1250 Cassells Street
North Bay, Ontario
Office (705) 474-2490
Fax (705) 474-9888


Ministry Team

Christ is the head of this church. “He (Christ) gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13

Since Christ is the head of this church, God appointed each of us to be a member of the body of Christ. Each person is valued and encouraged to use his/her gifts to the glory of God. The following boards jointly share the honour of joining God in His work.


Rev. Wilbert Zavitz (BRE, MDiv)

Rev. Wilbert Zavitz (BRE, MDiv) is a graduate of Tyndale Bible College and Seminary. He has pastored a number of Baptist churches in Ontario. Wilbert has been in full time ministry since 1987 and has been the pastor for First Baptist Church, North Bay since 2011. He is married and has 1 son. Wilbert enjoys canoeing, making maple syrup and his dog.

Board of Deacons

The deacons are responsible with the Pastor for the spiritual and pastoral ministry of the church, the administration of the ordinances and the direction of worship, the caring ministry and all applications for membership. Just as in the early church men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom were first called deacons.  Acts 6:3

Nancy Coupland - (Chair)

“I was saved at the age of 9 at a summer camp on Campobello Island, N.B. where I grew up.I attended Ontario Bible College after High School, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Religious Education degree. I have been attending First Baptist Church in North Bay for 22 years, and I have been active in Sunday School, teaching the College and Career class for several years before moving over to teach the adult Bible class."

Cecile Scriver

Jim Reid

“Growing up, I wasn’t a Christian and no one I knew was one. No two greater people ever walked this earth than my parents. In my 20’s when I met my wife Judy, I could see that her family and most of her relations, especially her parents, had something I wanted, JESUS. One night when I was in trouble, I called out to God to ‘help me out of this mess and I will be yours.’He surely did and not long after, my parents accepted Jesus. God has been showing me and teaching me many things over the years and in the last year, I realized what it is, His heart. How I wish that Christians could come together and make the world want what we have.”

Board of Management

The overall administrative and temporal affairs of the Church are managed or supervised by the Board of Management.

First Baptist is blessed to have a large building with a sanctuary, classrooms, office space and a gymnasium. The Board of Management (through both the staff custodian and volunteer help) ably keep the facilities clean and properly maintained so that ministry to our congregation and our community is safe and enjoyable. Donations are used wisely and for the glory of God.

 The Management Board are a very dedicated group of people who love the Lord, love people and have a servant’s heart. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”

Colossians 3: 22, 23

BoM Chair -

Church Clerk – Sue Foote

Christian Education Chair – Carol Whitehead

Finance Chair – John Foote

Property Chair – Randy Plante

Deacons Chair – Nancy Coupland

AV and IT Chair – Jim Foote