Word Of Life
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
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.
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
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
We believe in one God, Creator and one who sustains the universe, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2 CORINTHIANS 13:14
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
We believe that all have sinned and are therefore guilty before God and His condemnation.
ROMANS 3: 9-23
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
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
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.
PETER & BETTE VERKAIK
EVAN & FIONA EVISON
Sr. VP Support Services, CFO
GARY & BARB STAIRS
Interim Camp Director & Assistant to the Executive Director
Assistant Dean of Women
NATHAN & KAREN EARLS
IT Technician, Resource Room Coordinator
REBECCA & ANDREW MENKVELD
Marketing & Media Director
Culinary Services Manager
Assistant Camp Director
MALCOLM & LOIS POSTINGS
Property Services Manager
DOUG & SUE REIDER
Associate Academic Dean
BARRY & AMY SPECK
Ontario Regional Coordinator & Dean of Women
SAMUEL & KAYLA STEWART
Dean of Ministry
JONATHAN & MELISSA WARD
Associate Executive Dean
MIKE & CARLA WOODS
Dean of Men