In September, 1982, the first church services commenced in the Westside building at 3791 Hwy 16W in Prince George. Bruce and Gwen Stratton gave leadership in the pioneering of this new congregation. They had come from Peterborough, Ontario, after Bruce graduated from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College. Bruce initially came to serve in a pastoral internship under Pastor Arlo Johnson at Prince George Pentecostal Tabernacle. After the internship was completed, Bruce and Gwen oversaw the new work at Westside. Also in September of 1982, in the same building, the academy began with approximately 50 students, under the tutelage of Dale and Alberta Cummins.
In February, 1983, the Westside building was gutted by a fire lit by an arsonist. In view of the severity of the fire, considerable structural changes were made to the building. During the nine months of reconstruction, the congregation met in a rented school gymnasium, and the academy relocated to Pentecostal Tabernacle at 5thand Ospika.