WHO WE ARE

Living Hope Baptist Church


Living Hope Baptist Church exists to lead people to hope in Jesus

We are a community of born-again believers dedicated to exalting Christ. We believe in the faithful study and exposition of God’s Word. We want to bring glory to God by proclaiming his goodness through our words and actions. We are committed to growing in the knowledge and love of God. This is done through faithful biblical instruction and caring fellowship so we can become better witnesses wherever we are. We are also committed to Christ-centered, gospel-filled worship and preaching. Our desire is for people to know God's grace.

Our mission and values

As we lead people to hope in Jesus, we seek to become...

... a church that exalts God, edify and equip believers and evangelize the world through the power of Jesus Christ;

 

... a church that's defined by our commitment to the gospel. This is evident through faithful biblical exposition of God's Word, genuine care and fellowship, and wholehearted worship;

 

... a church that grows in the knowledge of God and is passionate about living out the gospel for God's glory;

 

... a multicultural church across different generations, known for our unity and love;

 

... a church that has a lasting impact on the Lakeshore area through intentional evangelism;

 

... a church that plants other churches.

Meet our leaders

We believe in a plurality of elders as the model set in the New Testament, so we have two elders serving alongside our Senior Pastor.

Our Pastor

 

RJ Umandap

Pastor RJ (or "PRJ" to some) came as our associate pastor in 2011 and became our lead pastor in 2013. He pastored Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Kingston, Jamaica, where he and his wife Joëlle (who's from the French island of Martinique) had their two boys before moving to Toronto to serve as an assistant pastor at Jarvis Street Baptist Church in 2007. A Chemistry graduate who wishes he'd studied English Lit, he obtained an M.Div. From Toronto Baptist Seminary and his D.Min. from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University). He now leads a family of five with their friendly, energetic toddler.

Our Elder

 

Melvin Gilpo

Melvin Gilpo is our longest-serving elder at LHBC. He's in charge of our Outreach ministry, having served with Emmanuel International in the Philippines, Ethiopia and Tanzania. That's how he met his wife, Pat, who was working as a missionary nurse in Tanzania. They have lived in Toronto since 1991 and have been blessed with two young adults who are active at the church.

Our Elder


Arnold Chiong

Born in the Philippines, Arnold Chiong has lived in Canada for 20 years and works as a Help Desk Analyst at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. He and his wife, Marivic, are raising their six kids in Mississauga. Before becoming an elder in 2013, he served as a deacon from 2009-2011. His organizational acumen keeps our cell group ministry running and helps the elders keep things from falling through the cracks.

Board of Deacons

Chairman: Feras Jawdi

Vice Chairman: Ryan Vives

 

Edwin Arroz

Joshua Carles

Nathaniel Gilpo

Charles Mikee Victor

Finance Committee

Alicia Frias

Jennifer Victor

Church Clerk

Rachel Chiong

Moderator

Julius Quintos

 

Outreach Committee

Melvin Gilpo

Josie Balcita

Purita Garrovillo

Pat Gilpo

Tess Jawdi

Feras Jawdi

Ivy Palattao

 

Worship Committee

Jil Garrovillo

Dorothy Garrovillo

Joelle Umandap

Nathaniel Gilpo

 

Christian Education Committee

Arnold Chiong

Marites Quintos

Joelle Umandap

Ruth Vives

Jil Garrovillo

 

Fellowship Committee

Millie Feria

and many others

 

Have questions? Want to get involved? Feel free to contact any of the people above for more information.