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.


Edmonton, Alberta

Host site: First Baptist Church Edmonton

October 23-26, 2023

Hello CABF Clergy, Ministers, Pastors, Chaplains, Leaders and Members!

We’re excited to have you join us for our 1st Annual CABF “Cross-Canada” Gathering! (Our dream for October 2024 is to gather in Halifax, NS). The goal is quite simple. . . to gather, learn, encourage and bless one another as we continue to move forward in the journey of being and building up the CABF community.  For current details, daily plans and contact information so you can register, click here.


Rushton Luncheon and Lecture

acs copy 2572x1770Dr. Allan Effa, retired Professor of Intercultural Studies at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, AB, will deliver the 2023 Vincent Rushton Memorial Lecture at Port Williams United Baptist Church on June 3, 2023. (Watch a video Introduction from Dr. Effa here. The meal must be reserved ahead of time - click here. The Lecture will also be presented live on ZOOM. Click here for details.

Historic Ordination

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BC Churches Join CABF

Welcome to Kitsilano Christian Community Church, the most recent congregation to join CABF! On May 3 Council approved the recommendation of the Membership Committee to admit this vibrant community of faith in greater Vancouver, to be ratified at our next full members meeting on June 3. They join with the Church at Southpoint in Surrey, BC, accepted as a new member congregation during the March Council meeting, as our second BC congregation.

Community Life Coordinator Search

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

Lead Godly Play Storyteller Search

First Baptist Church Halifax is seeking a Lead Godly Play Storyteller to lead their Godly Play Team to develop and implement their Sunday morning Godly Play program for children and young adolescents. For more information or to apply, click here.

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 continues its search for a Senior Pastor. For further details, or to apply, click here.

AST Conferences

Atlantic School of Theology is offering learning opportunities for Church leaders this spring. For more details and links for registering, click here.


Essays in Memory of Roger Prentice

Roger PrenticeMercer University Press will soon publish 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. If you would like more details about reserving a copy, please contact Karen Smith (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 15 June 2023. More details are available 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.

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Here is the latest edition of the CABF Bulletin! Click here for a PDF version, or click here to read in a magazine format!

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.