FROM THE BEGINNING
A little over 10 years ago, we believe God placed a call on our lives to begin planting churches in South Calgary that would be about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as enriching the communities in which they were planted. Our vision was two-fold. First, we want to plant churches that share Jesus and strengthen communities. Second, we desire to plant churches that multiply church-planting churches. To date, we have planted three churches, starting with Southwinds Church in 2007, Junction Church in 2015, and Multiply Church in 2018. The next church plant will be for the community of Legacy in 2021.
Each church operates within distinct neighborhoods, enriching the community with activities like summer camps, block parties, and small groups. As we offer those things, we are able to initiate deeper conversations about faith and Jesus. Our hope is to see individuals and communities transformed by the love and grace Jesus offers to us all.
It also is our hope to plant even more churches going forward, which is why the Community Life Network was formed. We envision an overarching organization that lays the groundwork for future church planters. Its primary work is to conduct community research, form relationships with Calgary city leaders, and provide church-planting resources and training.
PASTOR Bo Neal
Bo served as part of the initial core group that launched Southwinds Church and has been the Lead Pastor since 2009. He holds a bachelor degree from Baylor University and a Master of Divinity from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary. He and his wife Rachel live in Cranston with their two sons and daughter.
PASTOR Chris Flora
Chris served in student ministry for ten years before planting Multiply Church in 2018. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Lake Chaparral with his wife Mindy and their four children.
PASTOR Jim Hathaway
Jim started his first full time ministry position in 1992 as the Director of Counselling at the Union Gospel Mission in downtown Vancouver. After seminary he pastored churches in Surrey, Grand Prairie, Medicine Hat and Strathmore.
Jim is married to Rhona and they have 2 adult children- Chloe and Josh. Chloe is a child-care worker and Josh trains provincially as a speed-skater and works part-time.