WHO WE ARE

OUR PURPOSE

Love God. Love Others. Serve the World.

OUR PASSION

To build a loving community of Christ-followers locally and globally.

OUR CORE VALUES

COMMUNITY

We desire to be a Christ-centred, intergenerational, loving community characterized by such qualities as forgiveness, integrity, and respect.

GENEROSITY

We encourage people to be generous with their time, skills and finances out of gratitude for God’s goodness.

MISSIONAL

We are committed to impact our region, nation and world by extending the message of Jesus Christ and serving those in need.

PRAYER

We encourage the pursuit of the priorities and character of Christ through prayer.

TRANSFORMATION

We challenge people to become more Christ-like in their daily lives by studying and applying God’s Word.

WORSHIP

We encourage people to worship as a continual overflow of being overwhelmed by the greatness of God.

OUR STORY

Beginning with the name Flamborough Centre Baptist Church in 1909 and worshipping in a small building located at the corner of the 6th Concession and Centre Road, the vision of this assembly of dedicated believers was to grow a witness for Jesus Christ in the rural community.

OUR STORY

Beginning with the name Flamborough Centre Baptist Church in 1909 and worshipping in a small building located at the corner of the 6th Concession and Centre Road, the vision of this assembly of dedicated believers was to grow a witness for Jesus Christ in the rural community.

As the township grew, so did the church. The church’s ministry expanded into the suburbs of Waterdown as well as surrounding areas. Several additions and changes were made to the building until, in 1997, the decision was made to sell the original property and relocate to a new venue on the 5th Concession. It was on Thanksgiving Sunday 1999 that the first services were held in the building located at our present site. At that time the church’s name was changed to Flamborough Baptist Church to reflect an expanded ministry vision.

Today over 400 people attend the various ministries. Like the faithful men and women who initiated the vision, we endeavour to develop a community of Christ-followers locally and globally.

OUR STAFF

Bill Thornton

BILL THORNTON

I’ve always been drawn to people. While classmates were constructing buildings out of lego, or assembling models of racing cars, I was drawing action heroes. Though I no longer wield a 2B pencil, I now try to paint a better future for people using words when meeting one-on-one at Starbucks, or teaching a congregation.

Since both my parents were musical, they prodded us children in that direction—it worked! A few years later, my sister and I were strumming guitars and singing folk music at youth conferences, on TV, and in recording studios. How thrilling for me to see that pattern continue with my family. And, yes, we’ve been called the “Von Thornton Family” more than once!

I planned to enroll at McMaster University to prepare for a career in teaching high school students. However, when challenged by a friend to spend one year at a Bible college for my personal growth, I felt compelled to accept. While attending Tyndale University College in north Toronto, I sensed God calling me to teach eternal truths both to students and adults in the context of a local church.

Since graduating, I have served as a youth pastor, ‘solo’ pastor, associate pastor, and now as the lead pastor. I’ve also furthered my education with a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree.

As rewarding as all that has been, being married to my beautiful wife, Heather, and watching our family of six continue to expand has been my greatest delight.

My life verse is this: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

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Joanne Leggat

JOANNE LEGGAT

When I was young and deciding on a career, I knew that I wanted to do something that would allow me to be creative, but not necessarily centre stage. So I pursued the idea of being a recording engineer. I had the opportunity to experience this first-hand, but soon realized that this was not the right career choice for me.

At the same time, I was heavily involved in teaching children on Sunday mornings, through the week, and supervising summer programs as well. One day, the pastor challenged me to use my love of children to serve God in a full-time capacity. He also encouraged me to go to a well-recognized seminary in California to earn a Master’s degree in Christian Education.

That turned out to be wonderful advice; California was awesome! Since graduating, I have served as the Director of Children’s Ministries in Winnipeg, Mississauga, Toronto, and now here in Waterdown. Working with children is a dream come true! It allows me to fulfill my dream of using my creative bent in many different ways—whether I am designing crafts, choosing music, crafting a Bible lesson, or creating an inviting environment for the children to enjoy.

California left a permanent impact on me in another way—warm weather! I enjoy spending holiday time basking in the sun either in Florida or Muskoka. I enjoy interior decorating and gardening.

Apart from that, when I’m not serving as “Miss Joanne” I cherish being “Auntie Jo” to my two nieces and nephew.

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Heather Thornton

HEATHER THORNTON

Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My dad was both head of a high school music program and director of music in a church. At a young age I was playing trumpet, singing duets with my sister, and performing with my family in conferences and churches.

The theme of music continued after I married my husband Bill who was also very gifted musically. With his support, I launched into a singing ministry which led to travelling extensively and performing at women’s conferences, churches, and on television. I had the privilege of writing my own songs and recording three albums. When our children were born I found it necessary to replace my solo ministry by pouring my energies into leading worship at church, which I have been doing for two decades now as a Director of Worship.

My passion for leading an adult choir through seasonal multi-media presentations is most rewarding. On a weekly basis, I work with a wonderful group of musicians to create a worship experience that draws people into the presence of God. It has also been a joy to see my daughters—and sons-in-law—involved vocally, artistically, and instrumentally at our church.

Music is as essential to my life as the air that fills my lungs; I thank God for a life that has resonated with its beauty.

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Scott Burton

SCOTT BURTON

After a very close friend died, I started questioning my identity, and purpose for life.  I wrestled with suicidal thoughts, became addicted to drugs/alcohol and grew in hatred towards God.  Nevertheless, God never abandoned me.

After a series of events, I found myself at nineteen years of age attending a church.  I still questioned the existence of God but within a few months my frozen heart began to thaw.  While volunteering at a youth group—don’t even ask how that came about!—I learned how Jesus died the death I deserved so I could live an eternal life I didn’t.  As Paul writes, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).  On a cold February evening, I surrendered my life to Jesus.

Eventually, I enrolled at Emmanuel Bible College (Kitchener) and graduated four years later with a bachelor degree in Theological Studies (in Youth Ministry).  I then served as a student intern to the Junior High Pastor, coordinator of summer sports camps with Onside Sports (Guelph) and now juggle my time as the Summer Sports Camp Coordinator for Youth for Christ (Waterdown), and here as the part-time Director of Student Ministries.  

I am a big fan of Christian Hip Hop and spoken word; I have even created my own material that I use for evangelism, and equipping the people of God.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

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Lindsay Robinson

Ryan Recine

Karin Lang

OUR BELIEFS

1. The Bible

We believe that the entire Bible is uniquely inspired by God and is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-20; John 17:17; Titus 1:2-3).

2. God

We believe that God exists in three equal Person—Father, Son and the Holy Spirit—and is holy, sovereign, and eternal (Psalm 135:6; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 1:15-16).

3. Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death; rose from the grave, ascended to heaven, and presides over his church (John 8:58; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:7-9; Hebrews 4:15, 10:1-10).

4. The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, sanctifies and equips followers of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-9; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Acts 1:8).

5. Satan

We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, is the originator of sin, and the archenemy of God and humankind (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:13-19; Ephesians 6:1-10; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10).

6. Humanity

We believe that people are divinely created in the image of God yet because of sin have incurred both physical and spiritual death (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1-2, 9:6; Romans 3:10-18, 23, 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3).

7. Salvation

We believe that salvation is the sovereign work of God and that justification is eternally granted by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:9; Galatians 4:4; Romans 5:8, 8:32; Colossians 2:13-15).

8. Future Things

We believe in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of believers to eternal life and non-believers to eternal and conscious punishment (Matthew 25:41; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2-3).

9. The Local Church

We believe that a local church is an assembly of baptized believers, who voluntarily associate for the propagation of the gospel, mutual edification, and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is an autonomous body; leadership is reserved for Elders and Deacons (Matthew 16:16-18, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47, 6:1-6, 20:7; 1 Timothy 5:17; Titus 1:5-9).

10. Ordinances

We believe in the regular observance of:

  • Baptism which is the immersion of a believer in water. This act identifies the believer with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:11-12).
  • The Lord’s Supper which is the intimate remembrance of Christ’s broken body and shed blood symbolized through the eating of bread and the drinking of juice (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-34; Acts 20:7).