St. Pierre paster Al Bayne was recently named as Alpha’s new regional director for Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.
By Marianne Curtis
Allan Bayne may be retiring as pastor of the St. Pierre Bible Fellowship after two terms but he is not walking away from his ministry. As of the beginning of September, Bayne is the new regional director for Alpha Ministries Canada.
“I can’t find ‘retirement’ in the Bible,” Bayne says. “Continuing to serve is my only option.”
Bayne has run the Alpha course at the St. Pierre Bible Fellowship for a number of years. The Alpha course is a practical introduction to the Christian faith that is being offered by every major denomination in over 160 countries.
After observing how effective the program was in introducing the community to the Christian message, Bayne is looking forward to the new challenge of inspiring and equipping other churches to run Alpha courses throughout Manitoba.
“I was ‘wowed’ by how effective the Alpha course is in presenting the Gospel to people in my community,” states Bayne. “Many people came to faith and many others renewed their faith. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for Alpha with other church leaders.”
Since the 1980’s, Bayne and his family have attended St. Pierre Bible Fellowship after finding his faith. He then served two terms as pastor and plans to remain a part of that faith community as he assumes his new role with Alpha.
Bayne is not stranger to teaching. Inspired by his love for wilderness canoeing, he taught a course in Wilderness Leadership for five years at Providence College and Theological Seminary in Otterburne.