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.


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



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.