The year 2020 is a time of transition for Moose Jaw Baptist Church as we celebrate the long-time, faithful ministry of our pastor, Roger Foust and his wife, Ruth (see below). The church is now looking for a pastor to lead the church and continue the ministry in our community. We have members and attendees from both the city and surrounding communities, some traveling as far as 80 km (50 miles) to worship and fellowship with us.
Moose Jaw is a small city with a population of approximately 35,000 with most of the amenities one would need. We have several grocery store options, shopping, fast food restaurants and interesting tourist attractions. It carries the title “Most Notorious City” due to the stories of Al Capone and his alleged rum running during prohibition days. We used to label ourselves the “Friendly City,” and we at Moose Jaw Baptist Church still seek to show that side of the community as well as show it to the community.
Moose Jaw is located in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. We are north and a little west of the Montana/North Dakota border. Our climate has all four seasons in full. We can have actual summer temperatures of 40° C (104° F) and winter of -40° C. (-40° F). We are an area with some of the most sunshine in Canada.
We are located 70 km (45 miles) west of Regina, Saskatchewan’s capital city with a population of 235,000.
Missionaries Roger and Ruth Foust along with their four children came to Moose Jaw in early 1982 under Hiawatha Baptist Missions, now Continental Baptist Missions. They established a Bible believing, Bible preaching, unaffiliated church and called it Moose Jaw Baptist Church. The first service was held June 6, 1982. The church grew both numerically and spiritually since that time and became self-supporting in the early 2000s. While many things have changed in Moose Jaw during these last four decades, Pastor Foust has continued to minister to the city through the work of Moose Jaw Baptist. He has a passion for this city and all its residents.
Above all, Pastor Foust has a passion for God and His Word. The truths of God found in His Word are often referred to as doctrine. While many pastors attempt to avoid them, Pastor Foust teaches that it really does make a difference what you believe and that we must always go to the Bible to properly understand God, life, and even ourselves.
When Pastor Foust is not fulfilling his pastoral duties, he can usually be found attempting to get that perfect nature photo, taking in a Warriors game with his wife – Ruth, or just staring into the night sky in awe of God’s handiwork.
In the end of 2019, Pastor Foust officially retired as pastor of Moose Jaw Baptist Church. As we reluctantly allow them to walk forward into their years of retirement, we set our eyes on the plan God has in store for our church family in the months and years to come. Please pray for the church as we are in a transition stage. Thank you, Pastor, for all you’ve done for the glory of God here in Moose Jaw!