The CABF was formerly known as the Atlantic Baptist Fellowship for more than 40 years. Because of the great affection for the ABF, many will continue to refer to it as that. The ABF was formed in 1971 by members of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces, who wanted to witness to historic Baptist principles of freedom and to continue involvement with non-Baptist communions in joint worship, social action and ecumenical discussions. 


In Memoriam

Dr. Rodger Forsman

Dr. Rodger Forsman passed away in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, N. S., on Sunday, 13 August, after a short illness.

His memorial service will be held Monday, August 21, at 2 PM in the Acadia University Manning Memorial Chapel. 

Dr. Forsman was a former deacon and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Wolfville Baptist Church, Professor of Philosophy, Head of Religious Studies and Acting Dean of Arts, at Acadia University. He was a stalwart member of the Atlantic Baptist Fellowship from its beginning and its successor, the Canadian Association for Baptist Freedoms. He had been editor of The Bulletin.

Dr. Forsman is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois, and two sons, Jon (Dominique) and Andrew (Hooban) and three grandchildren. We join with their many family and friends in expressing our deepest sympathy and care.

We have lost a man of great faith, articulated thought and compelling presence.

An obitiuary may be found (here.)

Rev. Maj. Gary Tonks

It is with sadness that we learned of the death of Gary Tonks on July 8. Gary was the brother of John Tonks, CABF President, whom many of us knew from Acadia, through chaplaincy connections, or as a friend and colleague. The funeral service was held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Westville. Gary was a CABF Member. 

Amongst other assignments and postings, Gary was commanding officer of the Drugs and Alcohol Rehab Clinic, an instructor in the Chaplain’s School, base chaplain at CFB Winnipeg, and served in the Middle East. When Gary retired in 1996 he was presented with the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Canadian Peacekeeping Medal, UN Defence Observer Force Medal and Canadian Forces Decoration for 22 years of service. Our prayerful support is extended to Gary's immediate family: Norma, Shaun and Wanda.

Annual General Meeting - October 13 - 14

Details coming soon.


Rushton Lecture and Luncheon - Held June 3

Sixty-four people were registered and along with guests enjoyed a presentation by Rev'd Lynn Uzans, Intentional Interim Minister First Baptist Church Halifax, on the topic of An Anglican in Baptist Circles. It was an excellent opportunity to reflect on our distinctives and respectful dialogues across denominations.  To listen to her talk Click Here.

The highlights of the Luncheon were

  • A Life Time Achievement presentation was made to The Rev'd Dr. Daniel Gibson in recognition of his role as an encourage, supporter, and leader in the (C)ABF.   
  • Lic. Rick Manuel presented an overview of the Strategic Planning exercise we are about to undertake. 
  • The Burlington Baptist Church (Burlington, Ontario) entered into a discussion via Skype and phone and gave the meeting an overview of their church, its history, and desire to become a member of the CABF.  The meeting unanimously approved their membership. 

The Atlantic Baptist Fellowship within Convention is a 1982 publication by Dr. Philip Griffin-Allwood in which he gives a brief account of the formation of the ABF and its foundational principles. Click here to view it.


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