About Us

 

The work of the Church of the Nazarene began in Canada in 1902 with a single congregation in Oxford, Nova Scotia. Since then, it has spread across the country, with almost 200 churches and missions throughout Canada.

 

The Church of the Nazarene Canada is part of an international denomination of nearly 2.5 million members.  The largest of the denominations that originated in the world-wide holiness revivals of the 18th and 19th centuries. The International Church of the Nazarene is the result of the merger of numerous congregations that came together between 1887 and 1988. It is Methodist in doctrine and related theologically to the Free Methodist, Wesleyan, Salvation Army, Christian and Missionary Alliance churches and many other denominations that share common roots in the Church of England.

 

These are the core beliefs upon which the Church of the Nazarene builds its doctrinal system and practice:

  • We believe in one God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

  • We believe that man is born with a fallen nature and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

  • We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

  • We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.

  • We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.

  • We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgement will take place.

Mission

Our denominational mission statement is:  Making Christ-like Disciples in the Nations

Doctrine

The Church of the Nazarene is an orthodox Protestant body that adheres to the ecumenical creeds of the early Christian church.  The theology of  Methodist founder John Wesley (1703-91), who integrated the Protestant understanding of grace with the Catholic themes of holiness and love, is foundational for Nazarene doctrine.  Nazarenes emphasize Christian conversion, sanctification or holiness, and the personal assurance of God’s grace – Wesleyan distinctions that point back to a deeper rootage in continental European pietism.  Discipleship is a prominent concern.  An emphasis on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit has generally prevented Nazarenes from slipping into the static Biblicism that sometimes affects other evangelical Protestants.  The Church of the Nazarene recognizes two sacraments:  Christian baptism and Holy Communion.  Believers’ baptism and infant baptism are both allowed, though the former is most generally practiced.

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For more information on the Church of the Nazarene International visit www.nazarene.org

 

For more information on the Church of the Nazarene USA/Canada Region visit www.usacanadaregion.org

 

Leadership

Ian Fitzpatrick

National Director

Reverend Dr. Ian Fitzpatrick was born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.  In 1978 he served as a missionary for Bible Land Mission in Beirut, Lebanon for three years.

In 1981 he attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs and after graduating immigrated to Toronto, Canada to pastor the Mississauga Bethel Church from 1984 until 1989.

He helped provide leadership for the Target Toronto Thrust to the Cities for the following three years and then was called as pastor of the Toronto Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene in 1992.  During this time he earned a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Ontario Theological Seminary.

He was elected as District Superintendent in June 2004.  He serves on the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene and the National Board of Canada.

He received an Honorary Doctorate from Nazarene Bible College in May 2017 and was elected National Director of the Church of the Nazarene Canada, effective November 1, 2017.

Riley Coulter

Director of Stewardship Ministries

Dr. Riley Coulter serves as Director of Planned Giving for the Church of the Nazarene Canada.  As an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Coulter pastored for fifteen years in Chilliwack, BC; Regina, SK; and Victoria, BC, prior to assuming the presidency of Canadian Nazarene College in Winnipeg in 1990 and as Chancellor at Ambrose University.

 

Dr. Coulter earned a Bachelor of Sacred Literature Degree (B.S.L.) from Canadian Nazarene College in 1970; Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degrees from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1975; and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1987, with emphasis on Organizational Management and Church Renewal.

Elaine Bumstead

Executive Director, NCM Canada

Rev. Elaine Bumstead is currently Executive Director of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada (NCMC).  She oversees the international work of NCM Canada including food, food security, and nutrition projects funded through Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) and a host of other NCM Canada funded projects.  She represents NCM Canada on the Board of Directors of Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), at meetings of NCM International, and at gatherings of Canadian Christian Relief and Development Agencies.

 

Elaine is an ordained Deacon (Compassionate Ministries) in the Church of the Nazarene.  She graduated in May 2016 from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies.  Elaine has researched the rapid growth of the Church of the Nazarene in Bangladesh and has written two books including a book (NMI reading book 2014) called “Sons and Daughters of Bangladesh”. 

 

For the past 17 years Elaine has travelled extensively throughout the world to visit NCM projects.  She teaches and trains NCM / Church leaders and writes training syllabi which NCM leaders can use to train others. She loves to build capacity of local pastors and leaders to respond holistically in their communities with ministries of compassion for the poor, the hungry, and the marginalized. To God be the Glory!

Penny Ure

Canadian Representitive for the Global NMI Council

Penny Ure is Canada’s representative for the Global NMI Council. She loves the church and is the NMI president at Red Deer First Church of the Nazarene, Vice President on the District NMI Council and also serves on the District Advisory Board. 

Penny and her husband Scott are passionate about missions; they became foster parents and have cared for Canada’s First Nations children since 1999. 

Helen Thiessen

Field Youth Coordinator

Helen is the Director of Enrolment Management at Ambrose University and the Field Youth Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene Canada.  As a graduate of Ambrose and a former youth pastor from Canada Central district, Helen is passionate about seeing young people grow into their potential for Christ’s call in their lives; as well as supporting our youth workers across Canada.  Basically passionate about Ambrose, our youth and our youth workers.  Helen holds a BA in Behavioural Science and an MA in Professional Communications.

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