Ministering from its current location since 1963, Departure Bay Baptist Church is a member of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches Pacific.
Our Mission is “To cause the name of Jesus Christ to be exalted, God glorified, and believers to be built up as together we reach out with the gospel to the lost.” To simplify, you will hear us talk about having a Passion for God, a Compassion for People.
This is further emphasized in our Vision which is “To have an unforgettable, God honouring impact on our community, a place where people know they matter to God and to us.”
Our church is composed of an entire spectrum of backgrounds. We have a vibrant group of families with young children and teens, a growing and energetic crew of young adults, married couples, singles, and last, but not least, an active body of service oriented seniors.
While a significant portion of our annual budget is used to support missionaries throughout the world, our main focus is reaching out to the people God has placed in our local surroundings. We suffer no shortage of opportunities to serve with 2 public schools and a high school within our community, and an independently operated day care centre situated on church property




Pastor Tim Klaassen, Lead Pastor (tim@departurebaychurch.ca)

Pastor Tim, his wife Kelly, and their 3 sons have lived in Nanaimo since 2001.  They have enjoyed a dozen years leading and serving at Departure Bay Church.  He enjoys spending time with family, developing young leaders, chatting over a drink or lunch, walking his dogs, hill climbing (Mt. Benson is really a large hill), pretending to play basketball and reading 8-10 books at once.  His joy as pastor is watching people become passionate for God and compassionate towards others.


Departure Bay Baptist Church, 3510 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo BC, V9T 1C1 Passion for God, Compassion for People