Baptist Chaplains

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.

Our beliefs

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.

We believe that every person from every language, tribe and nation, is valuable and loved by God, who offers special privilegs and gifts to anyone who puts their faith in His Son, Jesus. 

Meet the chaplains

Baptist Chaplain, Craig O'Brien

Craig O'Brien

Craig is glad to be part of the UBC campus community sharing life with students. Students are the heartbeat of the community. They bring their energy, ambitions, and passions to life at UBC. During his own university years, Craig remembers enjoying the opportunities available to him while also feeling some anxiety as he explored what to study and what to aim his life at. He found myself asking questions like, "What vision of success is going to shape my life?" In the process of discovery, he changed majors 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 is important to learn about oneself, Craig also discovered he needed something more. Through these transitions he began to entrust himself to Jesus Christ and to explore the implications of life with Him in all relationships. His childhood faith began to change, expand, and mature. His earnest desire is for others to know the joy of having purpose and living loved in a relationship with God.

Craig obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Communications from the University of Georgia in 1990. He later received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993 and then his Doctor of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003.

You can reach Craig by emailing pastorcraigobrien@gmail.com, or by calling 604 644 3961.

Suzanne Perry

Since 2006, Suzanne Perry has served as a Chaplain and International Student Minister at UBC, helping people in the international community on campus adjust to life in Canada. She also encourages students who are searching for God. Suzanne is happy to welcome new international students to UBC. She recognizes moving to a new country requires great courage and she holds a great deal of admiration for the brave students who have chosen to study abroad. English Corner is one of the groups she organizes, along with other special interest groups. Some of which are religious in nature, some are not. Everyone is welcome!

Baptist Chaplain, Suzanne Perry

To register for English Corner, email speakinglisteningexploring@gmail.com.

Suzanne's bachelor's degree is in Human Resources Counseling: Specialization in Services to the Deaf (1992). Ten years later, she followed the call to pursue an international ministry career and enrolled in the Southwestern Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity (MDivBL) degree. 

You can reach Suzanne by emailing suzanneperry.ca@gmail.com, or by calling 604 839 0484

Baptist Chaplain, Brindley Taylor

Brindley Taylor

Brindley loves to welcome new students to UBC as they begin their next chapter in their lives. Like any novel, some chapters are climatic and exciting while others seem to shock and rattle the foundation.

During her time in university, things began to chip away at her foundation. Gratefully, she found herself surrounded by a community of friends, mentors and family that introduced her to Jesus and His heart for all people. Jesus was present during the late-night cramming sessions, through moments of scarcity and anxiety, through fears of loss and even in the joyful adventures! Because of Jesus’ love displayed in his death on the cross, freedom and reconciliation of relationships are possible.

This is a message of hope that Brindley loves to share with others by opening her home to students on campus or taking them out for coffee to hear their story.

Brindley received a Liberal Arts degree in Foreign Language at Hill College before getting her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.

You can contact Brindley by emailing brindley.taylor931@gmail.com or text 817 505 8034.  

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