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Core Values

Congregational Intimacy (I Corinthians 13:13)

Salvation for the Lost (John 3:16)

Applied Christianity (James 2:14-20)

Impact the Human Condition (Luke 4:18-19)

Mission Statement

Canaan's mission is to do ministry for the Master through the five-fold ministries of discipleship, fellowship, service, worship, and evangelism, which are rooted in Acts 2:42-47.

Vision Statement

At Canaan Baptist Church, our vision is inspired by the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." The Canaan family envisions a community where discipleship is at the heart of our mission, evangelism is a driving force, baptism and teaching are foundational practices, and community and presence are core to our identity, as we build a loving, supportive community where everyone feels welcome and valued. We trust in Jesus' promise to be with us always, empowering us to serve and transform the world around us. Guided by this vision, we aim to glorify God and extend His kingdom on earth.

Church History

On December 6, 2002, 13 Christian brothers and sisters, all of whom were former members of the historic Eighth Street Baptist Church in Wilmington, Delaware, gathered to set into motion a series of events that led to the formation of what is known today as the Canaan Baptist Church. The Holy Spirit led them to plant a church under the auspices of American Baptist Churches USA and in association with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. This group of individuals, the Core Planters, contributed to Canaan's establishment with their gifts, talents, and treasures. They dedicated themselves to an unprecedented movement that established a haven for a community of believers needing a church family. For guidance, they contacted Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock, Pastor of the Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago and former Pastor of Eighth Street, who served as their spiritual advisor throughout the church planting process.

In April 2003, Canaan held its first worship service in the auditorium of Warner Elementary School. Pastor Bullock was the guest preacher. After delivering a powerful message of hope, over 100 souls joined this new Branch of Zion called Canaan Baptist Church. Worship services were held at the Wilmington Drama League and Ursuline Academy Performing Arts Center to accommodate a growing congregation. Dr. Roy Thompson served as interim pastor until the congregation unanimously elected and installed Dr. Christiopher Alan Bullock as its first pastor in September 2004. The Lord added members to the church weekly, tithes and offerings increased significantly, and new ministries were formed to meet the needs of its membership and community. In 2008, a successful capital campaign yielded the funding to construct a $2.5M sanctuary and ancillary facilities. In 2012, the newly constructed annex, the Hall of Faith, was unveiled after launching a second successful campaign of $1.5M.

Canaan's commitment to its mission is evident through partnerships formed with civil and community organizations to provide food, financial assistance, and temporary housing for those in need and special events to bring families together in a positive environment. Furthermore, Canaan hosts weekly prayer meetings and Bible study sessions on Wednesdays, Christian education programs with relevant curricula for all age groups to promote spiritual growth and development on Saturdays in Church School, and Holy Spirit-filled in-person and online worship services via social media platforms on Sundays with fervent prayer, high praise, fruitful giving, and the preaching of God's Word. Also, there is active outreach and evangelism that includes community canvassing, monthly food distribution, and vaccination events.

Under Pastor Bullock's visionary leadership, Canaan has evolved into an urban Baptist Church that serves as a vanguard to liberation, faith, and empowerment through its Christian witness. In the past 21 years, this ministry has expanded to support a membership base of over 1500. While Canaan is not a perfect church, it is a healthy Body of Christ that is ministry-focused in conjunction with Pastor Bullock's vision. It works to impact the human condition, promote salvation for the lost, enrich congregational intimacy, and emphasize the life application of Christian principles.

Canaan Baptist Church New Castle Delaware




Canaan Baptist Church New Castle Delaware




Canaan Baptist Church New Castle Delaware
Canaan Baptist Church New Castle Delaware






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