SUNDAY SERVICESOur 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 AREWe’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.
KIDSWe’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 ‘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 IMPACTFrom 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 IMPACTFrom 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
MISSIONCreating 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.
VISIONTo 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.
To be a missional community; reaching out to hurting and lost people, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
To be a practical community; feeding the hungry, caring for the orphans and widows, and being fathers to the fatherless.
To be an equipping community; equipping our members to be engaged in the work of the ministry.
Our Christian ‘world-view’ is based upon the following beliefs …
- 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?
- 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
- Isaiah 53:4
- Matthew 8:16-17
- James 5:14-16
On the Second Coming
- II Timothy 4:11
- Acts 1:11
- I Thessalonians 4:13-18
On the Scriptures
- 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
- John 1:1
- Isaiah 7:14
- I Peter 1:22
- Acts 2:31-33
- Hebrews 7:24-25
On the Holy Spirit
- Acts 1:18; 2:4
- Galatians 5:22-23
- I Corinthians 12-14
Director of Care Ministry
Director of Community 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
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 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 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.