Who we are
PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD!
Our vision is to develop a thriving, expanding church community that honours God and serves the broader London community by helping thousands of people experience a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and a vital place in His church family.
To his followers, Jesus said “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19, 20)
While pastoring a church in the Vancouver area, a vision and desire began growing within the hearts of Rob & Coby Hogendoorn. It was a vision and desire to pioneer a new church that would be designed and formatted primarily for people with little church background or people who had dropped out of church years ago. As such it would be a church that would communicate God’s love and truth in a contemporary and clear way that would effectively connect with the hearts and lives of people with little or no church affiliation.
Believing this to be God’s leading, Rob and Coby moved with their family to London in September of 1992 and began to lay groundwork for turning this vision into reality. Gathering a small core of dedicated followers, Forest City Community Church grew in size, and reached out to the people of London. Through radio ads, postcards, and the eager invitations of those already attending, FCCC expanded into the auditorium of Saunders Secondary School. As the congregation grew, so did the services and opportunities for people to find a place to belong and contribute to the life and vision of the church.
And now, just 27 years after its beginning, FCCC is the spiritual home for a few thousand London and area residents, on a 30 acre property in south London. FCCC launched an East London Campus in January, 2018 which meets at Clarke Rd. Secondary School. FCCC is a growing church that remains passionate about helping people find faith and life in Christ and a place to belong to His family.
Forest City Community Church embraces and communicates the teachings of the historic, Christian faith. Understanding the Bible to be God’s authoritative and reliable Word for humankind, we believe in God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The “Apostles’ Creed”, one of Christianity’s oldest summaries of biblical faith, is a good summary of what we believe:
• I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
• I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
• He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the place of the dead.
• The third day he rose again from the dead.
• He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
• From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
• I believe in the Holy Spirit, the universal Christian church, the community of believers, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Our Global Reach
FCCC has made a commitment to create opportunities for leadership development, aid in global humanitarian need and assist with the development of new churches.
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Each August we host the GLS for individuals and teams to come and experience inspiration, challenge and the benefits of developing their leadership skills. In 2007 we realized that leadership development was almost non-existent for Bolivian pastors and leaders. We decided to make the GLS possible for pastors and leaders to attend at a nominal cost and benefit from inspiration and practical tools to impact their communities. In 2009 we sponsored the first GLS in Cochabamba. In 2012 there were six GLS sites held around the country of Bolivia supported by FCCC, that trained over 1500 leaders. Bolivia is now self-sustaining, and we are turning our efforts toward hosting the GLS in the country of Cuba.
WORLD VISION - CHANGE THE WORLD
We are excited about a brand new partnership with World Vision. On March 8 of 2020 we held Change the World Sunday which resulted in a huge response of child sponsorship in Malawi, Africa. Many exciting details of this new venture will be forthcoming! If you would like to sponsor a child contact World Vision at worldvision.ca or call 1-888-307-4624.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - PARAGUAY
Since 2010 we have been partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build new houses for families in desperate need of shelter and the comfort of a home. Each spring FCCC hosts the Forest City Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for the building of new homes in Paraguay. In the fall of 2019, FCCC sent a group of volunteers to Paraguay to partner with the Habitat for Humanity staff.
THE 180 - MONTREAL CHURCH PLANT
As part of our commitment to new church development we support a church plant in one of the highest under-churched areas in Canada under the leadership of Dom Ruso. See the link below for updates on the development of this new church.
Forest City Community Church is essentially an interdenominational church. That is, its makeup is from, and for, people with diverse backgrounds. Currently there are people with Catholic backgrounds, various Protestant and evangelical backgrounds as well as little or no church background. FCCC has two primary affiliations. One, it is affiliated with a Christian Protestant denomination called the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Secondly, FCCC is affiliated with the Willow Creek Association, a growing movement of churches around the world that use a similar approach in reaching people with the message and love of Christ.