In September of 1998, a student church called The Embassy was founded with a desire to connect with our city’s student population. Over the years, as students began to graduate and establish families, we continued to develop our student church, but also launched a second ‘family’ church which was named Elevation.

In the fall of 2008, as a result of longstanding friendships and many conversations about serving the broader community, another congregation by the name of New Hope merged with us. Since joining, our experience has been a very positive one and we are now experiencing what we had hoped for in taking this step – that we would be ‘better together.’

A few years later, in the fall of 2012, Elevation entered into a facility-sharing partnership with St. John’s Lutheran Church. Both congregations now call 22 Willow home and we are hopeful about how this move will create even more opportunities for us to be a blessing to our community as we strive to represent God well in our neighbourhood.

Key Values

At Elevation, we’re committed to creating a culture of thoughtful spiritual engagement, fostering a community of authentic belonging, and inspiring and empowering active, generous involvement in the world around us. You can read a detailed overview of what we call Our Key Values below.

How We Believe

Just because a group of people have chosen to gather around a common purpose doesn’t mean they will always think alike. While doctrinal differences often lead to division, at Elevation, it’s our desire to create a culture where diversity is valued and unity is strengthened. You can read more below.


In the past, Elevation had formal ties to both Pentecostal and Brethren networks, however we do not currently have such an affiliation. That being said, we are actively exploring possible partnerships with denominational and other networks as we seek to link ourselves to the greater work that God is doing in our nation. Stay tuned for more information.

Unity in Diversity

In 2018, our Elevation community engaged in significant conversations about the intersection of same-sex attraction and Christian faith. You can read a description of the posture we have adopted and follow a link to a summary of our journey below.


For information on becoming a formal member of Elevation, please visit this page.

Meet the Team

Here are a few names and faces to help you find your way around.

Service Time
& Location

Sundays at 11:00 AM
22 Willow Street, Waterloo, ON

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