Warren Hale

bigstock-Single-Red-Rose-Flower-44599210September 18, 2014 — The CBWC mourns the death of Warren Hale who went home to glory on September 15 at the age of 95.

Warren Clifford Hale was born in Eureka, Kansas on December 20, 1918 to John and Ruth Hale. He was the oldest of four children.  When Warren was a teenager, his family moved to Seattle where he finished high school.  At this time he also received Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour. After high school, and being called by God to become a pastor, he enrolled in Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon (now Multnomah University).  Upon graduation, he moved to Salem, OR where he became a pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church.  At this time, on March 20, 1942, he married Susanne Esau.  They had their first daughter, Sharon, before moving to Seattle to further Warren’s education at Seattle Pacific College. Their second daughter, Charlotte, was born during this time.

Warren was then pastor to three churches in Washington:  Honeydew Community Church, Shelton First Baptist and Winlock First Baptist.  In 1968, he and Susanne moved to Nanaimo BC where he served as pastor for nine years. After their ministry in Nanaimo, they moved to Naples, Italy, where Warren was pastor at the Service Men’s Centre for one year. Ministry continued as they moved back to Canada where  Warren became pastor at High River Baptist in Alberta before becoming the Minister to Seniors at White Rock Baptist Church. He held this position until retiring from the ministry.

Warren was preceded in death by his wife Susanne, his brother Harold Hale and Lynn Marie and Scottie DeBoer.

Warren leaves a lifetime legacy of faithful service to the Lord.  A memorial service will be held at White Rock Baptist Church at 2 pm on September 18, 2014.  Please remember Warren’s family and many friends in your prayers.

Kathy Janzen

bigstock-Beautiful-Lily-flower-over-whi-12572015September 9, 2014 — The CBWC was saddened to learn that Kathleen Marie Janzen (nee Hilde) passed away peacefully at home into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday morning, September 7, 2014 at the age of 77 years, following a year’s battle with colon cancer.

She was born on March 25, 1937 in Loos, B.C., and after graduating from high school in Prince George at the age of 16 years, attended Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta.  This was followed by 3 years of Registered Nurse’s training at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C., where she continued after graduation for another 3 years as a nursing instructor in pediatrics.

In 1963 she married Karl Janzen and moved to Three Hills, Alberta, where she served as a nurse, piano teacher, and mother to their three children who were born there.  In 1971 the Janzen family moved to Victoria, B.C., where Kathleen worked as a nurse and Karl served as Lay Minister at Emmanuel Baptist Church.  From there, the Janzen family was accepted in 1975 for cross-cultural missionary service overseas by the Canadian Baptist Overseas Mission Board for ministry in South America and Africa.

Kathleen taught sacred music at two seminaries in Brazil from 1977 to 2003, having earned her ARCT (piano teacher), BRE (religious education); BCM (church music), and MA in Ethnomusicology degrees.  Frequent, temporary trips to Angola, Africa, endeared Kathleen and her musical talent to the people there.

The Janzens retired from missionary service in 2003 in Vernon, B.C., where Kathleen continued to serve actively at First Baptist Church and in other community endeavours.

Kathleen leaves to mourn her passing: Karl Janzen, her husband of 51 years; her 3 children: Diane (Gerson) Betman of Vernon, B.C., Douglas (Jill) Janzen of Ft. St. John, B.C., and Sandra (David James) Janzen of Campbellville, Ontario; her brother Ken (Julie) Hilde of Grand Forks and her sister Sharon (Ed) Davis of Williams Lake, B.C.  She has 7 grandchildren who will dearly miss their vovó.  She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Raynor (Judy) Hilde.

An interment service, for family and close friends, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12, at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, and a Celebration of Life memorial service will be commemorated at First Baptist Church, 1406 – 32nd Avenue in Vernon, B.C., on Saturday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Dan Watt officiating, followed by a reception and refreshments in the church hall.

Please keep the Janzen family and their friends in your prayers.

Little White Church Centennial

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“The Little White Church in the Rockies” is 100!  On September 7th Jasper Park Baptist Church is celebrating the centennial in collaboration with Jasper United Church and the community of Jasper. Anyone and everyone is welcome! We’ll give time & space for greetings from anyone, especially former pastors and Bedford Inn “alumni”. Service at 10 a.m., BBQ lunch to follow, with an open house (displays, tours) until 2 p.m.

New Heartland Regional Minister

May 14, 2014 —  On behalf of the Board of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of a Heartland Regional Minister.  After an excellent search process with a deep field of candidates thoughtful interviews, and careful deliberation, the Search Committee unanimously recommended to the CBWC Board Reverend Mark Doerksen.  The Board has wholeheartedly endorsed that recommendation and Mark has accepted the appointment.  Mark Doerksen has been associated with the CBWC for the past twenty-two years; seventeen of those years at Willowlake Baptist Church in Winnipeg; the past ten years as the congregation’s Lead Pastor.  Mark is married to Mary Stuber Doerksen, who has served on the Heartland Regional Advisory Team as Moderator and the CBWC Board.  Mark and Mary have two children: Micah (16) and Aby (14).   Mark earned a B.Th. from Providence College, Otterburne, MB, his M.Div. (Honours) from Providence Theological Seminary, and is currently engaged in a D.Min. program at Carey Theological College.  Mark has served in a wide variety of capacities within the Winnipeg Ministerial and the denomination over the years and brings some excellent gifts and complementary skills to the CBWC Staff Team – all of whom are looking forward to working with him.

Mark is expected to begin employment with the CBWC in August, 2014, final details to be confirmed.

CBWC Forum: Start Talking!


Abstract clouds used in social networksThe CBWC has added a discussion forum to its website to encourage members of CBWC churches to connect with each other and build momentum around shared ministry interests.  Go towww.cbwc.ca/forums to sign up.

The CBWC Forum is intended to be a place where pastors, ministry leaders, CBWC staff and church members from different congregations can talk to each other publicly about their ministry visions, needed resources and their capacity to get involved beyond the local church.  Our hope is that it will help us create connections between local and regional churches so they can work together to do more for God.

To get involved, simply go to the forum and sign up.  You will be given a password. You can change the password by going to the upper right hand corner of the screen where it says ‘Howdy’.  The password change is done under the category ‘edit my profile’.  It would also help us greatly if you would give us your real name so we know who we are talking to.

To find topics that interest you, click on one of the general headings in red or type key words into the ‘search’ function.  If you want to reply to a posted topic, there is a reply box below the topic post. Place your curser within the large blank space, click, and begin typing. The “Submit” button is at the bottom right of the page. To start your own topic, just go to one of the red headings, type your topic title, make your comment and press submit at the bottom right.  Easy!

The CBWC Forum is a work in progress, so we’ll be making adjustments, reorganizing and adding capabilities as we discover together what works and what doesn’t.

The CBWC Forum will be most useful if members use it a lot to bounce ideas around and return often to view responses.  Join today and see what God is placing on the hearts of His people.


Seeking Heartland Regional Minister

cbwc_jobsMarch 13, 2014 – The CBWC hopes to hire a Regional Minister for the Heartland.  A job description has been posted in the Careers section of the CBWC website.  The deadline for applications in March 31, 2014.

Once hired, the new Heartland Regional Minister will work with CBWC churches and pastors in Saskatchewan and Manitoba to encourage churches to becoming healthy, missional communities.  The Regional Minister will support the development of effective church leaders and provide pastoral care to pastors and their families. She or he will also facilitate church resourcing and networking opportunities and offer specific advice and assistance as required.

Currently, Wayne Larson and Faye Reynolds are serving jointly as Heartland Regional Ministers in an interim capacity. We are very grateful for their continuing dedication and service during this time of transition.

We look forward to discerning God’s choice for this important position in the life of the CBWC as we seek to share His faithfulness across Western Canada.

Please review the job description for details.

Interested candidates should submit their resume to Wayne Larson by March 31, 2014 at

AB/NWT Regional Office

212, 9333 – 50th St.

Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2L5



Introducing the CBWC’s New Church Planters

Shannon Youell
Shannon Youell

March 4, 2014 – The CBWC is pleased to announce that we have hired two part-time church planters for the BC and Alberta Regions.   Rev. Shannon Youell of Victoria, BC, has accepted the position of overall Church Planting Coordinator and as the BC-Yukon Regional Church Planting Director.  Rev. Ron Orr, pastor of Clive Baptist in Clive, AB has accept the part-time position of Alberta-NWT Regional Church Planting Director.

These two part-time appointments will build on the strong church planting momentum created by Tom Lavigne, who served as the CBWC’s Director of Church Planting for four years.  Going forward, the CBWC has decided to take a regional approach rather than centralizing the work of church planting in one location.  The CBWC anticipates that we will be hiring a part-time Church Planting Director for the Heartland sometime shortly.

Shannon will work with Ron and the Heartland church planters to support existing church plants, cast church planting vision, and catalyse new church plants in each region, in addition to starting church plants in BC and the Yukon.  Ordained in 2012, she has worked as an itinerant speaker and worship leader for 10 years.   She has a passion that intentional practices grow deeper in worship and in our knowledge and intimacy with God.

“I am very passionate about believers who are the church, being the tangible presence of Jesus in the places and spaces where we live, work, play and pray.  This is God’s call on us: to join him in his mission as his witnesses to reveal the good news of the kingdom of God,” Shannon says.  “I am passionate in moving us from our places of worship where we gather a time or two a week, to being scattered about our neighbourhoods, towns and cities and blessing those places and making a difference in some way that reveals the God of love, hope, joy, peace, mercy and healing who so loves the world that He desires none should perish!”

Ron Orr
Ron Orr

In his part-time role of Alberta-NWT Regional Church Planting Director, Ron will help pastors and churches grasp the vision to plant new churches, support existing church plants, and start new church plants in Alberta and NWT.  He will continue his ministry as Senior Pastor at Clive Baptist, where he has served for nearly 12 years.  Ron brings a passion to see God invigorating the churches of Alberta by bringing in new peoples with new visions of being faithful in new congregations. He will be working on church planting 3-4 days each month.

“In recent years we have had a significant number of Filipino immigrants join our community and fellowship. We have been richly blessed and challenged by their presence and vibrant faith. We are thankful they have come,” Ron says.  “Together we are seeing new house churches springing up and by grouping these we envision new congregations being established throughout central Alberta. I believe that every church must be missional in its own community; that every church should seek to plant new churches in neighbouring communities; and every church should participate in a worldwide vision.”

We are grateful that Shannon and Ron are working with us to plant new churches in western Canada.

Shannon can be reached at syouell@cbwc.ca and Ron can be reached at pastorron@platinum.ca.



Truth and Reconciliation Commission Event

bigstock-Native-American-3931847January 30, 2014 – The CBWC would like to encourage all those who attend CBWC churches to participate in the upcoming session of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Edmonton, March 27-30.

Attending the seventh and final national Truth and Reconciliation event at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton is a great way to increase understanding of the history and realities of indigenous people in Canada, and to try to make stronger connections with indigenous communities.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is hosting local hearings and larger national events across Canada to acknowledge the facts and impacts of residential schools on aboriginal children, their families and communities. It aims to facilitate reconciliation by providing a safe and culturally appropriate context for survivors to share their stories as a way to begin healing the broken relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people.

The Canadian government ran more than 139 residential schools for aboriginal children from the early 1840s onwards, closing the last one in 1996. Most of these schools were located in Western and Northern Canada and were run by the Catholic (60%), Anglican (30%) and United Churches (10%). During this 150 year period, more than 150,000 aboriginal, Métis and Inuit children were taken by force from their parents and communities to place them in schools far from home.

The purpose of removing children to the schools was to “take the Indian out of the child”, a program of cultural assimilation. Many of these children were subjected to physical and sexual abuse. In some schools, especially before 1945, more than half the children died from malnutrition and disease. While some good was done at the schools, the overall impact of atrocities on many of these children, their families, their communities and on relationships between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people was tragic and devastating and the affects remain to this day.

Although Baptists were involved in running only one of the residential schools (in the Yukon), as Christians and as Canadians, we seek reconciliation in the name of Jesus Christ. We encourage you to attend this free event.
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Devin Seghers Resigns

Devin Seghers, Heartland Regional Minister
Devin Seghers, Heartland Regional Minister

January 22, 2014 — It is with deep regret that we announce that the Reverend Devin Seghers, Regional Minister for the Heartland has tendered his resignation.  Devin served with great grace and a deep love for the Heartland churches.  His ministry, to date spans twenty-five years and, has all been in the Heartland, including excellent pastorates in Assiniboia and Prince Albert, and most recently as Regional Minister.  Devin brought a great pastor’s heart to the job, an intentional focus on prayer, and creative ideas for resourcing the churches.  Our greatest regret is that his Regional ministry was shortened as a result of the trauma he suffered in October, 2012 while seeking to protect a vulnerable individual.  During the past 15 months since that incident, he has expressed gratitude and grace for all of the support, prayers and love that have been extended to him by so many in the CBWC and is grateful for all the efforts that have been expended by the CBWC, WCB and his doctors for his recovery from injury and a return to a normative life.

After much prayer, Devin tendered his resignation and has great peace and contentment.  It is Devin’s full intention and hope to work alongside the CBWC for the future.   We are his family and have been for all of these years.  He is grateful for having been able to serve the larger constituency.   It is our hope that as Devin continues to rehabilitate, we will see him re-emerge as the strong servant of the Lord that he has always been.   As Devin has said in the past, “ministry is not a particular title but a call on my life.”  We anticipate continued service and relationship in the CBWC family.   Please pray for Devin and Joan as they seek God’s direction for the future and God’s continued healing.

2014 Celebration Dinners

gord_kingWant to learn more about the family of churches known as the CBWC? Interested in partnering with like-minded people in your community and across the West for the sake of the Kingdom?

Join us at a Celebration Dinner: an event for those who want to know more about how we can serve God better together. You will have an opportunity to meet new people and be challenged by our guest, Dr. Gord King, as he shares stories and experiences that will help us look beyond ourselves.

Pick your nearest dinner below to register for complimentary tickets:

  • February 27: Lower Mainland, at Royal Oak Ministry Centre, Burnaby
  • March 12: Calgary at Village Park Inn, 1804 Crowchild Trail, Calgary AB
  • April 29: Vancouver Island at Emmanuel Baptist, Victoria, BC
  • June 10: Manitoba, Winnipeg Winter Club, Winnipeg, MB
  • September 23: Okanagan at Summerland Baptist, Summerland, BC
  • October 23: Saskatchewan at Travelodge Hotel, 106 Circle Drive West Saskatoon, SK
  • November 24: Edmonton at Laurier Heights Baptist, Edmonton, AB
  • November 25: Central Alberta, at Clive Baptist, Clive AB

Questions? Contact Coordinator Heather Thomson at hthomson@cbwc.ca or 778.242.2598

To help us cover the cost of the event, make a donation or contact Heather to find out about sponsoring the event.