a cafe-style outreach meal at Blackburn campus. each campus tailors its outreach strategy to the unique needs
of its community and the local congregation.
PHOTO: ANDREA JOHNSTONE
Lifecentre in ottawa, ont.
Jason Boucher “studied culture, discovered grace, and de- cided to become part of the solution,” he says. Now 39, he serves as lead pastor of three Lifecentre
congregations in Greater Ottawa. He grew up in the oldest of
the three (then pastored by his father), went through a period
of disillusionment during his university years, but accepted the
torch of leadership in 2007.
“Everything God is doing today” at Lifecentre, says Boucher,
“is a result of the last 32 years of ministry” by his parents.
Thus the challenge at this growing multisite church of 1,400
people is to build on a foundation already rooted in love.
Jesus and others
“Growing people with Jesus and others” is the strategic passion
of each Lifecentre campus. Fifty-three nations represent ethnic
diversity across all locations. Honouring each generation is a
Michel Castilloux didn’t realize his need of a Saviour until
after university when neither his career nor his lifestyle satisfied.
He came to Lifecentre in 1999. Ten years later he and his wife
Viviane lead a core team of 12, gathering at Lifecentre-Blackburn,
just east of Ottawa.
A storefront location provides neighbourhood presence. Newcomers comment on the warm café style of worship. It’s very
engaging. They are surprised this is a church campus. “It’s a joy to
see people become amazed at Jesus’ story,” says Castilloux. This
active congregation of 70 launched a second service in fall 2012.
“Growth to 1,400 [including all three campuses] is a God
thing” says Boucher. “Our response has been obedience.” He
loves the mosaic of denominational backgrounds worshiping
together in this nondenominational family of God. He admits,
“Most members wouldn’t even understand denominational dif-
Boucher, ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Can-