Love New Canadians is a ministry that equips local churches to serve new Canadians in their neighbourhoods and to be intentionally welcoming for immigrants. We equip local churches to do demographic research to understand the immigrants in their neighbourhoods, create settlement programming to help new Canadians adapt well here in Canada, and then help those immigrants connect with mature believers in our churches who will show them the love of Christ. We equip local churches to begin a Bridges class that provides a gentle and non-threatening introduction to the life and teaching of Jesus.
Rick and Patti Love have been involved in cross-cultural ministry since 1994. They served with the C&MA mission in the Philippines from 1994-2005. In 2006 Patti began her role as Pastor of Intercultural Ministries at Foothills Alliance Church in Calgary. Rick has been assisting Patti in this ministry since its inception. Rick’s education includes a Master of Divinity degree with a focus on cross cultural ministries and a PhD in biblical studies. Patti has a Masters degree with a focus on cross cultural studies as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching English Language and Literature. Patti has been certified with ATESL (Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language) since 2006. Together Rick and Patti share a passion to find ways to help immigrants become friends with those in our churches and through this to learn about the joy found in following our Lord Jesus Christ. Immigrants who have been assisted through our ministry come from all over the world including South East Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America.