We are committed to making fully devoted followers of Christ.
Southland is a church committed to loving God and loving people. We have experienced Christ's love and freedom, and we've made it our mission to share that with whoever we can, however we can.
For us that begins at an individual level by daily engaging in a personal relationship with Jesus.
In loving community, with Christ at the center, we are experiencing freedom from sin, finding belonging in relationships, and growing in character.
Everything God has given us we want to give back to Him. He has called us to give joyfully, generously, and fearlessly not only to our local community but also the global church. Through Church Renewal we are able to share the freedom and renewal we have experienced at Southland with churches across the world.
We would love for you to come be a part of our church family as we pursue Jesus together!
Our Core Values
1. Jesus is number one
It's about submission to Jesus and having intrated priorities.
We teach that everyone can hear God and to live a life of obedience
2. We Value People
We honour others to glorify God.
We strive to create a community for poeple to find a place and belong
3. Having Active Faith
We allow oppertunity for poeple to contibute, serve and give back to the church
and teach the importance to minister to your family and friends
4. Experiencing Freedom
We embrance the fact that we are weak and need a redeemer.
We strive for a safe envirment for everyone to be voneralbe
5. Ongoing growth
Reconizing our character is in constant developement and that we don't need to act perfect. Its about staying humble
6. We are a family
We have the one Father in heaven and we are his children
We strive for unity and working as a team
7. Eternal Perspective
We look forward to Christ’s Return and keep an urgency as His day is drawing near
8. Empower others
We focus our intention in seeing the potental in others and to raise up leaders in every generation. It's a call to be sacrifical and to be generous with the things God has given us.
9. Teachable Attitudes
We encourage on ongoing preaching of God’s word and submittion to our leaders
10. Prayer and Worship
Expressing gratitude and our requests to our Savior
Pastor Kris & LaDawn DUERKSEN
Kris and LaDawn have been involved in pastoral ministry at Southland for more than 15 Years, but in September 2017 Kris became the Lead Pastor of Southland Church. They have committed their lives to helping people come to know God personally, find freedom through Christ, and grow in genuine love for others.
Pastor Ray & Fran Duerksen
Founder & Director of Church Renewal
Former Southland Church Lead Pastors (1995 - 2017) Ray Duerksen spent 20 years as Lead Pastor at Southland. During that time he led the church with humility and vulnerability, bringing the church to prayer, confession, and listening for the leading of the Holy Spirit. He has since been called to spread this to the global church as the founder and director of Church Renewal.
Ministry Pastors and Directors
There is only one God, creator and ruler of the universe. He exists eternally as three distinct persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Some day He will return to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, to understand spiritual truth, and to give them guidance in their daily lives. He gives all believers spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost world.
Because of sin, all people deserve the judgment of God. However, God freely offers salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
The Bible is God's unique revelation to all people. Under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, human authors wrote it. As originally given, it is the infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.
We believe that, without exception, every human being is a valuable person created by God in His image and thus possesses inherent dignity, and we are called to love and treat every person with genuine respect. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
The Universal Church: All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.
The Local Church: The local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission - reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.
People were created to exist forever. At the final judgment, we will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
Holy Spirit & His Gifts
Suffering and Healing
Identity in Christ
The Law & Grace
Saturdays at 4pm & 6pm | Sundays at 9am & 11am
Join us for our worship services which include a time of worshipful music and a practical message.
Our desire every weekend is to help you connect with God and connect with others.
We have age-appropriate programs for kids from birth to Grade 8 at every weekend service*. We are happy to provide an environment that is both safe and fun for our kids.
*There is no Middle School programming at the Saturday 6pm service
We offer live translations of our Sunday morning services:
- High German (Sundays at 9am)
- Spanish (Sundays at 11am)
- Low German (Sundays at 11am)
- Russian (Sundays at 11am)
- Sign Language (Sundays at 11am)
Please visit the Information Centre for more information or a headset!
Our café is open every weekend, on Saturdays from 3:30-6:30pm and Sundays from 8:30-11:30am. Come grab a coffee or other beverage before the service, or join us for supper or breakfast between services!
We also offer Saturday Suppers from 4:30-6pm almost every weekend from September to June for just $4 a person. Check our Facebook page to to find out what's being served this week!
Our library is stocked full of books, movies, and other resources for all ages to spur you on in your faith, and come recommended by our pastors. The library is open during and between our weekend services and on Monday nights from 6:30-8pm.