Exciting opportunities to help share the Good News with men, women and children around the world and place a Bible into the hands of someone who has requested one!
For more than 60 years, God has been blessing the work of Bible League Canada. We are excited about what God has done and especially about where He is leading us next!
Bible League Canada began because Canada needed Bibles!
It was 1948. Canada was booming. People were enjoying a new prosperity. But something was missing. While people filled their lives, many lost sight of the most important thing of all - God and His Word.
In 1938, William and Betty Chapman started the American Home Bible League in Walkerton, Indiana. They began by calling on 256 homes and placing 45 Bibles. When Canadians heard the news, they wanted to get involved, too.
Together, John and Jo started the Canadian Home Bible League in their bedroom, with a typewriter and a file box.
Throughout the 1950s, Canadians distributed Bibles door-to-door through local churches and various ministries. But in 1959, the American Home Bible League decided to scale back operations in Canada.
But 1960 brought new life to Canada. From her home near Toronto, Ontario, Jo Vander Boom had been corresponding with donors for a year on behalf of the American Home Bible League. She and her husband, John, came to the attention of the American Home Bible League, who appointed John Vander Boom as the first Canadian Director. “They hired me on the condition that I would cover all of Canada,” John Vander Boom says.
Together, John and Jo started the Canadian Home Bible League in their bedroom, with a typewriter and a file box. By 1962, the Canadian Home Bible League had outgrown the Vander Booms’ home. “A new office was opened in December 1962,” wrote John Vander Boom.
The Canadian Home Bible League became more and more aware of needs beyond its own borders.
“A special appeal for Cuba was the Canadian Home Bible League’s first international appeal. We sent a letter to raise money for Bibles in Cuba,” recalls John Vander Boom. We didn’t know how it would go. We worried. Had we done the right thing? But when the first returns arrived in our mailbox, we could already see God’s blessing on this appeal.”
In 1971, the Canadian Home Bible League was incorporated under a Dominion Charter at which time it became a separate legal entity, allowing the organization to continue to offer charitable tax receipts for donations in Canada. The same year, the first property was purchased--an office in Weston, Ontario.
Vander Boom formed a Council of Reference, a group of prominent evangelical church leaders who lent their endorsement to the ministry of the Canadian Home Bible League. This was the first step toward obtaining the broad spectrum of interdenominational support Bible League Canada enjoys today.
On December 11, 1984 the name of the organization was changed to the World Home Bible League of Canada, reflecting the organization's increasing commitment to international ministry.
Rev. John G. Klomps served as the Executive Director from 1985-97.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
In 1992 the name was officially changed to The Bible League of Canada, however in 2012 under the leadership of Paul Richardson the organization is now known as Bible League Canada. In 1994, offices were moved to Burlington, Ontario.
Rev. David Tigchelaar served as the Executive Director from 1997-2006, followed by ***** Kranendonk. Paul Richardson succeeded him in 2010 and is the current serving President.
In 2014, offices again moved, to Grimsby, Ontario.
“Thank you for your partnership. Thank you for sharing in these current events. Thank you for helping make it possible to impact these nations with the transformational grace and power of God,” Paul Richardson says.