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About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

Imagine a place where you can find hope, purpose and community. A place to explore faith and discover the person God has called you to be. That place is a people. Welcome to The Public Church.

Where we come from

The Public Church was started 15 years ago on the University of Alberta campus. Our vision was to be a reproducing church. We believed that an authentic community, where people would experience a life-transforming relationship with Jesus, shouldn’t be limited to one location or structure. In our short life span, we have launched three other churches. The Public Church has continually focused on bringing a real faith to real life. We are dedicated to reaching out to those who are about to give up on God or who do not know God personally. Our strategy has always been simple: it’s all about forming healthy relationships. The life-giving message of the Gospel, the passion and joy of Sunday services, community experienced during the week, and a style of simplicity, have all been part of our DNA. Our church has moved a few times over the years and we now call Vanguard College home..

Our Values


We believe that being authentic with ourselves and each other is crucial to loving one another.


We persevere and are driven by our love and commitment to God's purposes for our lives.


No one group defines us. We are truly are a "come as you are" church.


We seek a connection to God, hunger for His presence, and care for His leading.


We are free to dream and encourage each other to pursue dreams.

Where we're headed

What's the bottom line? More than ever, The Public Church is committed to connecting people to Jesus and each other. We truly believe that God is relentless in His pursuit of those who are lost. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at The Public Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of The Public Church family.

Beyond that, if you're ready to plan your first visit, click here. If you want to learn more about our beliefs as a church, click here. Or if you'd simply like to get in touch with a person on our lead team directly, click the button below.