Our History

In the 1950s, things were very different for Christian pastors and their ministries. Rev. Ronald Gilliam and his wife, Eleanor, knew this well. In 1957, their tent services in the City of Ingersoll grew into the People’s Revival Centre. Their sister church in Sarnia, Evangel Temple, was founded shortly thereafter by Ronald James Gillam.

But despite thriving congregations, these pastors could not hold the right to marry under Canadian Law until their organization was 25 years old. They recognized the importance of obtaining full legal rights, and began their search for credentials.

Enter the Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association in New Baltimore, Michigan. Having harmony with their tenet of faith and a growing fellowship with their leaders, the organization was introduced in Canada. With their financial support, Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association of Canada was incorporated in 1970, and members gained access to full legal rights as clergy.

The founding Board members – Ronald James Gillam, Heath Gillam, and Laura McKeegan – provided coverage to a handful of ministers operating mainly in southwestern Ontario. However, the organization quickly grew to include ministers across the province.

A new leadership team, including Ken Miles, Fred Morris and John Williamson, came on board in 1992. The focus of the organization was shifting from just credentialing to include an emphasis on fellowship. In 1993, Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association of Canada became Anchor Ministerial Fellowship.

Even now after 50 years of operation, Anchor continues to serve a growing body of diverse ministers who are passionate about fulfilling the call of God in their lives.

Our Heart

Why We Exist

We are more than a credentialing body. We exist to help people fulfill their ministerial calling through dynamic teaching and genuine fellowship. Building authentic relationships is at the heart of all we do, enabling our members to learn, grow and develop on their ministerial journey.

Why We Do What We Do

Sustainable ministries thrive in community. We act as a place of belonging and mutual cooperation for the benefit of every minister who makes up our membership. Sharing ideas, challenges, resources and encouragement strengthens our members and propels their ministries forward.

Where We Are Going

Stewarding the longevity of our organization means training up leaders who can bring Anchor to the next level. We are reaching out to develop the next generation of ministers through practical training, mentorship, and prayer support.

Our Statement of Faith

Mission Statement 
Our mission is to help each member successfully fulfill their ministerial call through intentional relationships and fellowship.

Our Vision
Our vision, as a recognized ordaining body is to provide:
Fellowship with vision and resource sharing through conferences, retreats and regional meetings
Personal ministry development and spiritual covering through a network of intentional God-given relationships.

Our Doctrines
WE BELIEVE in one God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14; John 1:1

WE BELIEVE that our Lord Jesus Christ was begotten, not created, very God of very God, truly man. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the whole world, resurrected bodily for our justification, and now reigns in glory until all things be put under His feet
I Tim. 3:16

WE BELIEVE in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, given by the Holy Spirit as He moved upon men of old. Furthermore, we believe that the church has no authority to establish doctrine contrary to these same Scriptures, which were subsequently accepted as canon by the early Christian Church.
II Tim. 3:16

WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God and is the crown of creation. He is now, by reason of the fall, spiritually depraved and alienated from his Creator. Apart from God’s grace he has no ability to attain to his high calling.
Psalms 8; Eph. 2:8-9

WE BELIEVE that justification is by grace through faith in our Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary. Furthermore, we believe that those who are justified in Christ should depart from iniquity. Recognizing that salvation from the penalty of sin only begins the process of redemption, we understand the continuing work of the Holy Spirit is to create in us the character of Christ.
Romans 3:21-24; II Tim. 2:19

WE BELIEVE that all of God’s people are to be buried with our Lord Jesus Christ in the waters baptism as a confession of their faith.
Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38: Rom. 6:4

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers, conforming them to the image of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, we believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification and evangelism.
I Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:16-17; Acts 1:4-5, 8

WE BELIEVE that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are active within the body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. We believe the development of these spiritual gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church authorities.
1 Cor. 12:4-7; I Peter 4:10

WE BELIEVE the identity of the body of Christ on the earth is primarily perceived through the local church. While encouraging the voluntary association of local churches, and recognizing the need of consensus on matters of fundamental doctrine and conduct, we strongly confess the local church to be sovereign and autonomous.
Rev. 2-3

WE BELIEVE in one holy Christian Church, imperfectly represented on earth by the various Christian institutions. We confess as brethren, all who are truly born of God, those with whom we disagree, those who do not confess us, and others whom we exclude because of our un-willful ignorance.
1 Cor.1:10-13

WE BELIEVE in the personal second coming of our Lord, the resurrection of the regenerate to eternal life and the unregenerate to eternal judgment, and the ultimate victory of the eternal Kingdom of God.
Acts 1:9-11: Daniel 12:2; Rev. 22:1-7