Who We ARe

The Staff of Huron Park Baptist Church

Lead Pastor: ethan cassidy

As the lead pastor, I have the blessing of shepherding the flock of HPBC as we strive to build upon the Kingdom Foundations that God has laid down in Scripture to guide our church.

Through exegetical preaching and a conscious submission to Biblical authority [2 Tim 3:16-17], we work together to build an unshakable faith in the truth of Scripture. As we pursue sanctification and the renewal of our minds [Romans 12:2], we draw closer and closer to the goal of Christlike character. Driven by the Great Commandment [Matthew 22:34-40], we seek to participate in the fellowship of Christ that defines the church – and show God’s love to the world that needs it so desperately. In honor of our Great Commission [Matthew 28:19-20], we seek to be missionally minded and engaged in our community that we might be active participants in building the Kingdom of God. And we do all these things through the power of the Holy Spirit and an unwavering commitment to passionate and persistent prayer [James 5:16].

The journey towards this ministry calling was certainly a winding one. Growing up in Ingersoll, I initially trained for medicine to care for local communities and global mission opportunities. During my mid-twenties, the Lord redirected my life towards full-time ministry through an opportunity to re-train in a Bachelor of Religious Education at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener and an ongoing Master of Theological Studies through Heritage Seminary. This first blessing was followed up by a chance to conduct ministry at Bible camps and churches in northern Saskatchewan before I was called to lead the youth at Huron Park Baptist Church.

As I worked to help youth see the presence and power of Jesus in every area of their life, it brought me great joy to see the transforming work of Jesus in their lives, as well as the overflow of that transformation into the lives of those around them. Over time, the church saw the farewell of its interim pastor and blessed me with the call to see that same growth and transformation impact the whole of God’s church. With a set of strong Biblical priorities and a passion for God’s truth, the future of God’s Kingdom is bright and we invite you to come join us as we look to the things He has in store for us.

On a more personal note, I have a deep appreciation for storytelling and love to see how the stories of people and society reflect the grand story that God has been writing through the working of His plan. As I serve the Huron Park congregation, I look forward to helping them discover how the stories of their lives fit into God’s story through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

I enjoy both soccer and hockey, though my favorite outdoors activity is archery. I play piano to keep my mind active and will (still) never turn down a challenger for Smash Bros.

Feel free to contact me anytime: ethan@huronparkchurch.org

Church Phone: 519-421-4722 (ext.24)

Youth Pastor: Alec timm

It is my great privilege to serve HPBC as associate pastor of youth as our church family strives to be more like Christ.

 

As the associate pastor of youth, it is my responsibility to help shape the next generation of Christian leaders and “train them up in the way they should go” [Proverbs 22:6]. I firmly believe in following the Lord’s commands to  “Teach them (God’s instructions) to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up,” (Deuteronomy 11:19) “He (God) decreed statutes for Jacob, and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children,” (Psalm 78:5). I strongly believe youth are called to be leaders in the church even at a young age and serve there in some capacity, in accordance with Paul’s letter to Timothy (1 Timothy 14:12). Youth deserve strong, relevant, theological teachings that, while given in a manner more accessible to them, remain as solid as what is given on a Sunday morning from the pulpit. They need real answers to the real questions of their day to day lives and real relationships that they can rely on. And, of course, a little fun never hurts!

 

I grew up in Kitchener Ontario, in a Christian. My father felt the call to ministry and, during my early teens, took up a position pastoring a church in Guelph. Being the son of a pastor I saw more than my share of church life, both positive and negative and, after watching my dad go grey, swore I would never become a pastor, despite some members of my church family suggesting otherwise. I spent a period in my youth attempting to walk away from faith though God, through my parents and others, always found ways to answer my questions and deal with my issues. After receiving a copy of Mere Christianity as a Christmas gift from my father, and subsequently reading it, I reaffirmed my Christian faith and determined to live right with God, making my faith my own. I applied for a one-year program at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, intending to do nothing more than strengthen my faith. Ultimately, I spent the next six years there, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology specializing in pastoral ministries. Two of the notable developments during that time include my six month internship at Guelph Bible Chapel in Guelph, where I got my first real taste of professional ministry, and my meeting, and subsequent marriage to Jazzy, my wife. From there I tried to live in the corporate world, but my soul remained unsatisfied. Ultimately God drew me into my place as a pastor and, through a long journey, led me specifically to HPBC, where I went with a combination of trembling and joy.

 

I have a deep love of history, teaching and apologetics and my favorite part of the job is getting people really excited about God’s word. My wife and I have currently one daughter, baby Victoria who takes up a good deal of my free time. When I have time not related to HPBC or her I enjoy reading, writing, and playing a few video games. I’d love to hear from you! Reach out to me anytime at Alec@huronparkchurch.org or 519-421-4722 (ext.22)

office administrator:

Elaine ransom


visitation coordinator: Carol engberts

In September, 2002, I married Gerald and moved to Woodstock from Burlington. We had met a while after the death of our spouses. I entered into the church fellowship here at Huron Park that he and his family had attended. From both marriages, I am blessed with 7 stepchildren; 14 grandchildren; and now some great-grands.


I had retired from The Halton District Board of Education. During my long-time position as Principals’ Secretary at Aldershot High School, I was trained as a member of the Tragic Events Response Team. In Burlington, I attended Compasspoint Bible Church for 20 years, serving in a variety of ministries including the Official Board.


Shortly after joining Huron Park Church and with the leading of the Holy Spirit I volunteered to join with ministry staff in visiting our sick and shut-ins. I am very comfortable in environments like the Woodstock Hospital. In retirement I have pursued the study of the topic of grief and am able to provide grief as well as crisis support if led.  


I love getting to know people and helping their lives grow stronger with the Lord. Sometimes that will involve spiritual coaching. I enjoy participating in the Park Program outreach, listening to musical groups, bible study, reading, crocheting and some gardening.


The life experiences that God brought me through have led me to a beautiful place in Ontario – the countryside of Oxford County and a joyful spiritual community that has a missional vision resulting in folks coming into a relationship with Jesus Christ and in finding Him, enjoying a reason to live and a passion to serve.