Statement of Faith
There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace.
- Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, sent to indwell, guide, teach and empower the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of people. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
Humankind, originally created in the image and likeness of God, fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The destiny of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment, but that of the believer is everlasting joy and bliss.
- Freedom from Sin
Salvation has been provided only through Jesus Christ. Those who repent and believe in Him are united with Christ through the Holy Spirit and are thereby regenerated (born again), justified, sanctified and granted the gift of eternal life as adopted children of God.
- Christian Living
It is the will of God that in union with Christ each believer should be sanctified thoroughly thereby being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to God, receiving power for holy living and sacrificial and effective service toward the completion of Christ's commission.
This is accomplished through being filled with the Holy Spirit which is both a distinct event and progressive experience in the life of the believer.
Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil as taught in the Scriptures are privileges for the Church in this present age.
The universal Church, of which Christ is the Head, consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and commissioned by Christ to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations.
The local church, the visible expression of the universal Church, is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together to worship God, to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, to pray, to be edified through the Word of God, to fellowship, and to testify in word and deed to the good news of salvation both locally and globally. The local church enters into relationships with other like-minded churches for accountability, encouragement and mission.
- Life after death
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.
- Second Coming of Christ
The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal and visible. As the believer’s blessed hope, this vital truth is an incentive for holy living and sacrificial service toward the completion of Christ's commission.
The vibrant community that makes up Yellowknife Alliance Church has had various iterations over the years, each one formed by the changes and challenges unique to living in Yellowknife. We began as a tiny home group in the mid 1980’s, but starting in 1987, when missionaries Dave and Denise Golding arrived by Cessna from Fort McMurray, the church grew quickly. Services were held at the Con Mine Recreation Hall and then at various schools. Many of the first people who made up YKAC moved away between 1989 and 1990, and the church was without pastoral leadership for almost 2 years. As has often been the case in our history, the church was lovingly led by dedicated lay people, who saw the church through the tumultuous times of the early 90’s; the mine strike, the deliberate explosion which killed 9 miners, as well as the partition of the Territories and the creation of Nunavut.
Starting in the fall of 1992 until 1996, Russ and Virgie Mueller pastored the church, coming to us from Lac la Biche, Alberta to pastor at YKAC. As the 7th day Adventist Church was free Sunday mornings, we were able to make it our first semi-permanent home. That was an exciting time in Yellowknife. The gold mines were still in production, and the discovery of diamonds heralded a brilliant future.
In January of 1997, Al Harvey became the new pastor of YKAC, moving from Wimborne, Alberta with his wife Lisa, their two young sons, and a lot of adventurous spirit. Once again, from 1997 to 1999, transition played huge part of YKAC. The city was in a time of flux and nearly half the congregation moved south.
In 2003 Al and the leadership team began to pray about a new, permanent location, and eventually settled on an abandoned dairy barn about 10 minutes from town. As Al once said, “It wasn't the only option we explored, but it was the only impossible option.” Nevertheless, April 2016 marked our tenth anniversary at “The Barn,” a beautiful home that continues to inspire and offer us potential for growth.
After 19 years of service, Al retired, and Steve Swan was called to be pastor in January of 2017. Steve joined us from Winnipeg, Manitoba with his wife Sarah and their two young daughters.
Steve Swan lived in Winnipeg for most of his life, until he obeyed ‘the call of the North’ and accepted the pastor position at YKAC. He became a Christian, out of atheism, at the age of 23, when studying Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. Not long after, Steve joined the Navy and moved to the Maritimes. He returned to Manitoba after three years to enroll in Providence Theological Seminary. Steve helped to pastor a downtown church in Winnipeg for nearly 10 years before heading North with his wife Sarah and two daughters. Steve promises not to tell TOO many sea stories while preaching, and will try to limit his Bob Dylan quotes to one per sermon. He loves to converse with people who are skeptical or searching.