The Love Definition

This summer we are looking at 1 Corinthians 13
to determine God's definition of love. Join us.

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In 1976, 20 families moved to the small community of Mill Woods to plant a church that would serve the families of that neighbourhood. An outward focus and commitment to honouring God with excellence permeated every aspect of their ministry.

Today, our church, is a church where over three thousand people come from all across Edmonton and the surrounding region. We have three distinct services yet, we are one community.

We acknowledge that our world is broken, because of sin, and we are committed to doing what we can to change that. We believe that this is only possible through the power of God. The great news is that there is a way out of the destructive mind sets and patterns of our culture. We are creating a safe place where people are loved, valued and encouraged to discover God’s perfect plan for our lives.


Everything that our chuch does and hopes to be can be explained in the following seven statements. We call it our Ministry Charter. We believe that these statements are profound, non-negotiable New Testament teachings and will never change.  These core values should dictate our use of time, ability and resources until Jesus Christ returns.

Endeavoring to love God with all our heart, this church is committed to:

  • Train Christians in Biblical Beliefs
    What we believe determines our behavior. The Bible holds out that there are universal principles that determine the well-being of relationships, physical health, parenting, order in society and knowing God. These truths are founded as certainly as the law of gravity. Therefore, teaching Biblical beliefs will always be our first duty.
  • Train Christians in Biblical Lifestyle
    The event of becoming a Christian is followed by a lifestyle called "the Christian pattern." The objective of a healthy church is that believers would no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching ... (Eph. 4:14)." Shedding negative habits and achieving an effective Christian lifestyle only comes with sustained spiritual discipline. This church is committed to more than just gathering a crowd. We see the training up of Christians who will stand the test of time a sacred trust.
  • Rely On The Power Of The Holy Spirit
    Christianity is supernatural and God empowers people through His Holy Spirit. The New Testament is about God bringing new life to people by the Holy Spirit and doing in them what they couldn't do through efforts of self-improvement. It is about experiencing daily supernatural energy and communication with God about the biggest and smallest issues in our life. We believe that the power of the Holy Spirit at work in an obedient Christian is not unlike the automatic pilot of an aircraft.
  • Honor all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ
    Philippians 2:15 reminds us to maintain relational integrity. The greatest exercise for building spiritual muscle is getting along with the believers around you. We intentionally base our fellowship on primary, not on secondary, doctrine. We are joint members of God's forever family, despite our differences on some secondary doctrinal matters. Therefore, we are committed to love, pray for and speak well of all who honor Christ as Lord.
  • Enlist people to faith in Christ
    Our concern for people's eternal welfare compels us to recommend to people what we absolutely believe to be in their eternal best interest. John 1:12 says, “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Knowing the eternal jeopardy of people's souls and the solutions for their personal dilemmas, makes it culturally appropriate in every way to reach out to them with the gospel of God's power to change their life.
  • Influence society with Christian truth
    The early church was not something that spoke to its culture; it was itself a culture. Not only are we to tell good news but we are to be good news. In Matthew 5:13, Jesus reminds us that we are the salt of the earth. Living as salt and light makes people interested in what empowers us. Salt acts as a moral preservative in society. We want the watching world to see in us that, "Christians are good neighbors and good citizens."
  • Respond to human need in both the church and the world
    The Bible never separates spirituality from practicality.  Jesus classically connected love for God and love for people in the two great commandments. The Christian church must reflect the heart of God who hears the groans of those who suffer disadvantage.  We commit ourselves to compassionate service as a matter of love for God and basic Christian responsibility, trusting in Jesus' words, "As much as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me."


The Scriptures

We believe the Bible is the word of God, the final authority for faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21;  Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).

The Godhead

We believe God eternally exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The Person of Christ

We believe Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for our sin and rose from the dead, and is coming back again (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5; Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2; 1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin and empowers believers for service. (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18). We believe In the baptism with the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46;15:8,9) and in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit which enables a believer to live a holy life. (Hebrews 12:14; Peter :15,16).

The Need of Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that through disobedience (sin) was separated from God (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12).


We believe that the only remedy for man’s sin is to receive, through faith, forgiveness provided through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19; 1 John 5 :10; Romans 10:13-15).

The Healing Power of God

We believe that God does hear and answer prayer, and in His ability to heal (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15, Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:13,14; Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).

The Church

We believe that the church, consists of all true followers of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We recognize believer’s baptism, by immersion (Matthew 28:19), and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).

For a more detailed explanation of what we believe, please read our Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths on The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada website.

If you have any questions about what we believe, please feel free to email us. We would be happy to help you.

Service times + location

Sunday mornings

9:00 am A contemporary worship experience with traditional elements.
10:45 am A casual worship experience with engaging music that you can feel! Children’s Programs for kids 0 to 12 years takes place during both of our Change Point services. Click here for more information.

Sunday evenings

7:00 pm – main auditorium An experiment in barely organized religion. Childcare for children 0 to 5 years. For more information on The Project, click here.


What to expect

  • What should I wear?
    We are more concerned with what’s going on with your heart than what you are wearing. Wear what makes you feel comfortable! It could be blue jeans or business casual, it’s up to you.
  • What are the services like?
    During our Sunday morning services you can expect between 500 and 1000 people in the auditorium in a relaxed environment. We dim the lights slightly. You are welcome to come as an observer without fear of being singled out. Our aim is to communicate truth from the Bible in a relevant, contemporary and inspirational manner. We keep in mind the person who has little or no knowledge of the Bible as well as the 'seasoned Christian' as we plan our services.
  • Do my children sit with me?
    About 20 minutes into the service an announcement will be made to dismiss the children. Before they are dismissed, first head for the registration section where our volunteers will register your children and provide them with name tags. Once dismissed, our teachers will be at the back of the auditorium in bright green vests to lead them to their class rooms. Children ages 0-5 need to be collected by a parent or authorized guardian (a digital photo system is used to match up parents and kids). Our nursery programs for children 0-36 months are open during the service. Children can be registered for these programs at the counter on the east side of the lobby. Parents are provided with vibrating pagers.
  • Will I be asked to give money?
    We don’t want you to feel pressured to give. We want you to enjoy the environment and worship experience. If you call our church your home, we encourage you to give financially to God and His church as an act of worship.

join a life team

What is a Life Team?

We call our small groups “Life Teams”. These groups meet regularly to share friendship and grow in Christian faith application together. Groups meet in homes around the city on different days of the week. You can choose a group based on location, day or your peer group.

Why Small Groups?

We need each other. We believe that each person has a gift of encouragement to share and receive. By giving and receiving these gifts we expand our Christian faith application and love for Christ.

Life Team Semesters

Life Teams run from fall through spring and recess for the summer months.

Semester 1: October to February
Semester 2: February to June

Groups meet throughout the week and vary on how often they meet. Some meet biweekly, every week and anywhere from 3-5 months.

For more information contact our Life Team Pastor, marlies@mwpa.com.

Care ministries

We seek to support and encourage people by connecting them with resources in our church community. For more information contact charlie@mwpa.com or marvin@mwpa.com.

Care Closet

Helping meet the basic needs of families by providing clothing and small household items.

Celebrate Recovery

Biblical principles and steps to begin your walk on the “road to recovery” from life’s hurts and habits.

Divorce Care

A seminar and support group for those needing healing from the hurt of separation or divorce.

Grief Share

A seminar and support group can provide the support for those who have lost someone close.

Single and Parenting

A seminar series addresses the unique challenges faced by single parents and their children.

Stephen Ministry

Equipping lay people to be caring, compassionate and friendly to those who are experiencing a crisis or a difficult time.

Visitation and Care

We want to journey with you in times of sickness, surgery, crisis, and challenge.

Marriage Preparation Course

A pre-requisite to being married in our church, this six week series is designed for engaged couples who want to have the best possible start to their marriage.

The Marriage Course

Seven sessions to help you discover practical tools for building a healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime.


We seek to support and encourage people by connecting them with resources in our church community.

  • Children’s Ministries
    Our children’s ministry program includes all sorts of fun and engaging spiritual growth opportunities all through the year. Join us Sundays, midweek or for full-week camp experiences in the summer. Visit kids.mwpa.com for full program information, parent resources and take home sheets.
  • Young Adult Ministry
    We started an experiment in authentic Christianity in the spring of 2002 that has led to something beyond our wildest dreams. Something only God could have done. When every trend around us was saying twenty-somethings were leaving church and they were disenchanted with following Jesus, we dared to try something that would counter that trend. We have a dream to see every young adult in Edmonton find purpose, meaning, and life through a relationship with Christ. That relationship then fuels an individual’s desire to better the world around them. We want to impact our city, country, and world with acts that depict a true Jesus based life.

    Check out the-project.ca for more information.
  • Youth Ministries
    THE COLLECTIVE IS a diverse community of youth (grades 7-12) from different walks of life. We exist to provide a safe place for students to encounter the amazing, life-changing love of God. We want each student to grow more and more like Jesus; to grow in relationship with God and in the relationships with others. Then we want to equip them to impact their world in a dynamic way!

    TUESDAYS, 7:00-9:00pm, we meet to connect with each other and be challenged in our walk with God. Small groups are a big part of our Tuesday CONNECT nights. Once a month we have our SERVE nights where our groups go out to make a difference in our community because we believe that teenagers are great influencers and are capable of making a huge impact in their world.

    FRIDAYS, 7:00-10:30pm, are all about creating a space to invite friends, build relationships and introduce teenagers to Jesus Christ. We’ll mix in great food, fun activities and great off-site events around the city. We’ll also have relevant, engaging discussions in our CAFÉ and EXPERIENCE nights. Bring some friends and come have a blast!

    Find us on Facebook @thecollectiveyouth
    Follow us on Instagram @thecollective

  • Women's Ministries
    Welcome to Connections for Women at Mill Woods Assembly!

    We meet Wednesday Morning and Wednesday evening. If you are looking to make connections with other women at our church please come, join in a book study, and make friends. We'd love to see you! The morning and evening programs begin January 14th!

    If you have any questions about Connections for Women, you can contact:

    Carrie Taitinger (Connections Pastor)
    Lisa Usiowanta (assistant) at the church 780-462-1515
    Dolores (Connections for Women coordinator) at tewitz@shaw.ca
  • Encore Ministry (Adults 55+)
    Encore is a ministry to give adults 55+ opportunity...
    To grow—through biblical teaching, prayer and worship.
    To share—in meaningful fellowship, encouragement and relationships.
    To serve—in our church family, neighborhood, city and beyond.

    From August through May a variety of events with components of worship and music, fellowship and interaction, missions and serving, (and more!) are scheduled to encourage you in your spiritual journey.

    Monthly programs range from visiting guest musicians, relevant teaching from scheduled speakers, missions reports, hymn sings, games nights, and serving opportunities.

    For more information check out the Encore 2014/2015 Calendar of events or email/call Pastor Charlie at charlie@mwpa.com (780.462.1515 ext. 223).

    Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.
    Psalm 145:4

    Carpet Bowling
    Fun, friends and food! An unbeatable combination.
    Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in Room 1030 January 13 – May 12, 2015

    Christian Education
    Sundays at 10:30 AM in Room 1030 January 4 – May 31, 2015

Global Missions

Local and Global Outreach

We partner with organizations that complement our strengths. Many local ministries like the Pregnancy Care Centre, Women’s Dream Centre, Shiloh Youth Ranch and Campus Ministries at the University of Alberta benefit from our support. Many Global Workers in Africa, Eurasia, South East Asia, Latin American and the Caribbean are also partners with us.

In 2014, the following ministries will benefit from our missions support:

Local Partner Ministries

Edmonton Women’s Dream Centre
Mission Fest Edmonton
Power to Change
Pregnancy Care Centre
Shiloh Youth Ranch
U of A Campus Ministries

National Ministries

Alpha Canada
Gideon’s International (Canada)

Global Ministries

Mission of Mercy Canada
Salaam Ministries
Wycliffe Bible Translators

Global Worker Support

Latin America:
Hector & Ruth Aragon (Guatemala)
Randy & Carla Redmann (Brazil)
Cornelius Training Centre (Guatemala)

Pacific Asia:
J & C Hildebrandt (Thailand)
Jeffery & Akiko Sonnenberg (Japan)

Gerald & Pat Golbeck (North Africa)
Elmer & Sherry Komant (Burundi)
Jeremy & Christine Feser (Tanzania)
Starehe Children’s Home (Tanzania)
Marvin & Elinor Dynna (Ethiopia)
Greg & Angela Thomson
(Restricted Access Nation)

Wayne & Ann Hilsden (Israel)
The L Family
(Restricted Access Nation)
Peter & Arlene Paluch
Stefan & Barbara Sos
(World Evangelism)

Get baptized

Baptism is an outward expression to an inward experience. It is a public statement of faith that testifies your commitment to Jesus Christ and your desire to live for God in all areas of your life. To be a part of our next baptism opportunity, please fill out the form below. We will contact you shortly.

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Become a member

Attending regularly? Ready to make this your church? Find out more about church membership!

If you’re regularly attending our church we encourage you to consider becoming a member. Members commit to participating and supporting the work of our church and are able to participate in our annual vision meetings.

The first step to membership is to attend Church Life 101. This course gives a great orientation to our church – who we are, what we believe, why we exist and what we value. Attending this course is a great way to find out more about the church. As part of Church Life 101 we will explain the membership process as well as provide application forms for those interested in applying for church membership.

Regardless of whether you become a member, you’re welcome to attend and participate in our church!


Discover your Spiritual Gifts HERE


The work of our church is supported primarily through individual donations. As a Canadian Registered Charity (# 893659920RR0001), we are able to issue charitable tax receipts for all eligible donations.

In addition to receiving Tithes and Offerings during our Sunday services, individuals can also give in the following ways:

  • Online Credit Card Giving
    You may donate online using your VISA or MasterCard using our secure online form. Donate online now.
  • Monthly Pre Authorized Debit
    You may authorize monthly withdrawals from your bank account by completing the Pre Authorized Debit Form. Donations are withdrawn on the 18th of the month (or the next business day).
  • Debit or Credit Card Giving
    Two kiosks are located in our main lobby where you can donate using your debit or credit card. For assistance please visit the Information Centre that is adjacentto those stations. Donations are also accepted at the general office during regular office hours.

    Donations of Securities (Stock or Other Instruments)
    Individuals or corporations may qualify for favourable tax treatment by directly donating eligible securities. For more information, please contact our office. Donations are received and receipted by our denominational District Office, redeemed and the net amount is transferred to our account.

    If you have any questions, please contact our office.
  • Donations of Securities (Stock or Other Instruments)
    Individuals or corporations may qualify for favourable tax treatment by directly donating eligible securities. For more information, please contact our office. Donations are received and receipted by our denominational District Office, redeemed and the net amount is transferred to our account.
  • Will I be asked to give money?
    You will not be pressured into giving money. We believe that tithing (or giving 10% of our income) is an act of worship to God that comes out of a willing heart, not a forced heart.

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Title Speaker Series Date

Change Point 2

staff team

Gary Taitinger

Senior Pastor gary@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x209

Bernie Stein

Music Pastor bernie@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x212

Marvin Dynna

Visitation Pastor marvin@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x245

Graham Greenwood

Associate Pastor (Ministry Operations) graham@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x248

Kathy Zelman

Children's Pastor kathy@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x227

Jeremiah Raible

Community Ministries Pastor (Leadership Development) jeremiah@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x236

Phil Kniesel

Senior Associate Pastor (Next Gen Ministries) phil@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x240

Carrie Taitinger

Connections Pastor carrie@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x204

Charlie Loshbough

Care Ministries Pastor charlie@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x223

Marlies Cornock

Life Teams Pastor marlies@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x225

Kevin Janzen

Youth Pastor kevin@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x247

Tomas Belchior

Young Adult Lead Pastor tomas@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x242

Ed Childs

Young Adult Assistant Pastor ed@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x235

David Ovelson

Young Adult Small Groups Pastor david@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x237

Ryan Wegner

Young Adults Worship Pastor ryan@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x238

ministry leaders

Beth Gaetz

Ministry Envoy beth@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x206

Lisa Usiowanta

Receptionist/ Life Team Assistant lisa@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x218

Marife Aizon

Administrative Assistant marife@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x200

Kim Berg

Administrative Assistant kim@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x202

Maxine Lylick

Accounting maxine@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x241

David Cornock

Facility Manager davidc@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x211

Maria Loshbough

Music Administrative Assistant maria@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x210

Wilma Ritter

Music Ministries Assistant wilma@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x210

Janet Breitkreutz

Elementary Small Groups Coordinator janet@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x252

Cheryl Schulz

Children's Ministries Administrator cheryl@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x249

Lisa Sarafinchan

Early Childhood Ministries Director lisas@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x230

Gail Beinert

Care Ministries Assistant gail@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x205

Kyra Pedersen

Graphic Designer kyra@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x226

Caleb Ford

Media Director christian@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x229

Dan Mandryk

Technical Director dan@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x207

Gloria McKinnon

Youth Ministries Administrative Assistant gloria@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x246

Michelle Evans

Young Adult Administrative Assistant michelle@mwpa.com 780.462.1515 x243

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