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Our Roots

God has blessed the work of Bible League Canada for more than 60 years. He has already worked through us to bring ministry to over 40 countries, and we are excited about where God is leading us next.

To find out how the Holy Spirit has moved across the hearts and minds of individuals and communities, visit our Stories page.

Canada was rich in prosperity but poor in spirit

Canada’s economy was booming in the middle of the century. People filled their lives with material belongings, and while it looked good on the outside, something was missing. The country began to lose sight of what matters most: God and His Word. As far back as in 1938, Canadians heard about the American Home Bible League started by William and Betty Chapman in Walkerton, Indiana. This grassroots organization called on 256 homes to give out Bibles in their communities. Their work spread north of the borders and Canadians wanted to get involved. The American Home Bible League worked with Canadian churches and ministries to take Bibles door-to-door throughout the 1950s. Discouraged by a lack of success, the organization scaled back Canadian operations in 1959.

New life to the mission

John and Jo Vanderboom started the Canadian Home Bible League in their bedroom with little more than a typewriter and a small file box. John became the first Canadian director in 1960 and opened the flagship office two years later.

Expanding beyond Canada's borders

With an increasingly diverse population at home, Canadians became more aware of needs beyond its own borders. Cuba was the first country the Canadian Home Bible League reached out to with a special appeal and this was the beginning of the international ministry.

First property purchased

In 1971, the organization was incorporated under a Dominion Charter. The same year, the first property was purchased in Weston, Ontario to house our offices.

Building unity across denominations

Vanderboom worked with a group of prominent evangelical leaders to gather endorsement for the ministry. This was the first step toward gaining the interdenominational support we enjoy today.

Change of name

On December 11, 1984, the name of the organization was changed to The World Home Bible League of Canada to reflect an increasing commitment to international ministry. Doors that were closed to the gospel were opening, one by one in Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet Republic.

John G. Klomps

John G. Klomps served as Executive Director from 1985 to 1997.

Changing name and location

In 1992 we became The Bible League Canada and in 1994 the offices moved to Burlington, Ontario.

David Tigchlaar

David Tigchlaar served as Executive Director from 1997 to 2006.

Dick Kranendonk

Dick Kranendonk served as Executive Director from 2006 to 2010.

Bible League Canada today

Under the leadership of our current President, Paul Richardson, the name was shortened to Bible League Canada and the offices found a new home in Grimsby, Ontario.

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