The Bible Society's first work in British Columbia was during the Gold Rush of 1858-1861, when the Upper Canada Bible Society sent Scriptures in several languages to miners panning gold on the Fraser and other rivers. The Upper Canada Bible Society maintained an interest in the area and in 1863 sent a Bible Society agent to organize Bible Society Branches. This was before the cross-Canada railway was built, so the agent travelled by way of Panama and San Francisco. In 1899 a Branch began in Vancouver and, as interest increased, the District was established in 1908. Distribution was a major aspect of the work.
CBS Appoints British Columbia and Yukon Regional Director
The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is pleased to welcome Dr. Russell Murray as the new Regional Director for British Columbia and Yukon. He started in his new role on March 6, 2018. His primary task will be to provide leadership to CBS’ work and presence in BC and Yukon.
Dr. Murray is a native of British Columbia. He has a doctorate (PhD) and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Wales in the UK, a Master of Theological Studies from Trinity Western University in BC, and a BA from Columbia Bible College also in BC. He is involved extensively with his local church, TriCity Church in Port Coquitlam, BC and has worked as a tutor with various institutions. He has also done ministry work for Prayer Current and served as their social media advisor.
Dr. Murray will be working closely with the leadership of the District Board of CBS in expanding the ministry of CBS throughout BC and Yukon. He will be based at the Bible Centre on 1207 Kingsway in Vancouver.