About Us

Who We Are

OUR HISTORY

Trentside Baptist Church was first organized as Fenelon Falls and Verulam (Bobcaygeon) Regular Baptist Church, on the 30th day of September, 1857. Both locations of this above named church were first administered from the Blythe Farm location, and later from Fenelon Falls, both sharing the same pastors up to 1888. A mutual decision in 1862 resulted in dividing the congregation into two works. Thus, one Regular Baptist Church, held at two locations, became two separate churches, named Fenelon Falls Regular Baptist Church and Bobcaygeon Regular Baptist Church. Both churches flourished well and shared pastors from 1862 to 1888, and later with Scotch Line Baptist Church from 1876 to 1888. The minister would preach the morning service at Fenelon Falls, then travel to Scotch Line for an afternoon service, then finally the evening service at Bobcaygeon. Travel would be by horse and buggy over roads of questionable conditions, through all kinds of weather, and dealing with rough road conditions, pests, and insects.

In Fenelon, public services were first held in Blythe School until 1869 when on December 28th of that year the congregation met in their new chapel on Queen Street in the village of Fenelon Falls. Eventually the time came when it was necessary to erect a new building, as the old one had become inadequate. On January 26th, 1907, under the leadership of Pastor A. Cooke, a new church on Colborne Street was publicly dedicated to the glory of the Lord and the furtherance of the Gospel. Behind the building, a driving shed was constructed to house the horses and buggies or cutters while the congregation was meeting. In the early 1920's, the parsonage, which was beside the church, had to be torn down and a new house was constructed on the same site. Both the church and the parsonage became known for their sawdust burning furnaces with voracious appetites for fuel. The appearance of the building was changed during the 1960s and 1970s when three additions added Christian Education space, a nursery, washrooms, and a larger foyer.

In Bobcaygeon, worship services were held in homes, McConnel’s Tavern, Taylor’s Hall, and over Featherstone and Forbert stores until 1879. In the fall of 1878, construction began on a new church building and it opened in early October, 1879. A parsonage was built on Sherwood Street in 1937, and in 1963, a larger Bible School building replaced the smaller, older one. The Lord blessed both works from the very beginning. The records testify that a great number found the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and many confessed their Lord in the waters of baptism. In December of 2014, the leadership of Fenelon Falls Baptist Church was approached by Village Baptist Church in Bobcaygeon to consider the possibility of a rebirth/merger with their congregation. After much prayer and consideration, it was decided through unanimous vote, that we would begin the official process of celebrating the history and ministry of Village Baptist and rebirthing a new work in Bobcaygeon under the name Trentside Church.

We continue to be a group of Christian believers who have agreed to travel together on our spiritual pilgrimage through life. We meet together to worship God and to be instructed in the Bible, recognizing that it is the divine word of the Lord Jesus Christ and that it is our sufficient standard for what we believe and how we live. None of us have "arrived" spiritually. We still have more to learn about our God and how our living can continually express worship to Him. We are trying to make our faith to Him relevant to our daily living. We have also agreed to care for each other through prayer and brotherly love. We want to share each other's celebrations and we will support each other in the rough experiences of life. Our concerns go beyond ourselves. There are many people in our world who need to hear the good news that eternal salvation is available by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We try to reach out in love and with service to all. We want our faith and obedience to grow and increase for the ultimate goal of magnifying our great God and Saviour. We would invite you to come along with us to discover the way to more abundant living.

MEET OUR TEAM

DAVE GRAY

Lead Pastor

JEFF BELL

Site Pastor for Bobcaygeon

MATT HAYDEN

Site Pastor For Fenelon Falls

RYAN SMITH

Youth Pastor

ANGIE JERMYN

Worship Director

APRIL MANTLE

Communications Director

FRAN CLARKE

Church Administrator

DARLENE SMITH

Children's Ministry Director

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

1. THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. (Psalm 119:89, 1Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

2. GOD

We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Exodus 20:2-3, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 2:9, Matthew 28:19, Matthew 3:14-17)

3. CHRIST

We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return. (Colossians 2:9, Colossians 1:17, Isaiah 7:14, 1 Peter 2:22-24, Romans 1:1-4, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

4. THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 14:16-17, John 14:26, John 15:26-27, John 16:7-11, Romans 8:1-14, 1 Corinthians 12:13)

5. SATAN

We believe Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the archenemy of God and man. (Isaiah 14:12-17, Ezekiel 28:11-19, Ephesians 6:12,  2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Revelations 12:9, 11 )

6. MAN

We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 51:5, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23)

7. SALVATION

We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.(Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 Peter 18-23, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13, 2 Peter 1:4, Hebrews 9:22, Romans 5:1-19, John 10:28-29)

8. FUTURE THINGS

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgement and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked. (Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, John 5:28, Revelation 20:11-15)

9. LOCAL CHURCH

We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the great Head of the church. We believe that its officers are the pastor and elders. (Matthew 16:18, Acts 2:41-47, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:11-16)

10. ORDINANCES

We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:

1. Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Matthew 3:13-16, Acts 8:36-39, Matthew 26:26-30, Romans 6:3-5)

2. The Lord’s Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolizes the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes. (Matthew 26:26-30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

11. THE CHURCH AND STATE

We believe in the entire separation of church and state. (Matthew 22:21, Acts 4:18-20, Acts 5:27-29)

12. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs. (Acts 5:27-28)

13. THE LORD'S DAY

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise. (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Revelation 1:10)

14. CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth. (Romans 13:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 2:13-17, Titus 3:1, Acts 5:29, Mark 12:17)