Pierre and Hanna Jutras
Home Church: Northwest Langley, BC
Pierre was raised in a loving Catholic family in Quebec. Pierre recalls, “I learned good values and education through my parents, good schools and religious education.” As Pierre grew he realized that even though his religious education taught him the importance of God in his life, it never communicated the Gospel and never provided him with the opportunity to change his sinful habits and to find forgiveness in Christ.
However, it was during Pierre’s first year at the University of Montreal when Martin, Pierre’s brother, came to faith in Christ as a result of campus ministry at the college he attended. Conversations with his brother made him feel uncomfortable. Pierre finally accepted an invitation from his brother to attend a movie night at his church. “The movie, testimonies and preaching convicted me of my need of repentance and of Jesus Christ. I was struck by the seriousness of Jesus’ words from Matthew 10:32-33: ‘Therefore whoever confesses me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.’” Two weeks later, in his room with a small Gideon New Testament in his hands he knelt down and asked the Lord to forgive him and save him. He then started to attend a Baptist church in Longueuil, where he learned so much from a faithful group of young people in the church.
Upon completion of his studies in Chemical Engineering, Pierre became involved in the Christian campus ministry. Three years later he enrolled at a French Bible school in Quebec city, École Théologique Baptiste de Québec, and then pursued his Master’s at Northwest Baptist Seminary (ACTS) in Langley, BC.
Hanna was born in Warsaw, Poland, into a Christian family. Her grandparents came to know the Lord as Savior as they read the Bible during the terrible times of post-war Poland. As a young person Hanna attended a youth camp run by Child Evangelism Fellowship and the Evangelical Free Church in Poland. She recalls that it was during one of the Bible times that she understood the assurance of her salvation was not dependent on her, or on her good life, or on anything that she would do in life. Jesus had died for her and she could humbly accept His gift and then live in His strength. She gave her life personally to Jesus that day, and became by the power of God promised in the Gospel of John 1:12-13 a child of God’s family.
Upon completion of studies at the University of Marie Skłodowska Curie in Lublin, Hanna studied at a Bible school in Warsaw. The Lord graciously opened the door allowing her the opportunity to continue her studies in Canada. After graduating with her Bachelors in Theology, she was invited to become involved in a youth ministry at a church in Vancouver. It was while Hanna was pursuing additional studies at Trinity Western Seminary that she met Pierre. Hanna and Pierre were married in September 1999 and have two children, Timothy and Rachelle. The Lord has developed in them a deep burden and passion to see people come to faith in Christ.
The Lord has opened before them open doors to be involved in evangelism via camp ministry and soccer camp ministry in the area of Warsaw, Zamość and Lublin. Since January 2008 they have been involved in a new church plant in Grodzisk, south Warsaw. Some key mature Christians have also been added to their church family, providing for them leaders to be prepared to eventually become responsible for the growing church.