Who We Are
Who We Are
Every church has a unique identity and GT is no different. There is no doubt we embrace all churches that believe the Bible and proclaim that Jesus is Lord, yet every church has its own focus, structure and history. Below we share a bit about who we are, what we believe, and what we value, in hopes it will give you a little more understanding of what GT is all about.
Our Purpose Statement
To help people take the next step in their spiritual journey by revealing the life-giving message of Jesus.
Because Jesus changes everything.
Because we were made for relationship.
Because love wins and eternity matters.
GT has a rich history in the city of Victoria. In 1923, a seed was planted in the city through revival meetings held for 21 consecutive nights by Dr. Charles Price. Thousands gathered and many testimonies started to arise of people being healed and set free. Out of that, over 90 years ago, Glad Tidings Church was born. Through powerful moves of God decade after decade, God has faithfully built and sustained this house. Today, GT is a strong and vibrant church of almost 2,000 people who are diverse in age, culture, and experience. Our reach continues to increase as we dream to influence not only Victoria, but the whole of Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands.
We believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal and are one God.
We believe that Jesus is the divine Son of God, the only sacrifice for our sin, and our guarantee of God's never-changing love for us. We believe that while on earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man simultaneously. We believe that He died, rose again and now sits at the right hand of God the Father. We believe He will return to earth to receive all those who have believed in Him.
We believe that people are eternal beings and that our eternal destination of either eternal happiness (heaven) or eternal sorrow (hell) is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only means to salvation.
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person and is co-equal with the Father and the Son. We also believe the Holy Spirit draws people to belief in Christ and that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is subsequent to our salvation. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers and equips us for personal growth and to live as Christ's ambassadors in the world as part of His Church.
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, fully complete and without error. We believe that the Bible contains all that is needed to understand salvation and to live a life that pleases God. The Bible is the final and ultimate authority of our faith and practice.
We believe that the local church is Christ's church and that it is the hope of the world. We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet together regularly to celebrate, be inspired, and grow.
We are partnered with The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC). For more information on the PAOC beliefs and activities, visit the PAOC website.