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.


Rev. Jack Farr

Red tropical orchidThe CBWC is saddened to learn of the death of Rev. Jack Farr on Monday, January 14, 2013 in Ladysmith.  We rejoice that he is now with God in heaven.

Jack was one of the CBWC’s longest serving pastors. His service began in Vancouver where he served as pastor at Grandview Calvary Baptist until 1969.  He then moved to Calgary to serve at Crescent Heights Baptist from 1969 to 1975.  Jack served as the Manitoba Area Minister from 1975-80 for the Baptist Union of Western Canada (now known as the CBWC) and  then served as the Stewardship Director for the Baptist Union Development Fund.  He then returned to front-line pastoral ministry to serve at First Baptist, Vancouver from 1988 to 1993.  He was pastor at Calvary Baptist in Chemainus from 1993 to 1995.  His last appointment was serving as interim pastor at Emmanuel Baptist in Victoria in 2005.

Please pray for his wife Catherine as she mourns Jack’s loss.

Jack’s  memorial service will be held on Friday, January 18th at 2pm at Calvary Baptist, Chemainus.  Calvary Baptist is located at 3318 River Rd. in Chemainus.

Car Accident Prayers Requested

Please pray for Sandy Smith, associate Pastor of First Baptist, Edmonton who was injured in a car accident following the Banff Pastors and Spouses Conference on November 8.   Sandy was driving keynote speaker Myra Blyth to the Calgary airport at about 12:30 pm when she was rear-ended  near Canmore by a car going much faster than the rest of the traffic in the midst of a snow storm.

Sandy sustained neck and back injuries and was taken to Foothills Hospital in Calgary by ambulance.  Myra was unhurt.  Several CBWC pastors, such as Ryan Sato, Senior Pastor at FBC, Edmonton, and their spouses were in following vehicles and were able to help out at the accident scene and get Myra to the airport.  Sandy’s husband Peter was able to drive down from Edmonton to pick Sandy up once she was released from hospital.

We are grateful that the accident wasn’t worse in the terrible weather and that Sandy has been released from hospital.  We are also thankful to God also that Myra was unhurt.  Sandy reports being very sore, so please continue to pray for her.

Please also pray for Sharon Oncuil, Administrative Assistant to Alberta Regional Minister Dennis Stone.  On Tuesday, Sharon was attending a reception for Carey Theological College at the Banff Pastors and Spouses Conference at the Banff Springs Hotel when a chunk of the ceiling collapsed on her without warning.  She received medical care almost instantly from Dan Galpin, Harbour Master of Keats Camps, who is a paramedic.  She was taken to hospital and released with a very bad black eye and quite a lot of bruising.  Again, we are thankful for God’s grace that this accident wasn’t worse.  Please pray for Sharon’s continued recovery.


Edith Whitecotton

We mourn the passing of Edith Losie Whitecotton on October 27, 2012 at 92 years of age.

Edith was the treasurer of the former Baptist Union of Western Canada, now the CBWC, from 1965 to 1978.  Known as Edith Losie during her term as treasurer, she married Allen Whitecotton and moved to Red Deer.

Edith was 92. Please pray for her husband Allen during this difficult time.

The time and place of her memorial service has yet to be announced.


New Church Building for Battle Lake

September 14, 2012 — Battle Lake Communnity Church in Westerose will celebrate the opening of its new church building at a special dedication service on Sunday, September 16 at 2 pm.

The new building is just across the street from the original church.   The new church has a larger sanctuary, more office space and more facilities to meet the congregations’s needs.

The church is located at Site 12, RR1 Westerose.  Everyone is invited to attend the opening celebrations.


Ronald Schindel

Ronald Schindel – February 19, 1943 – September 2, 2012

Ronald George Schindel was born on February 19, 1943 to George and Nettie Schindel in St. Catherines, Ontario. He accepted Christ as his savior at the age of  9.

Ron attended the Associated Gospel Church and was active in the Christian service brigade, Youth group and summer camps with the Canadian Sunday school Mission. He received the call to ministry at the age of 10.

Ron and June met in August of 1962.  Each of them of them desired to serve the Lord through their professional lives.  Their wedding was July 10, 1964.  Ruth Melody came early, being born pre-mature in March of 1965.   Baby boy (John Mark) was born in 1966 and did not survive

Bible College was completed in April of 1967.   Ron and June were called to their first church in Leeburn Ontario in October of that same year.

David Paul was born premature in November of 1967.  1968 a baby girl was born (Wanda Fay) and she lived only a few days.

In 1969 Ron founded a Church plant in the near by city of Sault St. Marie, while continuing the church work in Leeburn.   Ron was ordained with the Fellowship Baptist churches during 1970.   1971-1974 Ron was Chaplin, teacher and dorm parent at Albert College in Belleville Ontario. This is when Peter Yeung was added to our family.  Peter was a foreign student from Hong Kong.

In 1974 Parkdale Baptist Church of Belleville called Ron to pastor their congregation. During which time they saw great spiritual growth and building projects to accommodate this growth.

In May of 1977 Daniel Edward was born. September of 1979 Rebekah Joy completed our family.

In 1981 our family moved to North Delta, British Columbia. Ron pastored a church that again grew in numbers and needed a building expansion.

In August 1984 Ruth married Ken Allison.  In the fall of this year we moved to Okanagan Falls, British Columbia.  This was after a 6 month sabbatical and it was a wonderful time of refreshing.  During this time Ron served on committee boards for the district office. He was asked to come and be the area minister but declined.  He felt that his gifts were for developing smaller church bodies.

In 1989 Ron accepted the call to Sechelt, British Columbia.  Bethel Baptist Church was a medium sized congregation.  The growth that came from community outreach and youth programs required a remodeling of this building.  This moved the offices across the street to an adjacent lot that the church owned.  Two services were held Sunday morning and one in the evening.

1997 saw Ron and June with an empty nest and a call to serve overseas in New Zealand.  In this community the church witnessed through the Awana’s program to the children. Many families were touched.

1998 They were back in Canada. Ron worked for a garden maintenance company during the week and Preached in Port Coquitlam, B.C. during the weekend.

In Nov. 1999 Daniel married Cindy Harder in Cochrane, Ab. With Ron officiating.

In 2000 Ron was called to First Baptist Church of Nelson, B.C.   This is where David married Sharon Miklos in Nov. of that year.

He retired from this Church in 2005 due health reasons.

Ron and June relocated to Linden, Alberta. As this was a central location in proximity to their children and families.  It turned out to be a wonderful community to be a part of .  With Ron volunteering at the lodge with Sunday services and small groups meeting during the week in the community.

2006-2007 Ron preached the word as an interim pastor to the Baptist Church in Drumheller, AB.

Ron and June enjoyed wintering in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the last 17 years. Many great friendships were started there and continue to this day.

Ron was predeceased by his Mother and Father (George and Nettie), his sister (Marjorie Thamer), and his 2 infant children.

Left to await a reunion are his brother, Richard.  His wife; June, sister-in-law; Grace, Brother-in-laws; Eugene and Warren. Children; Ruth (Ken), David (Sharon), Daniel (Cindy) and Rebekah.  Grandchildren; Emily, Joel, Seth, Brenden, Josiah, Micah, Jesse, Jonathan, Emma, Alexander, Susanna, Miriam, Caleb and Leah.  As well as nieces and nephews.

Ron Schindel

September 5 — We mourn the passing of Rev. Ron Schindel who passed away on Sunday September 2nd  in Calgary, AB. Ron served for many years as a pastor within the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (under its former name of Baptist Union of Western Canada).

Ron served as pastor at Okanagan Falls from 1984-1989, Bethel Baptist, Sechelt from 1989-1997 and First Baptist, Nelson from 2000-2005

A memorial for Ron will be held on Thursday, September 6th at 1pm at Linden Mennonite Brethren Church in Linden, AB.

Thank you for your prayers for Ron’s wife June and their family.

Not Again!

Flooding water in Laurier Heights Baptist

August 31, 2012 — Laurier Heights Baptist in Edmonton has just suffered its second watermain break in 13 months. The church is requesting your prayer support during this challenging time.

The church was within 2 weeks of completing renovations made necessary by last year’s major flooding and must now start all over again to repair new water damage.  Most of the water damage is restricted to the south (sanctuary) side of the building.

The church is covered by insurance and will be making a new claim. The latest flooding will set renovations back at least a month and creates the fourth separate list of contents to write off, replace, track, expense, etc.

Pastor Steve Simala-Grant says, “Within about 36 hours we were back to laughing about how ridiculous it all is.

There is a lot of good news.  Pastor Sue Hunter and her husband Ian were at the church and heard the water rushing within a few minutes of the break.  It took about 45 minutes for the watermain to be shut off and contractors and insurance personnel have been able to respond quickly.  The  main insurance adjuster, who is based in Abbotsford BC, just happened to be in Edmonton and was here in less than half an hour.  He had a mechanical engineer on site within about an hour.  The project manager was also here right away, and had an emergency crew here within 3 hours.  Cleanup has already begun.

Upon initial inspection, it appears the plumbers who re-connected the water line after the first break may be responsible for this issue.  Whatever the cause, the damage is covered by insurance.

The church is  hoping and trusting that this is a fairly quick and simple repair.  Walls are being opened as little as possible but as much as needed to properly dry out, and drying equipment is running.  Hopefully this will be quick and effective.  It is not yet known whether the new flooring will have to be replaced or whether the sealing and wax coating has protected it from the water.   Some contents and furniture will need to be replaced (again), but the church  hopes and trusts that will be minimal.

“Of course this is discouraging, and is certainly a set back, but we are going to be fine.  Ministry is going to continue to happen.  God continues to be great.  We continue to trust in God, and will never stop seeking first the Kingdom of God,” says Pastor Simala-Grant.  “We continue to believe God is beginning a new thing, and we continue to believe “that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Phil 1:6).  Now while we may wish that day of Christ Jesus’ return is very soon, in the meantime we will be faithful to all God has called us to and will work as hard as we must to be good stewards in God’s Kingdom.  We will continue to love God and love one another, and put God first and Love first.  I am confident that we will get past this latest set back quickly and effectively.”