we get to have on our community here in Wood Buffalo.

GLOBAL IMPACT

From the streets of Novokuxnetsk, Siberia to our First Nation peoples and from ancient Ethiopia and Kenya to the heart of Southeast Asia. The Family Christian Centre is making a real difference through acts of kindness and deeds of mercy.

Our Mission & Vision

MISSION

Creating a place locally and globally where families discover the transformational power of the Christian gospel; a place where everyone can be loved, belong and believe.

VISION

To see the members of FCC Passionate about God’s heart for families; Pro-actively involved in strategic ministries designed to transform families within the church, our city and our world.

Core Guiding Principles

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To be a discipling community; knowing God through the power of relationship and making Him known by being relational with His people.

(Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 12: 29-31) The focus being ‘disciples’ & ‘relationship’ Acts 4:20, For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
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To be a missional community; reaching out to hurting and lost people, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

(Mt 18:10-12; 28:18-20) The focus being ‘reaching out’. Being intentionally stretched, going beyond what comes natural; discovering the power of doing ministry in the supernatural. 1 Corinthians 9:22, To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
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To be a practical community; feeding the hungry, caring for the orphans and widows, and being fathers to the fatherless.

(Matthew 25:34-40; James 1:27) The focus being ‘practical’. Discerning the needs of families within our reach. Acts 6:1, And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
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To be an equipping community; equipping our members to be engaged in the work of the ministry.

The focus being ‘equipping.’ Equipped members grow and produce growth naturally. Ephesians 4:11-12, Christ gave to His church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare His body to serve His purposes so that His body will be effective and powerful.

Our Beliefs

 Our Christian ‘world-view’ is based upon the following beliefs …

On God
God created all things including human-kind; mankind is naturally sinful and in need of a saviour.

  • Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;  male and female he created them.
  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
  • Hebrews 2:6-7 It has been testified somewhere, 'What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honour,'
  • Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned
  • Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
On Salvation
We believe all who put their faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is justified by faith; and experiences a new spiritual birth.

  • Galatians 1:16
  • John 3:5-7

Every human being has an eternal destiny; that destiny is determined by their acceptance or rejection of Jesus as their personal Saviour.

  • John 5:28-29, 14:2-3
  • Revelation 20:6, 11-15
On Divine Healing
We believe divine healing for the body, spirit and mind is provided for everyone by Christ’s death, life and resurrection.

  • Isaiah 53:4
  • Matthew 8:16-17
  • James 5:14-16
On the Second Coming
We believe Jesus will return to earth at Gods appointed time; to establish Gods Kingdom on the earth.

  • II Timothy 4:11
  • Acts 1:11
  • I Thessalonians 4:13-18
On the Scriptures
We believe the Bible as the inspired Word of God and as our final authority.

  • II Timothy 3:15-16 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
  • II Peter 1:20-21 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
On Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ; was virgin born; lived a sinless life; performed many miracles; His death was a vicarious and atoning death; He experienced a bodily resurrection; He ascended into Heaven where He presently serves us in a Priestly Ministry.

  • John 1:1
  • Isaiah 7:14
  • I Peter 1:22
  • Acts 2:31-33
  • Hebrews 7:24-25
On the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit provides all who experience life in Jesus with power for service. This new life is expressed through the fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

  • Acts 1:18; 2:4
  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • I Corinthians 12-14
On Water Baptism

If you are interested in being water baptized please fill out our online form found on our website so we can be sure to include you in our next scheduled water baptism service or make sure an opportunity is made available for you.

At the Family Christian Centre we see water baptism not as some fading ritual or tradition but rather as a step of faith taken by those enthusiastic about their continuing relationship with Christ. Although it is the choice to be baptized we believe it is not an option for those who follow Jesus. A first step for those on their spiritual journey and a hinderance to those who do not follow in Jesus command for His followers to be baptized in water.

THE MEANING OF BAPTISM

Baptism is the rite of passage that initiates a believer into the body of Christ and the family of God. It is the immersion of a believer in water as a sign of his/her previous entrance into the communion of Christ’s death and resurrection. In other words, baptism is a token or symbol of the believer’s spiritual union with Christ. (Ungers Bible Dictionary p.123) It is a public declaration of faith in Christ that identifies the believer with their Savior in His death, burial and resurrection.

The word “baptism” comes from the Greek word, “baptizo” which literally means “To dip, to immerse fully, or to place into.” As it applies to water baptism, baptizo simply means to be immersed in water. Baptizo was a word which was used to describe the process of dying wool by dipping (baptizing) the wool into a vat of dye so that what came out was transformed and a different color than the wool that went in. (Vines Expository Dictionary, p. 50) It also described the process used by a blacksmith to temper iron by plunging (baptizing) the red hot metal into cold water and thus changing the molecular structure of the metal. (“Wuest’s Word Studies,” vol. 1, Romans, p. 96) Metaphorically baptism means “to change the identity of something (or someone) by placing it into a new environment or into union with something else.” (Ibid)

The Scriptures support baptism in water by immersion:
Mark 1:9-10 – Jesus “was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water….” (The implication was that Jesus had been plunged down into the water.)
Acts 8:38 – “Both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him…they came up out of the water:” (Again, implying that the eunuch had been immersed under the water.)

THE REASON FOR BAPTISM

We practice water baptism because it is an ordinance put into place by Jesus. Jesus instructed His disciples to baptize all who would put their faith in Him:

In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.
Mark 16:16 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Baptism was then practiced by the apostles and early church members in obedience to the Lord’s instruction:
Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

(Also in Acts 2:41; 8:12-13 8:38; 9:18; 10:47-48; 16:15, 33; 18:8; 19:5)

Baptism is not unimportant, nor is it optional for the Christian. If you choose to reject this important step of baptism and to go on with your life as a Christian without being baptized you deprive yourself of a very significant component of your salvation which may result in a disappointing, deficient, weak and dysfunctional Christian life.

Baptism in water symbolizes our baptism into Christ’s death which is described in Romans 6:4 ESV, “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that . . . we too might walk in newness of life.” Baptism is associated with that which enables us to fully walk in newness of life. Baptism often acts like a trigger that releases or activates the inner spiritual reality, so that we might begin to outwardly walk in newness of life.

In His great commission (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15) Jesus laid out the pattern for making disciples: Step 1 – Go into all the world and preach the gospel.
Step 2 – baptize those who believe.
Step 3 – teach them all that Jesus taught.

We simply cannot choose to reject this pattern that the Lord has laid out for us and choose our own customized version of Christianity and hope that it will work. We cannot grow to spiritual maturity if we reject the steps the Lord has called us to follow, but instead choose to go our own way.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM

The great and most important meaning of water baptism is that it identifies the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Baptism in water is a dramatization that re-enacts what happened to you spiritually when you repented of your sin and put your faith in Jesus Christ to save you from your sin.

Romans 6:3-5, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,”

First, baptism signifies that your old identity, your old sinful nature which you inherited from Adam, which was characterized by an independent, rebellious heart, has been crucified with Christ and is dead. The person you used to be was miraculously, but literally, literally put to death when you put your faith in Jesus Christ to save you from your sin.

Second, as you are placed under water, it signifies burial. It is a dramatic declaration that when you trusted in Jesus, your old life (your sinful nature) which was crucified with Christ was also buried with Christ, never to be brought back; buried and forgotten. Nothing can be more final and conclusive.

Third, being lifted up out of the watery grave symbolizes that you also participated with Christ in His resurrection from the dead. In Christ you have received a brand new life. You have received Christ’s life, which is eternal life, and you’ve received a new righteous, pure nature (represented by the new cleansed body coming up out of the water). Baptism dramatically declares that you are a new creation—you have been born again—the person you used to be is dead and gone.

Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT.

It is important to notice that you do not baptize yourself but you are baptized into water by another. This symbolizes that the work of salvation was not your work but the work of the Lord who has baptized you into Christ. You simply yielded your life by faith to his working.

As important as baptism is, we need to keep its importance in perspective. Baptism does not save you from your sin. The Bible very clearly affirms that it is by grace (a free gift from God) that we are saved by faith and not by any ritual or any works (Ephesians 2:8). If a sinner were to put their faith in what Jesus Christ did for them on the cross, and trust Jesus to save them from their sin and then die without ever being baptized that person, according to the Bible, would be saved and spend eternity with the Lord in heaven. (I.e., this happened to the thief who died next to Jesus on the cross, Luke 23:42-43).

Baptism is the second step after new birth (John 3:15-17). Water baptism is the outward sign used to indicate that a person has already spiritually died, been buried, and been raised with Christ. “Baptism is an outward, visible symbol of an inward, spiritual reality.” (Westminster Confession of Faith)

BETWEEN BAPTISM AND MARRIAGE

Water baptism has a lot of funeral symbolism but it also has a lot of symbolic parallel with the customs of marriage. As Christians (both male and female), we are the bride of Christ, who is our groom (Ephesians 5:22-23, 32).

Like a marriage ceremony, water baptism is a public declaration of our covenant with Christ and our union with Him. We are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to declare that we have taken on the identity of Christ (as a wedding bride takes on her groom’s identity). A wedding usually is made up of several different but important parts. For example a wedding usually includes the exchange of vows, the exchange of rings to seal the vows, the pronouncement of marriage by the minister, the signing of the marriage license by those involved and the witnesses, and the sexual consummation.

In the Bible, particularly in the book of Acts, like in a marriage ceremony, in the experience of getting saved, or becoming a Christian, there are typically four closely related components that took place at the same time, usually on the same day: 1) repentance of sin; 2) faith in Jesus as the Son of God; 3) confession that Jesus is Lord; 4) baptism in water. (Robert H. Stein, “Baptism in Luke-Acts,” Believer’s Baptism, Thomas R. Schreiner & Shawn D. Wright, eds., p. 52) In the early church, becoming a Christian was not a matter of simply repenting, or believing, or confessing Jesus as Lord, or being baptized. It involved all of these and they all normally took place on the same day and they were all associated with becoming a Christian.

Now if you asked, “Which of those steps involved in a wedding ceremony actually resulted in becoming married?” how would you answer? Were you married when you said your vows? Was it when you exchanged rings? Was it when the minister pronounced you husband and wife? Was it when the marriage license was signed? Was it when the consummation of the marriage took place? The answer is that all of these played a part in your becoming married and they all happened on the same day. A wedding includes all of the above. So if we left out one of those steps would the couple still be married? Well yes, technically we could leave out a step and they would still be married, but we don’t. If someone is getting married, in a normal wedding, we include all of the ingredients of a wedding; we keep it all together. In a similar way, in the Bible when a person became a Christian they included all of the ingredients: faith, repentance, confession and baptism, and they included them all on the same day. (Ibid, p. 57)

Also keeping with the analogy of marriage let me make this comment: A believer who is unwilling to enter into the public ceremony of water baptism demonstrates a similar hesitation and lack of commitment as that demonstrated by a girlfriend or boyfriend who tells their beloved they love them but are unwilling to walk down the aisle with them to get married. Baptism is a public identification with Jesus Christ in which you declare that you belong to Him and He belongs to you.

WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?

Every believer in Jesus Christ should be baptized. Water baptism confirms your decision to be a follower of Jesus. The basic qualifications for water baptism are repentance from sin and faith in Jesus, the Son of God.

Repentance – To repent means to feel a deep sense of sorrow for your sin and to make a decision to forsake your old sinful life style. It is turning from sin to God—it is a complete change of direction in your life. Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you…”

Faith – Water baptism does not save you, rather you must first be saved before you can be baptized. It is faith that saves you, faith that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for your sin as your substitute; that He was buried and rose on the third day, and that He offers total forgiveness and His own eternal life to whoever will receive Him by faith, as their new Life.

Acts 2:41, “Those who accepted his message [the Gospel of salvation] were baptized….” Acts 18:8, Many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.

WHEN SHOULD A BELIEVER BE BAPTIZED?

Water baptism is not based on your good works or how strong you are as a believer. It is not based on how long you have been a Christian or how much you have studied the Bible. The Scriptures teach that it is one of the first steps of confession of faith for a new believer. It should not be put off with any false idea of needing to become perfect or more spiritual before you can qualify to be a fit candidate for baptism. This notion should be recognized as a deception from the enemy because he always wants us to feel unworthy. Our worthiness is based on our faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross to pay for all our sins and to give us His righteousness and His worthiness. Our worthiness is really based on His worthiness.

In the New Testament there is no evidence that there was ever such a thing as a non-baptized Christian. Faith and baptism usually occurred so closely together that they became synonymous terms. Whenever a person in the New Testament put their faith in Jesus Christ they were immediately baptized—it was that important to them. (See for example, Acts 2:41; 8:35-38; 16:30-34; 22:16)

We do not believe that it is critical that a person be baptized on the exact day they are saved. The Bible doesn’t make that precise of a statement. And besides, sometimes salvation is a slow process and many people can’t identify the exact day they got saved. However we think the example of Scripture makes it clear that there should not be a long delay in getting baptized.

WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?

How soon should a young child be baptized? The Bible gives no age limit for baptism. However, we believe that salvation and baptism are both things that children must enter into of their own free will with a reasonable level of understanding. Therefore, they must be old enough to understand what they are doing and must be free from coercion from parents. It should be a meaningful experience for them.

Therefore, we do not urge young children to be baptized, but as they get older the urgency grows and in our opinion, certainly if you are twelve or thirteen years or older there is no excuse for putting off baptism. We suggest age twelve or thirteen largely in keeping with the Jewish tradition for initiating their young people into full participation into Jewish synagogue life. It is an age when they are beginning to think and act more independently and are less likely to do something simply to mimic or to please mom and dad.

“According to Jewish law, when Jewish children reach the age of thirteen years for boys and twelve for girls they become responsible for their actions, and “become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.” In many Conservative and Reform synagogues, girls celebrate their Bat Mitzvahs at age thirteen, along with boys. This also coincides with physical

puberty. Prior to this, the child’s parents hold the responsibility for the child’s adherence to Jewish law and tradition and, after this age, children bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics and are privileged to participate in all areas of Jewish community life.” (Wikipedia)

Therefore, every believer in Jesus Christ who is old enough to understand what they are doing should be baptized. Water baptism confirms your decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a rite of passage that initiates a believer into the body of Christ and the family of God. Water baptism does not save anyone—rather one must first be saved before they can be baptized. Baptism is vitally important to spiritual growth. It is not optional.

We would love to have a conversation to help you if you are wondering if your child is ready.

THE FORMULA FOR WATER BAPTISM

Please do not place too much emphasis on the formula used (the words spoken) by the person who baptizes you. Remember this is “Christian Baptism” and you are identifying with Christ as a believer in the work of His Spirit that has already taken place in your life. There is some controversy amongst various denominations regarding the formula for baptism, but this controversy is not found in Scripture, only among men. Jesus gave the command to be baptized in water.

At Family Christian when we baptize we generally say something close to “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” to the one being baptized,. Many churches baptize using the formula,“We baptize you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” Both formulas are scripturally sound.

WHY DO WE BAPTIZE IN THE NAME OF FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT?

We baptize in this manner because Jesus gave the command and authority to use that method. Matthew 28:18-20 – Jesus said to his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

However, it is also appropriate to baptize in the name of Jesus because the Bible reveals that the Apostles understood and carried out Jesus’ instruction from Matthew 28 by baptizing in the name of “Jesus”. The Bible also informs us that “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” Colossians 2:9.

Acts 2:38, “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, everyone one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ.’” Acts 8:16, “they had . . . been baptized ‘in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Acts 10:48, “So [Peter] ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Acts 19:5, “…They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR BAPTISM

1) Pray that the Lord will cause this to be a very meaningful event for you and all who witness your baptism. Pray that the Lord would use it to be an effective witness to any unbelievers who may be present. And above all pray that God would be glorified through it.

2) You are encouraged to present a brief personal testimony in which you express your faith in Jesus Christ in a way that is meaningful to you and that will be a clear declaration of your faith to those witnessing your baptism. You may want to include a brief description of how and when you came to faith in Jesus and what He means to you. Your testimony may be presented with or without prepared notes depending on your own comfort level. Your testimony may be as short as a few sentences but should not be more than three minutes in length. However, if you are not comfortable in verbally sharing your testimony let the pastor know and he will simply ask you to affirm your faith in Jesus by responding to a couple of simple questions.

3) Come early so that the pastor can go over last-minute instructions before the service begins.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO HAPPEN AT A BAPTISM SERVICE?

Typically, at a water baptism the pastor will give a brief explanation to the congregation of the significance of water baptism. Next the pastor will lead those being baptized into the water,(one at a time). You will be introduced then given the opportunity to share a short testimony of what God has done for you and why you are getting baptized. They will then proceed to baptize you, placing you completely under the water very briefly and then lifting you back up again. (This procedure will be explained and demonstrated to you prior to the service.) Once you have come out of the water you can then leave and go change into dry clothes.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

At FCC we provide a t-shirt for you to wear that has “I have Decided” printed on the front for you’ . Dress modestly in loose fitting casual clothes that will not be revealing or see-through when wet.
Do not wear a swimming suit unless other clothes are worn over it.
Do not wear short pants unless they are at least knee length.

We provide towels but not a bad idea to bring a towel. Bring an extra change of dry clothing to change into after the baptism.
Do not worry about footwear; you will not wear your shoes into the water.

HOW TO PREPARE A PERSONAL TESTIMONY

A testimony is simply your story about your experience of Jesus, what He has done in your life and what He means to you. When you are done your testimony should not take more than three minutes to read.

  1. Describe when you first put your faith in Jesus and invited Him into your life. In other words, how did you become a Christian?

  2. Briefly tell who you believe Jesus is and what He has done for you.

  3. Explain in your own words why you want to be baptized.

Our Goals

Prayer

Increasing the number of people praying for families by encouraging and facilitating a variety of prayer forums.

Fellowship

Provide a variety of opportunities for individuals to connect; and for those seeking families to discover authentic family at FCC.

Promoting

We will actively advertise FCC ministries through every available means; for the purpose of maximizing our impact in our city.

Missions

We contribute a minimum 10% of FCC general revenue for the purpose of supporting National & international non-for-profit ventures and ministries.

Worship

Fostering a dynamic experience of the presence of God through raising up anointed spirit-led worship teams.

Leadership

Provide ongoing leadership to the entire church in the area of reaching out to/and serving the needs of families.

Community Ministry

We set aside a minimum 10% of FCC general revenue to resource Community Ministry. Our responses are designed to respond to areas of family need within our congregation and the community.

Equipping

Our Lead Pastor will devote a significant amount of his ministry to raising up leaders; via. training, mentoring, modelling & releasing.

Partnerships

Working intentionally with other community ministries and organizations; in order to maximize ministry to families.

Family Ministries

Establish and resource cutting edge Children’s, Youth and Young Adult ministries for the purpose of fostering holistic families.

Word

Present the core elements of the Gospel in a relevant, practical and culturally sensitive manner; emphasizing ‘truth’ that will transform families.

Our Team

Edwin Rideout

Edwin Rideout

Lead Pastor

Edwin's Bio
Edwin has spent twenty-two years in full-time Pastoral ministry. He has a Bachelor of Theology from Masters College and Seminary Toronto, Ontario and a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa Oklahoma. He is currently completing his Doctor of Ministry via. Acadia University, Kentville, Nova Scotia.
 
Having served twelve years in managerial roles with an engineering firm and the Government of Newfoundland prior to entering full-time pastoral ministry he brings a wealth of leadership skills to his portfolio.
 
Edwin & Rhoda commenced their ministry at the Family Christian Centre in September of 2008; and since that time FCC has experienced significant growth. He has been the primary visionary and overseer during the launch of the Legacy Counselling Centre and the Wheaton-Penney Childcare Centre. Both of these new enterprises are devoted to nurturing healthy families.
Edwin is known for his energy and passion; both in the congregation and the community. His preaching and teaching is forthright and down to earth; the cry of his heart is for people to discover Christ and grow in discipleship-life. His primary weakness is his hope that the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup before Christ comes to establish His Millennial Kingdom.
 
Edwin is married to the lady of his dreams, Rhoda; and together they are parents to three adult children, and four spirited grandchildren.
Rhoda Rideout

Rhoda Rideout

Director of Care Ministry

Rhoda's Bio
Rhoda has served alongside her husband, Edwin for twenty-two years in full-time Pastoral ministry. Her primary passion is to see individuals introduced to Christ and become dynamic disciples.
 
Rhoda is convinced that it is all about relationship; it’s about intentionally living life in a manner that naturally leads lost individuals into relationship with God. She passionately believes that with God, nothing is impossible! D.L Moody once said, “The world has yet to see what a man or woman completely sold out to God can do for Him.”
 
Rhoda has a certificate in Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis on Pastoral Counselling. She also has a certificate in Executive Office Administration, from CompuCollege School of Business – Charlottetown, PE. She brings tremendous relational and organizational skills to her role. If you have a ‘talent’ – and we all do – she will spot you in a crowd, and before you know it you’ll be engaged in some significant Kingdom service.
 
Her idea of relaxing is a bottomless cup of Starbucks, a great book, and both of these while preferably relaxing on the deck of a cruise-ship. She also invest a great deal of her energy in her relationship with Edwin, their three adult children, and their four amazing grandchildren. For her Family is definitely second only to God!
Brian Bursey

Brian Bursey

Director of Community Ministry

Brian's Bio
pastorbrian@familychristiancentre.org Brian has served in Managerial roles for thirty-five years; five of which he served as Branch Manager for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland’s Religious Book & Bible House. He brings with him a wealth of practical experience and a demeanour which enlarges his effectiveness. In the words of a former supervisor; “Brian is honest, loyal, competent and accountable; he is highly principled and walks the walk…” Brian is married to the gal of his dreams, Brenda; together they are parents to three adult children (Rebecca, Leanne & Jeff). To add spice in their twilight years their children have blessed them with seven grandchildren. Brian is passionate about the Kingdom of God. He has served in numerous leadership roles in churches he has attended; his primary gifting is soul-care. He is committed to equipping believers to “do the work of the ministry.”
David Pollard

David Pollard

Business & Facility Manager

Dave's Bio
david@familychristiancentre.org

David is a graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland working as a project manager and;exploration/production geologist for 34 years. David is a child of the Most High, husband of Debra (high school sweetheart), father of four children and grandfather of six who are the love of his life. He enjoys outdoor activity such as Quading, sledding and spending time with family. He also loves seeing God’s family expand and grow spiritually.

Sharon Andrews

Sharon Andrews

Director of Family & Children's Ministry

Sharons Bio
pastorsharon@familychristiancentre.org Sharon has served alongside her husband, Lorne for 30 years in pastoral ministry. She brings a wealth of experience and leadership in directing and resourcing various forms of ministries. She has utilised her God given gifts and talents in creative ways in working with children and mentoring others for ministry within the local assemblies. Sharon and Lorne are blessed with 4 children, Jordan (Sylvie), Julian (Taylor), Joni-Beth and John. The delight of her life is her two beautiful grandchildren, Jaxon and Brielle. Her goal in ministry has remained steadfast; to see the Glory of God manifested in whatever area of ministry she is involved in. She loves to serve, lead, mentor and befriend people in all walks of life. Her desire is to connect with families and see God move in the lives of each child she has the privilege of leading. She is humbled and honored to be part of the staff of Family Christian Centre.
Dwayne Mitchell

Dwayne Mitchell

Director of Music & Worship Ministry

Dwayne's Bio
pastordwayne@familychristiancentre.org Pastor Dwayne has been either playing an instrument or leading worship in the church since childhood and received his calling to full time ministry at the age of seventeen while ministering in a itinerant music ministry team called Heirs of Grace. Pastor Dwayne entered Eastern Pentecostal Bible College/Master’s College & Seminary, September 1998 and graduated April 2002 with a Bachelor of Theology/Pastoral Major. He then served as assistant pastor at Calvary Pentecostal Church, St. Lunaire-Griquet, NL, preaching, leading worship, pastoring youth and children, and being actively involved in the local schools until February 2004. He comes to us after 10 years with Peel Pentecostal Tabernacle, Brampton, ON where he served as the pastor of Worship, Youth & Young Adults. November 2004, Dwayne married the love of his life, Charlene. The Lord has blessed Dwayne and Charlene with one daughter, Isabella Ada, Born October 11, 2012. Pastor Dwayne joined the pastoral team of FCC in November 2014. He loves the Lord and passionately desires everyone to do the same. His goal is to provide the opportunity for every generation and culture to worship Jesus together.
Andy Fawcett

Andy Fawcett

Director of Next Generation Ministry

Andy's Bio
pastorandy@familychristiancentre.org Andy is a graduate of Vanguard College and comes after serving almost 6 years as the Community Youth Pastor in Whitecourt, Alberta. Andy’s excitement in life has, does and probably always will come from spending time with teens and helping them to see that life is better with Jesus. Andy is married to the love of his life Tara and They have two wonderful children Jakob and Harper. They could not be more thrilled to be parents and look forward to how God will continue to shape their future just as He has guided their lives so far. Andy is known as a man of passion for God and a genuine love for people. He is also a crazy sports fan especially for the “real” football of the NFL. He will though humor CFL fans if it means talking about sports. He loves to play, watch or talk sports even though hockey talk is always tough being a Leaf’s fan.
Danny Arevalo

Danny Arevalo

Director of Young Adult Ministries

Danny's Bio
pastordanny@familychristiancentre.org

Born in Vancouver, BC, Danny came to Christ at 17. After graduating high school he was called into ministry at 18, and began working as a Youth Pastor in Surrey, BC.  For the next 3 years he was a full time student at Pacific Life Bible College and volunteered in full-time ministry. At 22, he was called into the Mission field moving to Mexico for 6 months planting a church, and preaching in numerous rehab/correction centers for young men weekly. Upon returning to Canada he enrolled at Summit Pacific College and completed his ROMER’s certificate and accepted a role as the Youth Campus Pastor at Broadway Church. He served at Broadway for 3 years overseeing the Youth Worship ministry, youth outreach and bringing the Youth Alpha series into local high schools. Here he met the women of his dreams Alison, and they are to be married on August 4th, 2017.  Danny is known for his passion for Jesus, for being an avid sports fan, and a loyal Canucks and FC Barcelona fan.

Jasmine Molyneaux

Jasmine Molyneaux

Assistant Director of Family Ministries

Jasmine's Bio
pastorjasmine@familychristiancentre.org

Jasmine was born and raised in a small, northern town in Ontario. Growing up in the boreal forest and alongside the beautiful Lake Superior, she developed an awe and love for God’s creation. This lead her to study and earn her Biological Science degree in Guelph, Ontario.

While attending her church in Guelph, Jasmine began to realize her passion for God’s church community, and for helping others find family and belonging through the love of Jesus. She volunteered there with the youth and young adults ministries, and was employed there for a summer working with the children’s ministry. Guelph was also the place where she met her wonderful husband, Nathan. After getting married in May, 2016 they decided to move to Fort McMurray.

Jasmine remains passionate about connecting with families, and her desire is to see God move in and change the lives of everyone she serves. She knows just how much God loves her, and wants the same transformative power to encourage others in their walks with Christ.

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10

Michael Kvick

Michael Kvick

Director of Media & Tech Support

Michael's Bio
michael@familychristiancentre.org

Michael was born in Linkoping Sweden. His parents who met in Vienna, Austria decided to return and continue their missions work for the people of Vienna. Being heavily involved in missions and ministry growing up Michael felt the call to work in ministry. In 2010 Michael graduated high school and moved to Abbotsford, BC to attend Summit Pacific College. While there he met his incredible wife Danielle. After getting married in 2013 and graduating in 2014 Michael and his wife decided to move to Fort McMurray. He says it is always interesting to look back and see how God helps direct and guide your life. “Fear no, For I am with you: be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10.

Merlyn Huguete

Merlyn Huguete

Administrator

Merlyn's Bio
merlyn@familychristiancentre.org

Merlyn was born in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. She grew up being raised by her single Aunt. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree of Civil Engineering in her hometown. She met her husband (Greg) in the refresher course for the Civil Engineer Exams. Together they have four grown up children (Katreena, Adrian, Isa and Gabriel). She met the Lord in 1996 when her husband started to attent church again and invited her to come with him.

Merlyn and her family applied for Canadian Immigration in 2001 and were finally able to move to Vancouver in 2005. “God never leaves us nor forsake us” – Hebrews 13:5. She says life is not perfect and we experienced storms in our life, but God said  “Be still and know that I’m God…”Psalm 46:10. In 2012 they were led to move to Fort McMurray. She says as they left God gave them a promise Genesis 28:15 “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land”

Robin Elson

Robin Elson

Director of Wheaton Penney Childcare Centre

Robin's Bio
director@wheatonpenneychildcare.org

She was born and mostly raised in Fort McMurray, with a few years in Labrador, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland where she has family.
 
She completed her ELCC diploma at Keyano college and is currently working on her Child and Youth Care degree through the University of Victoria. She has been working in child care for almost 18 years and it truly is her passion.
 
Robin, her husband, and their son are avid outdoors people and love to camp and kayak. Weather never holds them back on their many different adventures and explorations. She is also a voracious reader and you can often find her curled up with a book whenever she has a moment to spare!
Theresa Roberts

Theresa Roberts

Custodian

Dale Langdon

Dale Langdon

Part-Time Custodian

Legacy Counselling Team

Galina MacKenzie

Galina MacKenzie

Professional Counselor

Galina's Bio
Galina has a great compassion to see those who are hurting to come to wholeness. As a result, she has gone from serving bag lunches to those who found themselves on the streets of Toronto, to supporting individuals, couples, and families from all walks of life who have struggled with mental health and addictions. Completing her Bachelor of Theology in 1995, Galina continued her studies, and obtained a Masters of Divinity/Counselling Major in 1998. Galina then served with the Salvation Army for 14 years in various positions providing counselling and support to the Region of Peel homeless population in Ontario. She later took up employment in London, Ontario as an Addictions Counsellor. Galina has recently moved to Fort McMurray with the love of her life, Curt, and their two handsome boys, Joshua and Marcus. She is now excited, and very humbled, to step into this role, dedicated to continue to care and support those who may be distressed and struggling emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Ashely Stacey

Ashely Stacey

Professional Counselor

Ashley's Bio
Ashley was born in Fort McMurray and returned to live here with her family at the age of 12

She has always had a passion to help people, with a special interest in working with children.  Ashley has gained valuable experience in this area through volunteering opportunities with the Hub Family Resource Centre and the children’s program at her community church, along with, her job as a summer recreation programmer with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Ashley has received her Bachelor of Social Work through the University of Calgary, which has diversified her experiences in also working with youth, adult and senior populations.  She feels especially drawn to the areas of addictions, mental health, suicide prevention/intervention, grief and loss, senior care, and children.

Teresa Harvey

Teresa Harvey

Professional Counselor

Teresa's Bio

Teresa was born and raised in Newfoundland. She married her high school sweetheart, Mitchell in 2009 and since that time she has been working with children and families in crisis. It is through this work and through life experience that Teresa has gained an ability to empathize and connect with vulnerable individuals.

She completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2012 and has gained valuable experience through working with children and youth who have experienced significant trauma.

She is dedicated to working with individuals from all walks of life who may be struggling mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Teresa and Mitchell have recently made the move to Fort McMurray and she is excited to begin her role as a counsellor at Legacy Counselling Centre. 

Glenda Pollard

Glenda Pollard

LCC Administrator

Glenda's Bio
Since childhood, Glenda has had a desire to serve and care for others. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has worked as a registered nurse in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta.  During her nursing career she gained valuable experiences, having worked in various disciplines including medical, cardiac care and long-term care.

Glenda and Danny, her husband of 23 years, have two sons, Daniel and Jared, who are the pride of their lives. They moved from Ontario and have lived in Fort McMurray for 15 years.

In 2010 she made the decision to stay at home, devoting her time to family, while also working part-time as an administrative assistant. She is looking forward to her newest role, offering administrative support to the clients and counsellors at Legacy Counselling Centre.

Wheaton-Penney Childcare Centre Team

Back Row: (left – right)

Desiree – Elena – Jocelyn – Patricia – Lola – Marrico – Jenny

Front Row: (left – right)

Molly – Leah-lynn – Brittany – Robin – Imelda – Harman – Rosalie

 

Our Facility

Facility Expansion

We have added a new ministry centre to our existing facility – 18,000 sq ft of dynamic, creative space to help support families and transform lives.

Wheaton-Penny Childcare

A part of the expansion includes a childcare centre that will take up to 60 children- a place where kids can play, grow and learn together!

Konnect Kafe

We have expanded our Konnect Kafe to create a spacious connection zone where new relationships will be formed and old ones strengthened.