Bill Toller

flower #5September 1 — It is with sadness we announce the death of Rev. William (Bill) Ernest James Toller on Aug 19, 2016.

Bill was married to Gwen and had four children, Gerry, Anne, Jim, and Rob. He was pastor for over 50 years in various churches including 3 small churches in rural Quebec, Clive Baptist Church in Clive, and Zion Baptist Church of Kensington in Edmonton.

Bill was a warm and friendly pastor, always ready to greet you with a handshake, a smile, and a pun. He loved people and was gifted with a generous sense of hospitality. Bill also loved the Lord and enjoyed teaching from the Bible. He led a vibrant Bible study for many years. Bill was deeply loved by Zion Baptist Church and will be missed.

Please pray for Bill’s family and friends during this time of loss.

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.

Fort McMurray Relief Fund

The CBWC is working with Canadian Baptist Ministries to provide immediate emergency relief and assistance on the ground in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  Together, we are working with the Salvation Army, the local Fellowship Baptist Church in Fort McMurray, and others supporting evacuees.

The unpredictability of the wildfires that began this past Tuesday have led the province of Alberta to call a state of emergency, and all of its 80,000 residents have been forced to flee with the fires having burned through about 85,000 hectares of land already.  Mass convoys and airlifts are now getting thousands of evacuees to safety further south.

We continue to pray for the safety of all those impacted by the fire, who have lost their lands, homes and communities, as well as for all the emergency personnel on the ground, including the fire crews, military, RCMP officers, EMS workers, and all those who are working tirelessly to control the fires and keep residents safe.

Make a donation to the Fort McMurray relief effort in Alberta today. Your donations will automatically be designated to help people in need during this crisis. We thank you for your crucial support in caring for those in need in times of emergency.

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Fort McMurray Crisis Relief

Late Wednesday, May 4, the province of Alberta declared a state of emergency as wildfires have completely consumed Fort McMurray, an urban service area in northeast Alberta that is surrounded by boreal forest, in the middle of the Athabasca oil sands. 

All 80,000 residents have been forced to flee, with more than 1,110 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers being used to battle the flames, according to CTV News.  The fires have burned through about 85,000 hectares of land so far, and the unpredictability of its path and the weather have sent the displaced to communities of Anzac, Lac La Biche, Edmonton, and some as far as Calgary. As evacuees try to flee in the midst of crawling highway traffic, fuel and food is becoming scarce, leaving cars stranded. We thank God that there have been no reports of fire-related injuries or deaths.  Many evacuees are now being airlifted or sent by convoy to new locations in the south for their safety and long-term accommodation.

The CBWC is working with Canadian Baptist Ministries  to provide immediate emergency relief and assistance on the ground in Fort McMurray, Alberta, working with the Salvation Army, the local Fellowship Baptist Church in Fort McMurray, and other churches and individuals that are in our network that are supporting those who have left the city.  

We continue to pray for the safety of all those impacted by the fire, who have lost their homes and communities, as well as for all the emergency personnel on the ground, including the fire crews, military, RCMP officers, EMS workers, and all those who are working tirelessly to control the fires and keep residents safe. 

MAKE A DONATION to the Fort McMurray relief effort in Alberta today. Your donations will automatically be designated to help people in need during this crisis. We thank you for your crucial support in caring for those in need in times of emergency.

David Holte

Flower #6May 4 — The CBWC was saddened to learn of the passing of David Holte, a long-time member of Bonavista Baptist in Calgary and former member of both the CBWC’s Board and the Board of the CBWC Foundation, on April 29.

David graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1968 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. He was hired by Proctor and Gamble in Toronto and acquired his MBA in 1972 from York University. In 1973 Proctor and Gamble moved him to head office in Cincinnati  for two years. In 1975 the company moved him (and his wife Mary and daughter Merydth) to Helsinki, Finland where he was VP Finance. Whilst in Finland David and Mary both became active in establishing what today is known as the International Evangelical Church of Finland.  After three years in Finland he was transferred back to Toronto where after a year he was head hunted and moved to Brantford, Ontario to become the VP Finance and Secretary- Treasurer of S.C. Johnson and Son (Johnson’s Wax). He was with them for ten years. While in Brantford, the family attended Queensway Baptist Church.

He was then head-hunted again and in 1988 the family moved to Calgary Alberta where he became the VP Finance of Palm Dairies. Eventually he met his long time business partner, Brian Foster, who is now the president/director of Operation Eyesight in Calgary. He and Brian established  their own business and for 12 or so years ran Murray Axsmith Western. They eventually sold the business and Dave spent the last ten years of his working life coaching CEO’s. In 2009, he and Mary retired and moved to Vancouver Island.

David became a Christian during his university years and and served the Lord with his whole heart since he was baptized in 1963.   The family attended Bonavista Baptist from the moment they moved to Calgary.  He was a much loved member there and served as an Elder and Chair of the board for quite a few terms. Together with Mary, his wife of 50 years, he was active in the Alpha program.   He also served on the board of Trinity Lodge, the Alberta Executive and the CBWC Foundation for many years.  We would also like to thank Mary for her dedication as a long-time member of Women in Focus who was instrumental in developing the Gifted and Called workshops.

Since moving to the Nanaimo area of Vancouver Island, David and Mary have been actively involved in St. Mary’s Anglican Church. David often advised the Parish Council and was Envelope Secretary for seven years. Mary is  currently the People’s Warden.

David was a gentle man with many gifts least among them his wisdom and his ability to vision long term. He was an incredible mentor to those both in the church and many in the business community. Throughout David’s long life, the Lord was able to do much through David, His willing servant.

The CBWC’s Executive Director, Jeremy Bell, recalls David as “a lovely man and a valued, wise and kind presence”.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Road on May 24th at 11 am.

David was much loved and will be much missed.  We are deeply grateful for his service to God and His people.  Please remember David’s family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Jean Hewitt

Flower #6January 26, 2016 — We are saddened to learn that Jean Hewitt, a long-time member of Baptist Women of Western Canada and Women in Focus, in Calgary passed away on January 20, 2016 at the age of 94.

Jean was born  on September 25, 1921 and raised in Calgary.  She lived in Calgary all of her life. The first female bank teller in Calgary, she was a champion of women’s rights. She was full partner in Gordon Hewitt Construction and worked tirelessly and enthusiastically as a volunteer and leader in her church and beyond.

Jean is survived by her four sons and two daughters-in-law. Tom (Shirley), Paul, Russ, and Bruce (Susan); as well as by her grandchildren Kelli Vance, Sean Hewitt (Megan) and Kim Fedyshen; five great-grandchildren as well as by her sister Irma Nelson, seven nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Also surviving Jean is her honorary son Henry Le (Sarianna, Jenny and Michael). Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon in 1989; her sister Ruth Fletcher; her daughter-in-law Cheryl Hewitt of Calgary, Alberta; her brother-in- law Louis Nelson of Lacombe, Alberta; her sister- in-law and brother-in-law Ruth and Phil Jones of Vernon, British Columbia; and a great-nephew Michael.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Westview Baptist Church, Fireside Room (1313 Ranchlands Way NW) on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m Funeral Services will be held at Westview Baptist Church (1313 Ranchlands Way NW) on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through In living memory of Jean Hewitt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. – See more at:

Please pray for Jean’s family and friends during this difficult time, yet rejoice also, knowing that Jean is now home with her Lord Jesus Christ.

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 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 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.

New MLA Ron Orr

Ron_Orr_600pxCongratulations to Ron Orr, pastor of Clive Baptist in Alberta, who has just won a seat in the Alberta Legislature for the riding of Lacombe_Ponoka. Ron was part of an historic election in Alberta which saw the NDP sweep to power into a majority government. Ron represents the Wildrose Party which won 21 seats. He will be part of the Official Opposition.

Ron is well known to the CBWC as the pastor of Clive Baptist for that past 13 years. More recently, he has also taken on the role of the CBWC’s Church Planting Director for Alberta.

Ron comes from a family that has lived in Alberta for more than 100 years. He was born in Calgary and has a Journeyman Carpenter’s ticket and a Registered Housing Professional certificate. He has owned his own general contracting business, and a cabinet sales dealership. He is married to Donna Marie, well known among us as an artist. Ron and Donna have 3 adult children.

Congratulations to the NDP for their historic win. Congratulations also to all candidates in the election, both those who won and those who lost. Your desire to serve your local communities through public service is much appreciated. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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.


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.