Who We Are
Joining God in transforming our lives, neighbourhoods, nation and world.

Our Mission

Joining God in transforming our lives, neighbourhoods, nation and world.

We GATHER because of Christ's resurrection

We GROW because of Christ in us.

We SERVE because of Christ's sacrifice

We GO because of Christ's love.

Our Story

Christian Life Assembly is part of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), which is a co-operative fellowship marked by mutual trust, value and respect for other local churches across Canada. There are over 1100 churches within the PAOC that work together alongside a shared vision and mission.

It started in 1937 by two young women in Langley Prairie who responded to felt need to reach children. It all started by these women, Jenny Gaglardi and Laurene Drury, beginning a Sunday School in the countryside. This is what would become Christian Life Assembly, as we know it today.

Our Pastoral Team

Derrick Hamre
Lead Pastor

Marty Mittelstaedt
Associate Pastor - GATHER - Creative

Mike Bidell
Associate Pastor - GROW - Spiritual Formation

Steve Nicholson
Missions Director - GO

Doug Frederick
Associate Pastor / Recovery Church

Debbie Tonn
Women's Pastor

Peter Yoon
Youth Pastor

Jeremy King
Young Adults Pastor

Jason Ballard
Assistant Pastor / Youth & Young Adults

Bill Ashbee
Care Ministries Pastor

Larissa Alcott
CLA Kids Director

Arlene Trauter
Senior Adults Director

Jason Eliason
Church Planting Pastor

Lowell Holmquist
Sooke Campus Pastor

Mike Pennington
Maple Ridge Campus Pastor

Our Beliefs

God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal parts of one God.

Genesis 1:1Genesis 1:26-27Genesis 3:22Psalm 90:2Matthew 28:191 Peter 1:22 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22-23Isaiah 9:6John 1:1-5John 14:10-30Hebrews 4:14-15,1 Corinthians 15:3-4Romans 1:3-4Acts 1:9-111 Timothy 6:14-15Titus 2:13

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17John 16:7-13John 14:16-17Acts 1:81 Corinthians 2:121 Corinthians 3:16Ephesians 1:13Galatians 5:25Ephesians 5:18

The Bible

The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.

2 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:20-212 Timothy 1:13Psalm 119:105Psalm 119:160Psalm 12:6,Proverbs 30:5



Humanity

Humanity is made in the image of God. Although God designed us to have fellowship with Him, we became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. We are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts.

Genesis 1:27Psalm 8:3-6Isaiah 53:6Romans 3:23Colossians 1:21Isaiah 59:1-2

Eternity

You were created to exist forever. We believe that forever is spent in one of two places: eternally separated from God because of sin or in union with God because of His forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in heaven or hell. Eternal separation from God happens in hell. Eternal union with God occurs in heaven.

John 3:161 John 2:25John 5:11-13Romans 6:23Revelation 20:15

Salvation

Salvation is God's gift to you if you'll accept it. We can never make up for our sin with self-improvement or good works. It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness that you can be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment you receive Jesus Christ into your life by faith.