our church history

Peace Tower Church was born in the Hearts of Pastor John and Christine Raymer in 2002. Pastor John was ministering in the city of Ottawa and heard the Lord ask him “to care for sheep without a shepherd”. In 2003 Pastor John and Christine moved to Ottawa and on July 1, 2004 Peace Tower Church held their first service in the Embassy Hotel at the corner of Kirkwood Road and Carling Road.

The church was birthed as a Charismatic-Pentecostal body of believers. A local community of believers under God, empowered by the Holy Spirit to have a global impact through the generosity and the mobilization of its resources. Peace Tower church was made to be a sending centre that releases equipped disciples to reach Ottawa, Canada and the World, with the Love of Jesus Christ.

That year the church moved into a warehouse just off Kirkwood Avenue. After hauling away four large skips of garbage it was ready for its first service. In May 2005 Pastor Jonathan joined Pastor John as the Associate. Jonathan and his wife, Tara, ministered to the Youth, Young Adults, Children and outreach. During those first few years of the church, it was clear that there was to be a focus on prayer and reaching others with the gospel of Jesus. While at the warehouse location the church ran outreaches such as “Party in the Park” and Vacation Bible School, focused on reaching the neighbourhood around it. The church began to reach refugees in the city, with a strong connection to the Catholic Immigration Board. The church began to grow as a multinational community. All the ministries at the church flourished.

As the church began to outgrow their warehouse it was clear to the Leadership that Peace Tower Church was called to the downtown of Ottawa with the message of Jesus. So, while other churches were moving out of the downtown core to find more land, Peace Tower Church purchased Erskine Presbyterian Church on Bronson Avenue in 2009, in the heart of downtown Ottawa.

The first service was held in the new building, a landmark for the community, in November 2009. The service was attended by the congregants of Peace Tower Church as well as many of the church neighbours and former members who were excited to see life return to the building. The church continued to be a regional centre and people continued to travel from all over Ottawa to join. The many ministries at the church continued to grow and develop. Prayer continued as a focus as well as the Kids, Youth and Young Adult ministries. “Party in the Park” continued to be a big event for the community as it took over McNabb Park with a free BBQ, Games and Bouncy Castles. Peace Tower Church began to focus on reaching its neighbours in this new building. The church began a campus ministry which thrived under the leadership of Pastor Jonathan.

In May 2014 Pastor Jonathan and Tara became the Lead Pastors. This transition solidified the DNA of the church, including the understanding that we are one generation, both young and old. As the church continued to welcome new families, next-generation ministries continued to expand. Peace Tower began outreaches such as “Mini Mall” where old items are given new purpose (given freely to our community), “Alpha”, “Thanksgiving”, and “Christmas Giveaways” which all saw the community welcomed into the building. You can learn more about these outreaches here. The church grew in attendance and in influence within the local area.

On October 6, 2019 Pastor David and Maureen Woodcock were voted in as the Lead Pastors of Peace Tower Church. The Woodcocks came with over 30 years of Pastoral experience to this amazing vibrant multicultural church in the heart of the city of Ottawa. They served the Indiana Assemblies of God for over 20 years and transitioned their church to their son and daughter-in-law in 2016. The Woodcocks believe they are in the best years of their lives with a Fivefold Apostolic vision to reach a city for the Kingdom of God.

 

“Our desire is to continue with the foundation that has been laid from our founding pastors, to see lives changed by the love of Jesus, and to be instruments of revival in our nation’s capital.” – Pastor David Woodcock