Bridge Church started as a dream in the hearts of a small group of Jesus-followers in Fort Saskatchewan. This group of families had been commuting into Edmonton to attend Bethel Community Church on Sundays for a few years. While they loved Bethel, and were committed to seeing the church thrive, they longed to see the Gospel impact their own local community as well.
In the meantime, Pastor Tom Baird of Bethel, along with Bethel’s leadership team, prayerfully wrote a document entitled “A Dream for Bethel” in 2013. Part of this long-term strategy document included the planting of a new church. After a time of prayer, discernment, and discussion it was decided that Fort Saskatchewan was a natural fit to plant the new church.
Soon after deciding Fort Saskatchewan would be the place, Pastor Ryan Pedde, Bethel’s Associate Pastor, was chosen to lead the new church. In February of 2018, a small House Church with a few families began meeting in various homes in the city. In the summer of 2018 Bridge Church held its first 4 baptisms in a backyard service. By the time September 2018 arrived the group was large, thriving, and reaching new people. It soon split into two large groups with as many as 50 people cramming into each House Church for Sunday gatherings.
In October of 2018 Bethel raised $125,000 to provide funding to launch Bridge Church. This was in addition to financing from Classis Alberta North and Resonate Global Mission of the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA). As Fall 2018 progressed into Winter 2019, a Launch Team was formalized, a vision was born, a name was chosen, and ministry teams were created. Bridge Church will launch weekly services in Fort Saskatchewan on September 22 2019 – To God be all the Glory!