Building Community
Growing Hope
Supporting Change

Building Community
Growing Hope
Supporting Change

Vision

Adults experiencing poverty and homelessness have their basic needs met, are growing hope and are supported toward sustainable life change and integration into the broader community.

Mission

To build hope and wellbeing for our most vulnerable citizens through Jesus’ love.

Values

 

Christ-Centredness

Transparent Accountability

Treating all with Respect

Open Communication

Holistic Innovation

  • Mustard Seed History
  • Mustard Seed History
  • Mustard Seed History

30 Years of Growing Hope

The Mustard Seed has been an agent of change for three decades, thanks to our donors, volunteers and support from the community.

The Mustard Seed has been serving people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Alberta since the ‘80s. It has become a haven for those needing help, which is offered through open hands with unconditional love.

The growth of The Mustard Seed has been much like the Bible verse in Matthew 13:31-32 where Jesus tells the parable of the mustard seed – “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field: it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

The initial idea for a street ministry for the homeless grew out of the Burning Bush Coffeehouse, which was run by the First Baptist Church in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. It became a reality in 1984 when founder Pat Nixon planted The Mustard Seed in an old house downtown and then later it grew into a larger building on 11 Avenue SE.

Today, The Mustard Seed in Calgary offers an expansive range of innovative programs and services, including education and employment programs, health and wellness services, basic needs through a shelter for 370 men and women, spiritual care and housing. In March 2014, The Mustard Seed opened the 1010 Centre, which provides homes to 224 low-income individuals, many of whom have just come out of homelessness.

Likewise in Edmonton, The Mustard Seed was first planted in 1988 in the old Central Baptist Church on 96th Street where it blossomed into a haven for low-income individuals and families. Today, hundreds of people rely on the organization for food, clothing, counselling and other support services such as housing assistance, employment coaching and spiritual development.

At The Mustard Seed, we care about the whole person – physical, mental and spiritual. We recognize that the root causes of poverty and homelessness are complex and diverse, and so we continue to grow and evolve with the needs of those we serve.

Our Executive Staff

Stephen Wile

Chief Executive Officer

ALBERTA

Richard Deschenes

Chief Development Officer

ALBERTA

John Rook

Managing Director (Calgary) & Director of Strategic Initiatives

ALBERTA

Margaret Downing

Director of Human Resources

ALBERTA

Dean Kurpjuweit

Managing Director

EDMONTON

Our Board of Directors

Kevin Schular

Board Chair (Foundation)

Bill Dyck

Director

Lorne Heppner

Board Chair (Society)

Ruth Esau

Director

Fred Weiss

Director

Jeremy Thiessen

Director

Andrew Snook

Director