Matthew Westergard

Matthew Westergard

New name, new pastor

With my wife Naomi and our three young children, I arrived in Burns Lake last September.

“Lakes Fellowship” is the new name chosen for the church that meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Babine Road off Hwy. 16. We were formerly known as Burns Lake Pentecostal Church, prior to our name change at the beginning of the calendar year. With the name change came a new look, a new website, and a new pastor — me.

With my wife Naomi and our three young children, I arrived in Burns Lake last September. I was previously the pastor in Tumbler Ridge and before that served in Smithers and the Queen Charlottes. We have bought a house in town, enrolled our older children in school, and plan to make our home here for many years to come.

A name change for the church had been discussed for several years before my arrival, so it’s not a new idea. Our members come from all parts of the Lakes District, not just Burns Lake, and Lakes Fellowship seemed a more inclusive description. As well, the word Pentecostal turns away some people who might otherwise give us a try. If you would like to know more about Lakes Fellowship, check out our website lakesfellowship.ca where my sermons and other information will be available.

We are a growing church attended by 40 to 50 people each Sunday. The church is noted for its highly developed music ministry that has led worship at Church In The Park and other community functions. Lakes Fellowship offers Sunday school classes for children and younger teens, as well as two weekly prayer services on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. Another special feature is a hospitality hour following every Sunday service when members and guests are invited to share coffee and a light meal. I would love to meet you there.

Our family is community-minded and we look forward to serving the Lakes District in any way we can.