“Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.”
— Psalm 115:1
In 50 years the Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge has grown from a handful of devoted Christ-followers meeting at Lakeview school to the diverse and influential group of growing disciples we are today. The dream God planted in the hearts of our founders has been far exceeded as His faithfulness and favour have rolled wave upon wave of godly, visionary men and women to carry on building His church.
Our church has been marked by a commitment to God’s word, to prayer, to unity on the essential issues, and to grace extended to those with differing opinions on the non-essentials.
We are deeply committed to ministry around the world, equipping missionaries in their calling, and serving the weak and poor.
We are passionate about reaching the next generation for Christ, raising up leaders who will boldly stand for truth and proclaim the good news.
We are growing disciples of Christ—
… growing in love for God,
… in love for one another,
… and in serving the world.
1961 Worship services are held in the gym of Lakeview School
1962 Church organized and membership formed with Pastor Bill Ruggles
1964 Dedication of the first church building, located on the northeast corner of Mayor Magrath Drive and 12 Avenue South
1967 Harold Jost came as pastor
1969 First Missionary sent, Jean Sokvitne goes out with Sudan Interior Mission
1978 Tim Seim came as pastor
1985 Dedication of the new building on the Coutts Highway
1988 First youth pastor hired (Mark Began)
1994 First worship pastor hired (David Squires)
First children’s pastor hired (Ron Schellenberg)
1995 Youth Wing Addition
1998 Ian Lawson came as Lead Pastor
1998 Began designating 20% of General Fund giving to Missions
2000 First C. S. Lewis Christian Thought Series with Dr. Paul Chamberlain
2002 Dedication of the Worship Centre Addition
2008 First Advent Conspiracy, supporting Water School in Dei, Uganda
2009 Administration Building Addition
2012 50th Anniversary
2014 Children’s Ministry Building Addition