About Our ChurchWhether you are a new or long time attender we invite you learn a bit more about who we are and where we are going.
Our Mission & Vision
Love God. Love People.
Although life changes, our purpose remains the same. Our God-given mission can be summarized in a single sentence: “We are about loving God and loving people.” This core purpose finds its origins in the words of Jesus who said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).
We are in this together! We are pressing on towards the goal set out for us in Christ Jesus.
The history of our Baptist church is interesting. The first Baptist church to be built on this side of the Lake was the Newcastle Creek United Baptist Church (7 Wharf Road). It was built in 1846. Newcastle Creek United Baptist Church became the mother church for all the Baptist churches in this area.
In 1871 approximately 50 members from the Newcastle Creek church asked for permission to leave so they could form another church at Newcastle Bridge. On May 31, 1871 the 50 members got organized and Newcastle Bridge United Baptist Church was constructed.
In 1926, a group from the Newcastle Bridge church desired to build a church in Minto. Land was donated and construction began of the Minto United Baptist Church.
For many years one pastor served all three churches. But in the early 90’s Newcastle Bridge and Minto decided to merge and build a new facility. Sod turning took place in April 1996 and construction began. Our present church was built by the hard work of its members. On April 20, 1997 our beautiful building was dedicated to the glory of God. We endearingly called our family the United Baptist Church of Minto.
May the vision and commitment of those earlier members inspire us to new levels of greatness in God’s Kingdom. We believe God, who began a good work in us, will carry it on to completion in Christ Jesus.
“I’ve been a part of UBC Minto my entire life. I’ve attended a number of different churches, due to life changes, travel etc…but UBC Minto is “home”. The people are fantastic. The sort of folk you can talk to and rely upon any day of the week, not just an hour on Sunday morning. It is a great place to worship.”
Who We Are
Rev. Brent Clark
Pastor Brent came to Minto in June 2019 to serve as senior pastor. Pastor Brent is passionate about helping people understand the Bible, community outreach and giving leadership to the local church.
Brent is in his 10th year of full-time ministry and completed his MDIV from Acadia Divinity College in 2015.
Brent and his wife Nicole reside in Minto, NB with their three beautiful girls, Lydia, Kaelyn and Malia.
Donalda has served on staff at the Minto Baptist Church since 2009. No one knows more about the inners working of the Minto church than Donalda!
Donalda answer phones, types bulletins and generally keeps Pastor Brent in check.
Donalda and her husband Tom have three grown children and live in the Minto area.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a typical Sunday Morning service look like?
A typical Sunday morning service is 60-70 minutes long. We usually begin with 20-25 minutes of singing that is followed by a short-time of prayer. Our pastor will then share a 25-35-minute message from the Bible. You can generally find people chatting and enjoying a cup of coffee 10-15 minutes before and after our service.
Are there programs available for my kids on Sunday?
We offer programs for your children on Sunday mornings. The children stay with the adults through the singing portion of our service and then are dismissed to their own groups for the rest of the service. Their group times include: Bible stories, interactive activities and sometimes crafts and a snack. Each group has two leaders and all of our leaders have undergone criminal background checks, so please be assured that your children are in good hands.
We have the following children’s groups available on Sunday mornings.
Children’s Church Younger Group: Ages 4-6
Children’s Church Older Group: Ages 7-10
The younger and older group are combined together during the months of July and August.
Do I need to dress up?
Absolutely not! We would love for you to show up wearing the same thing you would any other day of the week (yes, even those stylish “ripped” jeans). We would encourage you to come as you are!
What kinds of things does the pastor address in his sermons?
Sometimes we will take several weeks and go through a book of the Bible or we may pick a specific theme to explore for a set number of weeks. We often cover topics such as, love, fear, hope, finding peace in the midst of struggle, truth, obedience and what it really means to be a follower of Christ. We would love for you to come and explore some of these topics with us.
Are there programs available for my kids during the week?
Yes. During the fall and winter months we offer a program each Tuesday night called “Kid’s Rock”. Kid’s Rock is for children from ages 8-10. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend. The program runs from 6:00-7:00 pm and includes games, a snack, a story and a time of singing. Please contact the church office for more information.