Our Mission

The mission of Canaan Baptist Church is connecting you to what matters most—God, people, and purpose.

Our Vision

To passionately pursue God’s calling for our unified church family—we will take as many people to heaven with us as possible.

Our Values

Our core values are the priorities derived from how Jesus led His ministry in the New Testament.

Our Beliefs


There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise.  God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom,  justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22;  Psalm 90:2;   Matthew 28:19;  1 Peter 1:22 Corinthians 13:13


Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death and to prove that He would someday return to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
1 Corinthians 3:17;  John 16:7, 14:16,17;  Acts 1:8;  2 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16;  Ephesians 1:13,  Galatians 5:25;  Ephesians 5:18

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17;  John 16:7-13; 14:16-17;  Acts 1:81 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16;  Ephesians 1:13;  Galatians 5:25;  Ephesians 5:18

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. It is the final authority for our faith and practice.
2 Timothy 3:162 Peter 1:20-212 Timothy 1:13Psalm 119:10516012:6; Proverbs 30:5


People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27Psalm 8:3-6Isaiah 53:6aRomans 3:23Isaiah 59:1-2


Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23Ephesians 2:8-9John 14:6, 1:12Titus 3:5Galatians 3:26Romans 5:1John 17:3

Persevering of the Saints

Whether you believe once saved, always saved, or that you can lose your salvation, these two thoughts collide at perseverance. The bottom line is this, only those who are truly saved will persevere and only those who persevere are truly saved.
John 10:28-29;  2 Timothy 1:12;  Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 141 Peter 1:3-5


People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; 2:25; 5:11-13Romans 6:23Revelation 20:15Matthew 18:8-9; 25:46


Genesis 1-2 records the literal story of the creation of the world. Man was created directly in God’s own image. It was not a matter of evolution.
Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-25John 1:3;  Hebrews 11:3;  Revelation 10:8

Christian Unity

To live in harmony with other believers is clearly the teaching of the New Testament. It is the responsibility of each believer to endeavor to live in fellowship with each member of the congregation. It is further the responsibility of each member to bring all gossiping and backbiting to an end.
John 13:34-35Ephesians 4:1-3; 5:1-21 Corinthians 12:13; 13:1-131 John 3:14-18; 4:11James 3:1-18


Baptism is a picture and an illustration—a symbolic act of having already given one’s life to follow Jesus Christ. Baptism by immersion best illustrates the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf and our subsequent faith in Him. It is not necessary for salvation, but is strongly associated with salvation as it best illustrates our new identity with Jesus Christ.
Luke 3:211 Peter 3:21


Simply put, membership at Canaan is a commitment to being a healthy follower of Jesus within a local community. It also allows you to share your voice in major decisions through congregational votes.

First Step is our membership class, which unpacks a lot of who we are—our mission, vision, and beliefs—and how to get connected to purposeful community through groups and teams.

Meet Our Team

Amjad (Joshua) Mohammed

Oakville Ministry Assistant

Angie Hurd

Windsor Ministry Assistant

Brandon Benefield

Director of Communications

Bryan Davidson

Windsor Campus Pastor

Chuck Cathers


Daniel Carr

Lead Pastor

Dave Larsen


Ed Vaughan

Senior Adult Pastor

Emily Hamby

Assistant to the Lead Pastor

Emily Smith

Director of Children's Ministry

Faye Harvey

Windsor Custodian

Justin Yeary

Webster Campus Pastor & Lead Student Pastor

Kevin Clements

Webster Worship Pastor & Canaan Tech Coordinator

Martin Winslow

Pastor of Families & Missions

Melinda Scofield

Webster Custodian

Mike Self

Administrative & Discipleship Pastor

Nathan Reeves

Worship Pastor

Tony Katinsky

Maintenance Supervisor

Tyler Thomas

Pastor of Student Ministry – Oakville


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