Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it’s their first time or they’ve been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can’t do life alone.
WHO WE ARE
We’re a diverse family of believers who truly want to see God transform this city, province, nation, and world. We believe that God can transform the world and we are here to create a place for everyone to experience that.
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.
Many teenagers already have a lot to worry about in their lives. Our youth ministry ‘Re:Generation Youth’ 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Christian ‘world-view’ is based upon the following beliefs …
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?
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
PrayerIncreasing the number of people praying for families by encouraging and facilitating a variety of prayer forums.
FellowshipProvide a variety of opportunities for individuals to connect; and for those seeking families to discover authentic family at FCC.
PromotingWe will actively advertise FCC ministries through every available means; for the purpose of maximizing our impact in our city.
MissionsWe will set aside 15% of FCC general revenue for the purpose of supporting Local, Regional, National & international missions projects.
WorshipFostering a dynamic experience of the presence of God through raising up anointed spirit-led worship teams.
LeadershipProvide ongoing leadership to the entire church in the area of reaching out to/and serving the needs of families.
ResourcingWe will set aside 5% of FCC general revenue to resource a Community Response Team; designed to respond to areas of family need within our congregation and the community.
EquippingOur Lead Pastor will devote a significant amount of his ministry to raising up leaders; via. training, mentoring, modelling & releasing.
PartnershipsWorking intentionally with other community ministries and organizations; in order to maximize ministry to families.
Family MinistriesEstablish and resource cutting edge Children’s, Youth and Young Adult ministries for the purpose of fostering holistic families.
WordPresent the core elements of the Gospel in a relevant, practical and culturally sensitive manner; emphasizing ‘truth’ that will transform families.
Director of Care Ministry
Director of Community Ministry
firstname.lastname@example.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.”
Business & Facility Manager
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.
Director of Family & Children's Ministry
Director of Music & Worship Ministry
Director of Next Generation Ministry
Director of Young Adult Ministries
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.
Assistant Director of Family Ministries
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
Director of Media & Tech Support
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 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”
Director of Wheaton Penney Childcare Centre
Legacy Counselling Team
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
We have expanded our Konnect Kafe to create a spacious connection zone where new relationships will be formed and old ones strengthened.