First Yarmouth
Plains Baptist Church
"To provide an environment for people to explore, develop and celebrate their faith in God."
The Pastor


Rev. Margaret Bell

Church Information

6071 Fairview Rd.
at Sparta Line
St. Thomas Ontario
N5P 3S8

Rev. Margaret Bell

Our Pastor

The Reverend Margaret Bell holds a B.A. Honours (1979) from McMaster University and a M. Div. degree (1989) from McMaster Divinity College.  In l990 the Plains congregation decided to call their first full-time pastor in over 120 years.  (They had been partnered with Sparta Baptist Church and sharing a pastor) Margaret was called to be their pastor in January of l990.  She is the first female called to the pastorate of a Convention Baptist Church in Elgin County. 
Margaret is a caring pastor and a creative worship leader.  From time to time, she even preaches in rhyme!  A book featuring a collection of sermons celebrating Margaret's 20 years as the church's pastor was made available as part of Plains 180th Anniversary Celebrations in 2010

Pastor Bell currently serves as the Moderator of the Elgin Baptist Association and is the clergy representative on the  Palliative and Pastoral Care Committee for the Caressent Care Home on Bonnie Place located in St. Thomas.   She is also a member of the Gathering of Baptists, a discussion group of lay and clergy within the CBOQ.  Pastor Margaret resides in St. Thomas with her two cats, Jubilee and Jasmine.


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