In the heart of North York, Willowdale Baptist Church is an evangelical church ministry committed to promoting the message of Jesus Christ to the community and abroad.
about us

Since its inception in 1924 as a small rural mission, Willowdale Baptist Church has grown in step with the community of North York. We are an urban city church where people from all over the world gather as a Christian family to worship God and live life together. We are just steps away from Yonge and Finch, and the Finch subway station.

Affiliated with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada, we are an independent congregation supported through the tithes and offerings of committed members and friends.

Our facilities include a large air conditioned auditorium, spacious foyer, full gym, library, fellowship hall, and various meeting rooms.

Statement of Faith



Ben Porter

Rev. Bruce Jones

Senior Pastor

Bruce grew up in a loving Christian home in Stratford, ON and became a committed disciple of Jesus Christ at a young age. After graduating from Tyndale University College in 1987, Bruce married the love of his life, Ruth Morton, and they worked as camp directors at Fair Havens Ministries for three years. Sensing God's call into church ministry, Bruce became a youth and young adult pastor at Memorial Baptist Church in Stratford for eight years, followed by almost 18 years as senior pastor at Olivet Baptist in Meaford, ON.

New to Willowdale in 2016, Bruce is excited to work with the amazing leaders in our community-minded congregation. Bruce and Ruth have two young adult children, Bethany and Caleb, who are both pursuing post-secondary education and serving Jesus every day. Bruce and Ruth believe that our highest goal, as followers of Christ, should be to learn to love well; loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength... and loving others as we love ourselves. (Mark 12: 30,31)


Ben Porter

Benjamin Porter

Interim Ministry Leader

God has given Benjamin a vision and passion to encourage, empower, and challenge God's people in the local church to live a life identified with Christ Jesus and fulfilling their purpose through Him. Benjamin is a graduate from Tyndale Seminary with a Master of Divinity focusing on theology, counselling, and urban ministry. He oversees all Children and Family ministry, Life Groups, and our monthly Community Dinner. Benjamin is adamant that these ministries have a discipleship and outreach component so people can not only hear the gospel and respond but grow in their walk with their personal Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Benjamin's prayer is for the church to be shocked and amazed by the work of our God and grow closer together as a loving community of believers.

Prior to ministering at Willowdale Baptist Church, Benjamin ministered to the homeless in downtown Toronto through the Gateway men's shelter and Co-founded the Love Movement and was Co-executive producer of the Christian television series Love is Moving. Benjamin and his wife Christina have two daughters and enjoy fellowship with friends and family.


Joel GordonJoel Gordon

Youth Pastor

Willowdale Baptist Church has been Joel Gordon's home church for over 30 years where he has served as an elder, deacon and a Sunday school teacher. In September 2010, he experienced a strong call into ministry at Willowdale Baptist Church after working for 20 years in the film and television industry as an actor, director and TV producer.

He is passionate about seeing God at work in the Church as the Great Commandment and Great Commission spur us on to love and make disciples. At WBC, he leads the youth and young adults ministries.

Pastor Joel Gordon is the co-creator of: the Love Movement Take Action Video Series, the Love is Moving TV series and the Love in Action magazine published by Love Movement with the support of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

He lives in Stouffville with his wife, Erin and three children.

Dan MullinDan Mullin

Music Coordinator

A graduate of the University of Toronto's Bachelor of Music in Performance program, Daniel found that he had a gift of composing and improvising original music and began to use it to serve God, writing numerous songs for soloists, gospel choirs, contemporary worship, jazz & urban contemporary ensembles. And since 2007 Daniel has been the musical co-ordinator and songwriter for Roatan Alive Mission. Out of the experiences with Hopeward Music touring, studio work, solo performance, collaboration with other artists, and now serving as the Willowdale Baptist Church Music Coordinator, Daniel developed a passion for mentoring musicians and worship leaders of all ages to lead the local church in worship.


Hernan DaSilvaHernan DaSilva