CBWC Sunday 2014

On November 16, 2014 the CBWC will celebrate its third annual CBWC Sunday. We mark CBWC Sunday to glorify God for His faithfulness and to by celebrate the ministries we share together as Canadian Baptists. Together, supported by the Holy Spirit, we multiply the impact of the local church for Christ.

We hope CBWC Sunday offers an opportunity for local congregations to thank God and rejoice over what He is doing in our midst locally, across Western Canada and beyond. We long for CBWC Sunday to become an opportunity to praise God for our shared Baptist beliefs, values and ministries. We pray that CBWC Sunday will encourage churches and their members as they learn how the CBWC supports and resources churches, and fill them with a desire to draw closer together as a community of churches.

Check out a short video message featuring marking CBWC Sunday featuring Executive Minister Jeremy Bell. Also, look for your copy of our annual Partnerships & Possibilities publication so you know how to pray for and take part in CBWC ministries beyond those in your local church.

We hope all CBWC churches will celebrate God’s faithfulness as He empowers the local church and our shared ministries together through His Holy Spirit.

George Munchinsky

flower #5September 24, 2014 — We were saddened to learn of the passing of George Munchinsky, a man of God who had pastored several CBWC churches.

George died on September 18 at the age of 79 in Olds, AB of complications due to cancer.  George had served as pastor of three CBWC churches:  Grace-Kildonan Church in Winnipeg MB, First Baptist Church in  Prince Albert SK and First Baptist Church in Olds AB.

George leaves to mourn him his wife Darlene and many friends and family.  His memorial service will take place on Friday, September 26 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church in Olds AB.

Please keep George’s family and friends in your prayers.


Eileen Wall

Flower #6September 24 2014 — We mourn the passing of Eileen Wall who went home to her Lord on Sunday, September 21.

Eileen and her husband Clarence were pillars of Nanton First Baptist Church for more than 60 years. Clarence served as lay pastor at Nanton First Baptist for 6 years several decades ago.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 2 pm at Nanton First Baptist Church.

Please remember Eileen’s family and 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.

Top Christian Comedian Will Entertain at BPC

Leland-131July 22, 2014 – One of Canada’s top Christian comedians will be performing at Banff Pastors and Spouses Conference this year.  Leland Klassen, a stand-up comedian known for his very funny comedy routines will be entertaining pastors and their spouses on the first evening of the conference, Monday, November 3.  The Banff Pastors and Spouses Conference will be held November 3-6 at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff.

Recognized as Canada’s premier Christian comedian, Leland Klassen decided early on that he would do his comedy without resorting to shock humour. His brand of hilarious physical comedy combined with an endearing charm and clever observations about life make his show unique.  

Klassen has performed as at the prestigious Just for Laughs festival three times and had his own episode of the US comedy series Bananas.  He has had two television series on the west coast and appeared as a guest on many television shows.  In 2002, he received the BCAB 2002 Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow award for his TV work in Vancouver. 

He became a favourite Christian entertainer when he realized he had been given a great platform to speak to audiences both on and offstage about his experiences and relationship with Christ. Whether he is sharing his testimony or weaving the Gospel through his hilarious act, Klassen has the ability to do so in a comfortable, non-threatening manner that is perfect for outreach events. He is never afraid to be a Christian in the comedy world.

The theme for this year’s Banff Pastors and Spouses Conference is based on Psalm 115:1:

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Thy name give glory.

We will gain insight into this text from two key perspectives.  Dr. Harry Gardner, President of Acadia Divinity College, will lead evening sessions focused on spiritual formation.  Each morning, David Wells, General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, will speak on evangelism.  Morning Bible studies will be led by Loralyn Lind, Senior Pastor of First Baptist, Dauphin, MB. 

Early bird registration for pastors and their spouses is August 31 and regular registration must be completed by October 20.  Registration can be done online at www.cbwc.ca or by contacting Amber Baker at abaker@cbwc.ca

11th Floor Rescue

Welcome Baby Goslings
Welcome Baby Goslings

There was high drama at the CBWC’s Calgary office this week. A family of geese had to be rescued from its home on the 11th floor balcony outside the CBWC’s offices.

For some unknown reason, geese return year after year to nest on the CBWC’s balcony. They did so again this year. Goslings were born either Monday or Tuesday this week. A rescue had to be called in because the mom and dad geese were trying to entice the goslings to follow them — putting them in immediate danger of falling because of the 11th storey location with a lot of traffic blasting by below.

The Alberta Institute of Wildlife Conservation came out on Wednesday this week and caught the birds to take them to a safer location. This has become an annual springtime event for the CBWC.

We thought you might enjoy the following photos and videos of the arrival of the goslings and the family’s rescue.

Babies All Packed Up and Ready to Go
Babies All Packed Up and Ready to Go

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