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FROM SIBERIA WITH LOVE: THE BANTSEEVS

.It started small with only three people at first. The Bantseevs, Janet & Ilya and their infant son, Josh. An immigrant to Canada, Ilya was from Russia, so at least he spoke the language. But it was tough slogging when the Lord called them to plant a church in Ilya’s home town of Novokuznetsk…a city of about a half million in central Siberia (a four hour plane ride east of Moscow). (more…)
Bob Jones
February 13, 2021
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WIDE-EYED MINISTRY IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS

I recently returned from a mission trip hosted by Centre for Student Missions (CSM) that enabled my team to explore urban ministry. New York, New York was a whole new world for my team of first year Youth Ministry Institute students of Vanguard College. Dia Tomada is part of the family at North Pointe, a student at Vanguard College and serves as a volunteer youth leader in the Anomaly Youth Ministry with Pastor Jeremy Gifford. She shares her insights having just returned from a missions trip to New York City. The nickname “The City that Never Sleeps” became very real, very quickly as we jumped straight into ministry at 6:00 in the morning, a mere ten hours after settling into…
Bob Jones
February 21, 2016
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HERE COME THE CAVERLYS

Trevor and Cherise and their son Parker are part of our North Pointe family. Trevor will be ordained (becoming a "REV") on Sunday April 17th at 11:00am. (Leave a note for him below.) Trevor Caverly joined the pastoral staff at North Pointe on 01/01/16 as our "Connections Pastor." Trevor was an intern at North Pointe four years ago, working with youth. He is highly respected as a pastor in Alberta and BC. He returned to North Pointe with his wife, Cherice and son, Parker where Trevor is helping move us into our next chapter of ministry. There are many reasons we are excited to be at North Pointe. We are excited because we have felt this is God ordained, that…
Bob Jones
December 2, 2015
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A NEW BEGINNING: THE DERKSENS’ STORY

My family is disowning me. My father-in-law will not let me come home for Christmas. My daughter Emily is telling me to take it off. My wife can't believe what I have done.   This is a guest post from the Eric Derksen, President of Vanguard college and newest family to North Pointe. (When I had coffee with Eric I realized you can take the man out of Jet country but you can't take the Jets completely out of the man.) My name is Eric Derksen and I am a disciple of Jesus. I am also a husband and a father, and now serve as the President of Vanguard College in Edmonton, Alberta - the home of the Oilers. Our…
Bob Jones
November 4, 2015
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3 CONFESSIONS OF A LEAD PASTOR TO PASTORS OF YOUTH

I have a confession…actually, three of them. They relate to pastors of youth, like North Pointe's Jeremy Gifford who is one of the finest pastors I know. That's not my confession...its my conviction. Some people view the role of a youth pastor as a "stepping stone" to becoming a "real" pastor. Not me. I served as a pastor of youth for ten years of my thirty-six year pastoral ministry. Those ten years were some of THE best years that I experienced as a pastor and I've had a lot of great years. Read my 3 confessions here... I write to inspire people to be real, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover their life purpose. If…
Bob Jones
October 20, 2015