Council Meetings Highlights

The CABF Council meets virtually each month and is excited about recent developments reported on May 3:

  1. New Member Church: Welcome to Kitsilano Christian Community Church (greater Vancouver area), the most recent congregation to join CABF! On May 3 Council approved the recommendation of the Membership Committee to admit this vibrant community of faith in greater Vancouver, to be ratified at our next full members meeting on June 3. They join with the Church at Southpoint in Surrey, BC, accepted as a new member congregation during the March Council meeting, as our second BC congregation.
  2. Upcoming Events: Rev. Jeff White, Program Committee Chair, outlined three upcoming events:
    1. Rushton Lecture: the 2023 Lecturer will be Dr. Allan Effa of Edmonto, AB. The Luncheon will be at noon on June 3 at Port Williams United Baptist Church, followed by the Lecture, whupich will be delivered via YouTube on the Church's YouTube Channel. More details are available under Upcoming Events.
    2. Fall Assembly: the Assembly will take place September 29-30, somewhere in the Wolfville area. Dr. Scott Gibson of Baylor University has been invited to Nova Scotia in the fall for the launch of a book, prepared in honour of the late Rev. Dr. Roger Prentice. Dr. Gibson will be our keynote presenter, and the book launch in honour of Roger will become part of the weekend. The precise topic of Dr. Gibson’s presentations is yet to be determined (as well as the location/host congregation).
    3. CABF Clergy Gathering – Mon-Thrs, October 23-26, 2023 – First Baptist Edmonton. More details will be available soon.
  3. Ordination: First Baptist Church Halifax, acting on the recommendation of a CABF Ordination Council, ordained  Arla Johnson to Christian Ministry on Sunday, April 2nd. Arla is the Minister of Inclusive Community at First Baptist Church Halifax and one of the founders of Queer Spirit Church. She is the first married lesbian woman to be ordained in a Baptist Church in Canada. A great deal of positive media coverage followed.