Canadian Baptist of Western Canada


News & Notes Vol 13 No. 24

Your Governance is Showing Dear friends, We take great pride in congregational governance but very few of us know what that means in theory or in practice. Often, we describe ourselves as what we are not rather than what we are. We are not like those folk down the road who are always having church […]

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 23

Transitions and Stories Dear friends, First, I would like to thank so many of you for your prayers, cards, notes, thoughts and recollections of my father Roy Bell who passed away on May 11. My father passed on a Thursday but his condition had begun to worsen on the previous Friday so while he was in somewhat poor health […]

News & Notes Vol 13. No. 22

Items for Prayer Dear friends, The camping season is beginning a full earnest now as staff prepare for the summer onslaught of students at all our camps: Keats Camps, BC – Ryan Friesen, Executive Director Zao Outdoor Ministries, BC – Mattias Morrison, Ministry Coordinator Gull Lake Centre, AB – Steve Roadhouse, Executive Director Mill Creek […]

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 […]

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 21

Assembly 2017 Dear Friends,   I have moved the date of our newsletter this week to accommodate all that was going on in our Gathering this year. It is one thing to talk about and anticipate what The Gathering might be; it is quite another to report on what actually happened.   It has been […]

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 20

An Invitation to the Health of the Church Dear friends, The Gathering 2017 is happening in one week’s time. We will celebrate our heritage, our present, and our future as Canadian Baptists. Gary Nelson from Tyndale will speak to us on leading in disorienting times. Our own Sam Breakey will encourage us to look to […]