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.
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.
Just because a group of people have chosen to gather around a common purpose doesn’t mean they will always think alike. But at the end of the day, when it comes to those beliefs that are central to the Christian faith, we are of one heart and mind. You can read up on Our Core Beliefs below.
We’re often asked if Elevation is part of a specific denomination. Since we’re a diverse group of people, the best way to answer that question is to say that we are an inter-denominational church under the umbrella of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. We also have a second partnership with Vision Ministries Canada.
Unity in Diversity
During the first half of 2018, our Elevation community engaged in significant conversations about the intersection of same-sex attraction and Christian faith. We have created a brief summary of where we’ve been so far, with links to the most relevant sermons and updates shared along the way. You can find the document here.
For information on becoming a formal member of Elevation, please visit this page.
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22 Willow Street, Waterloo, ON
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