Celebrating our Successful 2023 Ordination Candidates

On August 8, 9 & 10, 2023, the annual Examining Council for Ordination met to interview candidates for ordination. We’re thrilled to share that the following candidates have been recommended for ordination back their local church:

  • Pastor Stephen Baker, Senior Pastor, Milton Baptist Church (Milton, NS)
    • October 22 @ 3pm, Milton Baptist Church (a meal will follow the service)
  • Pastor Cody Bolton, Associate Pastor, Highfield Baptist Church (Moncton, NB)
    • October 15 @ 2:30pm, Highfield Baptist Church
  • Pastor Kim Butler, Associate Pastor, Atlantic Community Church (Apohaqui, NB)
    • October 1 @ 10:30am, Atlantic Community Church
  • Pastor Erica Corbin, Associate Pastor, Faith Baptist Church (Lower Sackville, NS)
    • October 22 @ 10:30am, Faith Baptist Churc
  • Pastor Patrick Gilbert, Senior Pastor, Aylesford Baptist Church (Aylesford, NS)
  • Pastor Paul Hatfield, Senior Pastor, Jordan Falls Baptist Church (Jordan Falls, NS)
    • November 4 @ 3pm, Jordan Falls Baptist Church
  • Pastor Raphael Iluyomade, Senior Pastor, New Beginnings Ministries (Cherry Brook, NS)
    • November 12 @ 2pm, New Beginnings Ministries
  • Pastor Nathan McEwen, Senior Pastor, Minto Baptist Church (Minto, NB)
    • October 21 @ 6:30pm, Minto Baptist Church (Minto, NB)
  • Pastor Zack Peabody, Associate Pastor, Church by the Lake (Sackville, NB)
    • November 5 @ 3pm, The Church by the Lake at 3pm
  • Pastor Derek Thorne, Associate Pastor, Bedford Baptist Church (Bedford, NS)
    • October 29 @ 3pm, Bedford Baptist Church
  • Pastor Ross Watters, Associate Pastor, Brunswick Street Baptist Church (Fredericton, NB)
    • October 22 @ 6:30pm, Brunswick Street Baptist Church

Watch this page for dates and times of their ordination services.


One previously ordained minister has been fully recognized by the CBAC in the past year:

  • Rev. Emmanuel Batumbya, Senior Pastor, Centreville Baptist Church (Centreville, NS)

As well, the we’re happy to announce the first two Recognized Lay Leaders:

  • Martha Ross, Clyde Avenue Baptist Church (Sydney Mines, NS)
  • Vivien Pealing, Greenfield Baptist Church (Greenfield, NS)

These individuals were all presented and prayed for at Oasis 2023.