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For the love of Peace River, and other happenings around CBWC

  In June the First Baptist Church of Peace River, AB spend a full day in service of the city, for the love of Peace River. Church members volunteered all over town to show their love of the community in a God-inspired way. Chelsea Freidt who organized the event says,”We just want people to know that we […]

Meet your new Executive Minister!

As of July 1, 2017 Rob Ogilvie is the new Executive Minister of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. He’s been a CBWC member, pastor, and Regional Minister for a long time, and he’s done so throughout our various regions. So lots of you already know Rob, but for those who don’t and for those […]

Stories from the Calgary office: Budgeting for ministry work

The CBWC Calgary Office & Director of Administration and Finance This the beginning of a series of articles exploring the work of CBWC’s Calgary office. The Calgary office the hub of daily operations, and lots of great stories come out of their work. We want to share some of them with you over the coming […]

The Gathering 2017 Roundup

It feels like half a year past, but it was really just over a month ago that CBWC delegates and staff swarmed Calgary for the biennial Gathering. Last month’s newsletter we talked about the vote to adopt UNDRIP as a framework for (re)conciliation, and shared a few photos from the event. But a lot more […]

Farewell Jeremy Bell

At the end of June, we will say goodbye to the irreplaceable Reverend Jeremy Bell at the completion of his term as CBWC’s Executive Minister, a position he filled, invigorated and strengthened for 12 years. His leadership and loquaciousness are legendary. His humour and deep love of people are cherished. His historian’s mind that effuses […]

The church abounds in prison ministry

Imagine being a teenager with abusive parents. You tag along with a local gang, finding a sense of family there. One night, you’re out late, you’re high, and someone ticks you off. You lose it on them and attack. You’re a young offender, but the damage is bad enough that they try you as an […]

In memory of Roy Drysdale Bell, 1925-2017

Roy passed away two days after he and Elizabeth’s 65th wedding anniversary in the presence of family, amidst great care, love, prayers, and thanksgiving. He is survived by his beloved wife Elizabeth, sister Evelyn McWha, children Jennifer (Uriel), Gillian (Steven), Rosemary, Joanne (Mickin), and Jeremy (Kerry), 16 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Roy served at St. […]

Highlights from The Gathering 2017

CBWC votes to adopt UNDRIP, signalling commitment to participate in the (re)conciliation with Indigenous people

CBWC votes to adopt UNDRIP, signalling commitment to participate in the (re)conciliation with Indigenous people Last week almost 300 pastors and delegates from CBWC churches gathered in Calgary for a biannual assembly. Among the shared meals, times of worship and preaching, some significant business was conducted. As is custom, CBWC Board and partners brought reports to […]

Kinbrace receives funding for refugee support work

“The voice of the asylum seeker … is a voice that’s difficult to hear at times. The asylum seeker’s voice … gets lost in the noise of politicians who shamelessly conflate asylum seekers with risk and terrorism … [and gets] crowded out by our own instinctual fear of the ‘other’.” — Loren Balisky, executive director of Kinbrace […]