After serving in a sister church in Montreal, John's term as a pastor ended. He and his wife Gina spent the rest of the year prayerfully considering what the Lord would have them do next. By the end of the year, the Lord birthed a desire in their hearts to plant a new church in Laval, Quebec. Following a meeting with a core group of 20 individuals, weekly home Bible studies began. Two home meetings were held every week - one in English and the other in Italian. They met regularly to study God's word and apply Bible principles to their lives. These were the humble beginnings of Laval Christian Fellowship.
As weekly home gatherings continued, the need for a more structured meeting emerged. In January 1995, after much prayer and waiting, God provided a church facility. Centre Evangelique de Laval graciously granted the burgeoning group their facility's use at no cost for 6 months. We continue to use the facilities of CEL and are grateful to God for this open door.
Our first official gathering took place on Sunday, January 22, 1995, at 3:00 PM. In our early worship gatherings, we often sang acappella, not out of our own choosing, but because we had no musicians. The same volunteers who worked with the children often helped as back-up singers or even translators.
As the Lord blessed the church, the volunteers we needed (musicians, children's workers, translators, etc.) slowly trickled in. We fondly remember our humble beginnings, where individuals stayed behind after the gathering for coffee and to enjoy a time genuinely connecting with and caring for one another. Although we have grown in number, and not everybody can stay behind for coffee, one thing remains: we strive to be a transparent and caring people who are governed by grace because of the forgiveness and grace extended to us by Jesus Christ.
Since 2017, our philosophy of ministry has changed to include expository preaching, a focus on training men to serve as elders, and a comprehensive gospel-centred ministry. All of it framed within a robust reformed theological understanding of God's word.
Our desire is to bring God glory in making his name known through the diligent and faithful presentation of the gospel and to raise an army of believers who serve their Lord without hesitation.