Jesus Known by All
Love God, Love One Another, and Advance God’s Kingdom through lives transformed by God’s Love, Power, and Grace.
We want everyone to know who Jesus truly is – not just his name, but that Jesus is God the Son, that he conquered sin and death on the cross, that His words are true, and that God desires to be in relationship with every person in the world.
As a church we want to be living examples of what it’s like to live trusting God and knowing our identity as His sons and daughters. We’re intentional in focusing everything we do to help people live from God’s presence, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
James & Leigh Colgan – Senior Leaders
James & his wife, Leigh, founded LifeHouse Church, which started as a Sunday breakfast outreach in their home for youth and young adults wanting to know more about God. James is Canadian and Leigh is original from South Africa. Leigh also leads our Children’s Ministry.
Pierre & Melanie Mallinson – Elders
Pierre & Melanie have been at LifeHouse since 2012. They have two children, Abigail and JJ. Melanie is originally from Canada and Pierre from South Africa, but they met in Egypt and have also lived in Germany and South Africa. Melanie is our church administrator.
Ashish & Jessie Gouder – Elders
Ashish & Jessie are originally from India, and joined LifeHouse in 2011 with their two children Anya and Akanaish. They are both incredibly creative people, Ashish being a musician and Jessie a professional dancer and photographer.
Tiago & Glaucia Padovan – Elders
Tiago and Glaucia Padovan immigrated to Canada from Brazil in 2001. They have two daughters Sarah and Luiza, and a son, Daniel. Tiago has an extensive background in ministry having grown up with a father who is a pastor and evangelist.
Thomas de Leon – Worship Leader
Thomas joined LifeHouse in August 2011 after he and his friends came as guest musicians one Sunday and God encountered them in a powerful way. He took over leading worship in August 2012. Thomas has a passion for leading people in worship and to mentor & develop people both in worship and young adult ministry. Born in the Philippines, he immigrated to Canada with his family in 1992.
Statement of Faith
- The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their original writing are the inspired and only infallible authoritative Word of God. They are accepted as the full and final authority for faith and Christian practice.
- There is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator and Redeemer of all that is. He is infinitely perfect and perfectly holy, just, loving and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be eternally self- existent – one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
- Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin.
- Jesus Christ is God the Son, uncreated, co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He came to earth, conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of Mary, a virgin. He is God’s Anointed One. He was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, was resurrected after 3 days, ascended into heaven, and is now alive today, in the presence of God the Father and in His people, the Church. He is forever “True God” and “True Man”. He will come again to establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace.
- The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, a substitutionary sacrifice, according to the Scriptures, and all who believe and trust in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.
- Salvation has been provided only through Jesus Christ. We are saved by God’s grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can be restored to fellowship with God through believing and receiving Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. All who repent of their sin and receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
- The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, sent to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the true believer. He has been sent to be the Comforter and to empower the Christian church, to produce fruits of the spirit in the lives of believers and to enable believers to live holy lives and to minister God’s love and power to the world.
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4 is poured out on believers that they might have power to be witnesses to what Jesus Christ has done. All the gifts of the Spirit as described in the Holy Bible are operative in the church today and are available to every believer.
- All humankind will be resurrected, both the just and the unjust. The redeemed will receive eternal blessing and those who have rejected the offer of Salvation will receive eternal banishment.
- The whole company of those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, have been redeemed by Him and have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. They form the one true Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. Each local church on earth should take its character from this truth. The Church is made up of all who have put their faith in Jesus Christ.
- The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God’s love, discipling the nations and baptizing and teaching all people to love and obey God.
- Christ is the head of the church and in all things he has pre-eminence. The ascended Christ has given various ministries and offices to the church in order to bring all believers to the place of Christian maturity in their understanding of truth and the performance and function of ministry.
Jesus is Central to Everything
We recognize that everything in heaven and earth was created through Jesus for Jesus. He is the head of the church. In everything He has supremacy. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. Our power and authority comes from Him. Matthew 28:19-20, John 14:13, Act 19:13-16, Ephesians 1:17-23, Colossians 1:15-18, Hebrews 1:1-3,
Being connected to Jesus is the only way we are able to live in God’s purposes and destiny for us. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing of eternal value. We want to obey Jesus out of a response to God’s love for us.. Matthew 28:19-20, John 15:5-17, John 8:31, 1 John 4:16-20, 2 Corinthians 3:18,
It is our passion to gain a greater revelation of Jesus and reflect that to the world around us. Our confidence and contentment come from knowing and being with Jesus. Acts 4:13, Ephesians 1:17-18, Philippians 4:12-13, Psalm 100:9 1 John 5:12,
Jesus is the head of the church, Jesus builds the church, and He has commissioned the church to advance God’s kingdom by going and making disciples. Matthew 16:18, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8,
God Is Good
God describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. God is good by nature. Psalm 103:8–13; Acts 14:16-17; James 1:17–18; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 7:11; Galatians 5:22–23; Psalm 119:68; Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 104; Exodus 34:5–7; Acts 17:22-31
The message, ministry, and sacrifice of Jesus perfectly reveal the nature of God as a good Father. John 3:16–17; Hebrews 1:2–3; John 14:6– 7; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:19, 2:9; John 1:1, 18; 8:1–11, 19
God is a good Father; we can trust Him regardless of our circumstances. Romans 8:28–32; Hebrews 11:6; Nahum 1:7; James 1:12–18; Matthew 10:29–31; Acts 16:23–26
Enemies come to steal and kill, but Jesus came to destroy demonic works and give us abundant life. John 10:10–11; 1 John 3:8; Acts 10:38; 1 Peter 5:8–10; Ephesians 6:12; Mark 5:1–19
God’s goodness is extravagant. As we remember and retell what He has done through our testimonies, faith is created that He is able and eager to do it again. Romans 10:15-17; Hebrews 13:7- 8; Acts 10:34-48; Revelation 19:10; Psalm 44:1-5, 119:11; Mark 5:18-21; Deuteronomy 6:17-24; I Chronicles 16:23–36; Joshua 4:1–9
Salvation Creates Joyful Identity
Jesus has won absolute victory! We are forgiven and freed from the enemy’s power of sin, sickness, lies, and torment. Now we live in the power of righteousness, healing, truth, and joy! Romans 8:1–4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 2:14–15; Galatians 5:22–24; 1 Corinthians 15:56–57; Revelation 1:12–18
We are adopted as brothers and sisters of Jesus into God’s family and commanded to help others be reconciled with the Father and come home. Romans 8:14–17; John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:18–21; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 3:1; Luke 15:11–32
We are simultaneously joyful servants, trusted friends, and beloved children of our Lord. John 15:12–15; Psalm 16:11; Hebrews 1:9, 12:2; Matthew 25:23; Psalm 100:2; Galatians 1:10; Matthew 23:11–12; John 1:12; 1 John 3:1; Matthew 25:14–30
We are new creations, not merely sinners saved by grace but saints who have been given His righteousness so we can partner with our Father God. 2 Corinthians 5:17–21; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 3:21–26, 8:1, 30; Galatians 2:19–20; Acts 26
Responsive to Grace
We joyfully experience the unearned and undeserved love of God and His ongoing power to transform us. His transforming love and power are inseparable from one another. John 3:16–17; Ephesians 1:4–5, 2:8–10; Romans 5:6–11; Mark 5:1–20 12
God loves His lost creation and extends grace to us, empowering believers to love Him and others at a higher standard than the law. Romans 5:7–8; 2 Corinthians 5:14–18; Romans 6:11–14; Matthew 5:21–28; Romans 8:2–4; Acts 9:1–22, 26:1–23
Experiencing grace teaches us about righteousness, which empowers us to overcome sin and failure. The Father’s love keeps us from focusing on sin or hiding in shame if we fail. Ephesians 3:14–21; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Titus 2:11–13; Colossians 3:1–5; Acts 2:14–41
God’s grace breaks the mentality that says “I am a powerless victim of circumstances” and creates a new identity that declares, “In Christ, I am a victorious overcomer, no matter the situation.” John 16:33; 1 John 4:4; Romans 8:31– 32, 35–39; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Deuteronomy 28:13; Jeremiah 29:11
Focused on His Presence
Our first ministry is to God. As we focus on Him we learn to worship Him with joy and passion. Psalm 27:4; Luke 10:39–42; James 4:8; Psalm 1:1–3, 23:6, 26:8; John 4:23; Psalm 22:3
God delights in us and He has always intended to be in unbroken and unhindered relationship with us. We focus on His presence because we have discovered that He is focused on us. Ephesians 1:4–5; Zephaniah 3:17; Jeremiah 31:3; Psalm 65:4; 1 John 3:1; Revelation 3:20; 1 John 4:19
In all things we focus first on God’s presence. Our openness to experiencing the Holy Spirit deepens our friendship with God and our awareness that we carry His presence for the sake of the world. Psalm 73:28, 107:9; John 1:16; Matthew 5:6; Isaiah 55:1–2; 1 Corinthians 3:16
As a lifestyle, we practice recognizing God’s presence while we minister to others, attempting to say what He is saying and do what He is doing. John 5:19–20, 30, 12:49–50, 14:10; 1 John 4:16–17
Creating Healthy Family
We are adopted into God’s family, so we intentionally create family and community wherever we go. Ephesians 1:5, 2:19; Matthew 12:48–50; Galatians 6:10; Romans 8:15–16; 1 Peter 2:17; Acts 2:41–47
We think like healthy family members and do what’s best for the whole environment, mutually submitting to one another in love and not being selfish. Philippians 2:3; Romans 12:9–21; Ephesians 5:21; Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13; Ruth 1:16–17
In covenant relationships, we purposely grow our capacity to trust and be trusted as we empower and confront one another in order to live out who we truly are. Matthew 18:15; Luke 17:3–4; Ephesians 4:15–16; 1 Corinthians 4:14– 21; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 1 Samuel 20
We are loyal, which is demonstrated most radically when people fail. We do not punish and abandon those who fail in order to save face or show we hate sin, but instead we commit to helping them be restored. Galatians 6:1; Matthew 18:15; John 8:1–11; Psalm 141:5; John 21
God’s Word Transforms
The goal of Scripture is to bring us into a relationship with the Author and transform us into His likeness. John 5:39–40; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Matthew 4:4; 2 Corinthians 3:15–18; James 1:22–25; Ephesians 5:25–27; Psalm 119:11; Luke 24:13–35
As God encounters us in His Word, faith is released into our lives. Studying God’s truth empowers us to believe in who He is, who we are, and how He wants us to live. Romans 10:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; John 17:17; Matthew 7:24– 28; Colossians 3:15–17; John 8:31–32; Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:1–13; Acts 8:26–40
The primary lens through which we interpret the Bible is the person, life, and redemptive work of Jesus, because He is the most complete revelation of who God is and what God cares about. John 5:37–47; Luke 24:25–32; John 1:14, 14:9–11; Colossians 1:15–20, 2:9; Hebrews 1:1–3; 2 Peter 1:16–21
The Bible is the source of infallible truth and authority by which we judge all insight and prophetic revelation. 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Matthew 22:29; John 8:31–32; 2 Thessalonians 2:13– 15; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Proverbs 30:5–6; Psalm 119:160; Matthew 4:1–11
God’s Still Speaking
God wants to communicate with His family. It is important for us to actively listen for His voice and experience the variety of ways He communicates. John 10:26–28, 16:13; Matthew 4:4; Isaiah 50:4–5; 1 John 2:27; Acts 2:17; Numbers 11:29; 1 Kings 19:9–13
Scripture calls us to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy, which is to speak on God’s behalf to strengthen, encourage, and comfort people. We desire to say what the Father is saying to help people grow in their identity and discover their God-given purpose and value. 1 Corinthians 14:1–4; John 12:49; 1 Timothy 4:14–16; Acts 2:17; 1 Corinthians 14:24–25; Acts 13:1–3
Prophecy is not one-way communication. It involves two people hearing from God: the one who gives the prophetic word and the one who receives it. With the Holy Spirit, Scripture and our community, we judge the spirit and accuracy of the words we give and receive. Holding on to what is good, we let go of what is not. 1 Thessalonians 5:19–22; 1 Corinthians 14:29; Luke 9:55; Acts 21:10–22:24, 27:10, 22–24
The Bible is the ultimate, authoritative revelation unlike any other; nothing will be added to it. Therefore, prophecy should never contradict properly interpreted Scripture. Galatians 1:6–9; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Thessalonians 2:13–15; Matthew 7:15–20; John 8:31–32; 2 Peter 1:16–21
Jesus Empowers Supernatural Ministry
Jesus promised signs would follow believers and they would do even greater works than He did. John 14:12–14; Acts 2:17–18; Luke 9:1–2; Mark 16:15–18; Acts 5:12–16
We owe the world an opportunity to experience the power of God and an invitation to salvation because Jesus sent us into the world, just as the Father sent Him, with the power of the Holy Spirit. John 20:21–23; 1 Corinthians 2:4–5; John 17:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; Matthew 28:18–19, 5:14–16; Luke 10:1–9
Nothing is impossible with God. Therefore, no person or situation is beyond His ability to bring complete restoration. Matthew 17:20; Mark 10:25–27; John 15:7; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11; Psalm 103:1–7; Luke 1:34–37
We believe all can be healed because Jesus demonstrated the Father’s will in healing all the sick and demonized He encountered. Matthew 4:23, 12:15, 14:14, 24–33; Luke 9:11; Acts 10:38; Psalm 103:3–4; Acts 3:1–10; James 2:14–18; Mark 10:46–52; Matthew 9:27–38
His Kingdom Is Advancing
God is big and victorious. The devil is small and defeated. We are in a battle, but the outcome is not in doubt! 1 John 4:4; Colossians 2:13–15; 1 John 2:13, 5:4–5; Romans 8:31–39; John 12:31; Acts 4:23–31; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14–15; John 14 16:33: Mark 5:1–13
We believe and live the prayer, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Therefore, we partner with the King in natural and supernatural ways to establish mercy, justice, and righteousness until He comes. Matthew 6:9–10, 10:7–8; Isaiah 9:7, 33:5–6; Micah 6:8; Matthew 10:42, 25:40; John 14:12; James 1:27; Matthew 12:22–29
As believers, we are all in full-time ministry as God advances His Kingdom into every area of society. Our work and efforts both inside and outside the church are sacred and valuable acts of worship to God. 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 12:1; Matthew 5:13–16; Colossians 3:23–24; Daniel 6:3; Proverbs 22:29; Ephesians 6:5–9; Matthew 25:31–46
Although we will experience resistance and conflict as the Kingdom advances, we expect the culture to be changed as people come to salvation and take their places in God’s purpose for the world. John 15:19–21, 16:33; Colossians 1:13–14; 2 Corinthians 4:8–11, 12:10; Nehemiah 2:1–10; Matthew 5:13–16; Acts 19:11–41
Free and Responsible
Christ died to set us free from sin, death, fear, and shame in order to establish us in freedom so we can live and love as God’s glorious children. Romans 8:1–2, 15–21; Galatians 5:1; Romans 6:4, 14–22; 2 Corinthians 3:17, 5:17; 1 John 4:17–18; Luke 19:1–10
Freedom is very personal, but it is not self-centered. We have been given freedom so we may present ourselves to the Lord as a willing sacrifice, surrendered and ready to serve. Galatians 5:13–14; Romans 12:1–2, 14:7–9, 15:1–7; Matthew 4:1–11
Freedom and responsibility are inseparable. We experience true freedom as we cooperate with the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of self-control and use our freedom to bless others. Galatians 5:13–25; 1 Corinthians 9:19; 2 Peter 1:5–9; 1 Corinthians 8:9–13; 1 Peter 1:13–16; John 13:12–17
We are responsible for partnering with the Holy Spirit to continually develop the foundation of our character so our character can support our growing influence and anointing. 2 Peter 1:5–9; Titus 2:11–12; Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 6:18–20; Luke 9:54–56
Honour Affirms Value
Honour recognizes and affirms that every person is valuable and powerful. We are made in God’s image; He died to restore us to relationship with Him, therefore we are significant. Genesis 1:26–28; Ephesians 4:23–24; Psalm 139:13–16; Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 12:14–26; 1 Peter 2:17; Matthew 26:6–13
Honour recognizes and celebrates the best in people, in spite of our differences. We respond to people based on their God-given identity and the honour in our hearts, not their behaviour or self-definition. 1 Corinthians 12:14–26; 2 Corinthians 5:16–17; James 2:1–5; Philippians 2:3; 1 Samuel 24:1–10
Honour is demonstrated through consistent respect in word and action toward those we lead, follow, love, and disagree with. While honour avoids controlling others, it also lovingly confronts, limits, and disciplines when necessary. 1 Corinthians 13:1–7; Leviticus 19:15–18; Galatians 6:1–2; Ephesians 4:14–15; Romans 2:4; Matthew 18:15; Hebrews 12:11–14; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; Luke 3:10–14
The level of honour we have for a person directly affects our ability to receive from them. Matthew 10:40–42; Philippians 2:1–4; 1 Corinthians 4:14–20; 2 Kings 4:8–37
Generous like my Father
God is extravagantly generous and our generosity is a response and reflection of Him. He is a good Father who gives good gifts to His children. James 1:17; Psalm 103:1–5; John 3:16; Ephesians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 8:9, 9:8; Acts 14:17; Matthew 7:7–11; Luke 15:11–32
The thread of God’s generosity weaves through His creation, covenants, Israel’s economics, the gospel and the Kingdom as He consistently models that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Psalm 65:9–13; Deuteronomy 28:1–14, 7:9; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:3, 7–8; James 1:5; Acts 20:35; Mark 12:41–43
God has blessed us in every way so that we can be generous in every way to advance the gospel. Joyfully giving our time, affection, talents and money, attracts God’s attention, draws heaven’s blessing, produces transformation, and enables Him to trust us with the true riches of the Kingdom. 2 Corinthians 9:6–15; Acts 10:3–6; Malachi 3:10– 12; Deuteronomy 8:18; Acts 2:43–47; Matthew 10:7–8; Luke 16:10–13; Acts 4:32–37
Generosity confronts our poverty mentality, changing the way we interact with the world. No longer anxious because we mistakenly believe provision is scarce, we are confident that God multiplies resources and is eager to rescue and prosper people. 2 Corinthians 9:6–15; Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:20–21; 1 King 17:10–16; 2 Kings 4:1–7; 3 John 2; Matthew 6:25–34; Jeremiah 29:11; Deuteronomy 28:11–13; Exodus 3:8; Matthew 14:13–21
Generosity releases joy, blessing, and favour into our lives. As we give, it will be given to us, pressed down, shaken together, and running over! Luke 6:38; Isaiah 58:6–12; Proverbs 11:25; Acts 2:43–47; Philippians 4:17–19; 1 Timothy 6:17–19; Luke 18:29–30, 19:1–10
Hope in a Glorious Church
The church is the bride of Christ and she will successfully fulfill His great commission to make disciples of all nations, which means the nations will experience transformation. Ephesians 5:25– 27; Matthew 28:16–20; Acts 1:8; Psalm 2:8; Revelation 11:15; Isaiah 54:3–5, 60:1–5; Acts 2
We work to leave a legacy and an inheritance for future generations, just as previous generations have done for us. While anticipating Christ’s glorious return, we simply do not know when He will come, which should inspire us to have a long-term earthly vision. Proverbs 13:22; Acts 2:39; 2 Timothy 2:1–2; Titus 2:11–14; James 5:7–8; Isaiah 9:6–7; Matthew 25:1–29; Hebrews 11:4–30
We are not looking to escape the world but to see Christ’s victory manifested in individuals and nations, even in the face of resistance and conflict. John 17:15–18; Luke 10:2–3; Matthew 28:18–19; Hebrews 12:1–3; John 16:33; Revelation 11:15; Acts 13:13–52
The Church is called to overcome in all circumstances: in times of suffering and persecution, but also in times of prosperity and great influence. John 16:33; Revelation 3:5, 21; Philippians 4:11–13; Isaiah 41:10; 1 John 4:4, 5:4; Romans 8:37–39; 1 Chronicles 28:6–10; 1 Kings 5:3–5; Acts 4:13–37