Our Story

Founded in 1973 by Dennis and Lois Anderson, Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church has grown into a church of leaders and lay people who have come together with like values in hopes of fulfilling a vision to see individual lives experience transformation through a revelation of God's love.

Situated in the heart of the City of Kawartha Lakes - Lindsay, Ontario, Bethel reaches people from all walks of life and many who travel from various points across the beautiful cottage country landscape of the Kawarthas to worship with us each week. Known for its vibrant worship, relevant messages of hope and compassionate commitment to missions, Bethel has had an impact in this community for quite some time.

Bethel is part of a growing missional movement called the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada (EMCC).

Who is the EMCC?

The Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada (EMCC) is a family of 130+ churches across Canada organized to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. The EMCC maintains offices in Kitchener, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.

When the Evangelical Church in Canada and the Missionary Church of Canada merged in 1993 each brought to the union its special emphases and strengths.

A Brief History of the EMCC

When the Evangelical Church in Canada and the Missionary Church of Canada merged in 1993 each brought to the union its special emphases and strengths. The ECC contributed their evangelistic fervour and emphasis on the Spirit's sanctifying power that characterized John Wesley's Methodist teaching. The Missionary Church, which originated in the revival movements that swept North America in the latter half for the 19th century, brought to the union its missionary zeal as well as the Anabaptist concepts of community, brotherhood and believer's baptism which were distinguishing marks of the M.C.'s Mennonite background. The merged denomination remains committed to the Scriptures as the source of Christian doctrine and standards of holy living.

The EMCC administers two Bible colleges--Rocky Mountain College in Calgary, Alberta, and Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ontario. These institutions have trained hundreds of students to become pastors, church leaders and missionaries as well as witnessing Christians in the marketplace and community. Fourteen years after merger, this new denomination helps support 153 missionaries in 27 countries (including First Nations people in Canada) under both its own program (World Partners of Canada) and other mission agencies of similar evangelical persuasion.

It is the passion of EMCC leaders to develop disciples of Christ who in turn will produce other disciples who will continue the process until revival comes to Canada and together they may form churches all across our dominion and even throughout the world.