What is Dryden Full Gospel?
At DFGC you'll find a multi-generational church community where you can connect with others, grow in your relationship with Jesus, and discover the life, power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Our church has people from all walks of life, but we all share a common desire: to know and experience the love and power of Jesus in our lives!
Dryden Full Gospel began in 1956-57, meeting in homes and halls to worship and grow in Christ. In the summer of '57, a travelling evangelist, Russel Richardson, hosted revival tent services in Dryden. These had a profound impact on those families who experienced God's love and salvation. The fledgling community grew and purchased property on Van Horne Ave., eventually putting up a new church building (now the current Free Methodist Church). In 1980, as the church community continued to grow, a new church building was completed on the Trans-Canada Highway (our current location).
Over the years we have seen people's lives impacted and transformed through the love and grace of God. We have seen God at work through children's and youth ministries, outreaches to our local community and neighbouring towns. We've also been able to launch a Christian school, multiple Bible studies, and support of several global worker missionaries.
Today about 140 of us gather weekly to continue to worship Jesus, to experience the life of the Spirit, and be transformed to reach Dryden with the Gospel.
Nikolas Amodeo grew up in Dryden Full Gospel Church. He was involved in music and youth ministries before graduating from our school and heading to Eston College where he met his wife, Sarah. Both of them graduated with bachelors in biblical studies. They were married in 2009 and Nik was asked to become the lead pastor of Dryden Full Gospel in the spring of 2012.
In 2013, Nik and Sarah took a sabbatical to move to Vancouver, BC. There Nik earned an MA in Theological Studies from Regent College. They returned to pastoring Dryden Full Gospel in 2015 to the present. Nik became an ordained minister with the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada in 2019. He is now working through his Doctor of Ministry wiht Carey Theological College, and serves as a sessional instructor with Eston College teaching in pastoral theology, biblical studies and spiritual formation.
Their journey has been filled with joy and with difficulties. God has used their experienced to shape the heart for community and vision for discipleship and outreach for Dryden Full Gospel.
Our Dream (Vision 2020-2025)
We dream of a church that is thriving and prayer-filled; a people who gather for excellent worship, biblical preaching, and the healing presence of the Holy Spirit over multiple services.
We dream of a highly engaged, multi-generational church where people from a range of cultures, ages, abilities and walks of life can belong together in community and are growing together in Christ.
We dream of a hub for ministry training and spiritual formation, a centre to meet community needs, and a sending church to equip people for local outreach, global missions and church planting.
Together we are seeking God and joining in his mission to extend grace and ignite hope in our city, nation and world; living and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in everyday life.
Dryden is a wilderness town in Northwestern Ontario; the smallest incorporated city in Ontario with a population of 7,749. Fcross-roads, a small city in Northwestern Ontario. Dryden is located on the Wabigoon River and Wabigoon. Nearby communities include Wabigoon, Vermilion Bay, Kenora, and Sioux Lookout. Dryden is also close to several First Nations communities.
Dryden is full of people who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus. We know that God loves this town and has planted us here to extend his love and grace to the people of Dryden.