Henry and Eva Goertzen, missionaries with the Canadian Sunday-School Mission, moved to Whitecourt in August of 1962 to begin a church-planting ministry. They started with no contacts in Whitecourt but with hard work and strong faith that God had called them to start a church here in our wonderful town they persevered.
By February 1963, the Goertzens built a house, which is now 6 Sandy Drive, and started a Sunday school in their living room. Gradually the attendance grew as they reached out into the community until around 30 people were attending. They then developed a rumpus room in the basement for a bigger area in which services were held until the attendance reach in the 40’s. They then rented a Hall on the corner of Whitecourt Ave. and Sunset Boulevard where the Pines Manor apartment building now stands.
A building fund was started and the three lots where the church now stands were purchased, which is 32 Whitecourt Ave. Shortly after, the congregation felt the need to become affiliated with an official denomination. Presentations were made by three denominations: The Christian and Missionary Alliance, North American Baptist and The Evangelical Free. The congregation unanimously chose the Evangelical Free because of its commitment to the scriptures and the form of church government as being congregational driven. In October of 1970, a charter membership of eighteen people formed the Whitecourt Evangelical Free Church. The building program was well underway with the basement being completed in the fall of 1970 and the rest being completed by volunteer labour in the spring of 1971. The building was then dedicated in the fall of 1971.
In the fall of 2007 the congregation decided to change the name of the church to “Hilltop Community Church”. This update to the name was chosen to give a simplified purpose, as we are located on the hill in the heart of the community. We have always felt a strong connection to the community with a desire to make a difference in the lives of the people in Whitecourt. With such ministries as Awana, Youth Groups, Care Groups, Alpha, etc. we hope to continue to accomplish this with God’s guidance and grace.