Mission & Vision



A Groundswell of people loving God and neighbours, showing a new way of life through Jesus.


To work with God in renewing and restoring individuals, communities, and Creation, by helping them grow deeper in relationship with Jesus.

What We Believe

Called Of God

God’s direction must be from Him. Every single human being is being called by God to have an intimate relationship with the loving Creator through Jesus. We are called to love God in a genuine relationship as his children, and to love the other people we encounter in life. When we discover our identity as part of God’s family, our gifts and passions can be given an opportunity to flourish.

Fixed On Jesus

God’s direction must bring people closer to Jesus. There is one person in history who has changed everything for everyone. He was prophesied to come and when he did, he showed a way of life that involved sacrificing oneself to rid the world of the ugliness of sin and death. When we look toward Jesus, our spiritual blindness begins to heal, and we learn to see ourselves and those around us with a supernatural love. Everything changes when we look at Jesus. A new perspective rises within us, an eternal perspective. (Heb. 12:2)

Empowered By The SPirit

God’s direction comes by the Holy Spirit within. THE SPIRIT IS MOVING!!! Each follower of Jesus has a unique relationship with the Holy Spirit in their life. The spirit gives us spiritual gifts and guides us as we try to apply the Truth of Scripture in real-time in our lives. Together we learn how the Spirit informs our decisions and our actions, that we become a people who reflect the goodness of Jesus in how we live our lives showing the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Grounded In Scripture

God’s direction is always aligned with the Truth He gave in the Bible. As His children, He was loving enough to give us a guidebook, or manual, that helps us know all we need to know for living a life as a disciple of Jesus. He knew the questions we have and the difficulties we would face, and gave us a source of Truth that is a treasure to those who seek its Wisdom. The Word of God is a powerful sword that cuts through the lies, and when we organize our lives in line with the Bible, we start to align ourselves with God. In reading, memorizing, and living out the truth of Scripture, we allow God to continue the work of recreating our minds, transforming our lives in the process.

Formed Through Community

God’s direction can only be discovered and implemented as Christ-followers journey together. We want to be able to feel love whenever we gather together. The followers of Jesus are called to Love One Another as a unique social experiment in authentic community. Every one of us needs to have other people in our lives in order to be fully human. Part of being a new Burlington church is opening ourselves up to journeying together in faith, hope, peace, and love.

Our Staff



Lead Pastor - On Sabbatical 



Our Lead Team

Ralph Marshall Lead Team Member

Ralph Marshall


Peggy Grall


Charmaine Idzerda




History of Groundswell

In the summer of 2018, a number of families gathered to listen to God, waiting to hear what he had next for us as we followed a call to explore whether He wanted us to plant a new church in the Hamilton-Halton Region.

Thankfully, during this season, we came into relationship with the New Ventures team and the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada. When sitting down with Implementers Dave and Regan, we were so impressed to see their measured approach, especially when they emphasized the core value of "Listen first".

As we began our New Venture journey, we planned a summer of weekly discerning sessions, which we called The Groundswell Sessions. It was so incredible to see the number and variety of people that came out as we started to gather to listen together. As each week went by, it became clearer and clearer that God was building a new work, giving the right people and resources at exactly the right time in ways we could have never planned.

We launched as a new church plant in October 2018 and have had quite a journey of relying on God’s provision for resources and places to meet. Our strong Home Group ministry and focus on worshipping and supporting each other as a spiritual family saw us through Covid and we’ve emerged strong and connected. We’re excited to be moving forward with new community outreach programs and a new vision of what God is doing through us in Burlington. Are you looking for a faith community where your talents are valued and your growth as a believer is nurtured? Come join us!

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The people at The Groundswell Church come from all different walks of life but ALL come as they are - children of God without expectations.
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