Helping others is a vital part of who we are as a church community. First Baptist church strives to be involved in helping others in our city, region, country and around the world. Locally, we partner with Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank, Soupateria, God’s Kitchen Penticton and Okanagan Gleaners to help feed those in need. We are also connected with other organizations and churches to help with homelessness, disaster relief and emergency response.
The Gleaners exist to transform produce that might otherwise be wasted into nourishment for the millions of the world’s hungry. Produce from farms, orchards, grocery stores is secured, dried and mixed into large quantities. These large barrels of dried mix are sent around the world each year. First Baptist helps the Gleaners by volunteering on days of mixing, processing and gives financially to their needs. This is a great way to see how produce that otherwise might be wasted is helping those most vulnerable.
Canadian Baptist Ministries
CBM was among the first mission organizations to devolve properties and leadership positions to the national church in India and Bolivia. This signified a dramatic change in the role of the organization and its international staff. This proved to be a groundbreaking practice that later opened the doors for CBM to establish other significant partnerships.
Bill & Janice Dyck – Serving in Bolivia
When they first joined CBM, the Dycks brought with them significant pastoral experience in churches ranging from a church plant to a multi-staff congregation. Bill and Janice have been sensing a growing call to return overseas to continue working in their area of passion – leadership formation with pastors and lay leaders. CBM was excited and blessed when the Dycks inquired about possible areas of need where their gifts could be used, and it soon became obvious that it was on CBM’s Latin America team. Bill participated in a two-month short-term trip to Mexico in 1982, and has since believed that God may have a return trip to serve in Latin America somewhere in the plans.
CBM believes the timing was God-ordained for their next assignment, as our oldest partner, the Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB), continued to voice its desire to equip and mentor their leaders, especially in their understanding and practice of integral mission – sharing God’s love through word and deed. As a seasoned couple with experience in a wide range of ministry contexts, the Dycks will be an excellent resource to the UBB.
Bill and Janice have an adult son, daughter and son-in-law who will remain in Canada cheering them on as they enter this new chapter in their ministry.
Waddell Family – Serving in the Philippines
Michael and Melanie are Global Field Staff with Canadian Baptist Ministries, appointed in August 2015 to serve in the Philippines. Michael and Melanie, along with their four children, live in the capital city of Manila.
Michael and Melanie serve alongside CBM colleagues and partners in the area of Marketplace Ministry. The Waddells are assisting in the formation of Christian discipleship movements within the context of the marketplace throughout Southeast Asia. The Waddells also work along side our Filipino partners who are working with the poor and marginalized in various facets of Integral Mission through capacity building that models humility, love, compassion and integrity.
Michael is currently completing his Master of Arts in Practical Theology at Acadia Divinity College. Melanie has a Master’s Degree in Counselling from Acadia University and has experience working in various counselling settings.
The Waddells spent 14 years in the business world, as well as 5 years serving as Directors of a Baptist owned Christian camp in New Brunswick, before sensing that God was leading them to something new.
Michael and Melanie were married in 2000 and have four growing children: Kyla, Sean, Carter and Allie.
Dr. Cheryl Bear of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation is a CBM Strategic Associate. Cheryl serves as the Indigenous Relations Specialist with a focus on providing leadership and education to Canadian Baptist churches seeking to be more engaged with First Nations communities. She is an award-winning singer/songwriter and educator. As part of her role with CBM, she will seek to inspire and educate through music and dialogue.
Prior to her appointment, Cheryl served as the spokesperson for CBM’s She Matters campaign, helping to raise awareness around global gender inequity, with a particular focus on gender-based violence in Indigenous communities. She has performed several She Matters concerts throughout Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba. Cheryl’s appointment marked an important step forward for Canadian Baptists in the road to reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada. CBM Executive Director Terry Smith feels that “The appointment of Cheryl Bear is vital to having Indigenous voices shape and guide how Canadian Baptists can journey on with First Nations people in this country. Cheryl understands the challenges and has years of experience walking alongside individuals and congregations wherever they are at in the conversation. This appointment is a natural follow-up to the apology we offered in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. We know that Cheryl will be a great resource to our churches who wish to learn how best to build authentic relationships with Indigenous people in their own communities.”
Cheryl has travelled to over 600 Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States sharing her songs and stories. She is also one of the founding board members of the North American Indigenous Institute of Theological Studies (NAIITS). Cheryl has a Doctorate from The King’s University in Los Angeles, and Master of Divinity degree from Regent College. Her doctoral work presented an approach to First Nations ministry from the foundations of Indigenous worldview and values. Cheryl is based in Vancouver and has three adult children.