WHO WE ARE

Vision

To become a thriving family of passionate followers of Jesus, who are equipped to accomplish the kingdom mission.

We want everyone to know who Jesus truly is – not just his name, but that Jesus is God the Son, that he conquered sin and death on the cross, that His words are true, and that God desires to be in relationship with every person in the world.

As a church we want to be living examples of what it’s like to live trusting God and knowing our identity as His sons and daughters.  We’re intentional in focusing everything we do to help people live from God’s presence, empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Staff

Rev. Justin R. Joplin, Lead Pastor,

Family: Married to Kristy with two sons, JR and Reuben
Justin came from the States bringing his wonderful Southern accent, a dedication and love for the Lord, creative and new ideas, along with passions such as graphic arts, sports (yes, JR is even playing hockey already) and music (what a banjo player!). We are excited to have Justin leading as the Senior Pastor at LPBC in serving our Lord and Saviour in this place.

Lucy Haniak, Office Administrator

Family: Married with cats
Love: Bible study, reading, walking, shopping, and eating out
Life Statement: “Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4a)
”Lucy’s cheerfulness, willingness to help and responsive nature make her a constant
delight to engage with.”
– Church Council member

Laura Sellakandu, Associate Pastor, Children and Family Pastoral Care

Laura’s ministry at LPBC has taken many forms since she joined the staff in 2011. She
presently heads up LPBC’s popular KidZone program and oversees pastoral care. Laura
is a gifted pastor whose background includes work in preschool education and
administration. She loves getting to apply her passion for ministry to many different
areas in the life of LPBC.
A self-professed night owl, Laura brings unmistakable energy into practically
everything she does. She is currently working on a Master of Theological Studies from
McMaster Divinity College.
“Volunteering in the children’s ministry with Laura is amazing. Her shines through
her work with the kids and her personality.”
– KidZone volunteer
“In working alongside Laura, I have grown in my admiration of her integrity, vision
and pastoral sensitivity.”
– Stephen Ministry volunteer

John Cullen, Youth and Young Adults Director

A ten-year veteran of youth and camping ministries, John brought his experience and
gifts to LPBC in 2018. With his background in digital media and video editing, he is a
creative communicator who’s good at connecting with young people. When the youth
group is on summer break, John stays busy serving as the General Director of SPARC
camps.
John loves playing sports, from gagaball to hockey, and he is currently studying in
Sheridan College’s Social Service Worker program. He loves working a with a
welcoming, encouraging, and supportive like LPBC.
“John is kind, helpful, respectful and has helped me to develop my faith.”
– G1 Youth member
“John’s passion and creativity for youth ministry makes youth nights very enjoyable
and exciting. From retreats, to games, and to trips, every week at youth group is
unique in its own way.”
– Young Adult Leader

Charlotte McCuaig, Worship Leader

“Charlotte has a beautiful and unique way of combining the contemporary with
the traditional, all in the spirit of worship to our amazing God”
– Worship Team member
“I love that Charlotte welcomes all interest in participation with the worship team.”
– Worship Team Member

Conrad Gold, Organist, Music Director

“Conrad has exceptional talent for both organ and choral music.”
– Choir member
“I enjoy singing under Conrad’s leadership…We are very fortunate to have such a
high caliber musician working with us.”
– Choir member

John Dymond, Custodian

Statement of Faith

  1. We hold the importance of the Bible as the Word of God. The centrality of God’s Word affects everything we do.
  2. We cherish a personal and growing experience of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord as the heart of our faith.
  3. We celebrate our diversity as God’s people. We are intentionally inter-generational in our ministries.
  4. We are committed to the adoration and worship of God which is the core of our identity as Christians.
  5. We promote a gift-based ministry – the importance of exploring and developing one’s giftedness in God’s service – so as to equip people for service.
  6. Faith should have an active/missional component.
  7. We believe in the primacy of the local church – to acknowledge our responsibility in investing our time, talent and treasure in her ministry.
  8. We depend on the leading of the Holy Spirit in our corporate decision-making, and we seek the Spirit’s empowering of our ministries through prayer.

This We Believe: Resources for Faith With Baptist Distinctives is a Baptist Study Guide which has been prepared by the Faith and Order Committee under mandate of the Council and Assembly of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. It arose out of a perceived need to define more clearly the faith that binds our family of churches together, and to provide a document of common witness and testimony in the context of our contemporary Canadian culture.