Grace Baptist Church began on February 15, 1987 when Weldrick Road Baptist and Liberty Baptist merged to form a new fellowship. Weldrick Road had been established in the 1950’s but had dwindled in numbers and was struggling to carry on. Liberty was a three-year-old church plant under the leadership of Doug Sargeant with 65 people meeting in a school in Thornhill, Ontario. Together these congregations possessed vision, momentum and a building in a strategic part of a growing community.
Over the years, Grace has impacted the community in many ways. There’s been a food delivery service to the poor, a deaf ministry which grew into a deaf church, a pre-school which ministered to hundreds of families over its 15-year ministry, a soccer league hosted right on our property, as well as day camps, clothing relief and a host of ministries that continue today. More than anything Grace has been a place where the Gospel has been proclaimed and God’s Word has changed lives.
Paul is a graduate of Queen’s University and Heritage Theological Seminary. Before beginning his ministry at Grace as lead pastor, he served here for two years in community outreach and leadership training and then ministered as a church planter in Japan for fifteen years. He is a published author with numerous articles in the Evangelical Missions Quarterly and Japan Harvest. Together with his wife Jennifer, he has a daughter and two sons and enjoys running, soccer, guitar and playing Mario Kart with his kids.
Christian has an Honours BA in History from the University of Toronto and is currently completing a MDiv at Heritage Theological Seminary. After spending four years in an institution of higher learning, Christian was saddened and concerned by the lack of awareness among his contemporaries about all things Christ related. This is the driving factor in his mission to reach today’s youth with the gospel truth. Christian enjoys reading, strategy games, and trying to reach the Guinness World Record for watching Lord of the Rings.
loving God supremely and loving people sincerely
a dedication to lifelong learning about the God we serve through diligent study and reflection on the Holy Scriptures
living obediently in a way that exalts our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.
We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit Who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgement; Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.
We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the arch-enemy of God and man.
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgement and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.
We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church. We believe that its officers are pastors and deacons.
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order: - Baptism, which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ's command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. - The Lord's Supper, which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord's body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.
We believe in the entire separation of church and state.
We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practise and propagate his beliefs.
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth.
While we’re grateful for God’s grace to our congregation, we know that churches, like Christians, don’t grow well in isolation. We want to partner with like-minded organizations for support, accountability and effectiveness. Grace is a part of The Fellowship, a vibrant, nation-wide group of evangelical baptist churches. We also fall under the larger umbrella of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. To find out more about any of these organizations click on the logos below.