Riverdale Baptist Church


On this page you can find downloadable forms. Please contact the church office if there's something you're looking for and you can't find it on our website.

Here you can learn more about our Brand Proposition and about our statement of values "First, we will serve".

Check out our Statement of Faith if you would like to know more about what we believe in.

Here is how we govern ourselves: Constitution and By-Laws.

The G-Wis is your "Guide to Worthwhile Initiative Support". Please use these guidlines if you would like to present an idea to the Deacons' board.

If you're interested in renting our facility, here are the forms you need to make a booking:

Facility Use Policy

Request for Use of Facilities

User Agreement

If you would like to sign up for electronic funds transfer, here is an EFT Authorization Form. If you have any questions about giving, you can contact our offering secretary at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Faith Statement

From time to time individuals searching for a church home or ministry position within the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC) want to know more about our denomination. The list below provides a window through which you can see who we are, what we believe, and how we approach ministry.

We believe the following three statements represent our core beliefs as Canadian Baptists of Western Canada.

1. The Carey Theological College Statement Of Faith endorsed by CBWC Assembly in 1982 & 2007
We accept wholeheartedly the revelation of God given in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the faith therein set forth. We here explicitly assert the doctrines which we regard as crucial to the understanding and proclamation of the Gospel and to practical Christian living:

• The sovereignty, love, and grace of God, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
• The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
• The value of each human being as created by God. The universal sinfulness of humankind since the fall, which alienates all from God and subjects all to condemnation.
• The full deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, whose substitutionary sacrifice is the sole ground of redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin.
• The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
• The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God, the Holy Spirit, in the believer.
• The church as set forth in the New Testament and understood historically by the Baptist community.
• The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ, our participation in the resurrection, and the hope of eternal life.

2. The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

3. The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
Begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:
By the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We are a community of vibrant Christ-centred churches being God’s love and hope amongst our neighbours.

As a Christ-centred community of churches we value:

1. Inviting Faith.
2. Acting in Mercy.
3. Cultivating Leaders.

In recent history church groups have emphasised one, and at times, two of these values. Yet Canadian Baptists of Western Canada recognises that each value is equally important and interdependent. In order to Invite Faith, conversions, congregations and church plants must increase in number. Critical to this increase is the Cultivation of Leaders through the development of strong lay and pastoral leadership that is responsive to the needs of others. In order to Act in Mercy, we must compassionately respond to those in need, which in turn will introduce people to Jesus Christ. These three areas are intertwined, bringing balance to ministry. Significant resources are provided to assist congregations and train pastors to provide meaningful ministry and community impact within the neighbourhood / region of the congregation. We foster ministry expansion and health cooperatively.

While congregations remain autonomous they choose to engage in ministry together. The congregations “in Assembly” (assembled church representatives and pastors) entrust to elected CBWC leadership and appointed staff the fulfillment and development of the above ministry values. Local churches and the denomination enter into annual covenantal agreements to foster ministry.

We believe that ministry advancement is the responsibility of the whole congregation.

Pastors and other ministry staff are called to lead congregational ministry. However the vitality, mission, and growth of that ministry are dependent on each member’s (staff included) response to the continuing work of God’s Spirit within the congregation and community. Using the Apostle Paul’s metaphor, the Church is one body made up of equally important parts to fulfill one corporate function – to genuinely love God, to sacrificially serve Him, to generously respond to needs beyond our own, and to, by faith, live out and teach the truths of Scripture.

We affirm the role of women and men in ministry.

Women and men are recognized as equal servants in the work of the Lord. The CBWC seeks to recognize the gifts of all individuals whether they are female or male. Both may serve on all boards, fulfill the responsibilities of a chairperson, and may be called to pastor a congregation and ordained to Gospel Ministry.

We expect pastoral leaders to participate in cluster groups for mutual support.

Within western Canada the majority of our churches fall into fourteen geographic clusters. The purpose of these regional clusters is to bring the ministry staff together to uphold one another in prayer, to encourage each other in difficult times, to engage cooperatively in new ministries, and to encourage ministry skill development. It is also understood that regional congregations will support each other in good and difficult times. In cases where pastors are geographically isolated they are expected to participate in clusters within their particular community and/or through telephone, email or videoconferencing.

We require all ministry staff to adhere to CBWC Assembly approved ministerial protocol.

All pastors are to commit themselves to and exemplify the moral and spiritual values reflected in God’s Word as referred to in our statements of belief. Specific standards regarding requirements for and behaviour within ministry are found within the Ministerial Policies, Procedures and Protocol manual which is approved by a vote of Assembly. Any revisions must be accepted by an Assembly vote. Each pastor is expected to have read, be familiar with, and agree to adhere to this protocol.

We hold to clear statements on marriage & sexual behavior.

CBWC defines marriage as a “publicly recognized covenanting together for life, between a woman and a man who live together in a relationship, characterized by troth and fidelity, and for the purpose of lifelong companionship, mutual interdependence and responsibility for each other, and potential procreation. It is symbolic of God’s relationship to his people and Jesus Christ’s relationship to his church.”

The position of the CBWC with regard to any sexual behaviour outside of monogamous heterosexual marriage behaviour is that it is not affirmed.

We expect every credentialed ministry staff member to practice life-long learning.

CBWC encourages all pastors and other ministry staff, no matter what their level of education or expertise, to practice continuing education. The Carey Institute and Carey Theological College provide a number of offerings for this purpose, on the UBC campus in Vancouver, as well as in regional settings accessible to local congregations. Courses are also offered through distance learning. Financial assistance is available to all credentialed ministry personnel. New pastors are required to participate in a Graduate Internship programme for a minimum of one year.


Resetting the Relationship: A Canadian Baptist Apology to our Indigenous Peoples of Canada

The message was written by Terry Smith, Executive Director, Canadian Baptist Ministries. You can download the letter here or read the message online.


Good News

The Good News is our newsletter for upcoming events and stories. You can find copies in the church foyer.

If you would prefer to save a tree or two and receive the Good News by email, please contact the office
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Pastor’s Welcome

If you are looking for Sunday sermons, these can be found here, under the Media tab.

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Explore RBC

Riverdale Baptist Church has a dedicated and supportive team of staff and leaders who are committed to providing a church community that reflects the diversity and needs of our members. Explore our website and discover more about who we are, where we came from and how you can get involved. 



Our Affiliation

Like churches everywhere, we are a part of a larger family.  In our case, we belong to the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC), which is a part of the founding Baptist churches of Canada. The CBWC is affiliated with Canadian Baptist Ministries, the organization that helps our churches engage in overseas ministries.


Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC) www.cbwc.ca

Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) www.cbmin.org


New Here? Then you’ll fit right in.

Like the people of the Yukon, Riverdale Baptist is made up of a unique and diverse group of individuals and families. There are both long-time members who helped lay the foundation of the church, as well as members from a wide range of cultural and spiritual backgrounds. We are very much a community-oriented church, and our vision statement is "First, we will serve."

Riverdale Baptist Church is a family and an instant community. We are a diverse group of orthodox, often non-conformist, Christians, articulating their faith in ways that are personally authentic and culturally relevant, whether through music, worship, service or mission.

As a church we seek to be social, relational, and accepting of each other as we live in community.  We try to live this out in our relationship with God as well by living and walking with the Spirit.

Media & Sermons

Missed a service? Here you can find a summary of the message. We also have a selection of downloadable PDF forms and documents for your use - everything from our vision statement to booking forms for booking the church facility.

Church Booking

Need some space?

To inquire about using the church for your event, contact the administrator at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 667-6620.

Click here for our request-for-facility-use form, and take a moment to look over our facility use policy.

Coming Events

Check out the calendar to see what is coming up at RBC.

Our Story

The roots of Riverdale Baptist Church reach as far back as 1955. The Baptist Union of Western Canada (BUWC) sent Rev. T. Elgar Roberts to Whitehorse to check out a fellowship formed by several Convention Baptist and Mennonite families. 

However, it wasn't until 1963 that a group of 15 residents, including Loverna Armstrong and Ursula Heynen (who are still active in the church today), discussed the potential of starting a Baptist church in Riverdale and formally uniting with the BUWC.

Although the group was already meeting weekly for fellowship, Riverdale Baptist Church had its first formal worship service in 1964. Pastor Duncan Ritchie, an 80 year-old retired minister, arrived to lead the congregation in the Selkirk Street School gym.

Riverdale Baptist Church moved into its own building on the corner of Tutshi and Teslin roads in 1968. By the 1980s the church was too small to accommodate the growing congregation. The church on 15 Duke Road was completed in 1990 and has been our home ever since.   


History buffs, click here for the full story.




Find Us

Riverdale Baptist Church
15 Duke Road
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 5N3

(867) 667-6620

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Contact Us

Michelle Porco, Pastor

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Ph: (867) 667-6620
Hours: Monday to Wednesday, Friday & Sunday


Sharon Pullar, Administrator

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Ph: (867) 667-6620
Hours: 9AM - 3:30PM Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 



The following sermons are from our Sunday messages.
If you would like anything earlier than what is posted on the website, please contact the office.



Riverdale Baptist Church is an active church that attempts to provide ministries to meet the needs of everyone in the congregation and at the same time reach out into the community.  Whether you want to delve deeper into the Bible or simply connect with church members, Riverdale Baptist Church has something for you.

Sunday Service

Worship service starts at 10:30 am

Family. Friends. Community. Our Sunday services are a gathering of all three. We connect, commune and worship together. Join us for coffee or tea before or after the service

Nursery Room

We have a nursery room equipped with a speaker, so parents can attend to their little ones and participate in the service at the same time. There is also a staffed nursery downstairs for ages 3 months to 3 years.

Sunday School 

Classes for Children - After the children’s blessing, children in preschool to grade 5 are invited to join us downstairs for music and a Bible lesson with a related craft or learning activity during the school year. We also offer a Sunday school class for those in grades 6-9 three times a month.

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G-WIS (More information on presenting anything to the Deacons)


Church Vision

First, we will serve

Constitution and Bylaws

Statement of Faith

Expectations for Worship Leader

Expectations for Worship Team Member

EFT Authorization Form (for questions and more information, contact our Offering Secretary .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Get Involved


Thank you to those who volunteer in the many aspects of our church family!

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Our staff, elders and deacons come from a wide variety of backgrounds.  To contact the church office, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Michelle Porco, Pastor of Family Ministries
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Michelle grew up in Ontario in an active family and has fond memories of playing sports. She actively participated in church life, whether as Sunday School teacher or going to youth group. After University, she lived and worked in Uganda for one year where experiences - both challenging and rewarding - led her to study theology at Regent College in Vancouver. During her time in Vancouver she sensed more strongly a calling into pastoral ministry and became involved with various ministries both at church and in the community. In August 2015, Michelle moved to Whitehorse and is excited to serve the RBC family and explore the outdoors.




Esther Austring
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Darlene Dimsdale
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Andrew Stark 
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Dave Wilkie
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Dave & Gina Anderson, Deacons of Outreach
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David Eikelboom, Deacon of Administration
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Al Aasman, Treasurer
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John-Eric Petersson, Moderator
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Linda Profeit, Offering Secretary
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