Affiliated with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada
Rev. Don Martin, a retired military chaplain, began gathering a group of people for worship in about 1978, meeting at the Pythian Hall in downtown Comox. The Comox Baptist Church was formally established on Feb 10 1980 with seven members.
Land at Anderton Rd and Daye Rd was purchased and cleared, and a wood-frame building was put up and dedicated on Nov 25 1984. (Remarkably, the mortgage was burned on May 12 1991.)
In 1989 Rev. Martin retired (again), and Rev. Murray Pura was called. A vibrant spiritual life grew in the congregation, now renamed Comox Community Baptist Church, with a strong Sunday School and Bible study group presence. Rev. Pura left in 1994 to minister in Camrose, AB.
Rev. George Sears was called, leading the church from 1995 to June, 1999, when he left to pastor Berea Baptist Church in Surrey, BC.
Drew Westergaard, who had been part of the congregation, was called to give part-time pastoral leadership in 1999, later becoming the full-time pastor. During his ministry, the congregation grew in size, a thriving children’s ministry was held, an AWANA group run, and attendance was near 100. Pastor Drew resigned in Dec 2005.
Rev. Norm Sowden, from Duncan BC, provided interim pastoral services from March to December, 2006. Rev. Peter Hudson provided interim pastoral ministry following Rev. Sowden.
Rev. William (Bill) Hall was called from Grande Prairie, Alberta to be the pastor, starting his ministry late in 2007. He retired in 2012, and again, Rev. Hudson provided interim pastoral ministry following Rev. Hall’s retirement.
Rev. Clark Gietz was called as pastor from Salt Spring Island, BC, where he had been working as a deckhand for BC Ferries, beginning his ministry in Feb 2013.