“Therefore, my beloved brethren be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). SVBC, St. Albert, Alberta is a living witness to the concern of Christians living here to minister to the spiritual needs of their community. McKernan Baptist Church, through its pastor, Don Richter, provided the initial impetus to establish a Baptist and evangelical witness. The initial meeting was called in November, 1975 in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Albrecht. The same month St. Albert was adopted as a church extension project of the ABA (Alberta Baptist Association), with denominational approval given on February 21, 1976.

Sponsoring Church

In January 1976, McKernan Baptist Church of Edmonton adopted this work and became the “mother” or sponsoring church. The assistant pastor, Len Johnson, was released to lead Bible studies once a week, as well as Sunday services to the end of June. January through March Bible studies were held in various homes.

First Service

The Sunday services began April 4, 1976. Paul Kane High School was secured for these times of worship and instruction. Mr. Larry Hannah provided direction in getting the Sunday School started. The first Sunday 79 people attended!