The Story of Community Bible Church
In 1976, a group of people gathered to study the Bible in Granton, just north of Hwy 7, under the direction of Dave and Janet Hendry. Some three years later, on September 9, 1979, Granton Community Bible Church launched its first service in the community. Five founding families formed the core group of this new church. In January 1980, Glenn Fretz was called to pastor the church, and the church moved their meetings to Prince Andrew School on Highbury Avenue. A new facility (the present location on Adelaide St. and Hwy 7) was constructed and officially opened in 1983.
In the summer of 1987, Pastor Glenn Fretz was called to another church. God’s faithfulness and goodness continued in the appointment of Pastor Doug Loveday to shepherd CBC in August 1987. A new addition was completed in the spring of 1992, which then paved the way for the introduction of two morning services in 1994.
In the fall of 2000, about 80 members from Granton CBC were commissioned to gather and minister to the community of Ilderton. The first gatherings for worship and fellowship were held at the Community Centre in Ilderton with Pastor Scott Dakin as Lead Pastor. In July of 2005, a new facility of worship and ministry was opened on 100 Meadowcreek Drive in Ilderton. The new facility was constructed on land donated by a member of the congregation.
In early 2010, Community Bible Church underwent a transition in lead pastors. Pastor Andrew Hall arrived to shepherd Ilderton in January and in April Pastor Byron Hand began at Hwy 7. Currently, Community Bible Church has five shepherding staff members (two Lead Pastors, one Pastor of Student Ministries, one Director of Children’s Ministries, and one Pastoral Care person) as well as three administrative staff members.
We are grateful to God for his unwavering faithfulness in the past and anticipate what God has in the future. To God be the glory!