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About Us

Who We Are

UPGC is
a Community

We are a rural community church that seeks to be a faithful witness of Jesus Christ to the people around us.  Our goal is to glorify God and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We do that by proclaiming the truth of God’s Word in our preaching and teaching, and loving our neighbors however we can.  We aren’t perfect, but the One we follow and trust is.

Activities

what we do

Programs

Throughout the year, there are a variety of programs offered for all ages; from pre-school playgroups to monthly lunches for seniors. Check out the Calendar for dates and times.

Gospel

We believe God made humans good, but we went bad.  This turning away from God is something all of us do naturally.  The Bible calls it sin, and in all of its forms it is an offense against God.  This Holy God doesn’t overlook injustice, and so offenders deserve punishment. In His perfect justice and loving mercy, the Judge handed down the mandatory death sentence, and then endured the punishment Himself.  Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, came to earth, lived a sinless life, and was executed on a cross, taking the punishment that sinners deserved. Three days later he rose from the dead, defeating sin and death. Because of what He did, undeserved favor is offered to everyone.  Through repentance and faith sinners may receive the gift of eternal life. Repenting, or changing our minds about how good we really are, and faith, or trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, is an amazing gift offered to sinners by God. That is good news! That is the gospel!

Media

Weekly messages are recorded and posted on the Media page. These are audio only. Currently, our services are held on Sunday via Zoom. A link is posted on the Home page and the  video is also posted there. Past videos are available on the Media page.

Our Community

It all began in a home in February 1976. The 22 believers present agreed to contact Village Missions about beginning a work in Rose Prairie.The first pastor family arrived August 15, 1976 and services were held in the Upper Pine School.Land was purchased in 1978 and construction began on the church building. The building was dedicated on June 1, 1980. There have been many firsts over the years, and five Village Missions pastors have served here. The programs and events started years ago have continued: Awana, Seniors’ Banquet, Sunday School, Play Group, Men’s & Ladies Bible Studies and other community social events. Several of the missionaries UPGC started supporting at the beginning are still being supported today. June 1, 2016 a 40 year celebration of God’s blessings was held.

Meet our Board

Leyton Peterson

Pastor

Leyton grew up in Rose Prairie, and became the pastor in 2018.
He is married to Michelle and has three kids.
His goal is to preach the Word and point people to Jesus Christ.
He enjoys building things, reading, and coffee shops.
Favorite book: The Hobbit
Favorite movie: Chariots of Fire

leyton@upgc.ca

Andy Burkholder

Chairman

Andy placed his faith and trust in Jesus as young man. He has been married to his best friend for almost 38 years. They have three married daughters and six grandchildren. Andy counts it a joy and privilege to serve as an elder at Upper Pine Gospel Chapel. He finds joy in spending time with others praising God in song. In his spare time, Andy loves travelling with Cheryl, visiting lifelong friends and sledding in the mountains. 250-827-3833 aburkholder@mail.com

Les Willms

Deacon

Les is a grain farmer in Rose Prairie where he has lived his whole life.

He and his wife Hannah have 3 children.

Les has a heart for people and desires to continually walk with God.

He has a passion for farming, enjoys downhill skiing, camping and auction sales.

250-827-3833

John Bueckert

Deacon

John and his wife, Marie raised their family of four children in Montney attending UPGC. John works in the oil patch. His desire is to serve the Lord and his passion is to take care of people. John enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with his family.

250-827-3833

mbueckert99@gmail.com