3. Pastor's greeting
Greetings. My name is Todd Riley. My wife, children and I have been
serving here with a great team of men, women, children and youth for
Over the years a number of people have asked me, "What is your
vision for Islington Baptist Church, what kind of church do you want
Islington to be?"
I want this church to be a place where people of all backgrounds feel comfortable and welcome.
I want this church to be a place where people of all ages feel included and cared for.
I want this church to be a place where people, regardless of their physical or mental abilities, can come and involve
themselves in the service of Christ.
I want this church to be a place where people of different theological persuasions- within the circle of Evangelicalism- can
come together, not focused upon their differences but upon the person of Jesus Christ and the mission He has given us.
I want this church to be a place where those who want to be more formally attired can be, while those who want to be
more casual- within the bounds of Christian modesty- can be too.
I want this church to be a place where the needs of the different worshippers who come here are met. For those who
want contemporary music, I want them to be able to sing that just as much as I want those who enjoy traditional music
to be able to do the same. For those who are more emotive and experiential I want them to be ministered to as well.
I want this church to be a place where our faith in Christ is built and where we are increasingly equipped to live the
I want this church to be a place where people are saved from their sins and where service in the name of Jesus is done
with zeal and passionate commitment.
I want this church to be a place where the creative talents and spiritual gifts of every person are utilized for Christ.
I want this church to be all these things through Christ's power.
1. Islington Baptist Church exists to Worship- Learn- Tell- Serve
Everything we do is built around our purpose.
We are here to Worship God and lift up Christ
We are here to Learn more about who Jesus is and how to follow Him
We are here to Tell others of Christ and how through Him alone one can have the
forgiveness of sins and peace with God
We are here to Serve each other and our community
We believe that there is but one true God, being the God of the Bible, the creator of all that is. He- though
impossible for us to fully understand- exists as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God became a man, coming down from Heaven in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus came
down to earth as the God-man for the express purpose of dying on a cross as a once for all sacrifice for the
sins of the whole world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, that He communicates the presence of Christ to every believer and that He
helps every believer to become like Jesus.
We believe that Satan is a real being and that on this earth with him there are many other fallen angels-
each having the purpose of bringing harm to people and keeping them from turning to God for the
forgiveness of their sins.
We believe that all people- the young, the old, the unborn, the sick, and the disabled are of incredible value
and uniquely special amongst God's created order. We also believe that all people are sinners- meaning that
all are guilty of breaking God's laws. As long as a person is apart from a relationship with Jesus, they are in
the frightening position of being an object of God's anger and in danger of Hell.
We believe that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, resting solely upon ones having asked Jesus to
take away their sins and to be their Savior, constitutes the only way to Heaven. In His great love, God
continues to make this amazing offer available.
We believe that Heaven and Hell are real places.
We believe that Jesus will be soon returning to this earth to gather to himself his followers and
to judge all those who He finds in a state of rebellion against Him.
We believe in religious liberty. Every person has the right to practice and spread their beliefs.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that it is entirely free from error and that the teachings of
the Bible are incredibly relevant for our society today
4. WHAT WE BELIEVE AS A CHURCH
On this page you will find...
1. Our Purpose statement
2. A brief overview of our History
3. A greeting from Pastor Todd Riley
4. A statement of what we believe as a Church
2. Our History
Islington Baptist Church belongs to a group of churches called "The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in
Canada." Within this association there are over 500 churches; each holding to the same basic beliefs and practices.
Here's how we fit it:
In 1932 a small group of Christians decided to start a brand new church. After three and a half years of meeting in a
persons home, this group of believers stepped out in faith and built what is now known as Islington Baptist Church.
Over the years, at least twelve full time pastors and their families have served here. Under their leadership many have
been brought to faith in Christ and equipped for the service of Christ.
Today, Islington Baptist church remains committed to carrying out what is called "The Great Commission." This
commissioning is found in Matthew 28:18-20, wherein Jesus says; "All authority in heaven and on earth has been
given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you
always, to the very end of the age."