About Lifecentre

OUr STORY

Our Heart for Lifecentre

In 1981, six people planted a church around a singular idea: people need the life only Jesus can give. For Pastors Barry and Joyce, this meant planting a church that would centre on the life of Jesus, or as it would come to be known, Lifecentre. For the past forty years, I have watched them sacrifice, serve, and give the fullness of their hearts so people could experience the love of Jesus, which still never fails.

Today, we have planted, launched, and revitalized as many churches as people were dreaming about what Lifecentre could be in 1981. Together we are still dreaming about making a Jesus-sized difference in each life, what it could look like to connect more people during the week as on Sundays, and what Lifecentre could look like downtown or in unique environments.

Our story is a little different from other churches. In 2007 when my father and I transitioned senior leadership, we said to our church, “You don’t have to choose which one of us you like more; you get us both.” In the history of our church, we will only ever have one set of Founding Pastors. As a church, it is our privilege to honour Pastors Barry and Joyce as forever ministers at Lifecentre. After all, their love and collective leadership give us the freedom to continue dreaming about our bright future as a church.

When we look to that future, we still believe in that original singular idea; People still need the life only Jesus can give. So let’s continue growing people with Jesus, to make a difference in our city.

And let’s keep doing it together.
Pastors Jason & Lori
Lead Pastors

Our History

1981
Launch of Lifecentre at Talisman Feb 8, 1981
1982
Purchased 1826 Woodward Drive. Launched Life Christian Academy. Launched Ottawa School of the Bible
1992
Moved into 2214 Innes Road, March 1st
1993
Launch of the Downtown Church (Vanier Community Church), September 4th.
1994
October 9th – Launched the Westend Church (now known as Living Waters)
1994
October 30th – Assumed responsibility for Le Centre de Vie (formerly Eglise de Nouvelle Alliance)
1995
40 Days Ablaze that lasted 120 nightly meetings
1996
Launch of first missionary to Israel for 24-hour prayer tower
2007
Lead Pastor transition
2008
Transitioned LCA to a city-school
2011
September – launch of Blackburn
2012
September – launch of Kanata Campus
2013
Food Bank launched in Blackburn
2018
August – Blackburn Mission Focus
2018
September – Launch of Cornwall Campus
2021
Celebrated 40 Years of Lifecentre & Launched Heartstrong.

Our Values

Jesus Focused

Jesus is our focus. Our constant compass. We are always changing. He is perfect, alone remaining unchanged.

 

Expectant

We trust the Holy Spirit is moving, therefore our posture is worship. Whether with song, service, or measured in taking a step we engage with hungry, humble, and holy hearts expecting the 
Holy Spirit is moving.

Serving

We serve God by serving others whole-heartedly. Our service positions us to best see others. We care about people first before we think about what they can offer. We endeavour to look for the best in each other.

Generosity

We give generously with joy. Our generosity is a reflection of our love. Never a percentage, or a duty, but a delight. We start where others stop.

Loving

Jesus’s love never fails. Our love for others therefore isn’t negotiable. Without love, we’re just making noise. When we fall short, we are trusting in the never-failing love of Jesus to make up the gap.

Equipping

We grow people who make a difference by inviting everyone to be involved in ministry because every believer in Jesus is a builder. It takes the whole church, to be His church for our city.

Whole-Hearted

All of me, more of Jesus. We bring our everything. We set lofty goals. We try, and then try again. Jesus sets us free from the traps of perfectionism and comparison. We bring our best, but He is always greater.

Urgency

People need Jesus today. We do things with a sense of urgency because every day people live, leave, and die without knowing Jesus. Living lost one more day, is a day too many.

Character-First

Character comes before gifting. Our character isn’t value neutral. How we live, love, and lead matters. Gifting is good. Purpose has its place. But Christ-like character always stands above.

Our Team

founding pastors

Barry Boucher

Dr. Barry Boucher

FOUNDING PASTOR

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Barry Boucher

Dr. Joyce Boucher

FOUNDING PASTOR

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Lead pastors

Barry Boucher

Jason Boucher

lead PASTOR

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Barry Boucher

Lori Boucher

LEAD PASTOR

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leadership team

Barry Boucher

Gabe Gratton

Administrative Pastor

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Barry Boucher

Rhonda Courteau

Campus Pastor, Orleans

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location pastors

Barry Boucher

Mitch Pitt

Kanata

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Barry Boucher

Rhonda Courteau

Orleans

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Barry Boucher

Geoff & Ingrid Heeg

Cornwall

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staff team

Barry Boucher

Julie Frereault

Assistant Pastor, Outreach & Care, Orleans

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Barry Boucher

Angela Johnson

Assistant Pastor, Students, Orleans

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Barry Boucher

Sam Marchand

Assistant Property Manager

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Barry Boucher

Mercedez Meier

Assistant Pastor, Kids, Orleans

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Barry Boucher

Rebecca Meier

Administrative, Orleans

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Barry Boucher

Kerri Melcer

Assistant Pastor, Worship, Orleans

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Barry Boucher

Kayla Mendoza

Assistant Pastor, Kids, Orleans

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Barry Boucher

Sam Mendoza

Assistant Pastor, Students, Kanata

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Barry Boucher

Stephane Sabourin

Property Manager

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Barry Boucher

Karen Sargent

Assistant Pastor, Kids & Administrative, Kanata

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Barry Boucher

Michael Sullivan

Administrative, Production & Technology

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Barry Boucher

Sara Wall

Assistant Pastor, Worship, Kanata

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Barry Boucher

Sam Huggins

Media & Production Assistant

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Barry Boucher

Deborah Cassan

Administrative, Financial Assisstant

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We love generosity.  

On each dollar we receive, we give the first ten percent of it away. Wherever we plant a Lifecentre location, we prayerfully select partners who are making a Jesus-sized difference in three essential areas. When selecting them, we support them.


We are passionate about:

  1. Protecting People
  2. Planting Churches
  3. Pursuing Transformation

As you consider God’s heart for you to make a difference, we want to help. Whether your focus is on your neighbourhood or around the world, we wholeheartedly invite you to consider serving with any of our mission partners.

You volunteering or donating can assist them in making a more significant difference, a whole lot faster!

Protecting
People

imari family centre
agape
Beacon Bags
City Kids
destiny
ERDO
first place
fight for freedom
jericho road
lifecentre foodbank
kanata food cupboard
ottawa innercity
safe families
true north aid
voice of the martyrs

Planting
Churches

arc canada
EOD
firm israe
love ottawa
onew way
ministers netwrok

Pursuing Transformation

alpha canada
ansero
empower ministries
global leadrship network
p2c
Watoto

MAKING A JESUS-SIZED DIFFERENCE, TOGETHER!

Kids

Back-To-School Backpacks (Summer)

Together we receive $25 donations to purchase and fill new backpacks for students going back to school.

Gift for Kids (Autumn)

Together we receive, a second offering, where 100% of the donations go to assist parents who lack only the financial means, to make Christmas memorable for their kids. In turn, we provide gift cards, so parents can then purchase gifts for their kids.

 

 

Prison

Prison Packs (Easter)

In partnership with the Chaplain, we compile prison packs for each inmate and staff working at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. Prison Packs include hand-written cards, treats, and an expression of the love of God for each who receives them.

Prison Backpacks (Ongoing)

In partnership with Lifecentre Food Bank, we assemble backpacks for inmates released without proper seasonal clothing. This could include winter boots or a coat. Included in the backpacks are also hand-written cards and a Bible expressing God’s love to each one.

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