We exist to proclaim Jesus Christ

Who We Are

Calgary needs Jesus. We see the city as a place that Jesus loves deeply because of the density and diversity of the people who live there.

We want to bring the GRACE of Jesus to Calgary.

Grace is a word that describes unearned blessing and forgiveness and it is our hope to bring grace to everyone we come in contact with.

Our Elders

Jeremiah Smith

Jeremiah is married to Nicole and together they have two sons, Silas and Ezra. Jeremiah has been a Pastor at Urban Grace since July 2017, and unless he is asked to lead a mission to Mars he intends to stay put there. Jeremiah enjoys time with his family, Hawaii, coffee, playing and watching sports, music, and summertime.

He and Nicole lead a City Group in Oakridge (Thursday at 6 pm), and he would love to meet you at Monogram for a coffee.

Email me at: jeremiahsmith@urbangracechurch.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeremiahmsmith
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeremiahmsmith/

Matthew Howden

Matthew is married to Amanda and has two awesome children Jonah (born December 11, 2013) and Abigail (born August 17, 2016). Matthew has been an Elder at Urban Grace since December 2017 and he is the Elder over UG Kids and Men’s Bible study.

He is leading a City Group – Glenbrook/Killarney. He is leading our proclaim team. He is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry. He loves coffee, reading, his wife, and Urban Grace although not in that order!
He would love to grab a coffee and chat with you.

Email: elders@urbangracechurch.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/matthowden
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matt.howden.10
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howdenmatthowden/

Simon Neville

Simon has been an elder at Urban Grace since the summer of 2017. He is a Registered Nurse working in Critical Care at Peter Lougheed Hospital. He and his beautiful wife Brianne enjoy spending time in the outdoors fishing, hunting, and cutting firewood! Like the other Elders, Simon is a coffee drinker and would love to spend time chatting over a cup of coffee.

Email him at Simon.nevillern@gmail.com

Timothy Smith

Tim and his wife Shannon have been attending Urban Grace since 2013. Tim has been an Elder at UG since 2016, and now acts as the Elder Chairman.

Tim and Shannon committed there lives to Christ in 1979, and where married that same year. They have two sons, and a daughter, all married and six grandchildren.

Johnny Thiessen

Frequently Asked Questions

Urban Grace Church

823 64 Ave NW
Calgary, AB T2K 0M6

Sunday Morning: 10:00 AM


Our ‘Big’ (Sunday morning) gatherings are designed to connect people with Jesus and other members of His family. On Sundays we gather to hear about Jesus from the Bible. We’re all given a chance to respond to what Jesus is teaching us through music, the Lord’s Table, and giving. If you are new to our church—or church in general—this is a great place for you to get introduced to who we believe is the most important person in history: Jesus Christ.

It’s important to know that we also value ‘Small’ gatherings, which we call City Groups. Our Sunday mornings are designed to help you understand who Jesus is and what He has done for you. Our City Groups are designed to act like family units where real community happens.

When you visit Urban Grace for a Sunday gathering, the greeters and connect team can provide you with more information about how to join a City Group or to join a service team.

Urban Grace is a vibrant multi-generational church family, and we love to welcome new families with children. Urban Grace Kids provides an opportunity for kids (infants to age 10) to learn about Jesus while parents and caregivers attend the Sunday gathering. Kids can be dropped off in their classrooms beginning at 10:15am and should be picked up during the Communion portion of the gathering, immediately following the sermon.


We are a very proud member of the C2C Church planting network. The C2C network is a missions based, Canadian network, that exists to see Canada reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While many of us in the C2C network are affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, we collectively want to see Gospel Centered, Spirit Led, Mission Focused churches planted across Canada, and we recognize that we cannot accomplish this task on our own. Therefore, the C2C network is unapologetically interdenominational. It is a group that is passionate about collaborating with other denominations to train and coach church planters. C2C network desires to develop “best practices” in Church Planting in order to accomplish this purpose.

Urban Grace is also a proud member of Acts 29, a network that helps men plant Jesus-loving churches all over the world. Over the last ten years Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to over 500 churches around the world. We want to allow a unifying, uncommon movement of God to happen through Acts 29. Centered on the Gospel, we desire to advance the mission of Jesus through obediently planting church-planting churches. It is our hope to see this lead to millions of lives being changed by the power of the Spirit for the glory of God.