Erin Mills                                                         
        Baptist Church

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Erin MillsBaptist Church                                      

   Service Times:                                                                                                               Address
   Sunday @1030am                                                                                                 1991 South Millway
   Wednesday @730pm                                                                                      Mississauga, ON L5L 1R4
Pastor Steve's Story

Growing up in the middle of Scarborough Ontario Canada, in a housing project known for its crime, violence and poverty usually does not
end in a success story. However, this is where my story begins. I grew up in one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Scarborough.  
Riddled with gangs, shootings and broken homes; we still called it home, others called it 'Hollywood'.

Seeing used needles, drug raids and even extreme violence was a normal thing. When one grows up in this type of environment, sociologist
usually declare the individual will become a product of their environment, but when the Creator of the universe steps in, all other views must
pause and submit to His plan. This is because He is the one who plants, and prepares His servants for ministry.

Of course with the sort of upbringing, it is safe to say I did not follow the Lord in my youth nor was I raised in a Christian home. I had to walk
down many paths and trials early in life. Thankfully, through His Mercy and Grace, I was brought to repentance and began my relationship
with Christ in 2000. During this time, I met my beautiful wife Christine. We got married in 2001 and have 4 wonderful children. Each step of the
way, her dedication to Christ, her conviction to scripture and dedication to raise our children is inspiring, as well as motivating.

Understanding what I deserved, understanding I got Grace, my drive is to passionately pursue Christ above all else. The calling to pastoral
ministry is one that is cemented into my being and cannot be shaken. One of my favorite groups is DC Talk, and in their song "My Will" they
sing this line,

I'm learning to give up the rights to myself
The bits and the pieces I've gathered as well
They're nothing compared to the joy that You bring me
The peace that You show me is the strength that I need

It's my will, and I'm not moving
Cause if it's Your will, then nothing can shake me
It's my will, to bow and praise You
I now have the will to praise my God

I appreciate the call in the song. Not to move forward in our wills - but trust Christ; nothing can stop His will in our lives. My prayer is "Lord,
open my eyes to see you as my never ceasing, inexhaustible treasure of goodness - to not pursue my wants or demand my rights...but to
joyful proclaim you - in all that you bring before me" -

In Philippians 2:13 Paul says, “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” This is evident throughout my
conversion and Christian walk. It amazes me how the Lord works. 15 years being involved with Christian ministry, 6 of those being full time
and he continues to stretch me, correct me, build and lead me. I am thankful for the men who have poured into my life these years and for
those who continue to this day. As it was once said by the Williams Brothers in their song
; "I'm just a nobody trying to tell everybody, about
somebody, who can save anybody".

May we learn to joyfully adore Christ in every aspect of our lives - so that we may joyfully proclaim Christ in every aspect of our lives.



Steve Bainbridge is the current serving Pastor of Erin Mills Baptist Church. He was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church/The Fellowship of
Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada while serving in his first pastorate.

With his Wife, 3 daughters and son they moved to Mississauga in 2017. Steve's passion is to pursue Christ and lead others to the call of
"Behold Your God". Prior to pastoral ministry Steve served as an elder for two churches within The Christian Missionary Alliance Church in
Canada, worked as a home staff missionary movement operating within South East Asia, Conducted Urban Outreach and Training within
Canada/USA and worked in various para-church organizations. The burden on Steve's ministry is the local church once again returns to her
mandate to make Christ known and be a body of believers who can handle the scriptures while reaching the lost for Christ.
1991 S. Millway
Mississauga, ON L5L 1R4