Hi, my name is Jason Vander Horst. I’m privileged to serve as the minister of Surrey Covenant Reformed Church. We are a loving and sincere congregation of believers meeting in Cloverdale, BC, Canada. Our church has been meeting here since 1988. We are united not by cultural practices, consumer preferences, or political parties, but by one Lord, one faith, and one baptism (Ephesians 4).
Our goal is to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24) and to live for his honour and glory. We seek to do this with our eyes fixed on Jesus, in full reliance on the Holy Spirit.
We come together each Sunday at 10:00 am and 3:30 pm to meet with God as his covenant people. This explains the second word in our name. Covenant refers to the relationship that God has with his people; this works itself out in our worship. In the preaching of his Word, God gives his grace and creates faith in those who hear it. Through our participation in the sacraments, which are the visible Word, God gives his grace and strengthens our faith. Throughout our worship, we are in dialogue with God. He initiates, and we respond.
There are many streams of Christianity out there. This is not the ideal, as Jesus desires that we would be united. Yet sin has infected our ability to be the church in its purest form. Nevertheless, there are many faithful churches out there who strive to be biblical. There are also unbiblical churches that oppose faithful teachings and practices. Perhaps you are disenchanted because of what you’ve heard and seen elsewhere, or wary of the church because you’ve been harmed by false teachings and practices. While we are not perfect, we are part of a tradition that seeks to be simply biblical, taking our cue from the teachings and practices of the church as Jesus instituted it. This is what we mean when we say we are Reformed, the third word in our name. To learn more about what it means to be Reformed, see our Beliefs page.
As believers, we strive to live out of our union with Christ Jesus. As a consequence, we look to the Bible for our direction rather than the will of any individual or organization. Jesus called us to baptize, teach and make disciples. Jesus called us to be witnesses of the good news that he embodies – the accomplishment of salvation from sin and the meriting of eternal life for all who believe in him. This plays itself out in the way we exist as Church, the last word in our name. God’s will as revealed in the Bible dictates our worship on Sundays, our living together throughout the week, and our reaching out to others in our community.
If you are not currently a member of a Bible-believing church, please get in touch with us. Come visit with us in worship on a Sunday. The congregation and I look forward to meeting you! In the meantime, explore the rest of our website and learn a bit more about us.
For Christ and his gospel,
Pastor Jason Vander Horst