A History of Change & Faithfulness
Be in Christ Church of Canada began sometime between 1775 and 1788 near the present town of Marietta in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the most part, our founding mothers and fathers had an Anabaptist background and were deeply affected by the revivals of the great awakening of the eighteenth century and the Pietistic movements. These revivals emphasized a personal, heart-felt conversion experience.
The earliest members of the Be in Christ Church simply called themselves “the Brethren.” By 1788 a group of “the Brethren” immigrated to Canada and became known there as the “Tunkers,” a reference to their practice of baptism by immersion (from the German word meaning “to dip”). By the mid 1930’s “The Brethren” were referring to themselves as the Brethren in Christ Church.
The early “Brethren” took their name seriously – they believed and practiced that they were a brotherhood in Christ. Their manner of meeting was symbolic of the concept of community. For most of the first 100 years of our church, worship services were held in the homes of members. And even when the Brethren began to construct buildings referred to as meetinghouses, they kept them simple with pews surrounding on three sides and an un-elevated pulpit. Thus the Brethren met in common around the Word of God. Very early in our church’s history, members began to move and take their beliefs with them.
In 1879 the North American Church (US and Canada) were formed into a single General Conference, which gave overall guidance to regional conference and local churches. The formation of a General Conference made systematic evangelism a possibility.
Today, Be in Christ Church of Canada works can be found all across the Canada, and in more than 30 countries around the world.
OUR CORE VALUES
In setting forth our Core Values, we declare our ties with followers of Jesus in all times and all places.
We confess with them the faith as embodied in the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. We recognize that these values are rooted in our history and faith beliefs. In broad strokes, they convey the essential ideas that our network of churches believe.
Experiencing God’s Love & Grace
We value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
We value whole hearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.
We value heartfelt worship that is God-honouring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.
Believing the Bible
We value the Bible as God’s authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.
Belonging to the Community of Faith
We value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love, and acceptance.
Witnessing to the World
We value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.
We value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.
We value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation, and non-violent resolution of conflict.
We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.
Relying on God
We confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with Him by living prayerfully.
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Meet Our Staff Team
Doug desires to help all Be In Christ churches become active places of God’s light, helping people experience Christ’s transforming presence.
He’s passionate about the power of Jesus to change lives & communities.
& Office Manager
Sheryl has used her gifts in development, admin & leadership to support the Be In Christ Church of Canada since 2005. She has a passion to help communities realize their visionary goals.
Director of Ministry
Development & Operations
Todd loves helping pastors and church leaders become more effective so that they can better achieve their mission of introducing people to the simple and uncompromising message that is’s all about Jesus.
— Community Churches
Charlie is passionate about seeing local Be In Christ Community Churches across Canada reach their kingdom potential as centres of spiritual life and blessing in their neighbourhoods.
— Network Churches
Matt’s work and dream is to see new, creative and healthy expressions of spiritual communities, be planted in every major city across Canada. He loves the process of imagining, discerning, listening, and taking adventurous steps in following Jesus with others.
— The Meeting House
Darrell has been in ministry with Be In Christ for over 25 years in various roles including local church, global missions, and denominational leadership.
In 2005 Darrell helped to establish the International BIC Association (IBICA).
Janet’s interest in Human Resources is driven by a desire to help people relate well to one another. She feels most at home when serving, loving, and learning along side her church family of Jesus’ followers.
Director of Communications
Alex loves to share inspiring stories of hope and restoration in creative and innovative ways. He’s excited for the opportunity to gather stories of God in action from across the various expressions and diverse communities of Be In Christ Church of Canada.
Director of Next Generation Engagement
Melanie loves to empower others to grow in their gifts and take risks of faith. She has also served as a worship pastor for many years, and enjoys playing the guitar and writing music.
BIC Canada-Global Team
Sherry provides support to the BIC Canada-Global team members and BIC Global Workers as needed. Over the past 25 years, Sherry has served the Be In Christ Church of Canada as well as the National BIC churches in Venezuela and Colombia.
Area Director – Central & South America
Trevor has been privileged to serve God and the BIC church in both pastoral ministry in Canada, and as a missionary in Venezuela and Colombia. Trevor enjoys the blessing of being bilingual helping bridge the language barrier between Spanish speaking parts of the world and Canada.
Area Director – South-East Asia
Over the past 25 years Jonathan has been in ministry as a youth counsellor, campus ministries director, pastor, chaplain and has helped lead a number of compassion outreaches both locally and overseas. Jonathan says it’s been a great gift to have the opportunity to invest in people’s lives.
Doug SiderBIC Canada-Global
Area Director – Central & Southern Africa
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