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We are alive to…

Know Jesus, and to Make Him Known, so…


Let’s Go, and Let’s Grow!



Our Growth Track >>


Step 1



Come be a part of the family that strives to love unconditionally. Learn about who we are at Emerge Church and find out what it looks like to be in community here.

Step 2


Discover that it is Jesus that makes our church such a loving and healing place. Take a journey with us by learning to walk with Him every day. His Bible has all the answers!

Step 3


As you continue to grow in your spiritual gifts, you will discover what service opportunity best fits you. Not only will this ignite you in new passions, it will also bring a positive and lasting impact to the lives of others.

Step 4


Equipped with God’s love, you can fulfill the Great Commission by reaching out to others and giving away the love He has given you for free. This allows others to take the exact same journey.

Our Guiding Principles

  1. Jesus is the centre; His love always prevails.
  2. We focus on what is right about Jesus, not what’s wrong with the world.
  3. We want to be contagious by our lifestyle and attitude, proving that Jesus is still the answer.
  4. Jesus can make anyone new. 
  5. We need to allow God to first transform us so…
  6. We want to be the hands of Jesus – helping wherever we can.
  7. We want to see many more grow in these truths.

Sunday morning is the key piece to our overall strategy

At Emerge Church we are working to establish a culture that:
                1. Welcomes and includes everyone
2. Shares the love of Christ
                                              3. Teaches and grows individuals through community

Our Culture

‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’. . .We long for our Sunday morning to be an engaging experience that is very meaningful for the seeker and saint alike; creating a hunger to go deeper with God.

Our Beliefs…

 … Are in line with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), and consist of the following tenets:
  1. the Holy Scriptures are divinely “inbreathed”, infallible, inerrant and the authoritative Word of God.
  1. that there is one God eternally existent in the persons of the Holy Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  1. in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, His deity, His perfect life, the eternal all-sufficiency of His atoning death, His ascension to the Father’s right-hand and His personal return to earth at His second advent. 
  1. that everyone is a sinner, deserving punishment from God.
  1. that our redemption is accomplished exclusively by Christ’s finished work on the cross; and that “regeneration” by the power of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for each person’s salvation. 
  1. in the continuous gathering together of believers for instruction, edification and training in world evangelization. In pure and righteous living, the present-day reality of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the Lord’s supernatural healing of the physical body. 
  1. in Christ’s complete leadership of the Church, in the continuing practice of Christian baptism and the Lord’s supper [communion]. 
  1. in the resurrection of the body, the eternal blessedness of followers of Jesus Christ and the eternal punishment of the wicked.



Our Staff


Todd & Tammy Pratt


Todd and Tammy Pratt served the Lord in ministry in Ontario from 1992 to 2014, when God led them to Sylvan Lake, Alberta to be the Lead Pastors at Emerge Church. They are loving the opportunity to bring the message of freedom and wholeness anchored in the truth that, “You are free and healed to the degree you know you are loved by God.”
They have two adult children; their daughter Ashley is married to Tyler with three beautiful children (Tayven, Nevaeh, and Daxton), and their son Ryan who is married to Samantha with their first child, Azaliah. 

Ashley Butcher


Ashley has served as the Kids Pastor at Emerge Church since 2015. She and her husband Tyler moved to Sylvan Lake from Ontario in 2014. They have three beautiful children: Tayven, Nevaeh and Daxton.
Ashley has a passion for children and family ministries and brings an enthusiastic flair to serving our community.

Mark Kremer


Mark moved to Sylvan Lake in 2022 with his wife Raeleen, and his 3 children: Halo, Ryder and Xavier.

He has a passion for his family, music and travel, all of which have deeply shaped and enriched his life experience.

Mark attended Bible College to study music and continues to hone his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.
He is currently pursuing a secondary Diploma in Christian Leadership through The CREST Leadership Center.

Michelle Ritz


Michelle grew up in Manitoba and currently resides in Wetaskiwin, Alberta with her daughter, Amanita. She is passionate about God and loves sharing His love, mercy and grace through her testimony to whomever God directs her to.
She is married to our lead guitarist Jonathan. They are driven to help believers grow and unshackle strongholds through the course, Soul Care, offered throughout the year at Emerge church. 

Jessica Krause

Assistant Pastor

Jessica has attended Emerge Church since she was born and is thrilled to now be serving as Assistant Pastor! She has a passion for music and the Word of God.
Jess is currently working on a Masters of Arts in Bible and Theology through Horizon College and Seminary.
She enjoys spending time at the lake any time of year.

Sam and Jordan Krause


Sam and Jordan have been actively involved in Emerge Church’s youth ministry first as students, then as volunteers before accepting their current leadership role. 
Sam and Jordan were raised in Sylvan Lake. They were married at the church in November 2019, and have been building a bright future in ministry together. 
Outside of their church role, you can find them at hockey & football games, doing house projects, or spending time at the lake. 

Jordan Krause


Jordan grew up in Sylvan Lake, attending Emerge Church since childhood, & graduating from Lighthouse Christian Academy. Her passion for Art & Design was discovered after completing a Work Experience class for the church in high school with a good friend/mentor.  
Jordan is married to her husband Sam Krause. Outside of her church role, she also works full time at a health clinic as a Medical Administrator. Her hobbies include: reading, baking, shopping, being active, drinking London Fogs, and spending time with the people she loves. 

Debbie Hiebert


Debbie and her husband Tim moved to Sylvan Lake in 2003. They have three grown children: Nick, Tyler, and Kristin, and five grandchildren. They are proud to call Sylvan Lake home and to be a part of the Emerge Church family.
Deb is highly organized and keeps things running smoothly in the office!

Abigail Schimke


Abigail has been the financial administrator for the church since 2011. She grew up in Lacombe, Alberta and holds a business degree from University of Calgary. Abigail is also the administrator for Lighthouse Christian Academy, which is housed at Emerge Church.
Abigail lives in Sylvan Lake with her husband Shawn and children Cole, Brooke, and Grace.

 History of Emerge Church

Emerge Church has a longstanding heritage in Sylvan Lake. Starting out in a local cottage of a Missionary worker named Mrs. Wright in 1938, the church grew and began gathering in the W.I. Hall. In 1942, a building was purchased and moved from Lower Camp. In 1952, a Sunday School Hall was constructed to accommodate the growing families. The name was changed from Pentecostal Tabernacle to Gospel Chapel.
In the early 1980’s, four acres of land were donated to construct our current facility. Construction began in 1986 and the congregation moved into the new facility in 1989. In March 2005, the additions of Lighthouse Christian Academy and the new auditorium were dedicated.
In the fall of 2019, Gospel Chapel was rebranded as Emerge Church. The word Emerge means to come forward into something new. We are committed to continuing to build with God in Sylvan Lake and are excited to move forward into this new season!