grace baptist church building in Essex

Welcome to Grace Baptist Church of Essex. We’re honoured to meet you and have you visit with us. We are a group of people whose lives have been changed by grace…God’s unmerited favor and forgiveness that we could not earn and do not deserve.

Whether you’re looking for a church home or just curious about Jesus and the Bible, we invite you to visit us and get to know us. Our website will provide you with more information about our services and ministries as well as Christian sermons and resources. 

We hope to see you soon!

About our Church

We are a reformed Baptist church located in Essex, Ontario. Our goal as a church is to bring glory to God through the preaching of the Bible and to see our lives transformed as we follow Jesus. To that end, we gather as a church  on Sunday and again on Wednesday night. 

A typical Sunday schedule includes a Sunday School hour at 9:30 am with classes for all ages. Our main worship service takes place at 10:30 am and is a time of singing, prayer, Scripture readings, and a sermon. Wednesday service is a time of corporate prayer, singing, and a short devotional. 

Our Leadership


John Wakefield was privileged to grow up in a Christian home where he heard the gospel from the youngest age.  As a child, he came to understand his own sinfulness and need for the Lord Jesus Christ.  He believes that God in mercy and grace brought him to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus early in life. 

As a teenager, he felt a strong desire for the ministry and pursued training at Liberty University and Reformed Theological Seminary. In 1983, John was called into the ministry and has been privileged to minister to God’s people since then. 

In the summer of 2015, John was called to be an elder at Grace Baptist Church of Essex. He was ordained to the office in October of 2015.

John was blessed to be able to marry Cathy in 1980. God has blessed them with four children and a growing number of grandchildren.