The New Testament describes two offices within the church: elder and deacon.
Elders (aka pastors/overseers/shepherds) are those who have been called by God to lead and teach in the church, interchangeable terms designating one office. Such men are to teach and lead primarily by dedicating themselves to the Word of God and prayer. They must meet the explicit qualifications laid out in scripture in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 2, and 1 Peter 5.
Deacons also must meet the qualifications laid out in scripture for the office, primarily in 1 Timothy 3 and Acts 6. We believe the biblical role of deacons is to take care of the physical and logistical needs of the church so that the elders can be released to concentrate on their primary calling: devoting themselves to the ministry of the word and prayer.
Elders lead ministry, deacons facilitate ministry, the congregation does ministry.
At this time, New City Baptist Church has two elders, and is in the process of installing deacons.
John Bell is the founding and senior pastor of New City Baptist Church. He’s been married to his lovely wife, Jill, for 7 years.
Originally from the Thousand Islands, John graduated from Toronto Baptist Seminary and Bible College.
An avid reader, John is also a film buff. When not indulging in procrastination, he’s trying to write a screenplay. We may yet see his name in lights!
Pastor John can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Bloomfield was ordained to the office of elder at New City Baptist Church in July of 2018 after serving faithfully in many capacities since becoming a member of the church in 2012.
Alex hails from Ilderton, Ontario, a small town just outside of London. He was raised at Central/Stoney Creek Baptist Church where he came to know Christ and was baptized.
He moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University, and there he studied at the RTA School of Media. He now works full-time in radio and sports broadcasting.
Alex met his wife, Jessie, while both were living on the campus of Toronto Baptist Seminary but attending other downtown schools. They were married in 2016 and have one daughter; Heidi.
Pastor Alex can be reached by email: email@example.com