The story of the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Windsor, ON is one of simple, ordinary people who placed their faith in an extraordinary God. HPAC has existed for more than 88 years in 5 different locations. This church is a testimony to how God works through faithful Christ followers to achieve great things for His glory. Many lives have been impacted and changed over the years by the message we preach and live. Broken lives have found healing, relationships have been strengthened, homes and hope have been restored. Jesus continues to use HPAC as a lighthouse in this community and a place of refuge for those who call upon His name. Our prayer is that you will soon become part of this great story and that you will explore with us what it means to be on mission with Jesus.
Heritage Park Alliance Church is part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in Canada. The C&MA was founded in the 1880’s by a Presbyterian Pastor named Albert B. Simpson. Since its earliest beginnings the C&MA has been unwaveringly committed to Jesus and His mission. The C&MA has always emphasized a very strong missionary outreach as well as the intentional desire for Christians to experience a “deeper life” in Christ. After nearly a century of unison with the C&MA in the United States, the C&MA in Canada became autonomous 1981.
The C&MA in Canada has been a growing evangelical movement since it beginning. There are approximately 440 local churches in Canada committed to living on mission locally and globally. Their aim is to be a Christ-Centered, Spirit-Empowered, and Mission-Focused movement in everything they do.
To learn more about the C&MA in Canada, please visit them at their web page:
The Logo of the Christian and Missionary Alliance is represented by four symbols . . .
The Cross represents Jesus Christ, our Saviour
The bedrock of the Alliance message in Canada and around the world is that Jesus Christ came to this world as the Saviour of mankind. He was sent by God to cleanse us from sin and bring salvation from sin so we could spend eternity with God, praising Him and loving Him. Jesus is the only way to know God. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~ John 14:6
His perfect life, His miracles, His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection are ours if we accept Him as our Saviour.
The cross, long a symbol of Christianity, reminds us of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16
The Wash Basin stands for Jesus Christ our Sanctifier
The wash basin symbolizes Christ as the One who sets us aside for Himself; that is, makes us holy, and through the Holy Spirit makes us able to please God.
When a believer senses the desire to “be transformed,” to have the mind “renewed,” as the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:1-2, there is a realization this is not a self-improvement project, but a true work of God in us. This can be a “moment of truth,” a “crisis’ when we stop trying to make ourselves better and instead throw open the door of our life to the Holy Spirit. Letting Him clean us up. Letting Him give us power over temptation, addictions, compulsions and everything that rules us and binds us. Letting Him free us.
This is not a one-stop experience. Every day the believer needs to go back to the Spirit, just as the Old Testament priests went back to the wash basin, and be cleansed in the blood of Christ as sins are confessed, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to face the day.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” ~ I Thessalonians 5:23,24
The Pitcher symbolizes Jesus Christ as our Healer
Oil is a double symbol: a symbol of healing, for we use oil to help heal cuts; and a symbol of the Holy Spirit who is poured out on us. The pitcher of oil speaks to us of Jesus Christ, our Great Physician, our Healer.
When we are sick the Apostle James tells us we are invited to come to Christ for healing. Call the elders of the church, James says, confess your sins and let the elders anoint you with oil and pray for you (James 5:13-18). This invitation is as fresh today as it ever was. Christ stands by our sickbed and we should, without hesitation, ask Him in His mercy to heal our diseases.
The Crown stands for Jesus Christ our Coming King
Christ is coming again. The Bible is filled with prophecies regarding the certainty of Jesus Christ’s bodily return to earth where He will reign as King. The crown in our logo symbolizes that reality.
When will this happen? Matthew says that “no one knows about the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36) So, we are commanded to “… keep watch, because [we] do not know on what day [our] Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:42) We “must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when [we] do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44).
This fact motivates The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada as it seeks to fulfill, what is called, the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)