In September of 1998, a student church called The Embassy was founded by Brandon and Melissa Malo 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. Our experience in the years that followed proved that we could, in fact, be ‘better together.’
A few years later, in the fall of 2012, Elevation entered into a facility-sharing partnership with St. John’s (now Trillium) Lutheran Church. Both congregations now call 22 Willow home and this move has created 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.
How We Believe
Just because a group of people have chosen to gather around a common purpose doesn’t mean they will always think alike. While doctrinal differences often lead to division, at Elevation, it’s our desire to create a culture where diversity is valued and unity is strengthened. You can read more below.
In the past, Elevation had formal ties to both Pentecostal and Brethren networks. After a season of exploring the possibility of a new partnership with either a denomination or other network, we have decided to link arms with Jesus Collective, and we are excited about this next stage of our journey!
Unity in Diversity
In 2018, our Elevation community engaged in significant conversations about the intersection of same-sex attraction and Christian faith. You can read a description of the posture we have adopted and follow a link to a summary of our journey below.
Our pastor is sharing the writing he did during the course of this season in the form of a blog. To follow along, please follow this link and start reading at the oldest post, Fear and Trembling.
We have also crafted a document called A Christian Vision for Healthy Relationships and Sexuality, which you can find here.
For information on becoming a formal member of Elevation, please visit this page.
Meet the Team
Sundays at 10:00 AM
22 Willow Street, Waterloo, ON
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