WHO ARE WE?
Let’s start by explaining our unique name: This name is found in the Bible where Isaac, a patriarch of God’s people Israel, called a well “Rehoboth” saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” (Genesis 26:22 ESV)
This name was chosen for our place of worship on the top of the Burlington escarpment when it was built in 1974. By it we want to acknowledge that the LORD has given us this place to worship him, and that this is both a blessing and a responsibility for his people. It is a blessing as a safe place to gather to worship God each week, and it is a responsibility for us to be generous in using it to share the gospel with our community.
Rehoboth church is a member of the federation of Canadian and American Reformed Churches. Although we are a self-governing local church, we share a common faith and foundation with the other churches in a cooperative federation.
Our Mission Statement
To know, follow, and proclaim
Jesus Christ as Saviour
We know Jesus Christ as:
> the One sent by God the Father and anointed by the Holy Spirit to fully reveal God’s plan of salvation
> the One who paid for all our sins on the cross and who presents us to God as his redeemed people
> the One who governs and protects us forever by his Word and Spirit
We follow Jesus Christ and proclaim him by:
> confessing his name daily and sharing the gospel
> living our lives in thankfulness to him to the glory of God
> fighting against sin and Satan now and looking forward to enjoying eternity with him
OUR CHURCH FEDERATION
Rehoboth is part of a sixty-five church Federation of Canadian and American Reformed Churches.
This federation of churches is rooted in the Great Reformation of the sixteenth century and find its shared confessional statements in the Three Forms of Unity: The Heidelberg Catechism, The Belgic Confession and The Canons of Dort. We also adhere to the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. Our shared aim is to exalt the Triune God by faithfully proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. To find out more details about the federation, you can follow this link:
MEET OUR PASTOR
Rev. Clarence VanderVelde is a graduate of McMaster University and the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary (CRTS). After serving in three other churches at locations across the country, he joined the ministry at Rehoboth in September of 2015 and predominantly leads the regular Sunday worship services, teaches the catechism classes and brings pastoral visits to the congregation. He also serves on the Board of Governors for the CRTS in Hamilton. He is married to Theresa and they have two children.
Still have questions?
The best way to learn more about belief in Christ is to join a Bible study. Our church has study groups for all different ages and at different times.