One of my most recent memories of Pastor Baker is from Forest Glen Bible Camp. He came to preach a teen retreat one year, I don’t remember, it must have been 2008. I was so excited to see him as he was one of my greatest encouragements after college.
Pastor Baker was everything a pastor could be to me. He encouraged me, he sought to help me reach my goals, and he stood behind me in every decision I made when others were telling me it couldn’t be done.
He put me in touch with his wife (who I had been terrified of in college! lol). She became an even greater source of encouragement and, sometimes, of rebuke to me. Telling me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to.
I still laugh when I think about handing him the white gerber daisy at camp that I was sending back for his wife. I thought he was going to have a heart attack right on the spot. He thought the flower was real and couldn’t imagine how he was going to get that back to Toronto in one piece. =) You can imagine his relief when he realized it was fake. Something he could squash in his suitcase.
I know Pastor Baker is missed by many people, especially his family. He left a legacy behind and it will be many years before he is forgotten.
Today, I remember him, and honour him, for his ministry and his love for people. I pray for his family as they continue to work through the hard times without him.