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We are alive to…

Know Jesus, and to Make Him Known!


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 remedy.
  4. Jesus can repair anyone; no one is too far from His reach.
  5. We are our own project; it’s not about fixing others…
  6. We want to be the hands of Jesus extended, helping wherever we can.
  7. We want to see many more grow in these truths.

Our Culture


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


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 volunteer 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.

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!

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 also lives in Sylvan Lake.

Noel Dwarika


Since 2000 Noel and his wife Melanie have been serving in every area the church has to offer! They have Pastored in Alberta, Ontario and recently Manitoba. They are very happy to have returned to Sylvan Lake, Aberta in 2021 to serve as the Associate Pastors at Emerge Church. Right now Noel and Melanie’s portfolio includes Youth, Young Adults and Worship ministries. When not serving at Church you will find Noel, Melanie and their three children enjoying life in Sylvan Lake!


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.



Sam & Jordan Krause


Sam and Jordan have been actively involved in Emerge Church’s youth ministry for some time, first as students, then as volunteers before accepting their current leadership role. Sam was born and raised in Sylvan Lake, while Jordan moved here as a child. They were married in November of 2019, and have been building a bright future together in ministry. They desire to impact each young person’s life by helping them develop lasting relationships with Jesus and one another. Jordan is also our resident artist and graphic designer.


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.


Tim Young


Tim is a recent addition to the Emerge Church team. He has been playing music for most of his life, and spent several years studying music and English literature at Ambrose University College in Calgary. He also has experience behind the scenes operating sound and lights for various music festivals and stage productions around Alberta.
Tim can generally be found behind a drum set or hiding in his office listening to bands nobody else has heard of.