Rev. Sandy Sutherland
Pastor of Discipleship
Sandy joined the staff of First Baptist Moncton in September 2014 as Pastor of Discipleship and is responsible for guiding the spiritual journey of all individuals at First Baptist Moncton. In this role, Sandy’s responsibilities include developing and implementing Christian Education ministries and fostering fellowship opportunities, as well as teaching, preaching and administrative tasks.
Although Sandy grew up in New Brunswick and spent many summers in Prince Edward Island, she has also lived in both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, making her a true Atlantic Canadian. As a child learning about God, through experiences as a youth at Camp Wildwood and in college life, Sandy learned more and more about the Lordship of Christ. He taught her obedience and continues to bless her with His love, guiding her daily life with His counsel. Sandy’s life verse, Psalm 34:5, “Those who look to Him are radiant. Their faces are never covered with shame”, is a fitting description of Sandy’s experience in walking with the Lord. Sandy was ordained at the West End Baptist Church in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 2005. Sandy and her husband Gordon have two adult children, Andrew and Laura.Headed for a career in Journalism, Sandy began her post-secondary studies in Moncton at Atlantic Baptist College where she earned an Associate of Arts with Honors degree followed by a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. At Gordon College, Sandy earned membership with the Lambda Iota Tau, an organization with the purpose of recognizing and promoting excellence in the study of literature. At the time Sandy was completing her studies at Gordon College, soul-searching led her to realize that her gifts and interests were more suited to Christian Education than Journalism. Sandy’s next step was to return to Massachusetts and complete her Master of Religious Education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton. Sandy also earned a Diploma in Writing for Children and Teenagers from The Institute of Children’s Literature in Reading Ridge, Connecticut.
Sandy has worked much of her life in the area of discipleship, mostly through her work in the area of Christian Education. Most recently, Sandy served at the West End Baptist Church in St. John’s, Newfoundland, as the Children’s Pastor, and before that as the Director of Christian Education at the church. She has also held similar positions at the Wolfville Baptist Church and Riverview United Baptist Church. Even when not holding a staff position, Sandy was actively involved in the churches in which her husband, Rev. Dr. Gordon Sutherland served as pastor. She served as a small group leader, Youth Group leader, Sunday School teacher, on Boards of Christian Education, and as a pastor’s wife. Sandy has also taken her work in ministry outside of the church for outreach opportunities with children and their families by volunteering in schools and a community centre. Sandy also taught at Atlantic Baptist College in Moncton.
In the wider Baptist family, Sandy has served extensively in several leadership and training roles, including as President of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, on Convention Council, as a Canadian Baptist Ministries Representative on the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, on the Board of Governors of Atlantic Baptist University, and with the Newfoundland-Labrador Association of Baptist Churches. Sandy has chaired the Training Commission with the Canadian Baptist Federation and worked with the New Brunswick Sunday School Conference. Most recently, Sandy has delivered Christian Education Workshops at the “Next” Conference and the Children’s Ministry Summit, and has been a conference speaker at “Refresh” for Ministry Wives and at the Atlantic Baptist Women’s Convention. Sandy’s commitment to leadership training led her to co-found “Equip”, a group that organized retreats for Christian Education leaders. She has also presented a paper to the Christian Training Commission of the Baptist World Alliance entitled, “The History of Christian Education in Atlantic Baptist Churches”.
At First Baptist Moncton, Sandy makes good use of her many gifts, working to grow areas of ministry. In whichever area of ministry she works, whether it be with children, youth, families or seniors, her love for the Lord and bringing people to Christ shines through brightly.