On May 26, 2021, Joe Yarama, FBC Moderator, and Cal Malena, FBC Treasurer, attended the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC) Virtual Assembly. During the Assembly notification was presented of 3 motions that will be voted upon next year at the 2022 Assembly. The motions propose an Identity Statement and establish membership requirements and regulations for all CBWC churches and pastors. The motions, as proposed, will impact the autonomy of the local churches and alter the nature of the relationship between member churches and the CBWC. Our delegates at next spring’s assembly must be prepared to vote on these motions. Over the next 9 months, the membership of FBC will need to discuss these issues and give direction to our delegates for the vote at the May 2022 meeting.

The FBC Leadership Team has formed an ad hoc committee to address these issues. The Identity Steering Committee (ISC) group consists of Pastor Wayne Morgan and 4 current members of the LT: Joe Yarama (Moderator), Cal Malena (Treasurer), Cheryl Webster (Elder), Laura Lee Penson (Member-at-Large) and is chaired by Micki Lalonde, former Moderator.


Over the next few months, this committee will be arranging individual and group meetings to discuss these issues. Please feel free to contact any of us if you would like to arrange a time to discuss these issues.


The following document is the original letter from the CBWC:

CBWC Letter

The following document provides the further context for our FBC community discussion as we prepare our response:

FBC Steering Committee Remarks

Inquiries can be directed directly to the members of the committee.

Other Resources:

We are blessed to be part of the body of Christ worldwide. The following documents are simply provided as food for thought.

Courage to be Baptist - Baptist Union of Great Britain