In September of 1998, a student church called The Embassy was founded with a desire to connect with our city’s student population. Over the years, as students began to graduate and establish families, we continued to develop our student church, but also launched a second ‘family’ church which was named Elevation.
In the fall of 2008, as a result of longstanding friendships and many conversations about serving the broader community, another congregation by the name of New Hope merged with us. Since joining, our experience has been a very positive one and we are now experiencing what we had hoped for in taking this step – that we would be ‘better together.’
A few years later, in the fall of 2012, Elevation entered into a facility-sharing partnership with St. John’s Lutheran Church. Both congregations now call 22 Willow home and we are hopeful about how this move will create even more opportunities for us to be a blessing to our community as we strive to represent God well in our neighbourhood.
At Elevation, we’re committed to creating a culture of thoughtful spiritual engagement, fostering a community of authentic belonging, and inspiring and empowering active, generous involvement in the world around us. You can read a detailed overview of what we call Our Key Values below.
Elevation’s Key Values
Faith isn’t something that is meant to be done alone. With this in mind, we accept the call to follow Christ in the company of others. We see great value in coming together to worship Him and in seeking his guidance collectively.
We are committed to deepening relationships within our community of faith, encouraging one another to live transformed lives, as well as really getting to know our neighbours and the people we interact with every day.
We want to be ‘real’ with one another – to live with integrity. As a result, there’s no need to put up fronts or hide our shortcomings. Our challenge is to be honest with ourselves and inspire others to do the same.
We want to be present with people at whatever part of the journey of life they find themselves on, whether they share our faith or not. In the spirit of honest dialogue, we will ask our questions openly and listen for new ideas from others, respecting our different backgrounds and celebrating diversity.
We will invite people to experience the eternal kind of life that Jesus offers, walking with one another through times of questions and struggles, as well as times of answers and celebration.
With the understanding that each one of us will grow in faith at our own pace, we will encourage one another to become true disciples, raising the standards in our lives, always fighting against the urge to slow down in our pursuit of God.
While each of us assumes primary responsibility for our own spiritual growth, we have discovered the significant role the church plays in this process as a rally of support, inspiring and equipping us as we follow Christ together.
We support Elevation and its mission by participating in the life of the community and taking ownership for the corporate aspects of the church. The entire body benefits as we give generously of our time, abilities, and finances, putting the needs of others before ourselves.
We also have an incredible opportunity to make a lasting impact in our city, our nation, and our world. We are committed to acting with compassion and generosity, seeking justice for the oppressed, and extending mercy wherever it is sought.
It’s our desire to lean heavily on the Holy Spirit’s direction as the comforter, teacher, and guide, who goes ahead of us. We pray that God would be involved with everything we do, helping us live naturally supernaturally.
As we plan, prepare, and make decisions, we know that God is working in our midst. Because of this, we are not averse to change, and in fact welcome new challenges with faith that God is with us.
We don’t want to divide life into the spiritual and the non-spiritual and instead prefer to acknowledge that all of life is permeated by the presence of God. This helps us to avoid separating ‘matters of faith’ from ‘ordinary life,’ and frees us to live one life centred in God. It is in God alone that we can experience life in its fullest.
Just because a group of people have chosen to gather around a common purpose doesn’t mean they will always think alike. But at the end of the day, when it comes to those beliefs that are central to the Christian faith, we are of one heart and mind. You can read up on Our Core Beliefs below.
Our Core Beliefs
We believe the following statements to be true as affirmed in scripture and embraced by God’s people through the years:
God in Trinity
God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
The Father exists eternally as the Creator of heaven and earth, the Giver of the Law, to whom all things will be subjected, so that He may be all in all.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make humankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, providing power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father, is true God and true man. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and by His sinless life, miracles and teaching, gave full revelation of the Father. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all 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 come again to establish His kingdom in righteousness and peace.
We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although humankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God.
Salvation is a gift from God to humankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.
All who are born again are members of the universal church, which is the Body of Christ.The local church is a body of believers in Christ who have joined together to function as a part of the universal church. When we commit to Jesus we commit to his family of believers and the central ritual of baptism embodies this commitment.
A local church is a community of those who follow Christ in faith. It knows no social division, spanning the boundaries of age, gender, economics and ethnicity. God’s church exists to mediate His life giving presence to a lost and decaying world. Its purpose is to reconcile people and nations to God, and to bring Him glory.
The Bible is God’s word to all humankind. 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.
Jesus Christ will eventually return in person to judge the living and the dead. His return is immediately possible at any moment. Those who have accepted Christ will receive the fullness of eternal life and will dwell with God forever. Those who persist in rebellion will be forever cut off from His presence, and left to their own destruction. God will end this age with the complete eradication of evil and the final restoration of His creation on earth.
We’re often asked if Elevation is part of a specific denomination. Since we’re a diverse group of people, the best way to answer that question is to say that we are an inter-denominational church under the umbrella of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. We also have a second partnership with Vision Ministries Canada.
For information on becoming a formal member of Elevation, please visit this page.
Meet the Team
Sundays at 9:30 AM
22 Willow Street, Waterloo, ON
Let’s Stay in Touch
Send us a note and we’ll keep you up to date on what’s happening.