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.

2016 Rushton Lecture and Luncheon - A Wrap-up

This year's event was held at the Port Williams United Baptist Church with approximately 70 people in attendance. The speaker was Ed Colquhoun, Amherst, retired educator and passionate exponent of the adult study of Biblical and theological subjects. Ed's topic was Searching for Faithful Adult Learning. The Founder's Tribute was given to the late Terry Tingley by his daughter Licentiate Vicki Brown, Minister of Bayside Baptist Church. We are grateful for Terry's impact on the formation of the CABF and all of us who knew him. Audio recordings of both talks will soon be available on this site. 

Another highlight of the session was the unanimous vote to receive the First Baptist Church Brantford into CABF membership. Before the vote, a Skype connection was made with Marg Eisner, Chair of Brantford's Board of Deacons. Marg gave a short history of the church and their reasons for applying for membership. The church's compatibility with CABF's objectives were striking.


Regg Dunn a former minister of First Baptist Church Amherst and Frank Sinnott who held pastorates throughout the maritimes discuss their beliefs about what it is to be Baptist. The articles were written several years ago, but well express the essence of our Baptist beliefs and freedoms. To view the articles, click on their names.

Current Topics - Links

From Prayer and Politics:Trans-formation, a blog posting by Ken Sehested. Ken was the founding director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (1984).


Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held September 30 and October 1 at First Baptist Church Halifax.
Please register by e-mailing Lana Churchill, or phoning her at 902-542-2186.

The topic under discussion in two addresses and a panel will be Medical Assisted Dying. To view a tentative schedule, Click here.

Notices of Motion

At the recent Rushton Luncheon business session, the Constitution Committee presented the following notice of motion.

Section 18(a) Business at Annual General Meeting

Current reading:
18. Business at Annual General Meeting. At the annual general meeting of the Society the following items of business shall be dealt with and shall be deemed ordinary business and all other business transacted shall be deemed special business:
(a) minutes of the previous annual general meeting,

Proposed wording

18 (a) minutes of the previous annual general meeting and any special meetings held in the interim


Section 28 Members of Council

The Council now gives notice of changes to article 28 in our By-Laws to allow for the election of Members at Large to the Council, to read (insertions are underlined):

28. Members of Council. The Council shall consist of the Officers of the Society, Editor of the Bulletin, and chairs of committees, and up to four members-at-large, all of whom shall have voting privileges. At the first election of members-at-large following the approval of this by-law, 2 members-at-large shall be elected for 3 years, 1 member-at-large shall be elected for 2 years and 1 member-at-large shall be elected for 1 year. Thereafter, except where an election is held to fill the unexpired portion of a term, newly elected members-at-large shall be elected for three-year (3) terms. The number of Council shall not be less than five (5). The subscribers to the Memorandum of Association of the Society shall be the first Council and thereby, the first Directors of the Society.



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Induction Service for Rick Manuel

Newport Baptist Church
929 Route 236 Scotch Village, NS
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 7 p.m

Brantford Church Joins CABF

At the recent Rushton Lecture and Luncheon, First Baptist Church, Brantford, Ontario, was received as a member of the CABF. The joining of our first member church outside of the Atlantic Provinces was an historic occasion. The minister of the church is the Reverend Deborah Dempsey. The Church's website is found here.

Helpful Study Resource

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles is a Baptist who teaches New Testament at Perkins School of Theology (United Methodist) in Dallas and attends a progressive Baptist Church in the Dallas area. She does outstanding work on John's Gospel and has been a speaker at the Alliance of Baptists Convocation. She has complied a site of study resources that are helpful for any Church studying human sexuality.Click here.