Avenue Road Baptist Church
Avenue Road Baptist Church

Loving God Loving People

Ministry Team

Lucas Jervis - Pastor of Youth Ministry


 Though still young, Pastor Lucas is a veteran of the youth world, having been working in youth ministry for 10 years, and brings a wide variety of ministry cultures with him, from inner city to rural farm ministry. Having graduated from Emmanuel Bible College with a Bachelors of Theology in Youth and Family Ministry, he is currently working on his Masters of Theology. Lucas' passion for youth keeps him driven in his work with young adults and kids of all ages. He has a love for sports and adventures of all kinds, but would also happily sit down over a coffee and get to know you.

Emily King - Children's Director


Emily King has been working with kids since she was one herself. She is wrapping up her schooling, getting her diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has a passion for kids of all ages, and has more patience than most people would know what to do with! Say hi to her in our Kids Zone on a Sunday.

Zack Thornton - Pastor of Worship & Discipleship

Pastor Zack is a fourth-year student at Emmanuel Bible College, where he is pursuing a Bachelorof Th


Pastor Zack is a fourth-year student at Emmanuel Bible College, where he is pursuing a Bachelor

of Theology in Pastoral Ministry. Passionate about everything history and theology, Zack loves 

making Scripture come alive and inhabit our daily lives! Zack lives in Kitchener with his 

beautiful wife Emma and their adorable feline friend named Bunny. An extravert, Zack will be 

more than happy to explain his musical influences and heroes, which span across the genres.


Mission and Vision Statement


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

In 3 years, we will be a multi-generational congregation equipped to carry out our mission statement:

  • Ministry done by the congregation
  • Multi-generational services
  • Multi-generational missions, outreach and programs
  • A fully adapted and utilized church building
  • A financially stable church


Statement of Faith

 Avenue Road Statement of FaithWe believe that we, as a body of believers, are called to glorify God and edify others. 

  • We believe that Jesus, through his death and resurrection, offers reconciliation with God and life that is both abundant and eternal. 
  • We believe that it is by grace, and through Jesus Christ, that one is made right with God. 
  • We believe that the gift of salvation is received through repentance and in faith, as one turns from self and receives Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Saviour. 
  • We believe that every follower of Jesus Christ is called to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. 
  • We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God that reveals life-giving knowledge about God and the way in which we are called to Serve Him. 
  • We believe that, as followers of Christ, we are called to live a lifestyle that is in accordance to the Word of God. 
  • We believe that every believer is called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed, with integrity and in love. 
  • We believe that, even though sin is part of the human journey, we are created in God's image, and that all people are to be treated with dignity, respect and love. 
  • We believe that every member has been given at least one spiritual gift and is called to share his/her gift. 
  • We believe that every member is called to offer emotional, financial, and prayerful support, for the furtherance of the Kingdom and the glory of God. 
  • We believe that the church, as a community of faith, is called to seek and sustain unity in Christ as we seek to uphold our corporate values and goals, and as we fulfill the vision that God has established for the church. 
  • We believe that relevant, meaningful, and God-oriented worship, is essential in the life of the individual and the faith community. 
  • We believe that the church, as the body of Christ, offers a unique corporate experience of God. 
  • We believe in our distinctive denominational roots, which include: the ordinances of the Lord's Supper and believer's baptism, the separation of church and state, the priesthood of all believers, and the autonomy of the local church. We believe that prayer is to be an integral part of one's faith journey as one nurtures his/her growing relationship with God. 
  • We believe that the Church is called to illuminate hope as we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
  • We believe that the church is called to create and sustain a nurturing environment that will enable its members to grow in the likeness of Christ and equip them for faithful service. 
  • We, as a community of faith, covenant to uphold and live by these beliefs as we seek to serve the Lord and extend the Kingdom of God.