Northside Church has been prayed over and for since October 1976, when Pastor Barry Buzza felt that God was calling him to plant a church in Port Coquitlam. He and his wife Susan began to pray for their new neighbourhood, knowing that the vision that they had for their future church would consist of new believers.
By October 1978, they began a Bible study in their home, and by May of 1979, they had their first church service in Lincoln Elementary School with 22 new believers. By February 1st, 1987 Northside Chapel celebrated their move into a newly built 15,000 square foot building with an attendance of 180 people. It was built on Coast Meridian and Lougheed Highway, and the church continued to grow.
By January 1992, Northside Chapel was still growing and by March 31st 1992, Northside Chapel was looking for room to expand. Together with Pastor Scott Falk, a pastor of a church in Coquitlam called Life Centre, they began to talk about combining their resources for a united congregation.
The Creation of Northside Foursquare Church
Both Northside Chapel and Life Centre were sister congregations sharing the same vision for expanding God’s Kingdom on the north side. God gave them a vision during this time, of a large jigsaw puzzle, symbolizing the pieces that each church could bring to complete the puzzle. In July of 1992, the puzzle pieces were joined between Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. As of July 12th, 1992, the churches were renamed Northside Foursquare Church and Pastor Barry and the worship team began to travel between both campuses each Sunday, for a total of three services between two campuses.
The expansion of Northside had only just begun, however – in 1995, Pastor Gord Demchuck and his wife along with a few families planted a Foursquare Church in Mission, BC. In 2008, Northside planted a campus in Maple Ridge called Northridge, then under the direction of Pastor Barry’s brother Rob Buzza. Many families joined with Rob Buzza, and there are currently over 400 people in attendance every Sunday.
Soon after Northridge was planted, Grace Christian Fellowship became part of the Foursquare family. All of the Higher Ground ministries, including the Food Bank and Clothing Co-op, were moved to the new Northside Foursquare Kingsway Campus, on Kingsway Avenue in Port Coquitlam.
2011 brought Northside to a new place. Each of their three campuses had taken on a distinct personality, and much like the bulb of a tulip, so they needed to be separated to allow for healthy growth. Northside Church Coquitlam blessed both of those campuses as they journeyed deeper into the growth that God was calling them to.
By December 2011, Northside had six strong Foursquare Churches covering an area on the north side of the Fraser River of about 40 kms. (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam North, Port Coquitlam Central, Maple Ridge, Mission and New Westminster).
Today, Northside Foursquare Church in Coquitlam is continued to be led by Pastor Barry Buzza.