What you can expect on a Sunday
Our Sunday morning teaching focuses on understanding what the Bible means for us and how to make decisions in our every day life.
Every Sunday service is kicked off with inspiring music that get our lives reconnected with God and our church family.
An offering will be collected during the service. If it’s your first time, don’t worry about it, we’re just happy to have you with us.
Come as you are
You are welcome at McKenzie Towne Church to be yourself. In fact, we WANT you to be who you are and bring all of your personality to our church.
1 hour service time
Our Sunday morning programs are an hour in length to leave time for people to make connections before and after.
Meet the MTC Staff
These are just a few of the friendly faces that you will see on a Sunday. Feel free to contact them personally if you have any questions! They would love to meet you.
Brad leaves fingerprints and nose prints really high up on the windows and doors, and has a surprising number of similarities to a labradoodle puppy. He has been on staff with MTC since 2006 and is the main teaching pastor for Sunday mornings at MTC. Brad is married to Karen and they have 3 amazing children: Caleb, Abby, & Hillary.
403-257-5360 ext 227
Pastor of Worship Arts
Neil is the newest addition to our staff, coming on as the Pastor of Worship Arts on August 1, 2016. Neil is Irish, which means that he says some words funny and he drinks tea ALL THE TIME. He enjoys playing mean jokes like pointing out non-existent typos with a completely deadpan expression on items that have already been printed or engraved. Neil is married to Danielle and they have 3 wonderful daughters: Olivia, Emily, and Norah.
403-257-5360 ext 223
George relates well to Brad since he actually has a labradoodle puppy. He has been on staff since 2013 as the Executive Pastor, which includes overseeing business & administrative aspects of the church as well as developing & supporting staff ministry areas. George is married to Lori with two fantastic kids: Sarah & Zach. The staff always knows George is around when they hear his “Don’t Stop Believing” ringtone, or randomly have that song stuck in their head later on in the day.
403-257-5360 ext 234
Pastor of Sonshine Park Preschool
Janet is the most young at heart of anyone on staff (except maybe Brad), and relates incredibly well to 3 year olds. She enjoys sitting criss-cross-applesauce with the preschoolers at Sonshine Park Preschool and joining in the messy crafts & fun activities. She provides leadership and oversight to the Sonshine Park Preschool staff, teaches some of the preschool classes, and connects with the families of preschoolers who attend. Janet has been on staff with MTC since 2005, and transitioned to her current role of Pastor of Sonshine Park Preschool in 2014. She is married to Greg, with 3 grown children and 4 marvelous grandchildren.
403-257-5360 ext 225
Pastor of Children's Ministry
Jared has been on staff since 2014 as the Pastor of Children’s Ministry. You can watch him whip & nae nae upstairs every Sunday (as much as a super-white person can). Watch your electronics around Jared though; the staff determined that he should only be allowed to drink out of sippy cups after spilling coffee on his Macbook. Jared is married to Angie and they have 3 terrific children: Nathan, Caleb, & Annalee. Jared oversees the children’s programs and family events for Sunday mornings and throughout the year.
403-257-5360 ext 231
Pastor of Student Ministries
Tyler joined the staff in 2014 as the Youth Intern, and transitioned to the role of Pastor of Student Ministries in 2015. Tyler is married to Lee and they welcomed their beautiful baby, Ava, in January 2016. Before becoming a pastor Tyler worked as a graphic designer. He brings a fun and trendy flavour to MTC Youth with his hipster beard and animal head masks.
403-257-5360 ext 230
Our Beliefs & Values
Our Core Values
- SCRIPTURE – Dedication to the Word of God as the foundation for preaching and teaching.
- RELATIONSHIPS – A community that is eager to welcome people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and one another.
- WORSHIP – An inspiring, energizing expression of honour to God.
- EVANGELISM – Proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ through words and actions.
- STEWARDSHIP – God has entrusted us with resources and gifts to be used for His purposes and glory.
- AUTHENTICITY – Corporate and individual expressions of openness, freedom and truth.
Statement of Beliefs of McKenzie Towne Church
- We believe the Bible is God’s Word given by divine inspiration, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity (II Timothy 3:16). It is trustworthy, sufficient, without error—the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct (I Peter 1:23-25; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17.) It is the truth by which God brings people into a saving relationship with Himself and leads them to Christian maturity (John 20:31, I John 5:9-12; Matthew 4:4; I Peter 2:2).
- We believe in the one living and true God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love (I Timothy 1:17; Psalm 86:15; Deuteronomy 32:3-4). He exists eternally in three coequal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption (Genesis 1:26; I Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:1-3).
- The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe. He hears and answers prayer (I Chronicles 29:11-13; Matthew 7:11). He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Saviour (I John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:31).
- The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18). Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles and teaching (John 14:9; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-24). He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection (I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:23-25). He ascended into heaven where He rules over all creation (Philippians 2:5-11). He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever-present Lord (Romans 8:34; John 14:23).
- The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (II Peter 1:21). Through this Word, He convicts individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Savior, and bears witness to their new birth (James 1:18; John 16:7-11; I Thessalonians 1:5-6; Romans 8:16). At regeneration and conversion, the believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13). The Spirit indwells, seals and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society (Romans 8:9- 11; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 12:5-8; I Peter 4:10). He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies and produces the fruit of Christlikeness in all who yield to Him (Acts 4:31; Romans 8:14; I Corinthians 2:10- 13; Ephesians 5:18; II Thessalonians 2:13; Galatians 5:16; 22-23).
- We believe God created an order of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him and do His will (Psalm 148:1-5; Colossians 1:16). The holy angels are obedient spirits ministering to the heirs of salvation and glorifying God (Hebrews 1:6-7; 13-14). Certain angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position (Revelation 12:7-9). They now tempt individuals to rebel against God (I Timothy 4:1; I Peter 5:8). Their destiny in hell has been sealed by Christ’s victory over sin and death (Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:10).
- We believe God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and to be steward over His creation (Genesis 1:26-28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm 139:13-17). Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21; 8-22). Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:9-18, 23). Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him (Ephesians 4:27; II Corinthians 2:11; Matthew 16:23). Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for thoughts, actions and beliefs and has the right to approach Him directly through Jesus Christ, the only mediator (Romans 14:12; I Timothy 2:5).
- We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (II Timothy 1:9- 10; I Thessalonians 5:23). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21). An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27). As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace (Romans 5:1). Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God (II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15; I Thessalonians 3:12).
- We believe the Church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 12:4-5). Christians are commanded to be baptized upon profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship through worship, nurture, service and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Acts 2:41-42, 47; Luke 24:45-48). Each church is a self- governing body under the lordship of Christ with all members sharing responsibility (Acts 13:1-3; 14:26-28). The form of government is understood to be congregational (Matthew 18:17; Acts 6:3-6; 15:22-23).The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20). It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5). The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and of the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns (I Corinthians 11:23-26).To express unity in Christ, local churches form associations and a conference for mutual counsel, fellowship and a more effective fulfillment of Christ’s commission (Acts 15; I Corinthians 6:1-3).
- We believe religious liberty, rooted in Scripture, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience with ultimate accountability to God (Genesis 1:27; John 8:32; II Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:21; Acts 5:29). Church and state exist by the will of God. Each has distinctive concerns and responsibilities, free from control by the other (Matthew 22:21). Christians should pray for civil leaders, and obey and support government in matters not contrary to Scripture (I Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-16). The state should guarantee religious liberty to all persons and groups regardless of their religious preferences, consistent with the common good.
- We believe Christians, individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matthew 5:13-16). In a Christlike spirit, they oppose greed, selfishness and vice; they promote truth, justice and peace; they aid the needy and preserve the dignity of people of all races and conditions (Hebrews 13:5; Luke 9:23; Titus 2:12; Philippians 4:8-9; I John 3:16-17; James 2:1-4). e affirm the family as the basic unit of society and seek to preserve its integrity and stability (Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 6:1-4). We believe the Bible teaches that marriage refers to the covenant relationship exclusively between one man and one woman, as instituted by God in the beginning (Genesis 2:20b-24; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Hebrews 13:4).
- We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth (Ephesians 1:9-10, Revelation 21:1). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7; 3:11; John 14:1-3). The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (John 5:28-29). The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25-41, 46; Revelation 20;10). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Philippians 3:20-21; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
A Christian Affirmation of Marriage
North American Baptists
The ministers of our North American Baptist Conference welcome the privilege that our respective civil governments give to solemnize marriages as part of their Christian ministry. However, the same Biblical authority that informs all our teaching and ministry governs our convictions about the nature of marriage. Therefore, our ministers will in good conscience only perform weddings consistent with the view of marriage expressed in the following “Christian Affirmation of Marriage:”
From the Bible we believe . . .
That God’s intention for marriage is established throughout the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments
This is expressed in creation and the creation story,1 the Law of Moses,2 the wisdom literature,3 and in the prophetic tradition.4 The Divine establishment of marriage is confirmed by the words of Jesus5 and the New Testament authors.6 They provide guidance for perfecting marriage, and affirm its spiritual significance. Chaste singleness and marriage are both honored as faithful and holy lifestyles ordained by God.7
That God ordained marriage as a voluntary union for life of one man and one woman
Our creation as man and woman, who are complementary to one another,8 has significance in revealing aspects of the image of God9 and His relationship to humanity.10 The permanence of the marital bond11 mirrors God’s faithfulness, just as its monogamy reflects God’s singular devotion to His people12 and His people’s singular devotion to Him13.
That sexual intimacy is legitimate only within the bounds of marriage
The commands of God are clear.14 Sexual activity profoundly affects people emotionally and spiritually.15 Sexual intercourse outside of marriage, promiscuity, common law relationships, adultery, homosexual acts, exploitation, incest and sexual perversion contradict God’s purpose for human sexuality.16
That marriage is more than a contract between two persons: It is a covenant before God
God is committed to every marriage between a man and a woman.17 In the covenant of marriage, God joins a man and a woman together “in one flesh,” and forbids anyone to break it.18 This covenant is unique among human relationships.19 God intends the married couple to recognize and celebrate His call to an irrevocable commitment to love, to cherish and remain faithful which transcends the quid pro quo of contracts.20
That in Christian marriage, the Church acts as an agent of God’s blessing, as a primary witness and as a supportive community
The church declares the blessing of God but does not create that benefit.21 Therefore the church cannot confer the spiritual blessing of marriage on other relationships.22
That a healthy marriage is the best foundation for families and the raising of children
The practical benefits of marriage are inherent to its form. A healthy marriage is a unique source of benefits for children including the stability of the family and the access of children to a mother and a father.23 God intended that children should receive nurture from male and female parents, and in turn learn to honor both.24 Neither the church nor anyone else can confer the innate benefits of marriage on other forms of relationships or unions.25
Therefore we conclude . . .
That the Bible teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman only, and to recognize other unions as legitimate marriages would be contrary to our understanding of scripture within the North American Baptist Conference.
We affirm, in accordance to the North American Baptist Conference Statement of Faith, that each person is unique, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect.
We also affirm that we are called to introduce each person to the loving, reconciling ministry of Jesus Christ and the life changing transformation described in scripture.
As Christians we seek to demonstrate God’s love to all people, but we will not compromise our convictions on marriage as defined by scripture.
Therefore, be it resolved that:
- As a matter of belief, doctrine and religious practice, the North American Baptist Conference reserves the term “marriage” for the covenant relationship between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.
- And that the North American Baptist Conference establishes the standard that all individuals, who are licensed to perform marriages, will not officiate, co-officiate or participate as a pastor at any marriage outside of the previously stated definition of marriage.
- And that in the event that an individual licensed to perform marriages, officiates, co-officiates or participates as a pastor at a marriage that is outside of the previously stated definition of marriage, will be subject to disciplinary review and loss of license.
- And we recommend that all North American Baptist Conference churches adopt the above as a policy of their individual, local church, and review their “church use policies” to reflect the resolution as stated.
- And that the facilities of North American Baptist Conference churches will not be used for weddings or receptions where the marriage union is contrary to the provisions of this resolution.
1 Genesis 1-2
2 Exodus 20:14, 17; Leviticus 18; Deuteronomy 5:18, 21
3 Proverbs 5; Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 13:22; Proverbs 14:1; Proverbs 17:6; Proverbs 19:13-14; Proverbs
31:10-31; Song of Solomon
4 Malachi 2:14-15
5 Matthew 19:1-9; Mark 10:6-9
6 Ephesians 5:22-33; Hebrews 13: 4; 1 Peter 3:1-7
7 Matthew 19:10-13; 1 Corinthians 7
8 Genesis 2:7, 18-23
9 Genesis 1:27
10 1 Corinthians 11:11-12
11 Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10: 7-9
12 Ephesians 5: 25
13 Deuteronomy 6:13; Joshua 24:24; Matthew 4:10;
14 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7-8
15 Proverbs 6:32; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Ephesians 4:19-24
16 Leviticus 18:6-18; Matthew 5:27-32; Mark 7:21-23; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 7:1-2, 9;
Colossians 3:5; 1 Timothy 1:8-11
17 Malachi 2: 14-15
18 Matthew 19: 4-6; Mark 10: 6-9
19 1 Corinthians 11: 12
20 1 Corinthians 7: 10-11; Ephesians 5: 21-33
21 Ephesians 1: 22-23
22 1 Corinthians 5: 9-13; 1 Timothy 1: 6-11
23 Proverbs 6: 20-23; Colossians 3: 18-21
24 Deuteronomy 5: 16; Ephesians 6: 1-3
25 Matthew 19: 4-6; Mark 10: 6-9
Taken from the Statement of Beliefs of the North American Baptists
Article 1: Identity
The name of the church is McKenzie Towne Baptist Church (common language is McKenzie Towne Church or “MTC”). The church office is located at 7 McKenzie Towne Gate, SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2Z 3W5. McKenzie Towne Baptist Church is duly incorporated as a church under the Religious Societies’ Land Act of the province of Alberta, registration # 10739 3167 RP0001.
McKenzie Towne Baptist Church is affiliated with the Alberta Baptist Association and the North American Baptist Conference.
Article 2: Mission
McKenzie Towne Church exists to lead people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Article 3: Statement of Beliefs
As a member of the North American Baptist Conference, McKenzie Towne Baptist Church accepts the Statement of Beliefs of the North American Baptist Conference (adopted 1982) as its own statement of beliefs. (Appendix A)
Article 4: Dissolution
The term of existence of McKenzie Towne Baptist Church shall be permanent without a specific term of existence. The property of McKenzie Towne Baptist Church is irrevocably dedicated to religious or charitable purposes, and upon liquidation, dissolution, or abandonment of McKenzie Towne Baptist Church, after providing for its debts and obligations, its assets will not inure to the benefit of any private person, but shall be distributed, as the existing officers direct, to the North American Baptist Conference or its related organizations which are in keeping with the mission of the church.
Revised June 9, 2013
McKenzie Towne Church is affiliated with the North American Baptist Conference. To visit the NAB website, click here.
Sundays are great but sometimes it can be hard to really feel connected in a big service. It’s a lot easier to get connected in smaller groups. We call them Community Groups.
Join us on a Sunday!
8:45 AM 10:15 AM 11:45 AM
7 McKenzie Towne Gate, SE Calgary
McKenzie Towne Church
7 McKenzie Towne Gate, SE Calgary