About Us

tlc-worshipWhat we’re about

The Life Centre is an intentionally inter-cultural church in the heart of west Abbotsford seeking to make disciples of Jesus Christ of all nations.

We are a diverse group of people on a journey, growing and changing together. We long to be anchored by the truth of Jesus and to see things in a new way, through the lens of the Bible. To see people as Jesus sees them. You don’t have to leave part of yourself at the door; you are welcome here exactly as you are in this moment. We all are.

Thanks for checking us out; we’re glad you’re here.

The Life Centre is a part of the BCMB Conference of British Columbia. To see our statement of faith please visit our conference website at www.bcmb.org.

Our Mission

“To go and make Christ-followers of all nations.”

Our Vision

  • We call people of all nations to be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to care, equip and send.
  • That the people of The Life Centre are a family where each is known, connected and cared for.
  • To plant another multi-cultural community.

Our Values

1. We Make Jesus Known by:

  • “Making God Famous”
  • “Putting Jesus First”

2. We Put Our Faith into Action by:

  • “Praying Always”
  • “Sharing Life Together”
  • “Living The Scriptures”

3. “We Celebrate Cultural Diversity”

Our journey

To understand who we are and where we are going, we must first understand where we came from. In June 2006, Bindu and Trish Sidhu brought six years of college and career ministry at South Abbotsford Church to a close and began to lay the foundation for a new church, under the auspices of the BC Mennonite Brethren Conference of Churches.

The early days of The Life Centre (TLC) involved asking God for people who shared the Sidhu’s dream of an intentionally intercultural church in Abbotsford. Thirty adults, with their sixteen children, responded to the dream. A summer and fall of shared meals, probing conversations, and heartfelt worship times resulted in the group forming a consensus around its values, purpose, and vision. The Life Centre was born.

Intentionality marks TLC. We don’t believe Abbotsford needs another church, just for the sake of having another church. But we do have the conviction that Abbotsford does need another intentionally intercultural church, where women and men from the many nations represented in our city can come together to discover and celebrate the shared life that is ours in Jesus Christ.

Spiritual leadership team

The Spiritual Leadership Team (SLT) provides overall leadership and vision at TLC.
SLT Members: Anne Kibarita, Shelley Picard, Ernie Janzen, Jon Santiago, Ken Esau, Taylor Dickau, Grace Uppal.

Staff

Brian Stewart

Lead Pastor

I was born in Toronto and spent the first thirty years living there. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour when I was ten years old. I graduated from York University with a B.A. in Economics, received my Masters of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary and my Doctorate of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Carol and I were married in 1986 and we have two adult children: Mark and Rachel. I have served as the Associate Pastor at Alta Vista Baptist Church in Ottawa, Ontario for eight years, the Lead Pastor at Oxford Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ontario for nine years, and the Lead Pastor at Parkland Fellowship in Surrey, B.C. for eight years. I have been teaching homiletics (preaching) at Seminaries and Bible Colleges since 2002. I also enjoy running, playing tennis, reading, traveling and eating out with my wife Carol.

I believe that the local church is God’s means for accomplishing His purposes in the world today. I love our mission of going and making disciples of all nations. I am also passionate about communicating God’s Word that brings about life transformation.

Jo Hildebrand

Kids Community Coordinator

I was born in England and lived there until I was 20. I grew up in a Christian home, with Christian parents. I was always surrounded by Christian friends and families as I grew up. This gave me a strong grounding as I entered my teenage years, helping me to make wise decisions and then causing me to really make my faith my own as I became an adult and moved away to university. Here I became a lot more independent as my family were now not just 4 hours away but a 9 hour flight away, here in Canada. I learnt to trust and live for God through all of those changes. I would travel in the holidays on my own, a time I actually quite enjoyed – allowing me the time to think, pray, read as I sat in airports and flew across the world! It was on one of those trips while visiting my family in Canada that I met Dillon. In 2008 we started dating and then in 2012 we got married.

As soon as I could, I was babysitting, helping at the kids club and in the nursery at church. I continued to help in nurseries and Kid’s clubs through university. This changed to more of a supervising role in the Sunday School Preschool at Central Heights Church when I volunteered to help my friend who is the supervisor. I became her other half and we co-lead there until I applied for this job at The Life Centre. I love children and have a huge passion to help them grow in their journey with God. I love watching, and helping them learn things and encouraging them while they walk through this life. I also love working with the adult and youth volunteers and helping them to lead. This is something I haven’t done as much of before.

Crystal Hicks

Worship Coordinator

I’m originally from the Bahamas, I came to Canada in 1978 to attend college, first in Moncton, NB and then to Langley, BC where I attended Trinity Western University. Upon graduation, I married my greatest supporter and best friend, Kirk. Our anniversary this year will mark 33 years married. We have 2 sons, Kyle, 28 and Kent, 19. Other things that occupy my time are my work as office manager at Henderson’s Fraser Valley Funeral Home, singing opportunities as a soloist and with various groups and the occasional speaking engagement, mainly with Christian Women’s Clubs. I became a follower of Christ at the age of 12 and what I love about my relationship with the Lord is that He has been faithful through everything, unchanging, unshakeable, never letting me go. I know He’s always with me, just as He promises.

I have been leading worship for the past 20 years and I absolutely love it! I count it a privilege to use the gifts God has given me to worship Him and to lead others to do the same. It never ceases to amaze me how God ministers to His people through me, in spite of me. It’s easy to make worship about music, technique, songs and methods and while these things are a part of it, worship is primarily about who and what we love. It is my desire to inspire and encourage others in their walk with Christ to :…love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” (Matthew 22:37 NIV), which is the heart of worship and to challenge them to develop their God-given talents and use them to glorify God.

Jill Henderson

Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised in Chilliwack, and currently still live there with my husband, Scott Henderson who works at Columbia Bible College and whom I have been married to since 1992. We have two adult daughters, Rachael and Emily who are out and about! I have a heart for people, especially those new to our country and felt led to this position here at TLC when I heard that it was an intentional inter-cultural church. In my spare time I can be found outdoors gardening or hiking, or in my house cooking for friends and family. I also volunteer with Chilliwack Learning, helping lead a conversation circle at the local library and tutoring an Iranian couple in ESL with Scott. I really enjoy being part of a team and supporting those within TLC in my administration role.