For more than 60 years, Ern Baxter served the Lord as an evangelist, pastor, teacher, musician, and prophetic leader. He was one of this generation’s outstanding Bible teachers. Ern went to be with the Lord on July 9, 1993.
Ern began his ministry in western Canada, and he eventually became the pastor of the largest church in Vancouver, British Columbia. During the 1950’s, Ern was the Bible Teacher for the William Branham Crusades, where crowds often ranged from 50,000 to 100,000 in size. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Ern was a well known and loved conference speaker. Nearly 5,000 leaders from all major backgrounds gathered in Kansas City to hear Ern where he brought the famous message, “Thy Kingdom Come.” The congregation pulled off their shoes and worshiped the Lord in response. Many who attended said it was the best message they ever heard.
One of the most significant aspects of his life was that he read continuously and from many sources. Ern was self-taught, but Charles Simpson has called him the best-read theologian I have met.” Ern called his books “my friends.” He said that through his books he could know the great people of the ages. He looked everywhere for out of print books – in old bookstores of Europe and the U.S. – and found classic works, adding them to his library.
Ern didn’t read to confirm his own ideas; he read for information and perspective. He would often read from authors whose views he actually opposed in order to better understand a conflicting view. His teaching reflected the breadth of his study and the depth of his devotion to Christ. He was not merely interested in knowledge; he worked to pass it on to young people whom he affectionately called “Timothys.”
With the help of friends such as Eric and Diantha Simila – who cared for Ern and his wife, Ruth – and the help of Ritch Carlton, Ern’s former administrator, we present the library to preserve his legacy for the body of Christ. With gratitude to God, we dedicated the facility to his memory and the training of future Christian leaders.