Baptist Chaplain

About the Baptist faith tradition

Baptists are Christian people who share beliefs about God and mankind's relationship to Him. We believe the Bible is God's authoritative word to us, and that Jesus is the only hope for a lost and broken world. We also subscribe to a theology of believer's baptism (as opposed to infant baptism), salvation through faith alone, Scripture alone as the rule of faith and practice, and the autonomy of the local church. In Canada, there are several Baptist churches and groups who associate voluntarily with each other for common causes. These include the Canadian National Baptist Convention and the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada.

At UBC, we offer several ways for you to interact with and discuss the Bible, learn about Jesus, and find hope in your individual situation. University is a great time to explore what you believe and ask your questions about God and what differences He can make in your life. Baptist chaplains are available to support you in this journey, and provide a safe atmosphere where you can wrestle with the big questions and grow your personal faith. Our groups are open to everyone, so you do not have to be a Baptist to participate.

Beliefs in more detail

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God and without error, and that they are our supreme and final authority in faith and life. We believe in one God, the Creator, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary—100% God and man.

We believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual life to all believers, enabling them to understand Biblical truth, empowering them for godly living, and equipping them for service and witness.

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His divine image; that they sinned resulting in the spiritual, physical, and emotional fall of humanity. We believe that all people by their own decisions have chosen to sin and thereby stand guilty before God and are in need of a Saviour.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitution sacrifice. We believe that all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.

Chaplain profiles

Craig O'Brien

Baptist Chaplain - Craig O'brien

I’m glad to be part of the UBC campus community sharing life with students. Students are the heartbeat of our community. They bring their energy, ambitions, and passions to life here. During my own university years I remember enjoying the opportunities available to me, but I also felt some anxiety as I explored what to study and what to aim my life at. I found myself asking, “What vision of success is going to shape my life?” In the process of discovery, I changed my major several times, used the summers as a way of exploring possible vocations, and talked a lot with friends and mentors about the future.

While it was important to learn about myself, I also discovered I needed something more. Through these transitions I began to entrust myself to Jesus Christ and to explore the implications of life with Him in all my relationships. My childhood faith began to change, expand, and mature. My earnest desire is for others to know the joy of having purpose and living loved in a relationship with God.

Craig's background

BS in Speech Communications from the University of Georgia, 1990.
M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993.
D.Min. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003.

During my own university years I remember enjoying the opportunities available to me, but I also felt some anxiety as I explored what to study and what to aim my life at. I found myself asking, 'What vision of success is going to shape my life?


Suzanne Perry

Baptist Chaplain - Suzanne Perry

Raised in a religious family, I initially envisioned God as someone who keeps track of the good and bad things we do, only accepting us if we perform well and punishing us when we do bad. Wishing to avoid this punishment, I tried my best to be perfect but soon realized that is an impossible goal.

By the time I reached university, my life was a burdensome system of do's and don'ts. When I learned that Jesus deeply loves me because He is the source of love, and that because I am a believer in Jesus, He has already taken the penalty for my wrongdoing, I experienced great relief! Instead of bondage, in Christ there is freedom!

I continue to be amazed that God has adopted me into His family, and that He desires a personal relationship with me. Instead of following a set of religious rules, I am now walking with God, worshipping, serving, and enjoying Him. I hope that others will discover the forgiveness and meaning in life that Jesus offers to everyone who believes in Him.

Suzanne's background

Suzanne's bachelor's degree is in Human Resources Counseling: Specialization in Services to the Deaf. In 2002, she followed the call to pursue a ministry career and enrolled in the Southwestern Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity (MDivBL) degree. Since that time, Suzanne has served as a chaplain and international student minister on two university campuses, working especially with international people and helping them adjust to life on campus and encouraging students who are searching for God.

My own university days were filled with opportunity and adventure—sometimes scary, sometimes lonely, sometimes profound, sometimes simple, but always significant.


Rich Carruthers

Baptist Chaplain - Rich Carruthers

First, a personal word: If you're a first year or transfer student, welcome to UBC. If you're a returning student, welcome back. May your days at UBC be filled with good as you study, explore, discover, and grow.

My own university days were filled with opportunity and adventure—sometimes scary, sometimes lonely, sometimes profound, sometimes simple, but always significant. They included meeting new friends, thinking in new ways, exploring new dimensions of life, and perhaps most important of all, growing in a deepening friendship with Jesus the Messiah within a strong community of believers. Bible discussions; talking with, listening to, and praying with friends; meeting a special woman who would become my wife; travelling; and much more were significant aspects of those days in university.

As a Baptist chaplain and a facilitator of the Born For More student club, I look forward to encouraging you, so that your university experience is rewarding and includes significant growing friendships within a community and with God. Please drop me a note if you’d like to talk over tea. I’d enjoy listening to your stories, getting to know you, and sharing my stories with you.

Rich’s background:

In university, Rich was significantly impacted by his involvement with the Baptist student ministries. After graduating with a BS in Psychology, Rich completed a master's degree (MDiv) and began engaging with university students to explore Jesus and spirituality through campus Christian clubs.

Rich is currently part of the Baptist Student Ministry Network. His work includes the Baptist Chaplaincy, facilitating and encouraging the Born For More Club, and helping initiate a new church on campus.

Scheduled services and events


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English Corner Conversation Group

5:00 pm

Room 213, Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard

Location updates can be found on Born for More website

Born for More website or Contact Suzanne Perry


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Free bread distribution 8:00 pm Acadia Park/Fairview Commonsblock Origin Church website
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Origin Worship Gathering 10:30 am Room 121, Swing Space, 2175 West Mall Origin Church website and
Born for More website