Welcome to the Canadian Association for Baptist Freedoms!

We seek to be a safe and welcoming environment in which Baptists can share all concerns and points of view without fear of being marginalised.

The CABF is a Canada-wide fellowship composed of both individuals and Churches. Currently, our member Churches are located in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia but we are open to receiving new members from any province or territory - click here for details.

Our Vision: Baptists freely seeking, living, sharing and celebrating justice, peace and love under the lordship of Christ.

Our Mission: We encourage and support churches, pastors, and other individuals to understand and affirm Baptist freedoms as they express their faith.

We have a great event coming in October - click on the the image below to learn more:


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Rushton Lecture

The Annual Vincent Rushton Memorial Lecture and Luncheon was held on June 1, 2024, in Bridgewater (NS) Baptist Church. Rev. Joe Green and Rev. Sarah Scott presented on the topic: Responding to MAiD: Spiritual reflections, experiences and questions. You can view the devotional by Aaron Kenny and Rushton Lecture here.

Cross Canada Conference 2024

The second annual CABF Cross Canada Conference will be held on October 28 - 31, 2024 in Nova Scotia at First Baptist Church Halifax. Theme: Chaos and Christ. There will be worship, speakers, discussion and, of course, rich fellowship. New details are available here.

CCC Issues Call to be Salt and Light

The Canadian Councilof Churches' Commission on Justice and Peace has recently issued a timely call for Christian communities in Canada to be salt and light, and open up space for peace. Mindful of the overwhelming forms of death, suffering, and trauma here and around the world, we share this statement in the spirit of hope and also meaningful action. May we gather ourselves, each another, and with other religious communities to, as the recent statement puts it, "listen to one another’s experiences, acknowledge one another’s hopes and traumas, and step boldly toward a lasting peace with justice."  Read the full statement in Englishand French on their website.

FBC Amherst Updates Job Search

First Baptist Church Amherst is continuing to search for a MINISTER OF FAMILIES AND OUTREACH and has updated its Position Description. Check it out here.

Student Summer Job Opportunity

The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has a summer student job vacancy for a Project Administration and Research Officer. This position works with program staff to assist with program activities in justice, peace, ecumenical dialogue, and communications media.

Visit the website www.councilofchurches.caand see the Project Administration and Research Officer Position Description for details.

You must be aged between 15 and 30 and be legally entitled to work in Canada. International students are not eligible. Learn more.

The preferred start date is 2 July 2024 (negotiable). Applications will be accepted through 20 June 2024. To be considered, please send your letter of application and Curriculum Vitae to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In your cover letter, please provide a brief explanation of your interest in the position and the competencies you bring related to the position. We regret that only successful interview candidates may receive a response.

2023 AGM and Conference

The 2023 CABF AGM took place on September 29th with the presentation of reports and the election of Officers, Council and Committees. To see the Agenda with links to the reports, click here. The Conference Speaker on September 30th was Dr. Scott Gibson of Baylor University and his topic was Christ the Common Connection. The lectures are available on YouTube here and here. A highlight of the weekend was the launch of Keeping the Faith: Essays in Memory of Roger H. Prentice, edited by Paul Harris and Karen Smith. The launch can be viewed on YouTube here.

2023 Rushton Lecture Video

The 2023 Lecture by Dr. Allan Effa, entitled Enlarge the site of your tent: metaphors and challenges of inclusion and diversity for the Canadian church, is now available on YouTube by clicking here.

Historic Ordination

First Baptist Church Halifax, acting on the recommendation of a CABF Ordination Council, ordained Rev. Arla Johnson to Christian Ministry on Sunday, April 2nd. Arla is the Minister of Inclusive Community at First Baptist and one of the founders of Queer Spirit Church. We believe she is the first married lesbian woman to be ordained in a Baptist Church in Canada. You can watch a video of the service here. (Photo by Dr. Rob Fennell.)

Community Life Coordinator Search

The Church at Southpoint, Surrey BC, is seeking a Community Life Coordinator: Introduction and Position Description.

Senior Pastor Search

The Port Williams United Baptist Church continues its search for a Senior Pastor. For further details, or to apply, click here.

Senior Minister Search

The Kitsilano Christian Community Church is seeking a Senior Minister. The Position Description is available here.



Cross Canada Conference 2023

ca 3The first CABF Cross Canada Conference was held in Edmonton, AB in First Baptist Church on October 23-26. For a report on the conference with pictures click here.

Essays in Memory of Roger Prentice

Mercer University Press has published Keeping the Faith: Essays in Memory of Roger H. Prentice, edited by Paul Harris and Karen Smith. The volume includes essays on the themes that were close to Roger’s heart: Baptist Identity, Theology and Spirituality, Acadia University and Maritime Connections, Worship, Preaching and Ministry, and Engaging with Others in the Church and in the Wider World. The launch can be viewed on YouTube here.

Telling the Story of the CABF

Two videos have been produced to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Association for Baptist Freedoms and its predecessor, the Atlantic Baptist Fellowship. Both videos are now on our CABF YouTube channel - watch and share them today!

CABF Voices - 5Oth Anniversary "Long"

CABF Voices - 50th Anniversary  "Short"



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You can donate to CABF through CanadaHelps.org - click on the image above. You will receive an immediate charitable receipt and your gift will be transferred.

When Dues are Due! CABF Individual Membership is on a twelve (12) month basis, so annual dues of $20 are due one year following your last payment date. For more information on membership click here.

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Here is the latest edition of the CABF Bulletin

Click here for a PDF version.



50th Anniversary Lapel Pins

Anniversary Lapel PinLapel pins to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ABF/CABF are available from the Treasurer at a cost of $10 each and can be obtained by sending an e-Transfer to cabftreasurer at gmail dot com (you know how to write that as an email address) and adding a name and mailing address in the “add a message” section of the e-Transfer or sending your request and a cheque to the Treasurer.

50th Anniversary Celebration

What a wonderful time we had in Wolfville as we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the ABF-CABF! For a look at the program and to find links to various presentations, click here. A particularly poignant moment was the showing of a memorial slide set of some of those whose presence and leadership has meant so much. You can see it here.