At the suggestion of the District Superintendent, the original core group that formed Forest Grove Alliance Church came out of the Lawson Heights Alliance Church. Others from the other Alliance churches joined this group before they held the first public service. Pastor Ernest Regier was asked to lead this new venture. The services started on September 7, 1986 in the Forest Grove school.
The school auditorium was the church home for the first seven months. Clare Gitzel, who had helped Pastor Regier in the church plants in Prince Albert and at Lawson Heights, again joined in this new venture. While the new congregation settled in, the church was already eyeing property in the area. They rented a house on seven acres of choice property for a parsonage. It became a delightful quiet haven for the Regiers in the winter months.
After seven months in the school, they moved the Sunday services to the Saskatchewan School of Performing Arts building. People gathered during the week for Bible Studies and fellowship in various homes.
In 1987, the church was incorporated. By 1988, the average Sunday morning attendance was 106 people. The steady growth of the membership made the construction of their own church building important. The church is located in the Erindale district, and became known on relocation as the Erindale Alliance Church. Three years of using school auditoriums came to an end in the fall of 1989. The dedication of the facilities was held on October 29, 1989.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's the church staff expanded to include a part-time secretary, Carol Heystek, later Karen Dafoe, Assistant Pastor, Meldon Lutzer and Pastor of Worship, Brad Schellenberg.
Pastor Regier retired in 1997 and was followed by Pastor John MacGregor, who served until 2002. He was succeeded by Pastor Robin Haensel. In May 2013, after serving Erindale for 10 years, Pastor Robin was called to a new position with the Midwest District.
Pastor Ed Drewlo joined us from July 2013 - May 2015 to serve as our Transition Pastor and lead our church through its search for a new Lead Pastor. Our search led us to the Lead Pastor, Ken Rathbone, his wife Karen and their 4 children from Perth, Australia. Pastor Ken completed his ministry at Erindale in the summer of 2018. Erindale Alliance Church celebrated its 25th anniversary with a mortgage burning at Thanksgiving of 2012, a number of years ahead of schedule.
This church has grown from a small vibrant group meeting on bald prairie farmland to a time and place where now the congregration is over 300 and a number of new sub-divisions have sprung up all around the Erindale church area. Places like University Heights, Willowgrove, Arbour Creek, Forest Grove, etc.
The burden of many in the congregation is to reach out to the young families that are filling all those new homes. Already, the DVBS week each summer is filled with registrations long before the week comes!
Erindale is becoming well-known in Saskatoon for its English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. University students, professionals and immigrants from other countries and cultures are attracted to these classes where volunteers interact with the students one-on-one in language help and friendship. Year after year students have come to faith in Christ and have confessed Him publicly in baptism. The Bible Quizzing program has had a tremendous impact on a generation or two of young people. Our teams have won many times in the city-wide, provincial and regional meets. As these young people grow up we know their Biblical grounding will stand them in good stead. Some will end up on the mission field.
There is a strong core of mature believers at Erindale Alliance, who are faithful prayer warriors throughout the congregation. There are also a number of small groups active in Bible study, prayer and fellowship. The church is known for its friendliness and generosity.
Our Current Staff includes Dan Pope as Transitional Pastor, Ernest Regier as Pastor Ermeritus, Matthew Derksen as Pastor of Youth and Young Adults, Erin Petty as Director of Children's Ministries and Tammy Hall as Administrator.
Mon to Thurs 9:00am-4:00pm