Unite Life. Grow Life. Inspire Life.






Our Purpose



Southgate exists to UNITE people with God and with God's people, to GROW faithful and passionate followers of Jesus, who INSPIRE and lead others to do the same.

What does it mean to unite your life with Jesus? We want to talk with you! Email a pastor >

Website pics

UNITE Life is all about uniting people with God and the body of believers -our Sunday mornings.




GROW Life is all about plugging everyone into a community: LifeGroups, Kidville, AMPED Students, Young Adults, so we can grow in faith, discipleship and serving in a smaller setting.




INSPIRE Life is all about building leaders among us to make a difference within the church & within our community. Discovering our unique gifts & learning to share our story effectively, leading a LifeGroup, serving within the church or doing local & global outreach are some ways we can inspire others to life in Jesus. 





 At Southgate Church we seek to demonstrate God's love to the people of North Grenville and the surrounding areas. 



We want to bring the 'unchanging message' to our 'ever changing culture'.  We want to show how the Bible is relevant to the challenges of everyday living.  Church doesn't have to be boring, that's why the Southgate family is committed to creativity and innovation in our ministries.  We believe a healthy church embraces the Great Commandment and the Great Commission that was taught by Jesus Himself.  These passages from the book of Matthew in the Bible remind us to love God first and then our neighbour.


BEN LAST - Lead Pastor

This is Ben. He does not like cats. He has an awesome wife Emily and three cute sons. Please send him more emails here.


KEVIN GAY - Young Adults & Discipleship Pastor

This is Kevin. He loves music and theology. He has an awesome wife Gabriella and three cute sons. Please send him more emails here.


JOEL VANDASSELAAR - Youth & Worship Arts Pastor 

This is Joel. He loves the Leafs and sportsing. He has an awesome wife Rachel and two cute sons. Please send him more emails here.




This is Lindsay. She loves playing games and fitness. She has an awesome husband Joel and three fun kids. Please send her more emails here.


ROB FRASER - Winchester Campus Pastor

This is Rob. He loves his North Dundas, Jesus and helping others. He has an awesome wife and family. Please send him more emails here.


MELANIE TESSIER - Administrative & Kidville Assistant

This is Melanie. She loves crafting, the dollar store and helping others. She has an awesome family and a new puppy. Please send her more emails here.


LAURA BREEDON - Bookkeeper

This is Laura. She loves balancing books, and card making. She has an awesome husband Jeff and two great kids. Please send her more emails here.


RICK LEWIS - Facilities

This is Rick.  He loves watching baseball and Canadian football.  Rick is married to his loving and supportive wife, Chris.  He has 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Please send him more emails here.


RENÉ BADENHORST - Communications

This is René. She loves being in nature and reading. She has an awesome husband and family. Please send her more emails here.









Doug Pember

Sharon Alger

John Tucker

Kari Christiansen








We believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Saviour of all men and women who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life.  We believe that those who receive new life in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord's Spirit.  We believe in the Bible and seek to establish our faith and actions on its teaching. We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and that the purpose of the Church is to tell the world about Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds. The following are terms descriptive of who Wesleyans are and why they do what they do. They describe the "soul of the Church".

Biblical Authority
The Bible is the highest source of written authority for God's plan for His people; it reveals how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. Beliefs, practices & priorities are to be anchored in clear Biblical teachings.


Jesus Christ is the defining feature of God's will for all humankind. In Christ is found the highest and most practical meaning and clearest example for holy living or Godliness. Christ is both example and strength as Wesleyans pursue integrity, excellence, faith, hope, and love.


Making disciples is a clear mandate from Christ. This requires a strong focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done effectively, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among the churches.


Local Church Centered
The denomination exists to serve local congregations.  Local churches are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship.  The challenge of the denomination is to keep finding the best ways to serve and strengthen congregations.


Servant Leadership
We respect leadership that is placed over them, while realizing that the authority and effectiveness of spiritual leadership is not primarily bestowed, but earned and manifested by a loving and willing heart of obedience that serves God and mankind gladly. We desire to be leaders in serving.


Unity in Diversity
There is intrinsic value in every person. Unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in the light of the wide range of differences in personality, culture, race, talents and perspectives.  Loving each other eliminates devaluation and deprivation of life to one another.


1303 French Settlement Road, Kemptville, Ontario, K0G 1J0
Phone: 613-258-6123  Email
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm


A Life Giving Church.