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 and Alberta 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.


Sincere Sympathy

SmartSelect 20230302 183654 BraveWe offer our sincere sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of the Rev. Dr. William Sturgess who died in Ottawa on February 23rd at the age of 97. Dr. Sturgess, a CABF member, served as a missionary, Pastor and Minister of Pastoral Care over many decades. You can read his obituary here.

Church at Southpoint Joins CABF

The Church at Southpoint in Surrey, BC was accepted as a new member congregation during the January CABF Council meeting. We warmly welcome the Church and their Pastor, Rev. Anne Baxter Smith, to our fellowship!

Historic Ordination

Arla First Baptist Church Halifax, acting on the recommendation of a CABF Ordination Council, will ordain. Lic. Arla Johnson to Christian Ministry on Sunday, April 2nd at 4 p.m. Arla is the Minister of Inclusive Community at First Baptist Church Halifax and one of the founders of Queer Spirit Church. We believe she will be the first married lesbian woman to be ordained in a Baptist Church in Canada.

P/T Youth Coordinator Needed

306598996 457126323112968 3423052195111946425 nBridgewater Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Youth Coordinator. For details contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Senior Pastor Search

The Port Williams United Baptist Church is seeking a Senior Pastor. For further details, or to apply, click here.

CCC Conference

Our Whole Society Conference

May 7-9, 2023

Wilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo, Ontario

For more information and registration, please visit: Our Whole Society: Finding Common Ground in a Time of Polarization Tickets, Sun, 7 May 2023 at 7:30 PM | Eventbrite

AST Conferences

We have received word from the Atlantic School of Theology of two learning opportunities for Church leaders that are upcoming this spring:

1. Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Late COVID Reflections on Thriving Churches - Two evening sessions with Russ Daye and Rob Fennell on Monday, April 17th and April 24th via Zoom, 8:00 pm Atlantic/7:00 pm Eastern. $20 per person plus Eventbrite Fee

 2. REFRESH, LEARN, and BE SUPPORTED - a gathering for ministry leaders and lay people to REFRESH, LEARN, and BE SUPPORTED. Speakers talk about what is revitalizing them at the moment, and time is given for people to gather with friends and colleagues and meet new folks. Speakers include: MiYeon Kim, Graham Singh, Tamsin Robson, John Pentland, and more! Dates: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 1:00 pm - Friday, June 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm. Locations: St. Andrew's United Church, Atlantic School of Theology, and other locations in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For more details and links for registering, click here.


Rev. Susan Hunter Accredited

The CABF Credentials Committee has accredited the Rev. Susan Hunter of Edmonton, AB. Susan is a Spiritual Health Practitioner with the Alberta Health Services and a member of FBC Edmonton. We welcome Susan to the CABF!

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.

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Here is the latest edition of the CABF Bulletin! Click here for a PDF version, or click on the picture to start reading!

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.

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

ic large w900h600q100 yesterday today tomorrowWhat 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.

Council Highlights

For details on what your Council is up to, check out the Council News menu tab under About Us.