Word Of Life

Canada
“…Holding fast the word of life that I have not run in vain, nor laboured in vain…”

ABOUT WORD OF LIFE

Word of Life Canada is part of a worldwide organization that ministers to young people and families, reaching them with the life-changing gospel of Christ and helping them to grow in their spiritual walk.  

We minister in Ontario and Quebec through French and English Bible Schools, summer and winter camps, events and church partnerships.

“It is the responsibility of every generation to reach their generation for Christ.” – Jack Wyrtzen

OUR HISTORY

The story of Word of Life starts with the vision of Jack Wyrtzen, who believed, “it is the responsibility of every generation to reach their generation for Christ.”  Jack founded Word of Life Fellowship in 1940 as an outgrowth of a Bible study. Over the next 75 years, Word of Life added camps, conference centers, bible institutes, and church youth ministries.

Word of Life Canada launches and begins tours, rallies and youth events coordinated out of the United States.
The first Word of Life Canada clubs start in Atlantic Canada and begin to grow across the country, reaching the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
A camp and ministry property is purchased in Owen Sound, Ontario and becomes the location of the national headquarters in Canada. Youth from all over Ontario come for summer and winter camps, and evangelistic events.
Word of Life Quebec is born when the ministry is given a French Bible school and camp in Sherbrooke, Quebec, providing francophone youth opportunities to hear the Gospel and be challenged in their faith.
Word of Life Bible Institute opens an English extension campus in Owen Sound, Ontario. Students from all over the world study God’s word through Bible classes, student life opportunities, and ministry outreach.
Today the ministry of Word of LIfe spans over 70 countries. Our 1400+ missionaries continue to reach the next generation for Christ. Word of Life Canada continues to reach thousands of Canadian young people with our commitment to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

1961

Word of Life Canada launches and begins tours, rallies and youth events coordinated out of the United States.

1964

The first Word of Life Canada clubs start in Atlantic Canada and begin to grow across the country, reaching the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

1984

A camp and ministry property is purchased in Owen Sound, Ontario and becomes the location of the national headquarters in Canada. Youth from all over Ontario come for summer and winter camps, and evangelistic events.

1992

Word of Life Quebec is born when the ministry is given a French Bible school and camp in Sherbrooke, Quebec, providing francophone youth opportunities to hear the Gospel and be challenged in their faith.

2002

Word of Life Bible Institute opens an English extension campus in Owen Sound, Ontario. Students from all over the world study God’s word through Bible classes, student life opportunities, and ministry outreach.

Today

The ministry of Word of Life spans over 70 countries. Our 1400+ missionaries continue to reach the next generation for Christ. Word of Life Canada continues to reach thousands of Canadian young people with our commitment to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Statement of Faith

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The Scriptures

We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, without error in its originality, and the final authority in matters of faith and practice.


2 TIMOTHY 3:16
2 PETER 1:21

God

We believe in one God, Creator and one who sustains the universe, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


MATTHEW 28:19
2 CORINTHIANS 13:14

Jesus Christ

We believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, His divinity, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death for our sins, His bodily resurrection, His exaltation at the right hand of God, His personal, imminent and premillennial return.


ISAIAH 7:14; JOHN 20:20; PHILIPPIANS 2: 9
1 THESSALONIANS 4.13-18, 5.9 TITUS 3:4
HEBREWS 4.15; 1 PETER 2:24

Mankind

We believe that all have sinned and are therefore guilty before God and His condemnation.


ROMANS 3: 9-23

Salvation

We believe that all those who by faith receive Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit. They are therefore children of God, eternally saved. The Holy Spirit dwells in every believer to illuminate him, guide him and make him able to live, testify and serve.


JOHN 10: 27-30, 14: 16,17
1 CORINTHIANS 6: 19,20 1 PETER 1:22, 23

Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God gives spiritual gifts to every believer for the edification of the body of Christ; However, we believe that some of these gifts of the Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and miraculous healings, were evidently reserved for the primitive church. We believe that God hears the prayers of his people, responding to their needs as it seems good to him.


ACTS 2: 10,19
1 CORINTHIANS 12:11; 13: 8-13; 14:22

The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; In the eternal happiness of the redeemed in glory, in the judgment and in the conscious and eternal punishment of the unjust in hell.


MATTHEW 7:23, 25:41
1 CORINTHIANS 15: 42-58
REVELATION 20: 5, 6 LUKE 16: 23-26

Sanctification

We believe that every believer is called to live a life of separation from the world, with his practices and with his covenants, all in his personal life as well as in his public or ecclesiastical life.


 

NATIONAL STAFF

PETER & BETTE VERKAIK

PETER & BETTE VERKAIK

Executive Director

EVAN & FIONA EVISON

EVAN & FIONA EVISON

Sr. VP Support Services, CFO

LAURA EVISON

LAURA EVISON

Creative Director

GARY & BARB STAIRS

GARY & BARB STAIRS

Interim Camp Director & Assistant to the Executive Director

DALE MERKLEY

DALE MERKLEY

Missionary Accountant

ONTARIO STAFF

LAURA AMOS

LAURA AMOS

Camp Secretary

LINDSAY CAMPBELL

LINDSAY CAMPBELL

Assistant Dean of Women

LEAH DOERMER

LEAH DOERMER

Customer Service

NATHAN & KAREN EARLS

NATHAN & KAREN EARLS

IT Technician, Resource Room Coordinator

REBECCA MENKVELD

REBECCA MENKVELD

Admissions Coordinator

KEVIN NUGTEREN

KEVIN NUGTEREN

Culinary Services Manager

JOSHUA O'BOYLE

JOSHUA O'BOYLE

Assistant Camp Director

MALCOLM & LOIS POSTINGS

MALCOLM & LOIS POSTINGS

Property Services Manager

DOUG & SUE REIDER

DOUG & SUE REIDER

Associate Academic Dean

JOSHUA & SARAH SOVEREIGN

JOSHUA & SARAH SOVEREIGN

Maintenance Assistant

BARRY & AMY SPECK

BARRY & AMY SPECK

Ontario Regional Coordinator & Dean of Women

SAMUEL STEWART

SAMUEL STEWART

Assistant Dean of Ministries

JONATHAN & MELISSA WARD

JONATHAN & MELISSA WARD

Associate Executive Dean

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