In October 1976, Pastor Barry had a vision of a baby being born. He knew God was calling him to plant a Foursquare Church in Port Coquitlam. He and his wife Susan moved to the area and began to pray for their new neighbourhood. They prayed for 9 months.
By October of 1978, they began a Bible study in their home with new believers from their neighbourhood. May 27, 1979 marked their first real church service at Lincoln Elementary School with 22 new believers.
February 1, 1987, the Northside congregation celebrated their first service in a newly built 15,000 foot church at Coast Meridian and Lougheed Highway having an average attendance of 180 people and from there the church began to multiply.
By January 1992, Northside Chapel was bulging at its seams.
On March 31, 1992, when the Northside Chapel congregation was looking for room to expand, Pastor Barry and Pastor Scott Falk from a Foursquare congregation in Coquitlam, BC began to talk about uniting both of their congregations together. For a thorough overview of the principles of leadership and church growth Pastor Barry discovered during those years, see his 2009 book Symphoneo.
The Creation of Northside Foursquare Church
Both Northside Chapel and Life Centre were sister congregations sharing the same vision for the expansion of God’s Kingdom on the north side. Together, they had resources, staff, people and enthusiasm to accomplish the larger vision. The vision God gave at that time was of a large jigsaw puzzle. Each of us was putting our own parts together, but we were working on the same puzzle. Finally the missing link was placed and the two sections were bridged between Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
As of July 12, 1992 the two churches were renamed Northside Foursquare Church and they began to function with three Sunday morning services Pastor Barry and the worship team traveled between both locations for each service.
In 1995 Northside and Pastor Gord Demchuk along with a small group of families planted a new Foursquare church in Mission, BC.
In August 2008, Northside planted Northridge Foursquare Church in Maple Ridge, BC originally under the leadership of Pastor Barry’s brother, Rob Buzza. Many families from Northside joined with Rob—there are currently around 400 people in attendance on Sunday morning.
A third campus was added to Northside Church shortly after Northridge was birthed. The former Grace Christian Fellowship became a part of the Foursquare family in 2008. Northside moved all of their Higher Ground ministries into the building on Kingsway Avenue in Port Coquitlam. These ministries include their Saturday night recovery service called God Rock, their Food Bank, and their Clothing Co-op.
2011 brought Northside Foursquare Church to a new place of expansion. Like a healthy tulip bulb that has multiplied into three distinct bulbs, Northside’s three campuses had become three churches, each with its own distinct personality. To gain the best growth of triplets, the bulbs must be separated and planted on their own.
In the year 2011 Northside Church Coquitlam blessed the two congregations in Port Coquitlam as they were chartered as separate Foursquare churches. By December 2011, we had six strong Foursquare Churches covering an area on the northside of the Fraser River of about 40 kms. (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam North, Port Coquitlam Central, Maple Ridge, Mission and New West)
Northside Coquitlam is continued to be led by Pastor Barry Buzza.