History

The Father’s House (TFH) was previously called Morinville Christian Fellowship (MCF). The church was born in the hearts of Dan and Willa Knol, Bill and Bev Barnstable and Mark and Sue Oberg in 1980, beginning as a home group but eventually moving to the basement of the Morinville United Church. As attendance increased, the Parish Hall (now called Fable Gardens Hall) was rented to hold services. Keith and Marian Agrey were asked to join the pastoral staff in 1983.


The church opened a Christian School in Mel and Judy Verhulst’s garage in Cardiff in 1985, but soon after moved to a small strip mall on Morinville’s Main Street, which the church and school would later purchase in 1991. Pastor Keith served as the principal of the school until August 1989 at which time Mel Verhulst was hired as acting principal and Pastor Keith became the full-time pastor of the church. In 1997, services moved back to the mall located on the main street. Pastor Keith retired that same year, and the elders became the overseers of the church and school.


Without pastoral leadership, the church and school went through a seven-year “winter” period. Many families left; however, a faithful few remained, believing God for a good future for the church and school.


Greg Fraser became the Lead Pastor of MCF in 2004. Growing attendance caused the church to move to larger rental spaces between 2005 and 2020. These included the Parish Hall, Morinville Community High School, and Morinville Community Cultural Center. The church was renamed The Father’s House (TFH) in 2012, shortly after launching a second church location in Rochester, Alberta.


The building campaign began in 2008, which eventually led to the completion of a new church and school facility. The new building was repurposed from a vacant church in the nearby city of St Albert, which was donated in 2016, taken apart in 2017, moved over farmer’s fields in 2018, and completed in 2020.