Over time, Burlington Baptist Church has established traditions to meet the challenges of changing social times. It has evolved in its dedication to the larger mission of the church, in advocating on social issues and outreach to local families and individuals. It is an “outreaching” church, supporting ecumenical and community agencies. BBC is always open to people of different backgrounds and views.
Women have had a large role in the evolution of the church, from the original Mission Circle that provided the impetus for a convention church in Burlington. There have been two women serving in ministry, the Rev. Heather Gilmour in the ‘90’s and the Rev. Dawn Yarker, as Associate Minister in 2000.
BBC has supported refugee families from Laos, Bosnia and Syria. The church building is used by many community groups as a meeting place and the modern sanctuary is more accessible to those with limited mobility. As well, in recent years, Burlington Baptist Church has intentionally expanded its embrace to welcome those who identify as LGBTQ+. These qualities of openness, tolerance, acceptance and love have become the defining characteristics of Burlington Baptist Church.
BBC has been fortunate in the quality of its ministerial leadership. Since the beginning, the ministers have encouraged a rich congregational life and have been compassionate pastors to the many families and individuals needing their care. Today, the Rev. Dave Ogilvie maintains this high tradition of service to BBC and the Burlington community.