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.

Dr. Lance Morgan

yellow flowerIt is with deep sadness that we share with you the news that Rev. Dr. Lance Morgan has died on Friday, January 4. Lance was the Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church, Prince George for well over thirty years. Lance, along with his wife Pat, has had a profound ministry on the city of Prince George and our entire denomination.

Rev. Morgan was named Citizen of the Year in 1984, became a  Freeman of the city in 1988 and was named as the city’s honorary chaplain in 2001. He was also honoured by the CBWC  for holding the longest period of service by a pastor – 36 years.

Lance was born in Jamaica and arrived in Prince George 1962 with his wife Pat. Together they served in the Central Baptist Church congregation which became First Baptist Church. Under Morgan’s leadership, the church building was renewed and the congregation became united and  thrived until his 1998 retirement.

He was a founding director of the Project Friendship Society, an avid photographer and all-around bon vivant who was said to bring smiles wherever he went.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 19th at 11:30 at First Baptist Church, Prince George.  (FBC is located at 483 Gillett St.)

Please be in prayer for Pat and the entire Morgan family, that they may know God’s peace even in the midst of this storm.


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.


Kory Lewis

We mourn the passing of Kory Lewis who was welcomed to glory on October 16, 2012.  Kory was a long-time member of Emmanuel Baptist in Victoria, BC.

Kory was born in 1921 and grew up in Chilliwack, which was then a small town, a location that gave Kory many advantages that shaped her character.

“Our parents knew the parents of many of our friends, and grownups would often speak to us when they saw us on the street. But the greatest advantage was having Christian parents, whom I know provided us an example at home and in the community through work in service organizations as well as our church, First Baptist.”

Her dedication to service began early when she started singing in the church choir at age 7.  Throughout her life she continued to love music, becoming a skilled pianist who accompanied choirs and other musicians.  Later as a teacher, she trained many school choirs to compete in festivals in Victoria, the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan region.

Kory worked as a teacher in Chilliwack, Penticton and Victoria until retiring in 1978 to take care of her mother.  She also worked as a Career Education consultant to the Ministry of Education.  She was active on many BC Teachers’ Federation committees, wrote curriculum for a Career Education course and was honoured to become a life member of the BCTF in 1977.  While a teacher, she was very active supporting Inter-School Christian Fellowship groups to support them in their faith journeys.

Despite a long and busy career, she had time for an exhausting array of activities that show little sign of letting up at age 90.

Kory’s character wass one of “steadfast determination,” says Ingrid White, Emmanuel Baptist’s Associate Pastor. “When she sets her mind to something she makes sure it happens. It has held her in good stead over the years.”

Kory has a lifelong commitment to camping and youth ministries, having directed various age levels at Keats Camps as well as Camp Sorec near Summerland.  For years, she served on the Sylvan Acres Camp Committee.  She has also been a long-time volunteer with Youth for Christ, travelling to international conferences and organizing monthly Youth For Christ rallies in Chilliwack, featuring speakers such as Billy Graham and Bob Pearce, in the 1940’s.

She has served for years on Church Boards (9 years at Emmanuel Baptist alone), teaching Sunday school and serving on missions committees, as well as being very active in hosting visiting missionaries, and organizing mission events.  She has long been involved in caring ministries, serving as a reception coordinator for funerals and services, being the photographer at church events and providing cards and gifts of encouragement to pastors and others in the church family.

At the denominational level, she served as the moderator of the Vancouver Island Association of Baptist Churches and also served as a member of the board of Carey Theological College. She was responsible for the decision to change Carey’s dorms to include women.

“One of her ministries that really stands out, is that she has shown particular care for Baptist pastors,” says Ingrid, explaining that Kory was instrumental in reviving regular meetings of the BUMS – Baptist Union Ministers, 14 years ago.  Kory has facilitated and paid for a quarterly luncheon for active and retired pastors and spouses. Ingrid said, “The lunches have been a particular blessing to several churches because they have drawn our pastors together to help facilitate interaction and encouragement among pastors.  Kory didn’t want the churches to become independent of each other.”

Her lifelong spirit of service has not been limited to specifically Christian endeavours.  In the community, she has served on the Saanich Police Board, as president of the Greater Victoria Teacher’s Association, and as a member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

Kory is but one example of the many seniors whose faithful lives of dedicated service are an example and inspiration to us all.  We are indeed grateful for the gift Kory has been, and continues to be, among us.  We give thanks also for her lifelong desire to serve God by serving others.
The Celebration of Kory’s Life will be Friday, November 2, 1:30 pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Victoria with a reception to follow.

Estella Orvis



We mourn the passing of Estella Orvis on Friday, October 12, 2012.  Estella was 82. She was the wife of Ralph Orvis, who served the CBWC as area minister of Saskatchewan and Manitoba from 1987-1990.

A memorial service for Estella will be held at Richmond Hill Baptist Church, Calgary on Thursday, October 18 at 1 pm.

Please remember Estella’s family in your prayers.

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.