Calvary Baptist Church waits for over 100 years

Calvary Baptist Church has had a presence in Old Ottawa East since 1903, first as the Ottawa East Baptist Mission, meeting in a tent on property at the corner of Main Street and Hawthorne Avenue and then at its present location at Main and Evelyn Avenue.
In all those years, never was an Ordination Council held to consider a person for pastoral ministry … until today.
The first took place at the end of April. The candidate: young pastor Matt Rudd.
Why wait so long? A bit of an explanation is needed.
In the Baptist tradition, the training institution from which a young man graduates will not perform an ordination ceremony. Rather, the person must first gain some pastoral experience, undergo practical on-the-job testing before he can be officially recognized as a reverend.
Photo: Flanked by his wife Angela (on the left), Pastor Matt Rudd is all smiles following a grilling by an Ordination Council at Calvary Baptist. To the right are Council Moderator Colin McKenzie of Kanata and Fellowship Baptist representative Robert Fleming from Cambridge, Ont. (Photo by Bob McRoberts)
City centre and urban church ministry usually requires older, experienced people to be pastors or ministers. So Calvary Baptist, in the past, always called experienced individuals to serve.
These older, experienced pastors had always been previously ordained by other churches. Thus Calvary Baptist had no need to conduct an ordination service.
But in 2010, following the retirement of Pastor Bob McRoberts, among the various applicants for consideration to be the new pastor was a young man in his mid-Twenties who stood out.
He won the job and over the next four years survived and thrived in his role as pastor. Finally, Calvary Baptist deemed it time for Matt Rudd to be officially recognized – to be formally ordained to pastoral ministry.
On April 26, an Ordination Council with representatives from 11 fellowship Baptist Churches was held. They recommended an Ordination Service be conducted. This took place on May 10.
And the 111-year wait came to an end, with much rejoicing.

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