Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Adrian Gardner as Discipleship Programs Facilitator, starting September 1, 2015. Adrian has been serving as the Associate Pastor of Grand Bay Baptist Church since 2008 and the Associate Director of Youth and Family Ministries at the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches since 2013.
In his new role as Discipleship Programs Facilitator, Adrian will oversee two significant programs within CBM’s Global Discipleship Department: Short-term Mission and STEP. His primary responsibility will be to create meaningful global experiences for Canadian Baptist churches and individuals. He will work closely with CBM’s international church partners and Global Field Staff to facilitate experiences that emphasize mutuality and co-learning, in alignment with our values.
Adrian has had a deep passion for international ministries since he went to Bolivia for four weeks as a CBM Praxis student in 2010. That experience significantly impacted his faith and understanding of integral mission, as demonstrated by the two subsequent short-term trips he has led to Bolivia with Grand Bay Baptist Church.
Says Rev. Malcolm Card, CBM’s incoming President of the Board and retired CBM Africa Team Leader, “As CBM’s Global Discipleship Facilitator, Adrian will strengthen ministry for Canadian Baptist churches in Atlantic Canada and across the country. His first-hand experience in leading teams overseas and his experience as a pastor has well-equipped him for ministry. The CBM family is very excited to have Adrian join our team and believe that he will help churches strengthen their passion for mission.
Adrian will be based in Saint John, New Brunswick until the Summer of 2016, when it is anticipated that he, his wife Nicole and their children Eli and Grace, will move to the Mississauga, Ontario area, where CBM’s head office is located. We ask that you uphold the Gardner family in prayer during this time of transition.