Love New Canadians

About Us

Love New Canadians is a ministry that equips local churches to serve new Canadians in their neighbourhoods and to be intentionally welcoming for immigrants, refugees and international students. 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.

Founders Rick and Patti Love

Patti and Rick

Rick and Patti 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.

Jacob Birchimage of Jacob

Jacob became a Christian in a youth group in the 90s. He’s married to his high school sweetheart Heather. They have 4 young adult children in various stages of living in or out of their home. Jake and Heather began their married life together in Scarborough and have spent 28+ years in local church and denominational ministry together, 25 of them in The Alliance Canada. They live in Holland Landing, Ontario and are excited about seeing Greater Toronto Area churches embrace Love New Canadians.


Bethany Love Ulriksen image of Bethany

Bethany has volunteered with intercultural ministries for over a decade and has worked in communications with Love New Canadians since 2020. She has a background both in ministry and in the settlement sector, having taught English language, worked as a youth pastor for immigrant and second generation kids, and as a career counsellor for immigrant women.


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