Evangel Pentecostal Assembly was born on July 25, 1974, with Albert and Violet Lindoff called to give leadership to this new congregation of people. Within three months, weekly attendance reached 100 plus people, and over the next few years ministries and staff continued to grow rapidly.
1978 - A church building was built and completed in the Bonnie Doon neighbourhood, where it grew to accommodate upwards of 500 people a week.
1979 - Craig Pitts was elected to become Evangel’s new Lead Pastor.
1981 - Keith Smith answered the call to become Evangel’s third Lead Pastor.
1984 - This year began with a 94% vote to expand the church facility, and shortly thereafter a building project was underway to accommodate Evangel’s continued growth. 10 years after Evangel’s beginning, there was already a church plant in the making, Beaumont New Life Assembly was born as a testament to the great work that Evangel was accomplishing in Edmonton.
1988 - Larry Lindoff, son of Albert and Violet, became the Interim Lead Pastor, where he held the position until David Hazard became the elected Lead Pastor in January of 1989. This allowed Pastor Larry to accept the position of Academic Dean at Northwest Bible College (now Vanguard College) a few months later.
At the 1992 AGM, members of Evangel voted to relocate to Mill Woods, as it was becoming more and more difficult to fit within the facilities at the Bonnie Doon location. Land had been purchased at 4461 50th Street NW Edmonton, and so began the plans and promises of a new future home.
1994 - Dale Reesor accepted the call as Interim Lead Pastor, where he served until Bill Pipke was elected as the fifth Lead Pastor of Evangel in November of that year.
1996 - Building was completed at the Mill Woods site, and the congregation found themselves with a new home to last 20 years and counting!
1998 - Darrel Muth assumed the Interim Lead Pastor position until the congregation voted to elect Bob Gal as their new Lead Pastor a year later. Under Pastor Bob's leadership Evangel grew to nearly 1000 people per week, as well as the addition of numerous active ministries inside and outside the church.
2004 - Larry Lindoff, after completing his work at Northwest Bible College (now Vanguard College), was once again trusted with the role of Interim Lead Pastor.
2005 - Current Lead Pastor Wayne McNeilly and his wife Ruth were welcomed to provide stability and strength for the following 10 years and counting!
We have recently undertaken the task of developing our “Future Story” in order to rediscover Evangel's role in building God's Kingdom in Edmonton. Out of this venture has come our Mission Statement: Love, Serve, Celebrate God. As well as our Missional Focus: Growing a diverse, relational community serving the needs of children, youth and young families. We continue to strive to be a group of people who love God and love our neighbours according to the command of Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39.
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience towards what God calls "sin". This attitude separates man from God.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
Jesus said, "I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing". We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God's power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God's Spirit.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience in which the believer yields control of himself/herself to the Holy Spirit. Through this he/she comes to know Christ in a more intimate way, and receives power to witness and grow spiritually. Believers should earnestly seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. The initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural abilities given by God through the exercising of which believers are enable to minister effectively and directly in particular situations. They serve the dual function of building up the Church, and of demonstrating the presence of God with His church.
Divine healing provided in the atonement of Christ is the privilege of all believers. Prayer for the sick and gifts of healing are encouraged and practiced.
The Bible is God's word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember His sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ's broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.