Although Bethel Pentecostal Church had its official start in 1942, the ground work for the new assembly had its beginnings in the early 30’s. Different individuals came to Dawson Creek for outreach, starting Sunday Schools and having services. The gathering of these new believers caused the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada to send the first pastoral family to Dawson Creek in 1942, the same year the Alaska Highway was built.
Over the 60+ years, the church has experienced a lot of changes. The church has twice out grown its facilities and has had to build bigger. The present church has a seating capacity of just over 500 with a full size gym as well.
In 1979, work began on the present day church building with construction of the school facilities and was completed in 1980. The first phase of the building includes a full size gym, office spaces, full size kitchen, and many class rooms.
In 1981, the second phase of the building was completed and dedicated to the Lord in October 1981. The second phase included the sanctuary, four offices, foyer, nursery, a fellowship room with kitchen, etc.
In 1980 Bethel Senior Citizens Housing Society was established for the purpose of planning and constructing a seniors housing facility. That project was started in June 1981, the first tenants moved in December 1981, and construction was completed in February 1982. The official opening was held in March, 1982.
The present day church has a membership of around 90 with Sunday morning attendance around 250. Over 300 people make up the present day Bethel family. The church is a beehive of activities, with a full time school and many other ministries taking place during the week.
Over the years many wonderful people and pastors have come and gone. Many lives have been touched and ministered to during the years. Bethel continues to have a strong presence in the city of Dawson Creek and looks forward to many more years of serving the community.