WHO WE ARE:
We’re a life-giving local church. We love to gather - all kinds of people, from every background and walk of life. We hope you’ll feel at home here and enjoy church as much as we do. At the core of why we do what we do is the belief that church isn’t just a good idea, but a God idea. It is His creation and His plan. It’s where we’re together, where we belong, where we flourish. It’s a reflection of Heaven.
We gather in two locations - in Surrey and in Abbotsford. We also have small groups meeting across the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland in homes and coffee shops to grow and build relationships.
We exist to build the church by developing flourishing relationships with God and people.
It is a dream... to grow a church without walls, touching every segment of society, bringing a living Jesus to a dying world.
It is a dream... to grow a church of compassion that will reach the untouched, tell the untold, love the unloved, bring hope to the hopeless, life to the lifeless, and become a friend to the friendless.
It is a dream... to grow a church so infused with God's life, love and passion that we are continually inventing new ways of giving it away.
It is a dream... to grow a praying church, standing on the Word of God, walking by faith, depending on the Holy Spirit, committed to each other, and our destiny in God.
It is a dream... to grow the family of God where home is together in God's presence, and everyone belongs.
It is a dream... to build a place where children love to come and grow, teenagers find meaning and encouragement, families are strengthened, dreams are fuelled, people are fed, and it is NEVER BORING!
John Burns graduated from UBC as a dentist in1978 and moved to Williams Lake (in Northern British Columbia) to begin practicing dentistry. At the time he and his wife Helen were living separately. They had two young daughters and Helen was pregnant with their third, and their marriage was broken. John had dealt with fear and had an issue with stuttering. He avoided communication at all costs. Helen was hurt and angry, and their future was uncertain. It was in that season that God changed both of their lives individually, and began empowering them to restore their relationship. When they encountered Jesus, their lives took a dramatic turn. After six years up north they felt called to the Vancouver area, and moved with their three young girls (Angela, Danica and Ashley) to open a new dental practice in the Guildford area in 1984. A home group that they lead in Vancouver began to grow exponentially, and eventually formed the core of our church today.
1986 was a big year for Vancouver as our city was building, expanding and developing in preparation for Expo 86. In that exciting climate billboards began popping up in the city core, declaring JESUS IS LORD OVER VANCOUVER. It was a bold move and a declaration that we would repeat for years to come. What is today Relate Church began as Victory Christian Centre and our first of many Sunday services was held on January 5th of that year, in the cafeteria of North Surrey High School. A handful of committed people gathered and together we launched a new church, laying the foundation for thousands of salvations and changed lives to come.
We began meeting in the high school cafeteria and eventually moved into the gym. As the church grew we purchased land and built a new building on 152nd Street at 68th Avenue in Surrey. It was a huge leap of faith and investment at the time, and we've seen the impact of our church grow since then in strength and influence. We love the community we are planted in and our vision to bring hope to our neighbourhood, our Canada, and our world just keeps increasing.
We changed our name to Relate Church in 2009. Relationships are at the core of why we do what we do. We're a family church where everyone is valued - young and old. We're driven to see the next generation grow into people who love Jesus passionately, serve people well, and are committed to the House of God.
Pastors John and Helen Burns made a big announcement on Vision Weekend 2018 as plans were revealed for them to transition into the roles of Founding and Teaching Pastors. Pastor Angela Doell stepped into the role of Lead Pastor from her previous role as Executive Pastor. She and her husband Rod consider Relate Church home and family and are full of vision for what is ahead.
In January of 2019 we launched the Relate Valley campus in Abbotsford, gathering on Sundays at UFV and in small groups throughout the area. The valley has been in our heart for years. We are excited about this expansion and opportunity to set a long harvest table across the Fraser Valley, pulling up chairs and welcoming people home. The family is growing and we are thrilled.
The past 33 years have been full of life and noise and growth, and we expect the next season will only be louder and better. The hope of the world is the local church - contagious with dreams and vision, overflowing with generosity and dreaming bigger than ever before. Watch this space!
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
We believe that God exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and be born again we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.
We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues.
We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together for fellowship, prayer and communion.
We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.
We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and blessed lives in order to help others more effectively.
We believe that our eternal destination of either heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.