Merv Budd - Senior Minister
Teaching | Vision | Evangelism
Contact: email@example.com | Blog
Diane Pinnell - Associate Pastor
Christian Education | Growth Groups | Volunteers | Community Life | Youth
Bob Wilkins - Pastor Emeritus
Seniors | Discipleship
Mary Mehlhorn - Bright Corner Community Care Co-ordinator
Roxann Morrow - Children's Community Programs Co-ordinator
*Note: Roxann has been hired by another church and we wish her well. The job posting for this position can be found here.
Mary Lynne Cameron - Administrative Assistant
Office Administration | Bookkeeping | Graphics | Website | Facility Bookings
There are three volunteer bodies that form the core leadership of NBBC.
The Board is responsible for organizational oversight of the church and is responsible for things like finances, property and policies. Merv is the contact for the Board.
The Elders are responsible for the relational health and spiritual leadership of the church. Diane is the contact for the Elders.
The Council is responsible for the operational oversight of church activities. Each council member oversees a different area of ministry: Youth, Christian Education, Worship, Mission & Outreach and Fellowship. Merv is the contact for Council.
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NBBC belongs to the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec.
NBBC is affiliated with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.
CBM is the link between Baptist churches across Canada and around the world, encouraging passionate discipleship for local and global missions.
NBBC offers the Alpha Course. Contact the church office for information on dates and times. Visit our Alpha page for more information.
Merv Budd is the National Director of Equipping Evangelists. Equipping Evangelists a.k.a. E²’s mission is to champion the role of the evangelist and enable them to equip the local church to fulfill their missional mandate.
At NBBC we would describe ourselves as an evangelical, protestant church that adheres to Baptist teaching. Although the Kingdom of God is bigger than any one denomination or church, there are certain beliefs that are non-negotiable to what it means to be a Christian. While ultimately only God knows who is inside and outside of His Kingdom we at NBBC have embraced a statement of faith that expresses the truths on which our church rests.
- We believe the Bible is the written Word of God; it was given by the working of the Holy Spirit upon its human authors and is trustworthy and without error in all that it teaches.
- We believe that there is only one true God and that He is eternal Spirit, without body or shape. He has made everything that exists and is present everywhere in His universe yet separate from it, ruling over it and directing it according to His purposes. There is no limit to His knowledge or power. He is holy, just, wise, loving and compassionate. He is faithful; He always keeps His Word. We believe He has revealed Himself to be One God yet three equal persons in His Oneness, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that man was created in the image of God for fellowship with God, but that his choice to disobey God marred that image, alienated him from God, left him dead in sin, and under God’s wrath.
- We believe that God has come to us in Jesus, who is both perfect God and perfect man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. He died on the cross, bearing our guilt and making a full atonement for our sin. He rose on the third day from the grave, and ascended into heaven, from which we expect Him to return in glory to claim His Church and to judge the world.
- We believe that sinful people can be restored to God, given full forgiveness, cleansing from sin, and new life with God. We believe that this cannot be earned or merited in any way, but that God gives it as a free gift to those who repent of our sins and trust solely in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit brings sinners to see their need of Christ, enables them to trust in Him, and gives them new life in Him. We believe He lives permanently within all who so trust Christ, giving them power to walk with God in righteousness, peace and joy, and changing them so that they become more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe that following Jesus requires of us a life of holiness before God, unity with one another and love to all people. We believe that such a life is the true evidence that we have received new life with God through the Lord Jesus.
- We believe that marriage is ordained by God for the covenant relationship between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.
- We believe that following Christ involves us in spiritual warfare against Satan and the powers of darkness. We believe that Satan cannot rob us of our salvation but by temptation and trial he seeks to lead us to dishonour Christ or to prevent us from offering our joyful service. Although Satan has been defeated by Christ at the Cross, he is not to be taken lightly and can only be overcome by the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are called to resist personal temptation and social evils in the Name and power of Christ.
- We believe that God’s purpose in salvation is not only to save individuals, but to create a new community to show His glory, and that this new community is the Church of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Church includes all believers of all time, and comes to expression in local churches which are faithful to Him. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives Christians spiritual gifts which are to be used to build the Church to the glory of God.
- We believe that our Lord has given two ordinances to His Church to deepen its experience of His grace: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism by immersion testifies of a believer’s union with Christ, and seals his commitment to live the resurrection life of Christ. The Lord’s Supper, when taken in faith, reminds believers of Christ’s atoning death for them, draws them into deeper communion with Him, and gives a foretaste of the eternal communion which they will one day enjoy with Him.
- We believe that there is a life to come after this one; that at death a believer goes to be with the Lord to await a time of Christ’s return when he shall be given new glorious bodies and enter a new world with Christ. We also believe that those who have not believed on Christ will be resurrected to eternal death in the place called hell.
Although we value the whole teaching of Scripture, historically there are five key values that we treasure, that inform our thinking and decision making. In addition to the details below, we have a 10-part video series on the values that you can view online here. Contact the office if you are interested in learning more about the 5-session group study that goes with the video series.
Passionate Spirituality is about loving God with everything that we have. It is about the practice of the disciplines and the development of the soul. It is about learning to worship in many ways including singing, prayer, silence, celebration, dance and many others. It is both filled with emotion and a sense of reverence. It spans the range between being still in God’s presence and making a joyful noise.
Passionate Spirituality is about learning to leave the world behind and follow Christ with everything we have. It denies self and takes up our cross. It is about giving up what we cannot keep and gaining what we cannot lose. It is about entering through the narrow gate. It is about dying to self, denying one’s self and learning to love God with a love that we thought was impossible.
Intentional Community is about loving one another as Disciples of Christ. Jesus said that all people will know that we are disciples because of the love that we have for one another. This kind of love was demonstrated in the life of the early church. It can be one of the most effective tools for reaching a lost generation.
Pastoral care at NBBC is done through the Growth Groups. Each person in their group cares for one another as the body of Christ and develops relationships as a spiritual family. The group helps to nurture marriage relationships, family relationships and helps to mould all of the group into a spiritual family. Visit our "Get Involved" page to learn more about our growth groups.
Intentional Community is carried out not just through caring for one another but also through participating in the other Church values together. It is developed through sharing a common vision and devoting oneself and the entirety of the group to serving God.
Incarnational Living is about loving the lost as Christ did and being the body of Christ in the neighbourhood mission field and the world. It is about seeing people without hope find hope in Christ and His Kingdom. It is about seeing neighbourhoods transformed. It is about believing that the day we become followers of Christ, we become servants to the King, missionaries to the place where we live and with the people we belong to and to our larger world.
Incarnational Living is each person actively building relationships with those who do not have a relationship with Christ so as to be available for the Spirit of God to use as He calls people to Himself. It is about the Growth Groups reaching out through a mission to the community around them as God is calling a people to Himself. Through our mission as a community, we restore the reputation of the Church and invite people to join in the journey.
Transformational Discipleship is about the believer and the church growing in maturity in the faith. It is about the development of our minds in the knowledge of God and the deepening of knowledge in the group.
In Transformational Discipleship, the community understands and lives out the call of Jesus to produce disciples. The group is proactive in helping each member to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ and then in turn, is able to feed one another because of what God is doing in each one. There is a pursuit to be able to interact with issues that are facing our culture from a biblical perspective. There is a development of the Christian worldview, which enables the community to be able to form strategies to reach out to people of other faiths and cultures in their mission field.
Transformational Discipleship begins in the will as the believer decides to follow Christ and flows through the mind as he/she grows in the knowledge of God and is lived out in the actions of us all, as we become well-trained missionaries.
Holistic Stewardship is about fulfilling the mandate that God gave to humans to effectively manage the earth. We are to be stewards of creation. This is about the way we treat creation, and the way we learn to give of ourselves in the pursuit of the Kingdom of God.
Each Growth Group will need to pursue a life of stewardship together. There is always strength in numbers in a Growth Group in that where one person needs building up or strengthening, the others can help. Holistic Stewardship is about our time. It is about each person developing a rhythm of life that is consistent with the kind of life that God values for us as His followers. It includes Sabbath. It includes rest and relaxation. And it includes hard work. Holistic Stewardship is about the use of our talents. Each person learns to use the gifts that God has given so that the body may function as God intended.
We are a gift from God to the body and we need to be of use to God for His Kingdom. Holistic Stewardship is about the use of the money that God has lent us. It is about the belief that everything we have is His and that we need to be stewards of those resources. It is the fostering of a life that gives back to God a tithe to the local church and offerings above and beyond as God calls to the work of the Kingdom.
A motto simply describes the chief attributes of an organization and what it is about. Our motto at NBBC is simply “People make this church.” The Bible never refers to the church as a building. It is always a reference to God’s people gathered together. Our greatest strength and resource is people, especially the person of Jesus Christ. As we join together in God’s purposes there is no limit to what God might do through us for His glory.
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Our mission is a statement of what we believe God has called us to do as His Kingdom representatives in this place. Although the Bible is our ultimate source for telling us why we’re here, our purpose statement helps us strategize the best way we can use the resources God has given us. Our mission statement is:
Helping those in our church, community and beyond
make a life-changing commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ
and together become more like Him.
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Our purpose is to joyfully worship the living God who has found us in Jesus Christ by:
- Witnessing clearly and faithfully so that others may come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
- Supporting and strengthening each other in an atmosphere of faith and love.
- Ministering the love of God in local and world missions.
- Providing training so every member will continue to grow in the knowledge of Christ and be equipped for His service.
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As we look out into the future of NBBC we see …
- A church that is made up of multiple congregations that are intimately linked although locationally separate.
- People in small group gatherings, called Growth Groups, meeting for intentional discipleship through prayer, Bible study, service and evangelism projects, worship, fellowship and caring.
- Quarterly celebrations of all the congregations coming together to glorify God in all that He is doing.
- Whole communities being impacted positively for the Gospel as NBBC congregations take on a local flavour that speaks to the needs of their neighbours.
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