About Our Church
Richmond Hill Baptist Church is a Reformed Baptist Church, holding to the historical doctrines of grace. We are part of the Fellowship Of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada. We are an evangelical, Bible believing fellowship of born again believers seeking to live to the glory of God. To find out more about RHBC and what we believe, keep reading.
Our Pastor, Haddon Haynes, is a graduate of Toronto Baptist Seminary. Upon graduation in 1978 he served as Youth Pastor at Essex Baptist Church for four years and then he pastored the Kapuskasing Baptist Church for 8 years (1982-1990). He returned to Essex Baptist as the Sr. Pastor for 11 years (1990-2001) before coming to join us in Richmond Hill. Haddon lives in Aurora with his wife Marie. Haddon & Marie have two grown daughters, Karyn and Kristine.
Since coming to Richmond Hill Baptist we have seen the Lord graciously bless the work. Pastor Haynes and the Deacons are committed to the doctrines of grace, to joyful reverent worship and to serving the congregation.
Nathan Karas came to Richmond Hill Baptist Church as a student pastor in 2011. Nathan's passion is youth ministry; to serve, care for and guide the youth within the church and the community. After 4 years of studying he received his Bachelor of Christian Education from Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan via correspondence. Nathan's hard work and passion for the youth of our church and those in our community has seen our youth ministry flourish. After graduating Nathan's desire was to continue to serve at RHBC. In 2015 the deacon board hired Nathan as our youth pastor. Despite only being able to take him on part time, Nathan puts in many more hours.
Serving as deacons are Andrew Black, Dan Hormillada, Luke Meiboom & Danny Fingas
What kind of church are we?
We are a Baptist Church that is part of the Fellowship Of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada. We have been in this fellowship since our beginning in 1955. Their Statement of Faith is the one our congregation has adopted as an expression of our theological views.
In addition, the leadership of RHBC is committed to the theological views that are pegged by several titles such as "Doctrines of Grace", "Calvinism" and "Reformed". Be assured that we are not Hyper-Calvinists.
We use the designation "Reformed Baptist Church" to identify with a recognized body of theology. We are not associating ourselves with denominations such as Presbyterians, Lutherans, or Christian Reformed Churches.
We are an evangelical Bible believing fellowship of born again believers seeking to live to the glory of God.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the complete word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New testaments, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and therefore entirely free from error, that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. (2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe there is but one true and living God; that He is inexpressibly holy, eternal, infinite, and perfect in all His attributes; that He possesses Omniscience, Omnipotence and Omnipresence and exists in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the unity, trinity and triunity of God. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 44:6; I Tim. 1:17; Rev. 4:8; Matt. 28:18-20)
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in preincarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return. (John 1:1-4; I Cor. 15:3-5, 20,23; Heb. 1:4-5; Heb. 9:38)
4. Holy Spirit
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgement; who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. (I Cor. 12:3-11; John 14:16,17; John 16:7-15; John 7:37-39)
We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the arch-enemy of God and man. (Job 1:6-12; John 8:44; I Peter 5:8; Rev. 20:1-3, 7-10.)
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death. (Gen. 1:26; 2:17; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3)
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord. (Eph. 1:17, 2:8-10; John 10:9-11, 27-29; Rom. 8:28-30; 2 Tim. 1:9-12; Phil. 1:6)
8. Future Things
We believe in the personal bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgement and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked. (Acts 1:10,11; I Cor. 15; I Thess. 4:14-17; Rev. 20:11-15.)
9. The Local Church
We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church. We believe that its officers are Pastors and Deacons. (Acts 2:41,42,46,47; Acts 20:17,28; Eph. 4:11,12.)
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the Church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:
Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ's command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
The Lord's Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord's body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes. (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:38,41; 8:12; Luke 22:19, 20; I Cor. 11:23,32)
The Church and the State
We believe in the entire separation of church and state. (Matt. 22:15-22; Acts 4:19; 5:29.)
We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs. (Joshua 24:15.)
The Lord's Day
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise. (Acts 20:7; I Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10.)
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of Kings of the earth. (I Peter 2:13-16; Rom. 13.)