vibrant

(adj. pulsating with life)

Our name says it all! Jesus said He came to give us life, and that the life we have would be abundant. We believe this abundant life means embodying the qualities of Godís Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. Weíre not perfect, but God is working in us to bring these traits to LIFE!

diverse

(adj. celebrating difference and variety)

In the Bible, God says that one day people from every language, tribe, and nation will worship Him. At Abundant Life, we try to embody that truth today. We celebrate our diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, culture, and belief as we come together to worship our creative God.

church

(n. a body of Christian believers)

At Abundant Life, we have a building, but the building is not our church. Our church consists of the people who gather together to worship God together. It doesnít matter where we meet (in fact, we have celebrated worship several times in parks and community centres)! Whatís important is who is there.

community

(n. a group of people working toward a common goal)

Relationships are important at Abundant Life Church. We celebrate our community by meeting together on Sundays, in one anotherís homes for care groups on a weekly basis, at the building for prayer meetings, and in coffee shops and restaurants to strengthen our friendships. God loves it when people spend time together for His common purpose!

growing

(v. to develop and mature;
to increase)

At Abundant Life, we like to think of growth in an organic sense, like a plant. For a plant to be well established, it needs deep roots. at the same time, it grows up and outward. We want to grow deep roots, being faithful to the teaching of Jesus Christ, and we want to grow outward, to meet, interact, and better our community, that everyone we meet would experience the love that weíve experienced!

love

(n., v. a passionate affection; to have concern for the well-being of others)

At Abundant Life, we love to love. We learn in the Bible that everything was created because of Godís great love, and we now have the ability to share that love, because we received it. itís our desire that everyone in our community (and indeed, the world) would experience what it means to be loved by their creator, and to experience that love through his creation, the church.

Jesus Christ

(n. a first-century Jew from Israel; the Son of God)

Jesus is the reason we are together, the reason we do what we do, and the reason we are who we are. He is the head of the church and cares for the church and for all of humanity. in fact, he loves humanity so much that he died for us, and was raised back to life. We worship Jesus as fully God, who came to earth as a human man and who lives and reigns over everything forever.

ALC Weekly Blog
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Staff / Leadership

Staff

Pastor Mike Swalm - Senior Pastor

Pastor Mike has ministered at Abundant Life Church (formerly Bethel Baptist Church) since 2005. He graduated from Acadia University with a Master of Arts in Theology. Pastor Mike loves to read, golf, bike, play volleyball and baseball, and spend quality family time with his wife Patricia, and their three daughters, Isabella, Elena, Eden, and their son, Benjamin. Mike is also the adjunct professor of theology and ethics at Rocky Mountain College.

Pastor Peter Wagar - Assistant Pastor

Discipleship, Pastoral Care, Missional Outreach

Pastor Nikayla Reize - Assistant Pastor

Ministry Support and Missional Alignment

Giselle Stuckey - Office Administrator

Rachel O'Neil - Worship Coordinator

Rachel has been attending ALC since 2000, and married Trevor in 2009. She leads the worship and choir at the church and is involved with our drama team.

Leadership Team

John Allen

 

Giovanni Graza

 

Dave Kuehn

 

Dave Mitchell

 

Trevor O'Neil

 

We want to make a positive difference in our world by staying focused on the Gospel.

Jesus loves kids... we love kids!

Our music ranges from traditional to contemporary: cello and drums share the same sheet music!

Our multi-ethnic group makes for great potluck lunches!

Prayer is important to us: we support each other and grow together.

Whether you're comfortable in a suit and tie or your 'comfy' jeans, you're welcome here.