Our History

Our History

Bear Creek Church is a Bible-centered, evangelical church with a unique history. Although we are happily associated with a larger family of churches called the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, we have a history that is more reflective of a community church, where Christians of diverse backgrounds celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ.

On March 22, 1987 a new church called “Surrey Neighborhood Church” was started in the Newton area of Surrey as a church plant of the Evangelical Church in Canada. In January 1989, “New Life Community Church,” a plant of Burnaby New Life Church, began worship services in central Surrey; and in April 1990, Grace Evangelical Church, an Evangelical church in south Vancouver, made the decision to sell their property, relocate to Surrey, and join together in ministry with the Surrey Neighborhood Church, calling themselves “Bear Creek Park Church.” On April 1, 1994, Bear Creek Park Church and New Life Community Church amalgamated to become Bear Creek Community Church. Denominationally they came under the banner of the brand new denomination, the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, formed the previous year through the amalgamation of the Evangelical and Missionary Church denominations.

Assisted by the proceeds of the sale of the old Grace Church, this newly joined church was able to acquire property at the corner of 140th Street and 84th Avenue, on the south-east corner of Bear Creek Park. A new church building was soon erected and then dedicated on June 1, 1997.

Since it’s amalgamation, Bear Creek Church has had 3 Senior Pastors serve. Jon Manlove, from 1997 to 2002. His ministry spanned eleven years from the first New Life plant, until his resignation in 2002 to move into missionary work in Mexico. Ross Johnston was called in 2002-2009. And Pastor Conrad Neudorf served as Transitional Lead Pastor from January 2010 to his Hiring as Lead Pastor, September 2011.

At BCC we have passion for Jesus Christ and compassion for our community. This is what drives us.