Avenue Road Staff

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Staff Bios

Some of the friendly faces you'll see at Avenue Road.

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ARBC Staff: Minstry Team

In the Beginning:

Avenue Road Baptist Church serves a congregation of between 150-200 in the city of Cambridge, Ontario.  Although Avenue Road Baptist has changed over the years, it's roots can be found back as far as the late 19th century.      - more history

Where we're going:

Avenue Road has gone through several major changes, as we collectively took the opportunity to re-examine ourselves and our mission.  In the process of re-discovering who we are, identifying the people we serve, and our reason for existing, we came to a deeper understanding of the vision for ministry at Avenue Road.  It is our belief that God bestows gifts of the Holy Spirit, and empowerment for service to all believers.  As our ministry has progressed, God has  brought a variety of unique gifts to enrich our ministry as we fulfill our vision:

As the people of Avenue Road Baptist Church, we exist to declare the reign of God in Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, living God's love:

        • in word,
        • in worship,
        • in service,
        • in community.


As our ministry has evolved over the years, so have the faces of those who have publicly represented the many who serve and worship behind the scenes at Avenue Road.


Team Bio:

Gord Rutledge: Lead Pastor

personel bio pic In 2003, after eighteen years, Pastor Gord left Magna International in order to enter pastoral ministry.  He receive his Bachelor in Theology from Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener in 2005.   In 2008 he received his Master of Divinity from McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton.  Pastor Gord was ordained by Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec in 2009.  Prior to ministry at Avenue Road Baptist Church, Gord was the Pastor at Milton Baptist Church for five years.  Gord has had many involvements in Guelph Association of Baptist Churches, including two terms as Moderator.  Gord has also served at Cheltenham Baptist Church as a student pastor and he completed his field studies at First Baptist Church, Guelph.

Pastor Gord Rutledge has:

  • a strong desire to care for God's people
  • a passion for helping people to apply the truths of the Bible to everyday life
  • a belief that the church is a community of believers
  • a need to persist in knowing God better
  • a witness to God's great love and faithfulness, and . . .
  • a belief that scripture is centre to our faith and practice.

Please feel free to visit the church or email Gord at: pastorgord@rogers.com

Jim Kropf:  Music Director 

personel bio pic Jim brings his musical gifts to Avenue Road from his professional career as a music teacher at Hespeler Public School in Waterloo Region, his leadership of the internationally-travelled Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir, and prior directorates of choral music from the Anglican Church.  Jim currently leads the choir and congregation in weekly worship, and oversees musical direction at Avenue Road.


Murray Jull:  Organist/Pianist

personel bio pic A retired teacher of The Waterloo Region District School Board, Murray plays the organ and piano for weekly worship services and is the accompanist for the senior choir, the youth choir and soloists.


Barb:  Office Administration

personel bio pic Barb brings her gifts of administration to Avenue Road in helping to organize the office, juggle schedules, facilitate the co-ordination of ministry teams, produce documents, and is usually the first friendly face you'll find when you visit or call Avenue Road.



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