Heartland Regional Newsletter November 2018

Note from Mark Doerksen

It is always difficult to see ministries come to an end, and the closing of Pelican Lake Baptist Camp in Manitoba was no exception. Members of the Heartland Area Resource Team (HART), working with the Heartland Regional Minister, oversaw the closing of the camp and the selling of its assets. As you might imagine, many emotions were involved as that camping ministry concluded.

The monies retained from the sale of the camp were established as a trust with the CBWC Foundation, and they have been used to continue camping ministry, and especially leadership development. Currently, HART administers a grant program in partnership with CBWC Foundation for those from Manitoba who are a part of the leadership of Christian camps, mainly in Manitoba, but sometimes further abroad. This year, grants of $300 were issued to young people who committed to camping leadership for 4 weeks of the summer. The successful applicants had to respond with the answers to three questions at the end of summer. First, what did you learn about God, second, what did you learn about yourself, and third, how do you see yourself leading or volunteering at your church in the Fall?

This year, we had 21 young leaders receive a grant, and though most were involved in ministry in Manitoba, some of the recipients were privileged to join other folks from CBWC’s SERVE team and go to Camp Tumaini in Kenya, Africa. This camp is a part of Canadian Baptist Ministries. Under the leadership of Tammy Klassen, eight young people from across Canada, including three from Willowlake Baptist Church in Winnipeg, were able to serve there. I’m grateful for the continued leadership development that happens, as well as the continued emphasis on camping ministry, with these funds from a local camping ministry that meant so much to so many people.

Here are a few anonymous responses to the grant:

…. “I learned that God will work in ways that I don’t always understand or see coming. We just need to recognize that He is God and can be trusted.”

… “I learned that God appears to people in very different ways, and that He meets each person where they’re at. I also thought a lot about what it means that He’s an incarnated God.”

… “I learned what it means to truly know God and to know His heart. I learned to talk to Him as a father and a friend, not as a being whom I cannot see.”

… “I learned that God is at work even when you don’t think that He is.”

I want to thank HART, SERVE, CBM, the CBWC FOUNDATION, and Cindy Emmons for administering these funds for the continued leadership development of some of our young people.

Mark Doerksen

Welcoming Refugees in Swift Current

by: Joell Haugan

In late 2015, the Swift Current Area Ministerial Association struck a committee to look into sponsoring refugees in Swift Current. I ended up being the Chair of that team and we began the work of gathering funds and volunteers to potentially do the work. Well, the outpouring from most of the churches in Swift Current was overwhelming and within a few short months we were sponsoring our first family of 13 from Syria who arrived in July, 2016.

Now, two years later we are welcoming our third family, this time a family of eight, also from Syria.

It has been my pleasure to work with many wonderful folks from various churches in our community to achieve results that we would never been able to do on our own. To date, we have brought 26 refugees (plus two Canadian-born babies since) to the serenity of Speedy Creek. The community is also taking notice that the Body of Christ is doing stuff that is Christ-like and opening up doors of conversation and inspiration.

Community Baptist Church has been instrumental in this process by supporting the Refugee Committee with administrative and team leadership. It has also been instrumental in some of the nuts and bolts of ministry… driving, tutoring, and simply visiting and showing God’s love.

Joell Haugan

AlRahhal (2016) family throws a “thank you” party in the park for all those who helped

Mayyuf family – arrived October 2018

Meet Pastor Joe Welty

Though not born in Canada, I was certainly raised here, spending the first ten years of my life in southern Ontario and the next eight in rural Manitoba. I grew up on a farm with my parents and three siblings before moving to a small town in Manitoba. My childhood was a typical rural childhood spent largely outdoors on our farm, on sports fields or in friends’ basements. It was also spent, somewhat begrudgingly, in a wide variety of churches that my parents dragged me to. At least, that’s how the story went until God got my attention.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

I was reading the Bible on my own for the very first time, more by accident than on purpose. I read the Gospel and was amazed by the Jesus I met there who was so different than I had assumed. I really liked Him, though He also made me nervous. Intrigued, I kept going. When I came to Romans 8:38-39, it was all over for me. I realized this was what I wanted more than anything else. Shortly after, I was baptized and mentored in a fantastic community that would later welcome me back as part of their ministry team.

Desiring to grow further in my faith and to serve in whatever way God might use me, I went to college at Briercrest College in Caronport, Saskatchewan and then to seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. I focused on biblical studies because I just wanted to know whatever I could about scriptures and this Jesus who I’d given my life to. Looking back, I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to spend so many years immersed in focused study of the Scriptures while living in rich community with others. It’s an opportunity that seems to be increasingly rare.

To pay my way through those years, I spent my summers running tree planting camps across northern B.C. and Alberta. It feels funny to say this, but I think the practical life and leadership lessons I learned those summers did as much to prepare me for the daily realities of pastoral ministry as those that were taught in the classroom each winter (and at the very least makes me grateful for a warm, dry bed every night).

In the fall of 1998, I met Ang, the woman I would one day convince to be my wife. She was also a seminary student at Trinity and helped lead the youth group in the small community church I was on staff with at the time. I joked that we were spending so much time together we should just start

dating. Apparently that worked! We married in September 2000. After we both graduated in 2002, we decided to move to Winnipeg for a year. We thought it would just be a year to welcome our first child and to let Ang get to know my family before we pursued possible doctoral studies or pastoral positions at some future point. What we didn’t expect was that four weeks later I would be on staff at a local church which would lead to 16 years of pastoral ministry in Winnipeg.

Over the past 16 years we have served in two congregations. For the first nine years I served as the Director of Young Adult Ministries and Spiritual Formation in the large, suburban congregation I had been mentored in. For the past six years I have been serving as the Lead Pastor at Broadway-First Baptist Church. Broadway-First is a small, urban congregation located on the edge of downtown Winnipeg in the third poorest federal riding in Canada. It is a diverse community of rich and poor, commuters and locals, PhD’s and not quite G.E.D’s, new Canadians and older Canadians who trace their roots back to the United Empire Loyalists. I love the opportunity Broadway-First gives to help people from all walks of life and corners of the world learn what it means to follow Christ together.

On a more personal note, Ang and I have four children: Emily (16), Elim (14), Jane (12), and Seth (7). This means we are frequently found at swimming pools, hockey arenas, gymnasiums and concert halls. As a family we enjoy camping, cycling, hiking, and just about anything else we can do outdoors. Personally, I love hiking, cross-country skiing, cooking and paddling anything that will get me on a river or lake.

Join us for the Heartland Pastors and Spouses Retreat in February

When: February 4-6, 2019
Speakers: Rob Ogilvie and Peter Anderson
Theme: Living with a Kingdom Mindset
Location: Russell Inn, Russell, MB
Additional details and registration information will be available later in November.

Settlement Report

New Hires:

Heartland Region

  • Art Hildebrandt, Interim at First Baptist Church, Brandon

Mountain Standard Region

  • Jonas Seide, Senior Pastor, Bonnie Doon Baptist Church, Edmonton
  • James Scorgie, Chaplain at South Health Campus, Calgary
  • Kaleb Penner, Children’s Ministry Worker at McLaurin Baptist Church, Grande Prairie

BC & Yukon Region

  • Monica McKinlay, Senior Pastor at Kitsilano Christian Community, Vancouver
  • Jason Johnson, Lead Ministry Pastor at Summerland Baptist Church

Moving On:

Heartland Region

  • Kevin Dyck, Youth Pastor at Moosomin Baptist Church

Mountain Standard Region

  • Jason Johnson, Senior Pastor at High River Baptist Church

BC & Yukon Region

  • Matt Kitchener, Senior Pastor at West Point Grey Baptist Church, Vancouver


Mountain Standard Region

  • Sandy Smith, Chaplain with Covenant Care, Edmonton

This regional newsletter is published quarterly within the CBWC’s monthly newsletter, Making Connections. Have a story idea? Want to tell us how great we’re doing? Or how terribly? Email our editor Zoë: zducklow@cbwc.ca or the Heartland office: heartland@cbwc.ca

Heartland Regional Newsletter August 2018

A note from Mark

It’s summer, a time when my schedule slows down some. I’m grateful for such a time. I get to catch up on a bit of reading, which I like to do in the mornings, outside at a lovely spot in front of our house, drinking 454 Horsepower Kicking Horse Coffee. It’s a great way to see some neighbourhood routines; the bus coming at the usual time, some neighbours leaving frantically for work, and saying hello to my neighbour walking his dogs.

In writing this update, I look back at my calendar and recognize that not all seasons are like this one. There is plenty going on in our churches, with different discussions happening with different churches. A familiar one these days is the conversation about calling a pastor. It isn’t an easy time to do so, and this requires time and patience, and I’m happy to work with my colleagues in helping churches find the right pastor for such a time as this.

Looking back on the calendar also reminds me that there is a wide array of issues happening within the Heartland, and some are more difficult than others. In April, I was able to get to Swift Current and spend some time with Joell Haugan, whose cousin had passed away in that horrific bus crash in Humboldt, SK. I was able to attend the ministerial in Saskatoon as well, and am really pleased that I get to attend that on occasion. I’m grateful to Blake and Betty Anderson, who work hard at organizing such meetings.

At the end of April, Carey Hall was the site of the denomination’s New Minister Orientation. This is always a good time, introducing the denomination’s staff and resources to new pastors in our midst. It’s always a reminder, too, that God is at work all over, as most pastors have stories of faith that do not necessarily originate within the CBWC (mine included). I think this is a great resource for pastors in our denomination, and I’m grateful for all the work that goes on to make it happen.

At the beginning of May, I attended the National Staff Meeting of the Canadian Baptists in Guelph, ON. The Executive Staff from our sister denominations get together on occasion to talk about all sorts of interesting topics, ranging from a proposed new worship manual, to steps of accreditation, and church planting. It may be hard to believe, but when you lump all these denominations together, we become the 2nd largest evangelical voice in Canada. I’m happy to report that there are fine people who serve these denominations.

Of course, there have been significant moments in the congregations as well. I was privileged to be part of the farewell service of Dave and Janet Bonney at Neepawa. It sure is good to be part of such a service and to hear the impact that a pastor makes on people in a community. I was able to attend Cornerstone Baptist’s 20th anniversary, and just preached at Filipino Evangelical’s 35th anniversary. There’s lots of good stuff happening there, and it’s always a pleasure to be in that community.

On July 15th, I had the opportunity to be part of service to mark the closing of a church after 92 years of ministry. Hyas Baptist Church has a long and great history, but the time has come for the church to close. This is surely difficult, but not without a sense of God’s faithfulness over these 92 years of witness in that community. I personally would like to thank this congregation for their ministry over the years, and for their support of the denomination. I am grateful to those who helped plan the service, and to those who were able to attend. Please remember these folks in prayer.

I hope you are having a good summer. Mary and I are mainly staying near our home, and we’re hoping to do some day trips to hike some trails at different parts of the province. I look forward to a change of pace, eating lots of watermelon, and spending time with family.

Grace and Peace


Hyas Baptist Church Closes After 92 Years

By: Patricia Kachman

On Sunday, July 15th, the final service of worship and celebration was held at Hyas Baptist Church, culminating ministry in this area for over 100 years.

It was early in the 1900s that recent immigrants from Ukraine and Russia desired to gather together for worship. They were Christians who had experienced persecution in their homelands, and were making a fresh start in Canada where they could practice their faith freely.

It was in 1924 that these believers recognized the need for a church building after meeting in homes for many years. With $200, many donated materials and countless hours of volunteer labour, a church took shape. Services began in 1925 with about 30 people attending.

Through the years, the church grew and that growth necessitated many addition and subsequent renovations. The present church structure dates back to the 1970s. It has been well maintained and continues to be a pleasing presence in the town.

Church members decided in April 2018 that they were not in a position to continue ministry due to declining attendance and varying congregational needs.

The final service took place with mixed emotions and memories awakened. It was attended by many who had been raised in the church and who returned to say farewell. Previous pastors and leaders also came from places near and far. It was a wonderful reunion in many ways.

Rev. Mark Doerksen, of Canadian Baptists of Western Canada presided over the service that included a historical video, greetings from the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Conference of Western Canada and church ministries from the area and beyond and wonderful singing and prayer.

Throughout, it was acknowledged that the church is not a physical space but rather God’s people who love and serve him wherever they are. In that light, we are sure that the ministry of Hyas Baptist Church will continue to be fruitful. 

Not to us O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1

Click through to see some photos of the last service.

Meet Our People: Alisa Powers

One of our favourite parts of this newsletter is introducing you to people in the Heartland region. This month, it’s Alisa Powers, the Outreach and Family Ministries Pastor at Moosomin Baptist church. 

I grew up in a small farming community in Saskatchewan where life was all about 4-H, Sunday drives, hanging out on the farm, music, sports and Jesus! My dad was the service manager/shop foreman for a John Deere company, and my mom works in the community, serving in various meaningful ways. I have one sister, two brothers and five nieces and nephews.

When I was two or three, my aunt found me dancing in a circle in our kitchen. “Who are you dancing with?” she asked. “I am dancing with the angels,” I told her without hesitation. That’s my first memory of life with Jesus. I don’t remember a life before I had Jesus in my heart. I’ve always loved him.

In my senior year of high school, a good friend of mine was murdered. This devastated me and changed my life forever, setting the course for my life in ministry. I studied youth care work at a small bible college, and then moved to Regina to go to Canadian Bible College. It was there that a ministry called Youth Advantage Inner City Outreach Project was born. I wanted to, in some way, honour my deceased friend and to help others find freedom from their addictions, dead-end lifestyles and poverty.

When I first moved to Regina I met some amazing people with the same passion for the lost that I had. Together, we started a bus ministry called LOVE LIVES HERE – REGINA. The bus—still on the streets today—is a travelling coffee house which offers prayer, counselling, emergency care and food to the people on the street: the homeless, prostitutes, gang members, pimps, johns and street kids.

After serving on the street bus for a few years, I became discouraged seeing so many youth growing up with little change in their life circumstances. They had no hope for the future outside of drugs, crime, gangs and prostitution. I remember crying out to God in anguish, “God there is so much more out there for them.”

It was that night the Youth Advantage Inner City Outreach Project was born. I was 19 years old, had grown up in a farming community and knew very little about this lifestyle I was seeing every day. But God used me anyways. Over the years our ministry developed rapidly. We had safe houses, a drop-in centre, mentorship program, youth group, bus ministries, counselling and emergency care.

Over the years we had 500+ children and youth stay in our homes, 13 of them long term, and I was blessed to raise five of them until they were old enough to be on their own. My children were the ones that Social Services did not know what to do with. I was their last hope. They were often labeled as “throw away” kids by their social workers. Raising my kids were the hardest years of my life but it transformed me into the person I am today. They brought out the very best in me. I loved them like a mom, and they knew it.

In the summer of 2017 one of my daughters was killed by the lifestyle she had been taken out of. She was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It saddened me beyond anything I had experienced before. I felt lost in my own sadness, but God took me closer and deeper into his love than I’d ever experienced. What a privilege it is to be allowed closer and deeper into his presence.

After many years working in various inner cities—Detroit, Los Angeles, Toronto, Winnipeg, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina—I was tired. I decided to take a six-month sabbatical and stay with a family friend in Carnduff. Well, God had different plans for me. As I was resting, I noticed that the people I’d put in place in Regina to serve in my absence were full of passion and had the energy I was lacking. With my ministry in good hands, and a new life in a small town, I decided to stay. Eventually I moved to Redvers, about half an hour outside of Moosomin. On one Sunday drive, I found myself at Moosomin Baptist Church when their service was about to start, so I went in. It reminded me so much of my country church back home and I loved it.

After two years of attending the Moosomin Baptist Church I joined their staff as an Associate Pastor. In the almost two years that I have been here God has blown away all my expectations. Our children and youth programs have grown so rapidly that we barely have enough room for them all. Our church is alive and a very exciting place to be right now. I have appreciated so much the opportunity that I have to serve here at Moosomin Baptist Church and look forward to what God will continue to do in my ministry.

Summer BBQ Meet and Greets

Last summer, as Rob Ogilvie took on the role of Executive Minister, we decided to have some BBQs with our ministerial groups so ministry leaders could meet Rob and get to know him a little. This June we arranged those BBQs again, and this time we upped the ante by adding Colin Godwin, President of Carey Theological College, to the events. Rob and Colin were kind enough to join me and the rest of the ministerial in Saskatoon, hosted by Paul and Lindsay Matheson. There was a great turnout, though shortly after Rob got up to speak, a thunder and lightning storm ensued. In the days of Moses, that really meant something. In our day, it only meant that we packed up fairly rapidly.

The next day we met with the ministerial in Regina, and we did so at Ryan and Cindy Emmons’ house. We had extra help that day as two wonderful kids named Cody and Evelyn Emmons helped serve beverages.

It was good to connect with folks in this way, and next year, should we do it again, we may choose to have the event in the evening so that more might be able to attend.

The final BBQ happened in Winnipeg the following week. Because the Westman has fewer pastors at this time, we decided to try to have just the one BBQ in Winnipeg. It was good to see folks attend that event, and my wife Mary and I were able to host. We always enjoy having this group to our home, and this year was no different. I do believe these events are important; there is no formal agenda other than to eat together and have conversations. This, too, I think is fruitful.

I am grateful to the hosts of these events, to Rob and Colin for their travel, and to those who attended. I’m also grateful to Cindy for her organization of these events.

Enjoy the photos below! (Click to open the slideshow)

Settlement Report

New Hires
  • Kevin Trembley, First Baptist Church (Portage la Prairie), Pastor
  • Tash Ingram, Westview Baptist Church (Calgary), Youth and Young Adults Pastor
  • Dawn Stiles-Oldring, First Baptist Church (Edmonton), Children and Family Minister
  • Clinton Pigeau, Trinity Baptist Church (Sherwood Park), Youth Pastor
Moving On
  • Steve Simala Grant, Laurier Heights Baptist Church (Edmonton), Family Ministries
  • Neil van Heerden, First Baptist Church (Victoria), Pastor

Heartland Regional Newsletter May 2018


It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us in the Heartland Office by means of newsletter. I do want to catch you up on some of what we’ve been up to, as the past while has been a season of transition for the CBWC.

Rob Ogilvie is our new Executive Minister, and I’ve enjoyed working with him in this new arrangement. As part of his leadership in this new role, Rob encouraged people in our family of churches to pray. This time of prayer was focused, and people from all across the denomination, including staff and board, were part of it. The Board, along with Rob, are distilling the main themes from the season of prayer, and our work together moving forward will be rooted in these themes.

In the fall, as many of you know, Jenn Gurel stepped down from her position as administrator in the Heartland Regional Office. Cindy has taken on the responsibilities, and in the process we have moved the office from our Rae Street location into an office at Argyle Road Baptist Church. This means I still get to see Jenn, as she works part-time at the church. This is a cost savings for the denomination, and Cindy is enjoying the office space, so I think the move has made sense for everyone involved. I’m grateful to Argyle Road Baptist Church for their willingness to work with us in this.

We continue to travel down the road of reconciliation as we partner with local churches in hosting Indigenous seminars. In the fall we partnered with CBM in having two events, one in Regina and one in Saskatoon. In March, Dauphin hosted an event, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to partner in these ways, working towards gaining further understanding.

Our Heartland Pastor and Spouse’s Retreat was once again held in Russell, Manitoba, with attendance being very strong. We were pleased to have Rob and Sarah Patterson lead us for our time together, and it was good to worship, eat, curl, play board games, and so forth. If you haven’t attended this retreat, please consider doing so.

There has also been lots of transition in our churches within the Heartland, as churches seek pastors and pastors seek positions. I want to thank the churches that are in an interim period right now, as many of these churches are resourceful in ensuring that ministry continues and that the needs of the congregations are met. As you well know, finding the right minister for the right congregation is very important work, and I’d appreciate your prayers for these churches and pastors who are seeking positions as well.

I continue to try and find ways to connect with pastors and churches. This includes attending ministerial gatherings, and visiting churches and pastors individually. In Winnipeg, we continue to have Leadership Forums, and I’m grateful to Filipino Evangelical for hosting such events. In June, Rob Ogilvie and Colin Godwin will join me for connecting BBQ events in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Regina. Please plan to attend if you are able.

Grace and Peace, and praying for you and your churches.

Mark Doerksen

Meet Pastor Tim Coleman

Reverend Timothy A. Coleman is the Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries at Westhill Park Baptist Church where he has been part of the pastoral team since August 2016. Prior to that position, he was the associate pastor and later, the solo Pastor at Kitimat First Baptist Church, a small coastal town in British Columbia where he served for nine years. He’s also served as a Youth, Adult and Associate Pastor in Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Bristol in the UK and in East Africa.

Pastor Tim is married to Ragnhild and they have two daughters and a son: Erin (8), her younger sister Charlotte (5) and Philip (3). Tim is a civil engineer who grew up in Uganda as the oldest of eight children. Following his call to ministry, he lived and pastored in England where he pursued theological training at London Institute of Contemporary Christianity in London, UK. He then graduated with a Bachelors of Ministry degree from St. Stephen’s University, NB and later completed a Masters of Divinity Degree through Carey Theological College, B.C.

My names – why those names? Timothy Atuhaire Coleman. There are different ways we name in Uganda due to the influence of British colonization and the East African Revival from 1929 to the 1940s. People either have all English names, all African names, or a mix of both. My middle name is my family name and it’s not my father’s last name and neither do any of my siblings have the same family or last name. Atuhaire means ‘God’s grace and generosity.’

My wife: Ragnhild is a homemaker and also runs a hair product business. She loves connecting with people, is a great host and has a passion for the disenfranchised. She shares with me in the ministry at Westhill Park Baptist church as a Children’s Ministry volunteer and leads a weekly women’s small group study. However, she would tell you that her real passion is advocacy to end human trafficking. She enjoys the big prairie skies and the spectacular sunsets. She enjoys gardening, travel, good coffee, friends and board games.

Conversion: As someone famously said, “Life is what happens as you’re busy making plans.” That is more than a truism in my life. Like many, I thought I had my life all mapped out until I ran into God. God didn’t alter my plan, He welcomed me into His—a better one. It was the beginning of a major dismantling of my independence, religious strongholds in my family of origin, a major confrontation at my Catholic high school, a strange call into pastoral ministry, a radical change of career, being exiled from my home, and over 20 years of missionary work in Europe and North America.

Duties: I oversee the Adult Ministries, Marriage & Family support, Discipleship & Small Group Ministry, Newcomers Ministry; supervise some non-pastoral staff; coordinate our missions ministries & partnerships; give direction to our Sunday morning coffee & learn classes; preach occasionally  as well as help design & lead our Sunday morning worship among other pastoral care and administrative duties. I love my work and enjoy being part of the team of professional, godly and passionate men and women I work with.

Hobbies: I thrive on spending time with my family, playing team sports, the outdoors, overseas travel, playing scrabble, jazz music, art galleries, golfing & fishing. I love reading & debating theology, teaching the bible & playing the piano. I enjoy intercessory prayer, justice & mercy ministries (missions), and desire to disciple and equip the church to fulfill its worldwide mission.

Rough Riders Super-fan? Still working on it. One of my personal rules is that I have to reside in a province for at least 5 years before I adopt another team. I have lived here for two years. So ask me again in 2021 and we’ll see!

Life verse: Philippians 3:13b-14: Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  

Interview with camp intern, Annika Scheelar

When Pelican Lake Baptist Camp was sold in 2010, the money was earmarked to help Manitoba youth participate in camp leadership programs. Annika Scheelar has been a part of Willowlake Baptist Church her entire life, and last summer she applied for the Camp Leadership grant, which is offered by the Heartland Area Resource Team. She got the grant and spent four weeks in a leadership program at Camp Arnes on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am capable of things that I didn’t think I could do. For example, during the first week of Ignite, we did a week-long canoe trip and it rained the whole first day. At certain points I wasn’t sure I could keep paddling, because I was so tired and sore. We had been paddling for hours, but we eventually reached our campsite—soaking wet, yet safe.

What did you learn about God?

I learned that you can see God in everything and everyone, that sometimes you just have to look a little closer. During the canoe trip I saw God everywhere in nature. Throughout the whole four weeks I constantly saw God in the people around me. Everyone in my group and the camp staff were so welcoming, so full of God-given joy and love for the Lord. It inspired me so much and made me, and still continues to make me want to be a better Christian.

How do you see yourself serving at your church once the summer is through?

Once summer is over I would love to be more active in helping with Sunday school and kids programs at church. I have helped in the past but after the Ignite program and shadowing a cabin leader in the final week, I know I want to do more.

Thank you for this opportunity!

Annika Scheelar


Join us this summer for BBQs with CBWC Executive Minister Rob Ogilvie, and Carey Theological College President Colin Godwin.

Brian Stelck

crocusflowersAugust 20, 2016 — It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of our dear friend and Past President Rev. Dr. Brian Stelck.

Carey Theological College, Institute and Centre was led by Brian’s vision and care from 1994 – 2013.

There will be two memorial services. The first will be held in Edmonton, Alberta at First Baptist Church on Friday August 26th at 12 noon. The Vancouver memorial service will be held at Olivet Baptist Church 613 Queens Ave, New Westminster, BC on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 10 a.m..

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Olivet Baptist Church information:



Please remember Brian’s wife Caryn, his family and his friends in prayer during this time of loss.

Petition on Euthanasia and Paliative Care

January 11, 2016 — As a member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the CBWC has received the following letter from EFC President Bruce Clemenger concerning the proposed federal legislation on the legalization of euthanasia.  The CBWC is posting this letter on our website to share our concern about an issue that affects all Canadians and to make available a link to a petition concerning euthanasia which has a goal of 10,000 signatures by February 6, 2016. 

Dear Denominational Leader,

We look forward this year to working effectively with you and other denominational leaders.

We are in the midst of a significant national conversation about the duty of care we owe one another at the end of life, the legalization of euthanasia and the protection of religious freedom and conscience.

Last fall you signed a Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide as the leader of your denomination. Thus far close to 2,000 other church leaders and lay people have signed the Declaration, a document drafted by the EFC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. .

We want to encourage more to sign, from all walks of life. Our goal is to have 10,000 sign by February 6th, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that opened the door to physician-assisted suicide. 

As the issue moves to Parliament Hill, we want to use the Declaration publically and in meetings with Parliamentarians as a statement of support for the protection of life, the promotion of palliative care and the defense of conscience.

Please consider helping us by encouraging your pastors and church members to consider signing the Declaration by going to www.euthanasiadeclaration.ca. Below is a paragraph you may find helpful in encouraging other to participate. 

Looking forward to your response,

Bruce J. Clemenger

President, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Join the call to protect vulnerable Canadians and improve palliative care by signing the Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, at www.euthanasiadeclaration.ca. Reaching a target of 10,000 signatories by February 6 will demonstrate to federal and provincial legislators that there is cross-Canada support for limits to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. This declaration was developed by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Engage — Together!

IMG_2639Once again, the CBWC is planning a series of Celebration Dinners so worshippers from local and regional CBWC congregations can build relationships with each other and discover together how God is calling us to serve Him together.

Four Celebration Dinners are being planned for the spring, while more will be scheduled in other locations in the fall. The spring Celebration Dinners are:

· May 19th in Winnipeg @ The Maples Evangelical Church, 1575 Inkster Blvd.

· May 20th in Neepawa @ First Baptist Church, 219 Hwy 5N, Neepawa.

· May 25th in Victoria @ Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria

· May 26th in Vancouver @ Royal Oak Ministry Centre, 7175 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby

Regional Minister Mark Doerksen will be the keynote speaker at the Winnipeg and Neepawa Celebration Dinners. Shannon Youell, the CBWC’s Director of Church Planting will speak at the Victoria and Vancouver Celebration Dinners.

More events will be planned in other centres for the fall.

Celebration Dinners are complimentary but a freewill offering will be taken to cover costs and to support the work of the CBWC. Prior registration is essential so we have enough space, seating — and food.

Register Today!

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.


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.

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.