covid 19 update! –
The province has given us the green light to open once again.  Our next LIVE service will be FEBRUARY 21, 2021 at 10:30 am.  We are looking forward to worshipping together in-person once more.
If you have visited with us occasionally or not joined us for a live service, please contact the church by phone or email to let us know you will be joining us!
What you need to know!
– The sanctuary seating has been arranged for social distancing.
– Only the main floor is accessible, with a handicap accessible restroom available just inside the church office.
– You will be asked to sanitize your hands before entering the building and additional sanitizer is located throughout the building.
– Masks have been made mandatory by the health department.
– Offering plates have been positioned by the doors to avoid passing the plate.
– We will be using music in our service, but ask that you do not sing at this time (but feel free to hum with your mask on).
We can’t wait to see you…unless…
– You have been outside the province/country and have not self-isolated for 14 days.
– Have you got:
New onset of cough
Worsening chronic cough
Shortness of breath
Difficulty breathing
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
Decrease or loss of sense, taste, or smell
Unexplained fatigue/malaise/muscle aches
Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
Pink eye
runny nose/nasal congestion without other known cause.
With any of these symptoms please stay home and watch our online service on the website, YouTube, or Facebook! Also let us know so we can pray for you!

Welcome To Eastside Community Baptist Church

(formerly Victoria Ave Baptist Ave & Emmanuel Baptist Church)
Belleville, Ontario Canada
God showed how much He loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life.
This is real love. It is not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sin.
– 1 John 4:9-10 (NLT) 
10:30 AM
(If you are attending…please let us know! We are allowed to have 50 people in a service and need to know numbers please!)
Whether you are a first time guest or a returning friend, we are glad that you stopped by our website! 
Lead by the Holy Spirit, in the early months of 2020, the congregations of Victoria Ave. Baptist and Emmanuel Baptist voted to become one ministry.  It was a logical choice as the two churches were mother/daughter churches historically.  A group of individuals interested in minister in Belleville’s east end were commissioned to start a Sunday school ministry.  This ministry would blossom into Emmanuel Baptist.
Although we had our “covid” setbacks (our first service together had been set for Palm Sunday 2020 and was cancelled due to the rising pandemic), on July 5, 2020, the two congregations began meeting as one.
The work of merging can be a bit tedious, filled with many “to-do” lists.  We have made great strides to finalize the merger (mostly red tape items).  We had a congregational vote and settled on our new name “Eastside Community Baptist Church.” God also blessed us by directing a buyer for the old VABC church building.
As we continue on, we are looking forward to getting back into our community and ministering to all those around us.
meet our pastor
Rev. Richard Smith
Pastor Richard has been serving in Belleville since January 2017.  He was born in Brockville, ON but very quickly moved on to live in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Indiana, Manitoba, Virginia, Missouri, Florida, and now back to Ontario.  He has been married to Korie-Lynn since 2004 and they are the parents of two boys. He is proud to admit to being the 4th generation of pastors in his family.
Pastor Richard holds a Bachelor of Church Music from Winnipeg Bible College (now Providence University College and Seminary) and a Master of Divinity degree from Providence Theological Seminary.
He enjoys music, having sung professionally with the CBC Hymn Sing program.  He enjoys cake decorating, cooking, musicals, and travelling and is a self-proclaimed “tacky tourist.”
 As a pastor, he loves to see the lightbulbs go on as people realize the love that their Heavenly Father has for them and loves the fact that Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with all of his children!