Vol 7 No. 11 New Heartland Regional Minister

Dear Folks,

It is with great pleasure that I share with you the decision from the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada board that Devin Seghers has been appointed the new Heartland Regional Minister. Our President, Jan Paasuke, announced today that following an extensive search and review process that included representatives from the Heartland, the Denominational Board and the Executive Staff, that the appointment of Devin will take place after an appropriate time notice given to church.

We celebrate with the people of the Heartland the opportunity to be served by such a gracious, prayerful and gifted individual such as Devin. Our hearts and prayers go to the people of First Baptist Church in Prince Albert Saskatchewan where Devin has been the senior pastor. Just as the church and Devin were led to work together over these last years, so we as a family of churches will work with First, Prince Albert to seek God’s direction in who will collaborate with them in the future.

I have asked Devin to answer three questions.  But before you read those, I would first like to thank Bill Mains for all his work in coordinating, structuring and framing the search process.

  1. What are some things you would like us to know about you? At the age of 15, in my hometown of Regina, SK, I discovered Christ’s love. Upon grade twelve graduation, I proceeded to study for my law degree at the University of Regina.  My spiritual journey became important and critical to me. God blessed such faithfulness and I married my high school sweetheart then entered Bible College.   Having pastored for over twenty years, I am grateful for God’s care and intention on life.  Thus, I enjoy to vision; creating an atmosphere where people can dream.
  1. Tell us about your family.  My wife, Joan and I have been married for over 26 years enjoying ministry with our son, Nathan, 20 years and Felicia, 17 years. We are grateful for their heart of obedience to God and praise God for His walk with us. One life verse and prayer are the words of Philippians 1:20 “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
  1. Tell us about this decision and process in your own life.  Having a deep passion and heart for the pastors, leaders and churches provided the strong call to this.  God is working in exciting ways in the Heartland churches.  Leaving a wonderful place of ministry of over twelve years is not accomplished without God.  I sense God is beginning something new in the Heartland and I am honored to be a part of that kingdom work in a greater way.

Our thoughts and prayers go with the churches of the Heartland in this transition process.  During the period that Devin has given notice to FBC, Prince Albert, there will be a period of orientation and transition for Devin in which part-time staff will be assigned to cover the work that is generally done by the Heartland Regional Minister.  The specific dates that relate to these stages will be made known when they have been worked out with Devin and FBC,, Prince Albert.  Please pray for the Heartland churches in this transition and for Devin and his wife, Joan, in their preparation for a new stage and role in life.

Thanks be to God for all things wonderful and the mysterious places He takes us.


In Christ,