About Us

Our Team

Rev. Chad Houghton
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Rev. Chad Houghton Lead Pastor Email Chad Ext. 22 Bio

Pastor Chad was privileged to grow up in a Christian home, and to have parents that were extremely dedicated to serving at Calvary Baptist Church, Oshawa.  It was through the ministry of Calvary and the dedication of his parents that at the age of 5 he received Christ as his personal savior.

About half way through high school, he started to work on an award for Christian Service Brigade called ‘the Herald of Christ’.  It was through this achievement that he felt the call of God on his life to attend Bible School and to pursue full time ministry.  Chad holds a Bachelor of Bible/Theology from Moody Bible Institute, an MDiv from Grace Theological Seminary, and a DMin from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.

Chad served at Maplehill Baptist Church in Keswick for the past 20 years, first as the youth pastor and then the lead pastor. He and his wife  Shelley have seven children: Kaylee (18), Acacia (15), Kezia (12), Jessica (11), Brice (10), Ava (2) and Alex (1).

In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, snowboarding, and photography.  However more than those pastimes, he enjoys studying and sharing the truth of God’s word and walking alongside His people as a pastor.

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Rev. Ben Mills
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Rev. Ben Mills Youth Pastor Email Ben Ext. 24 Bio

Ben joined our team in 2007, fresh out of Bible College. He grew up in a pastor’s home and loves the church. For Ben, youth ministry is about making disciples, and training and equipping them for the work of the ministry

Ben, his wife Naomi, and their son, Charlie, love sports, hiking, canoeing, camping, and pretty much anything that gets them outside. They also happen to be Habs fans, but don’t hold that against them.

Ben earned his B.A. in Youth Ministry at Moody Bible Institute and is currently working on his MTS at Heritage Seminary in Cambridge.

If you have any questions about our youth program please don’t hesitate to give Ben a call or drop him an email. He would love to hear from you.

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Caroline VanHalteren
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Caroline VanHalteren Director of Music Email Caroline Ext. 25 Bio

Caroline joined our team in 2014 and has brought some new and fresh approaches to our Sunday morning worship.  She is a graduate of Visible Music College in Memphis Tennessee, but was born and raised in nearby Fenelon Falls.

Caroline loves the outdoors, horses, art, and taking pictures.  In fact, if you are looking for a great photographer for an event, you may want to consider Caroline.

If you have any questions regarding the music ministry at FBC or would like to be part of it, contact Caroline and she would love to talk.

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Jerid Klassen
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Jerid Klassen Pastoral Youth Intern Email Jerid Bio

Jerid grew up in St. Thomas, Ontario under loving Mennonite parents. He was discipled at Faith Church St. Thomas since he was a child, and began serving as a youth leader and intern there. He also lived in Indonesia as a short-term missionary for six months with Fellowship International. Jerid has a passion for making disciples, reaching the lost, and taking care of the poor, orphan and widow. He is also eager to see future leaders of the church become the people Christ is making them to be.

Jerid is engaged to his lovely fiancée Emma, whom he  will be marrying in May of 2019. Jerid and Emma enjoy sunsets, beautiful scenery, hiking trails, Monopoly Deal, and dogos. More specifically, Jerid loves Liverpool FC, playing golf or “soccer,” and Jesus Christ.

Jerid is currently earning his undergraduate at Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge with plans to continue his graduate schooling there.

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Joanne Benschop
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Joanne Benschop Administrative Assistant Email Joanne Ext. 21 Bio

Joanne took on the full-time role of Administrative Assistant in September of 2017.

Joanne and her husband Matt have been attending FBC for almost 8 years. They have three grown children Rachel, Curtis, and Rebecca.

As a family, the Benschops love camping, sports, and playing games. Joanne also enjoys being part of the Wednesday night AWANA and teaching the 4-6 year olds in the SPARKS program. Matt is currently on the Board of Deacons and is the chair of the Building and Property Ministry.

 

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Tom Cole
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Tom Cole Custodian Email Tom Ext. 21 Bio

Tom grew up in FBC. He served as part-time custodian for 10 years and now that he is retired from General Motors after 31 years he is glad to take on the responsibility of building maintenance once again.

Tom and his wife Esther have 4 daughters.

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Bev Archer
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Bev Archer Church Administrator Email Bev Ext. 21 Bio

Bev was born and raised in the Cobourg area.  He was saved through the Brethren Ministry in Peterborough at Edmission Heights Bible Chapel where he met Sharon Hewton who would become his wife in August of 1972.  Bev has two grown children – Sarah & Jaimie. Jaimie is married to Tammy and they have two handsome boys – Ethan & Ryan.

Bev started teaching Science at CDCI East in September 1972 and has worked in various roles, at many high schools since.  He formally retired from teaching/administration in 2002.  He currently works at  MacCoubrey Funeral Home part-time.

Bev and Sharon started attending Fellowship Baptist Church in 1974 and has been here ever since. He joined the Church Board in 1975 and served in various roles, including treasurer, secretary, and chairman during the 35 years on the board. He has also been heavily involved in the music areas and have been an organist since the late 70’s.

If you have any questions regarding history or information about FBC, Bev is the man to ask!

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