Canadian Baptist of Western Canada


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 […]

Roy Bell

Roy Bell, former Pastor at Strathcona Baptist Church (Edmonton, AB), First Baptist Church Calgary, AB and First Baptist Vancouver, BC, and former Principal of Carey Theological College, passed away Thursday May 11th, 2017 in Duncan, BC, 2 days after his wife Elizabeth and he marked their 65th wedding anniversary. More to follow.

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 19

From Alpha to OEC Dear friends,   You will hear more about this from Shaila Visser (Head of Alpha Canada) at the Assembly later this month. Over 75,000 people took the Alpha course last year, and over 35,000 people made first time commitments or recommitments to a relationship with Christ. A very exciting year. Click […]

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 18

New Ways of Listening To God and Each Other Dear friends, There was so much to choose from in our life and ministry together this week, that I was challenged to limit it to these 2 wonderful experiences before us.   The first is Potential Impact, which we have spoken of before. Several dozen youth have […]

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 […]