Meet our Ministers
Wolfville Baptist Church welcomes Interim Senior Minister: Rev. Dr. Frank J Guinta Jr
The Board of Deacons is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Frank Guinta will serve the Wolfville Baptist community as Interim Senior Minister beginning October 1, 2017. Frank will focus on Sunday morning worship, pastoral care, and emergency situations.
Frank was introduced to Jesus as his personal Saviour in April of 1955 by invitation of his Father and under the Ministry of Rev. Dr. Ralph Hobson. With careful mentoring of his Mother and Father and influential leaders within the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC), he was encouraged to give serious consideration of God’s call on his life to prepare for pastoral ministry. Attending United Baptist Bible Training School in Moncton, New Brunswick as well as Acadia University and Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, he completed the requirements for an Acadia Bachelor of Arts in 1972 and an Acadia Master of Divinity in 1975. After graduation, he was ordained on September 9, 1975. He later earned a Doctor of Ministry at North American Baptist Seminary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, graduating in 1998.
Frank brings a wealth of pastoral experience, having served churches in four provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Alberta. In 2003, he was called to serve as CBAC Regional Minister for Northern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. More recently, he has served as an Intentional Interim Pastor, first at First Baptist Church, Truro, between 2012 and 2015, and then at Regal Heights Baptist Church, Dartmouth, between 2015 and 2017.
Frank is married to Donna, and together they have two grown children, Jonathan and Julia. Please join the Board of Deacons in welcoming Frank and Donna to Wolfville Baptist Church.
Introducing Wolfville Baptist’s new Minister of Christian Education and Community Outreach: Rev. Jennifer M. Smith
Rev. Jennifer Smith, better known as Pastor Jen, joined the pastoral team of Wolfville Baptist Church on September 5, 2017, as the new Minister of Christian Education and Community Outreach.
Jen brings more than 20 years of experience working with children and youth in a variety of contexts – in the dance academy and in the local church. She is a trained ballet instructor, having received her Teacher Training Diploma from the National Ballet School of Canada in 1997. After becoming a Christian through the ministry at Middleton Baptist Church, she enrolled at Acadia Divinity College (ADC) in 2011, graduating with a Bachelor of Theology in 2014. On October 16, 2016, Jen was ordained into pastoral ministry at Windsor Baptist Church, and in 2017, she graduated with a Master of Arts (Theology) specializing in Evangelism and Mission. In 2014, she also received the ADC Special Service Award, a special recognition given by ADC faculty and staff to the graduate who has made a significant contribution to the community life, spirit, and well-being of the College.
Jen’s pastoral ministry began at Middleton Baptist Church as the part-time Pastor of Community Outreach in 2012, and continued at Windsor Baptist Church as the part-time Pastor of Family Life in 2014. She also served as an Interim Chaplain in 2016 at Dykeland Lodge in Windsor. Through her leadership, she has developed inter-generational events within these two churches as well as built bridges between church and community. In 2013, Jen started a dance ministry which tours under the name of Ministry in Motion which uses classical and contemporary technique to relay bible stories and theological concepts both in our churches and communities.
In July 2017, Jen moved to Wolfville with five of her six children, Samantha, Matthew, Carter, Jack and Bella. Her son, Dustin, currently lives and works in Halifax. Please join the Board of Deacons in warmly welcoming Jennifer and her family to Wolfville.
Mr. Joel Okyere
Wolfville Baptist Church welcomes Mr. Joel Okyere as our Mentored Ministry Student (previously Supervised Field Education). Joel will be serving our church and community between October 2017 and April 2019 as part of the requirements for his Master of Divinity at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University. In September 2016, he began his graduate studies and attending Wolfville Baptist Church.
Joel is a graduate of the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa, Ghana, in 2014, completing a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in computer science and engineering. Following graduation, he worked for a year as a Software Application Engineer at the National Information Technology Agency. He also volunteered as an IT Engineer for Totally Youth NGO in Accra, Ghana, equipping unemployed youth with essential IT skills.
Throughout his studies, Joel has been active in Christian ministry. He first served as a Missionary for Scripture Union (2009-2010), organizing crusades, preaching on mission trips, and coordinating Bible clubs in schools and quarterly prayer rallies, and then as President of All Believers Campus Ministry (2012-2014), organizing yearly city crusades, preaching at prayer gatherings, and organizing rural missions and charity reach-outs. In 2015, Joel moved to Canada, and lived in Montreal, Quebec, volunteering at the Westmount Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Brian Berry.
Joel brings a passion for reaching people for Christ, especially the University student population. Please join the Board of Deacons in welcoming and supporting Joel in his new role at Wolfville Baptist Church.