President hired for Oct 1, 2017

Jason Krueger

Jason Krueger has been a director, founder, and executive officer of several companies in a range of industries.  For almost 12 years, he consulted to executives of several established companies, guided strategic planning sessions, and provided corporate finance advisory services.  Most recently Jason was Operations Director at Brentview Baptist Church in Calgary.  He recently joined the Canadian board of Training Evangelistic Leadership, whose missionaries complete the work of evangelism in Asia.

Jason obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is completing graduate studies in leadership at the University of Guelph.  Born and raised in Calgary, his Baptist roots go back two generations. Having first met at Brentview, Jason and Dolores recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have two children, Jonathan (19) and Olivia (14) with whom they enjoy travelling with. Jason feels called to serve the Lord, and is eager to serve the people and churches of CBWC.

 

 

Gull Lake Centre

glc16_0178Gull Lake Centre (“GLC”) began as a summer camp 97 years ago and has since undergone several redevelopments and improvements. The most pivotal moment emerged 10 years ago when, instead of shutting down and ceasing to exist, a handful of key stakeholders decided to revision, reinvest, and rebuild this important ministry. A $5.5Million redevelopment took place and now we serve well over 1000 campers each year and several thousand, rental guests. The GLC transformation was a direct result of obtaining the support of CBWC-Foundation depositors, who use their savings to provide financing for large capital projects and the generous (incredibly generous) support of donors and supporters. All told, GLC rebuilt the main dining hall and Centre in 2007 (approx. $3.2MM), added 100 new beds in 2008, in two separate “pod” buildings ($800k), and in 2013, rebuilt Memorial Hall ($500k), originally constructed in 1925 by our founder Dr. McLaurin. Most recently, we reconstructed the Director’s house ($270k) ensuring that we had a safe and attractive residence for our Executive Director.

We do recognize the “fruits” of investing in capital projects do not materialize simply by building new cabins, but rather evolve in moments, day-to-day, where campers have a safe environment to connect with Christ. At camp, we create a beautiful, fun, and engaging space where all turn down the noise and the clutter in favor of hearing God and walking in communion with Him. We do this by hiring incredible staff connected to Christ themselves, who in turn, model for and guide campers to live life to the full – a life in deep relationship with Jesus.

This could not happen without the facilities that provide the backbone to the physical space that we use to create a receptive spiritual space. I see the good work that happens at GLC, each and every week, and am deeply grateful for all of the pieces that came together to make this happen.

Grace and Peace,
Steve Roadhouse
Director, Gull Lake Centre

Aspen Green Project

Aspen-Green2016-1011Beulah Garden Homes (BG Homes) was founded in 1951 to provide affordable housing for seniors. For 65 years, BG Homes has operated with this foundational mission in mind. BG Homes is a part of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada family. The community is currently made up of the Cedars Assisted Living (opened in 2008), Beechwood Residence (opened in 2006), Charles Bentall Residence (opened in 1991) and the Rupert Residence (opened in 1964). After many years of diligent work and prayers, construction has begun on Aspen Green, which will be the newest seniors’ residence to join the community.

Beautifully designed by Duane Siegrst AIBC of Integra Architecture Inc., Aspen Green will be built to meet LEED Gold certification. Aspen Green will feature a mix of 46 two-bedrooms and 8 one-bedroom residences, open-concept living, master ensuites, bright rooms, spacious storage and incredible amenities, designed for independent living for older adults. Surrounded by green spaces with spectacular views and an active social scene, Aspen Green offers urban living through its innovative approach with life leases.

Life leases at Aspen Green will add another dimension of seniors housing to Vancouver. Life tenants prepay a 29-year lease for the use and enjoyment of the property. A monthly maintenance fee takes care of the daily operations, such as landscaping and building repairs. While the land remains with Aspen Green, life leases provide independence without the stresses of home ownership, such as special assessments. There is no pressure of resale because the not-for-profit society purchases the lease back. This eliminates expensive realtor fees, while decreasing legal fees in half as well. Life tenants do not have to pay property transfer tax or GST on top of the purchase price. This concept secures lifelong tenancy while maintaining assets for future needs. Join us at Aspen Green – a community at its best.

Located at 3365 East 4th Avenue in Vancouver, Aspen Green is scheduled to be completed in November 2017. For more information, visit our website at aspengreenliving.ca or call Karen Schoeber and Yvonne Ho at (604) 255-3365.

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God’s Hands – Author Unknown

Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.”

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.

Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy was sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”

Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized they couldn’t recall what else the great master played. Only the classic “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

That’s the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren’t exactly graceful flowing music. But with the hand of the Master, our life’s work truly can be beautiful. Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”

David Holte

May 4 — The CBWC was saddened to learn of the passing of David Holte on April 29, 2016. David was a long-time member of Bonavista Baptist in Calgary and former member of both the CBWC’s Board and the Board of the CBWC Foundation.

David graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1968 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. He was hired by Proctor and Gamble in Toronto and acquired his MBA in 1972 from York University. In 1973 Proctor and Gamble moved him to head office in Cincinnati  for two years. In 1975 the company moved him (and his wife Mary and daughter Merydth) to Helsinki, Finland where he was VP Finance. Whilst in Finland David and Mary both became active in establishing what today is known as the International Evangelical Church of Finland.  After three years in Finland he was transferred back to Toronto where after a year he was head hunted and moved to Brantford, Ontario to become the VP Finance and Secretary- Treasurer of S.C. Johnson and Son (Johnson’s Wax). He was with them for ten years. While in Brantford, the family attended Queensway Baptist Church.

He was then head-hunted again and in 1988 the family moved to Calgary Alberta where he became the VP Finance of Palm Dairies. Eventually he met his long time business partner, Brian Foster, who is now the president/director of Operation Eyesight in Calgary. He and Brian established  their own business and for 12 or so years ran Murray Axsmith Western. They eventually sold the business and Dave spent the last ten years of his working life coaching CEO’s. In 2009, he and Mary retired and moved to Vancouver Island.

David became a Christian during his university years and and served the Lord with his whole heart since he was baptized in 1963.   The family attended Bonavista Baptist from the moment they moved to Calgary.  He was a much loved member there and served as an Elder and Chair of the board for quite a few terms. Together with Mary, his wife of 50 years, he was active in the Alpha program.   He also served on the board of Trinity Lodge, the Alberta Executive and the CBWC Foundation for many years.  We would also like to thank Mary for her dedication as a long-time member of Women in Focus who was instrumental in developing the Gifted and Called workshops.

Since moving to the Nanaimo area of Vancouver Island, David and Mary have been actively involved in St. Mary’s Anglican Church. David often advised the Parish Council and was Envelope Secretary for seven years. Mary is  currently the People’s Warden.

David was a gentle man with many gifts least among them his wisdom and his ability to vision long term. He was an incredible mentor to those both in the church and many in the business community. Throughout David’s long life, the Lord was able to do much through David, His willing servant.

The CBWC’s Executive Director, Jeremy Bell, recalls David as “a lovely man and a valued, wise and kind presence”.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Road on May 24th at 11 am.

David was much loved and will be much missed.  We are deeply grateful for his service to God and His people.  Please remember David’s family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Aligning with Community

We are not created to do life or ministry alone. Community was God’s plan to change the world. Jesus was completely capable of preaching, teaching and healing by Himself. It’s not as if Jesus needed anyone to help Him! But God designed us to need each other, and Jesus lived this out by taking along 12 friends. As the Foundation aligns with CBWC ministries, we are grateful to provide the critical element of connecting resources to needs. Community will challenge and encourage us, provide help when we struggle with tough problems, and inspire us to focus on things that truly matter in the kingdom of God.

Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”