Joe Arthurs

bigstock-Pumpkin-Flower-22289249In the early morning hours of January 13, 2014, Joe Arthurs was welcomed into the presence of the Lord to be reunited with loved ones gone before.

Joe was born the son of Jennie and Wyman Arthurs who lived in the Durston area.  They later moved to the Old Dauphin District to the family farm.  Joe was educated in the area schools and spent one year in Winnipeg at the Agricultural School.  He returned to the farm, but joined the Royal Canadian Air Force to train as a Navigator.  While in the Air Force he married Irma Riehl and they were posted to several cities in Canada.  After his discharge he returned to farming.

Joe loved his life as a farmer and adapted to many changes in technology over the years.   He always maintained a positive attitude towards the weather or the outcomes of his labours.  He was also active in many community services such as the School Board, Dauphin Co-operative, and Manitoba Pool Elevator.  He provided Leadership in 4-H for fifteen years and served seventeen years on the Dauphin Hospital Board, five of them as Chairman.

Joe was a member of the Dauphin First Baptist Church since 1931 and he served in every role from greeter to a Deacon.  He loved his church and the people in it.  He became interested in serving the Baptist Denomination and held leadership positions as President of the Baptist Union of Western Canada (now Canadian Baptists of Western Canada), President of the Baptist Federation of Canada, Chairman of the Canadian Baptist Overseas Board, and an Executive member of the Baptist World Alliance.  Joe also loved to sing.  His beautiful tenor voice was heard at many weddings, funerals and Church gatherings.

After his retirement Joe had many happy days with family and friends.  He enjoyed travelling and curling.  At the age of 91, he was still volunteering to deliver for Meals on Wheels.  Of late he resided at St. Paul’s Home where he lived his days in contentment.  He was a talented, generous, loving man who lived out his faith in God in practical ways.

Joe was predeceased by Irma,  his wife of sixty-two years; his parents, Jennie and Wyman Arthurs; his sister Irene and her husband Gordon Alley, along with many other close family members.

He is survived by his children and their spouses:  Shirley and David Bell, Ken and Maureen Arthurs, Lynn and Wayne Stretch, Jean Arthurs and Dave Fast, Bert and Donna Arthurs, 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren as well as sister-in-laws Pat Wotton, Adeline Riehl and Yvonne Riehl and brother-in-law Durwin Riehl as well as cousins, nephews and nieces.  He was a guiding presence to all of us and we shall miss him dearly.

We give thanks for Joe’s life, his humble spirit of service and his immeasurable contribution to God’s work in Western Canada.  We ask that you remember his family in prayer.  Please join the family to honor Joe at a service to be held in the Dauphin First Baptist Church at 2:00 pm on January 25, 2014.  Internment is in the Riverside Cemetery.


William Gietz

bigstock-Single-Red-Rose-Flower-44599210We are saddened to learn of the passing of Rev. William Gietz on November 21 at the age of 96 in Winnipeg.

Rev. William (“Bill”) Gietz was born in 1917 on a farm in Poland, emigrating to Canada with his family in 1928 and settling near Pincher Creek, AB.  He attended Winnipeg Bible Institute (now Providence College) where he met Thora Oliver, who became his wife in 1943.  Following the birth of three sons, Nelson, Wesley and Rodney, and service in the Air Force in Calgary during World War II, he began divinity studies at McMaster University.  During this time he served in student pastorates at South Cayuga, ON and Eagle River, ON.

His first full time ministry was at First Baptist in Kenora, ON, where son Peter was born, but who died in infancy.  He next served Emerson Baptist in Emerson, MB, where son Clark was born, then Westmount Baptist in Moose Jaw, SK, before taking a secular position with the Saskatchewan government. He was called to First Baptist in Calgary, AB as an associate pastor with Rev. Dr. Howard Bentall, then moved to Thunder Bay, ON where he pastored Ft. William Baptist.  During this time he also served on the Board for Canadian Baptist Overseas Mission Board, now CBM.  He concluded his ministry service at St. Vital Baptist in Winnipeg, MB, where he retired as Pastor Emeritus.

His devoted wife Thora predeceased him in 2008, and his son Rodney in 2011.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 2 at 2 pm at Willowlake Baptist in Winnipeg with Rev. Mark Doerksen officiating.

Please remember Bill’s family in prayer at this time.

Announcement Regarding Heartland Regional Minister’s Role

Devin Seghers, our brother in Christ, continues to be recovering from the trauma of his injury incurred almost a year ago.  While Devin is broadening his activity to include some social interaction and some re-familiarization with normal life, he is still a considerable distance from coming back to work.
We are encouraging Devin to engage in the activity of ‘returning to life’ rather than to feel the pressure of ‘returning to work’.
In light of Devin’s need for ongoing healing, Wayne Larson and Faye Reynolds will be sharing the task of Heartland Regional Minister for the time being.  Wayne is well familiar with the area as a former regional minister.  Faye has extensive experience of the region in her many and varied roles of ministry.
We continue to pray for Devin and Joan.  We pray for Wayne and Faye as they engage in these new responsibilities.
Contact Wayne and Faye at the following numbers:
And also continue to remember and contact Jenn Gurel, our Heartland Region Administrator at (306) 789-2900

Ernest Hanson

Flower #6October 17, 2013 — The CBWC was saddened to learn of the passing of Rev. Ernest Hanson who died on October 14, 2013.

Ernie was born November 11, 1928 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the youngest son of Olaf and Hilda Hanson.

Ernie had a long career as a much-loved pastor within the CBWC. Except for one year in Manitoba, his ministry with the CBWC was in Alberta.  He served at Stettler Baptist Church, 1963-69 and then again from 1992-98.  He served for 10 years as pastor of McLaurin Baptist Church in Grande Prairie from 1974-1984.  He was at First Baptist in Dauphin, MB in 1991.  After serving in Stettler for the second time, he served at First Baptist in Camrose from 1998 to 1999.

Outside the CBWC, he served as pastor of Vancouver Heights in Burnaby BC from 1969 to 1974 and of Bethel Baptist Church (General Conference) from 1985-91.

The memorial service will be at Stettler Funeral Home and Crematorium in Stettler on Monday, October 21 at 1:30 pm.

Please keep Ernest’s family and friends in your prayers as they mourn his loss. He leaves his loving wife Sara as well as his daughter Marilyn (Steve) Rigby of Edson, son Gordon (Terry) Hanson of Caronport, SK, son Donald (Tami Hanson of Stettler, step-daughter Terri Lynn (Terry) Humphries of Calgary and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial tributes may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan or Samaritan’s Purse.




Jake Kroeker

Flower #6September 10, 2013 — We were saddened to learn that Rev. Jake Kroeker has passed away on September 7, 2013.  Jake was one of the CBWC’s longest serving pastors.

After graduating from Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville Kentucky, Jake was pastor of Avalon-Emmanuel Baptist in Saskatoon from 1970-1981.  From there, he moved to Emmanuel Baptist in Victoria where he served from 1981-96.  He was pastor of First Baptist in Calgary from 1996 until his retirement in 2008.  Jake most recently served as the interim pastor of Altadore Baptist in Calgary from 2012-13. Throughout his long and fruitful ministry, Jake also served on many CBWC boards and committees.

Jake leaves his wife Marilyn and his adult children.  Please pray for them in this time of loss.

A celebration of Jake’s life will be held at First Baptist Church Calgary on Sunday, September 29th at 2:00 PM. There will be a brief Interment Service for immediate family only.

High River Compassion Project

“Come unto me all you are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

High River thumbThe Need

The town of High River AB has been devastated by flood waters.  The National news media is telling that story for all to see.  It is estimated that two-thirds of the homes in a town of approximately 13,000 residents have been affected.  Many homes will be bulldozed (current estimate is 1,000).  Others are at varying stages of drying out in preparation for restorations.  Mountains of flood-ruined furniture and contents lie in the streets at the time of this writing.  Current reports say that all churches are flooded and not able to accommodate worship and ministry.  Some, including the High River Baptist Church have been condemned for demolition (see and national news media sites).


Project Background

Through the caring initiative of the Compassion Ministries of the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa ON, an inquiry was made on or about June 28, as to how they could best express the compassion of Jesus for the residents of High River.  In ensuing conversations with Jason Johnson, Pastor of High River Baptist Church, the Ottawa folks proposed the purchase and distribution of mattresses to those with the greatest need.  Pastor Jason and leaders in HRBC affirmed the value of that offer and encouraged others outside of High River to proceed to build the project.

Conversations have been continuing and have led to an affirmation and partnership in this project with the Canadian Baptist of Western Canada, Metropolitan Bible Church (Ottawa) and with Sleep Country Canada for publicity, receiving donations, offering HR residents a free mattress (in Jesus’ name) and purchase & delivery of mattresses for victims of the flood in High River.


  • Compassion Ministries of MBC contacted the CEO of Sleep Country Canada and through her staff received an exceptional quote on good quality name brand mattresses.
  • MBC accepted responsibility to design an information brochure to hand out with each mattress to inform the recipient of the source of the gift from the people of God across Canada and to emphasize a message based upon Mat. 11:28, that Jesus offers “rest” to anyone who comes to him and to say that the gift is given “in the name of Jesus”.  Contact information for HRBC is included on the brochure should a mattress recipient wish to take some next step in exploring the fullness of the “rest” that Jesus has to offer.
  • Local CBWC Calgary people, in conversation with Pastor Jason Johnson and other leaders of the High River Baptist Church, began to build some infrastructure for the project considering how to publicize the project, receive donations, purchase mattresses and manage the distribution of mattresses in both a compassionate and an equitable manner, recording mattresses recipients so that a duplication of gifting does not occur.
  • Offers of a mattress to a household will be made in person in neighbourhoods of High River by volunteers (including some pastors) from churches in Calgary and area, and acting upon the advice and direction of Pastor Jason and his church leaders.
  • A brief assessment questionnaire will be used to determine greatest need so that those who will not have insurance coverage will be given greatest priority.
  • Mattresses will be ordered from and delivered and set up by Sleep Country at the home of the recipient in High River.

A directional flow for funds has been arranged through the denominational office of the CBWC (Canadian Baptists of Western Canada) in Calgary for CBWC churches and individuals.  The Calgary office will keep an account of donations for the “H.R. Mattress Compassion Project”.  Funds can then be transferred electronically to the Mattress Company for purchase of Gift Cards.


Sleep Country will happily set up a transfer account for your organization should you wish to conduct your own collection and transfer of funds to Sleep Country for this project.  To arrange for this please see contact information below for Hugh Fraser (CBWC Pastor).

To Donate:

Send cheques or direct fund transfers to the office of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada or use the “Donation” tab on the CBWC website ( and click on “Disaster Relief Fund”.  Until a specific tab is set up for the “High River Mattress Project”, you will need to notify the CBWC office that your gift has been sent and you wish it designated specifically for the Mattress Project. Donate Online Now

Duration of the Project:

As the entire town of High River remains in a State of Emergency as of July 6, 2013 and the renovation and rebuilding of homes will carry on for months (and certainly into 2014) we are projecting this project will remain active through into the fall of 2013.  An end date will be posted on the CBWC and MBC websites.

Contact Information

To Donate:

Online Donations

By phone or mail:


Suite 1100, 550 – 11 Ave. SW

Calgary AB

T2R 1M7

Phone Contact:

Louanne Haugan (CBWC – Disaster Relief Coordinator)

1 403 228-9559 ext. 301

For additional Inquiries about the project or the involvement of your organization:

Hugh Fraser (CBWC Pastor)

High River

For local information (and for contact with Pastor Jason Johnson):

Beryl Harbridge (Admin. HRBC)

High River Baptist Church

1-403 651-4398


For Donations:

2176 Prince of Wales Drive
Ottawa, ON K2E 0A1
1 613 238-8182

MBC Compassion Ministries

Becky McGregor

Heartland Regional Welcomes Jenn Gurel

Jenn GurelApril 29, 2013 – The CBWC is pleased to welcome Jenn Gurel to the Heartland Regional office as a maternity leave appointment as administrative assistant beginning April 29.

Jenn will be taking over from Cindy Emmons while Cindy is on maternity leave.  Jenn will assist interim Hearland Regional Ministers Mark Doerksen and Josh Goetz who are filling in for Devin Seghers while he recovers from a concussion.

Jenn hails from Vancouver Island but ended up in Regina to attend Western Christian College & High School for a three-year degree.  She has worked in many offices doing accounting and data entry.  One of the jobs she has enjoyed most was working in Western’s dorm program where she started as Resident Assistant and became full-time Dorm Director until the school closed.

Jenn is married and has two children.

Welcome Jenn!

Interim Heartland Regional Ministers Announced

February 21, 2013 — As many of you are aware, Devin Seghers, our Heartland Regional Minister, was assaulted in October of 2012 as he tried to help a woman who was being attacked.  Devin suffered some rib injuries as well as a concussion during this altercation.

As time has passed the ribs have healed but Devin is still experiencing the effects of the concussion that he received. Based on recurring medical symptoms from that incident, the CBWC Board, Executive Staff, and Devin feel that moving forward with Long Term Disability is the right action to take at this time, and we have made the decision to proceed with this.  There is a team in place to consistently and continually check in on Devin and care for him during his healing process.  Continue to pray for Devin as he recovers and pray for the whole Seghers family as they go through this difficult time.

So where does this leave the Heartland Region in the interim period?  Dennis Stone, the Alberta Regional Minister, has covered a lot of the duties up to this point.    The Heartland Area Resource Team (Mary Stuber Doerksen, Michael Cantlon, Joshua Goetz), as well as the Heartland Regional Assistant Cindy Emmons, have taken on a greater responsibility as well.

The CBWC Executive Staff, in consultation with the HART and the CBWC Table Officers, have decided that during the time that Devin is not able to fulfill his responsibilities as our Regional Minister that they will put into place two Interim Assistant Regional Ministers (one in Manitoba and one in Saskatchewan) to cover the various regions on a part time basis.  Pastor Mark Doerksen (Lead Pastor at Willowlake Baptist Church) will take on the responsibilities in the Manitoba region, and Pastor Joshua Goetz (Sr. Pastor at Asquith Baptist Church) will take on the responsibilities in the Saskatchewan region.  Having these positions filled on a part time basis while Devin recovers will ensure that the ministries, programs, and initiatives of the CBWC in the Heartland are not left unattended.

As more information regarding Devin’s recovery becomes available we will endeavor to keep the Pastors and the Churches of the Heartland Region informed.  We will also attempt to keep you up to date on the many things that continue to happen within the Heartland Region.

The Heartland office is available Tuesday – Thursday from 9am – 4 pm. You can reach the office via email ( or phone (306.789.2900)

Mark Doerksen will be available on Friday mornings via email ( or phone (204.791.8075).

Josh Goetz will be available on Tuesdays via email ( or phone (306.329.4351 or 306.789.2900).

Mary Stuber Doerksen, HART Moderator, is available via email (

The CBWC Calgary (403.228.9559) and Vancouver (604.225.5916) offices are available Monday – Friday.


In Christ,

Jeremy Bell

Dennis Stone

Josh Goetz

Mark Doerksen

Sir Frederick Bevan Bullen

flowers #1On Saturday, January 19th, 2013, Rev. Dr. Sir Frederick Bevan Bullen  was called into his Father’s presence.

Born in Plymouth, England on April 26, 1916 in Plymouth, England, Fred came to Brantford in 1924 with his parents, Ralph and Sarah. He was educated at Graham Bell School, B.C.I., McMaster University, and several post graduate colleges. Having served churches in Nova Scotia and Ontario, and being ordained in 1941, Fred pastored churches in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines, and Brantford. For 22 years he was the General Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Baptist Federation, occupied many executive positions in the Baptist World Alliance, and served on the Canadian Council of Churches. He was awarded Knight Great Band for the Humane Order of African Redemption, in recognition of leadership in World Relief Projects.

In retirement, he served as interim pastor at Kenora, Tillsonburg, St. George, and Caledonia, as well as Immanuel and Queensway Baptist Churches, and Wesley United Church in Brantford. He was Minister Emeritus of Park Baptist, Wesley United, and First Baptist Churches. He had the honour of being the Project Coordinator of the Canadian Baptist Heritage Center at McMaster Divinity College, which was dedicated to Fred and his wife, Ruth. Curling was his favourite sport.

Fred was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Ruth Baker (2003) of Kenora. He is survived by his family, daughter Jane Baker, son John (Marilyn), grandchildren Jennifer, James, Craig, Lance, and their spouses, five great-grandchildren, and his “adopted” family, Janet, David, Roblyn, and Lara Partridge. Predeceased by his grandson Andrew. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church, 70 West Street, Brantford on Friday, January 25th, 2013 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. A Service of Celebration for Fred’s life to follow at 2:00 p.m. Cremation.

Donations to the Fred & Ruth Bullen Sharing Way of First Baptist Church or First Baptist Church would be appreciated.“He rests from his labour and his work follows him.”

Dr. Ron Watts

yellow flowerThe CBWC family is deeply saddened to learn  of the death of Rev. Dr. Ronald Francis Watts on January 16, 2013 in Edmonton after a short illness.  Dr. Watts was the founding Principal of the Baptist Leadership Training School (1949) and had a very significant influence on hundreds, if not thousands, of Baptist young people over the life of BLTS and, through them, all churches within the  CBWC.

Ron was born in Calgary on August 21, 1918 to Avis (Greer) and Frank Watts, who worked for the RCMP.  His family moved to Vancouver, where Ron attended elementary and junior high school. The family returned to Edmonton for a new RCMP posting where Ron finished high school and was confirmed in the Anglican church. His interest in amateur radio, as well as an invitation from a friend,  led him to join a radio operators’ club at Macdonald Baptist Church where he was baptized,  came under the mentorship of Rev. Harold Stibbards and decided to enter Christian ministry.

Ron began his pastoral studies at St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton and served as a student pastor at Shiloh Baptist and Bonnie Doon Baptist.  At Bonnie Doon, Ron met his wife Fanshun who was a leader in the Christian Girls in Training.  Together, they had three sons:  David, Jonathan and Peter.

Ron and Fanshun moved to Hamilton, Ontario where he completed his divinity degree at McMaster University and Fanshun worked in the University Library.  In 1944, they were called to serve at Calvary Baptist in Weyburn, SK, the only full-time pastorate he undertook during his career.

In 1949, Ron and Fanshun moved to Calgary to establish the Baptist Leadership Training School.  In 1960, Ron received an honourary doctorate from McMaster University to honour his work founding and running BLTS.  In 1971, Ron and Fanshun moved to Oakville, Ontario where Ron became the General Secretary of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec and Fanshun worked as the National Secretary of CGIT.  Ron retired from the CBOQ (formerly the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec)  in 1984 but was active in Oakville’s Central Baptist Church and  named Pastor Emeritus for the church.  Ron was also the VP of a local chapter of Amnesty International.

Ron was predeceased by his parents, his loving wife Fanshun and his son, Jonathan.  He is survived by his sons David and Peter (Caitlin).  The family held an open house at son David’s home in Edmonton on Saturday, January 19.  A memorial service will be held in Oakviille at a date and place to be announced.

Please pray for Ron’s family as they grieve his passing.  We share their sadness yet also rejoice that Ron is now home with the Lord and Saviour he loved so much.  We are eternally grateful for Ron’s life and ministry among us. His legacy and service to God endures. Praise be to God.