Our sincere desire is to encourage and develop an authentic Christian community that is biblically grounded and culturally relevant.
Statement of Faith
We believe that the Bible is God speaking in man's language, and in the original writings is exactly as He gave it, word for word without any error whatsoever. It has been preserved by God to be the authoritative standard for every age and every life.
We believe that God exists in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that these three are eternal and are one. We also believe that God is the sole Creator of the universe.
We believe that Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man, that he was born of a virgin and that He lived a sinless life, in which He taught and did mighty works and signs exactly as revealed in the four gospels. We believe that He was crucified, dying as a penalty for our sins and was bodily raised from the dead on the third day as the Scriptures declare. Later, He ascended to heaven where He is Head of the Church and intercedes for believers. From there He will come again personally and bodily and visibly to this earth to set up an earthly kingdom, afterward to reign forever as King in His universe.
We believe that all are sinners and are guilty before God, and as such are worthy of both physical and spiritual death.
We believe that since in His death the Lord Jesus Christ satisfied all the demands of God's law, redeeming mankind by shedding His blood and assuming our curse, men and women can have a just standing before God. That is, they can become true Christians. The single basis for this standing is the death of Jesus Christ and an individual's personal faith in Him.
We believe that salvation, with its forgiveness of sins, includes the receiving of a new nature and the assurance of eternal life. It is entirely apart from good works such as baptism or church membership, but is purely by God's grace.
We believe that a true believer cannot ever forfeit his standing with God. However, sin may interrupt the joy of his fellowship with God and bring the discipline of a loving Heavenly Father.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, that He is God and has all the attributes of God. We also believe that He lives in all believers and that by His ministry every Christian is made to be part of God's eternal family, is marked off as truly God's possession, and is specifically and uniquely gifted for Christian service. The Holy Spirit also fills or empowers the believer, in response to confession of sin and yieldedness, then He teaches and guides the believer for effective Christian service.
We believe that all genuine believers are part of the true Church, which in Scripture is referred to as the body of Christ, and that a local church is intended to be a visible expression of this body.
We believe that Christians who die, depart to be with Christ in conscious blessedness. Someday Jesus will come again to take away His living people from the earth. Then, all Christians will have glorified bodies similar to His resurrected body and share in His glory. They will reign with Him forever.
We believe that Satan is a personal being, a fallen angel, the arch enemy of God and our defeated foe.
We believe that those who refuse the offer of God's gracious gift of salvation are doomed to suffer eternal conscious separation from Him.
This Contemporary Statement of Faith is intended to be interpreted in the light of the official Statement of Faith of the AGC.
The concept for a new church work first began in 1987 when a group of believers, sharing a common desire for another evangelical church in the Stony Plain area, met to discuss their vision. The desire was for a strongly Bible-based church.
The church affiliated with the Associated Gospel Churches (AGC) and its first official service was held on January 29, 1989. Regular services began at the Westerra Campus in Stony Plain, however, plans for a building project were soon introduced. In September 1995, the building (our present home) was completed debt free.
We have grown from the original small group to today averaging about 150 on any given Sunday. With a growing congregation—especially in the area of children and youth—EPBC maintains its family-oriented beginnings with a strong sense of tradition. Yet as we continue to grow, our objective is reaching out beyond ourselves to be relevant and involved in the local community and surrounding area.
Thanks for your time and interest, may the Lord bless you as you look for a new church home. If you would like more information or would like to join us for a Sunday worship gathering, you would be most welcome.
Robin Brignall, Senior Pastor
Robin was raised in south-central Ontario, moving to the West in his mid-teens—discovering then, that he was truly a “westerner” at heart! Although he did not grow up in a Christian home, he trusted Christ for his salvation during his mid-teens and sensed the Lord’s call to pastoral ministry at age seventeen. Read More
Ondrej Hron, Associate Pastor (Pastor of Teaching & Discipleship)
Ondrej originally comes from the Czech Republic and moved with his family to British Columbia. He grew up in a Christian home and became a follower of Christ when he was seventeen. He sensed God’s call to ministry while in university. Following his seminary studies, Ondrej earned a Doctorate degree (Systematic Theology) in his childhood homeland. Read More
Bryce Gitzel, Youth Ministry Leader
Bryce and Krista Gitzel, and their two children, have been a part of the EPBC family since 2008 and have been regularly involved in a variety of ministries over the years. Currently they are excited to serve in the area of Youth Ministry at EPBC!
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