KBC exists to honor Jesus Christ as Lord through His exaltation in our worship, fellowship with His people, service to our community in His name, and the proclamation of His Gospel to all people, by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the greater glory of God.
What We Believe:
The Gospel, or "good news," is the story of how God has established his kingdom through the death, resurrection, and exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord of the cosmos and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on his people. In response to the Gospel, all people, Jew and Gentile, are commanded to become subjects of Jesus Christ's kingdom for the forgiveness of their sins, through faith, repentance, and baptism.
There is only one eternal and uncreated God. He is the creator of heaven and earth and all that is. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the God and Father of Jesus Christ our Lord. He has revealed his name to his people in the Holy Scriptures as Yahweh. Although God is one, he exists eternally as a community of three distinct persons—who are co-equal and co-eternal—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son. He is the Word of God who became flesh. He was virgin-conceived and born of Mary. In Him all the fullness of divinity dwells bodily. He is the creator of all things and the one who sustains the cosmos. He is the Messiah of Israel and the only Savior. Jesus died for the sins of His people, rose from the dead three days later, and was exalted to God’s right hand in heaven where He continues as the great High Priest making effective intercession for his people. He has been appointed both Lord and Messiah, the sovereign King of all.
The Holy Spirit
The Spirit is the presence of God the Father and God the Son within his people. He manifests God's love to the church. He grants God’s people special gifts for the edification of the church, our growth in Christ, and our effectiveness in our Gospel witness for the greater glory of God.
By God’s incongruent and effective grace He saves His people who deserve judgment for our sin. God has chosen from all eternity to redeem a people in Christ whom He has unconditionally set His special affection up. He saves by His effectual and creative call, which raises us from spiritual death to life, making us members of the new creation. This divine call happens in conjunction with the proclamation of the Gospel. When the Gospel is proclaimed, all who hear are urged to embrace the universal lordship of Jesus Christ, evidenced in His death, resurrection, and exaltation to the right hand of God the Father. In response to this message, one must repent and call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fruit of this saving work is realized through the Christian’s progressive growth in faith and godliness in ways that are unique to each individual, but nevertheless, observable. Those whom God calls are justified by faith and preserved by his grace so that they will never be lost.
The sixty-six books of the Protestant Bible are the only infallible revelation of God and His intention in creating the world and redeeming his people. The Bible is God’s very word, and as such, it is true in all that it affirms. The authoritative meaning of Holy Scripture is found through discovering the human author’s intended meaning by means of proper historical interpretation, in light of the rest of Scripture, and through the Holy Spirit’s enlightening. The Bible is the final authority for the church and the standard by which we must norm our theology, the practice of the church, ethics, and Christian conduct.
Humanity is created as the image of God. Human beings were created to reflect God’s glory in the world, and thereby, to extend his good rulership on earth as it is in heaven. Through Adam’s sin this image was corrupted and humanity was exiled from God’s presence. Only through new life in Jesus Christ—the new Adam—is the image of God restored. God’s purpose in creating humanity was that we might glorify Him by revealing His goodness in the world and by enjoying communion with Him in Jesus Christ and by the new life of the Holy Spirit.
God created humankind as male and female in his image from the beginning. Therefore, human sexuality is ultimately an act of worship that reflects the divine image. Sexuality is a gift from God that is only rightly experienced in the context of covenantal marriage between one man and one woman. The love between a husband and wife is intended to display vividly the love of Christ for His church.
The church was purchased for God by the blood of Christ. The church is the universal people of Jesus Christ, and thereby the beginning of God’s new creation. The church is the new humanity, made up of all people, Jew and Gentle, who believe in Jesus Christ and call him Lord through baptism. The church is commissioned to extend God’s kingdom in the world by preaching the Gospel to all people and making disciples by baptizing those who believe and training them to obey all that Jesus taught. As such, there is only one church, made up of all people in every nation who worship God through Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
By the Spirit, God calls, gifts, and empowers everyone in the church. He gifts some to lead the church in the offices elder/overseer/pastors and deacon (meaning “minister” or “servant”). The office of elder includes the preaching and teaching of Scripture when the church gathers for corporate worship and is an office limited in Scripture to men. Pastors are charged to train all others in the church to exercise their spiritual gifts for the work of ministry to strengthen the whole body. Since everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation has God’s Spirit, all are members of the priesthood of God’s kingdom. They are, therefore, charged to participate in the life of the church through worship, fellowship, sharing in the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and in the proclamation of the Gospel to those who do not believe.
The Last Things
Jesus' return to the earth is imminent. At his coming, Jesus will vindicate His persecuted people by vanquishing their enemies and raising them from the dead in glorified bodies. Both the righteous and the wicked, living and dead, will be raised bodily. The wicked will be judged according to their deeds and sentenced to eternal conscious punishment as the righteous penalty for their sin. The righteous will be ushered into the kingdom of the new heavens and earth where they will eternally glorify God through the unhindered enjoyment of his presence.
Christian Education Director
Robert is a graduate of Dallas Christian College, where he earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies, with a Biblical Languages minor and Dallas Theological Seminary with a ThM in New Testament Studies. He has served in numerous churches at various capacities, including in children’s ministry, as a youth pastor, as a young adults’ minister, as an adult Bible teacher, and as a member of rotating preaching team.
Robert’s vision for church ministry is based largely on Ephesians 4 (and the Apostle Paul’s “body of Christ” metaphor) where we are told that God has gifted leaders for the purpose of equipping and empowering everyone in the church to participate in the work of ministry to accomplish God’s mission in the world. Robert is passionate about expository preaching, in-depth Bible study, biblically informed worship, and the duty of Christ’s church to make disciples of Jesus by being “salt and light” in the world and reflecting God’s goodness for his glory.
Robert and his wife Jacquie have a 5-year-old son, Urijah. They enjoy drinking good coffee, eating good food, cooking, reading, family time, and watching the Dallas Cowboys.
Bonnie Tordy has been the Director of Christian Education and Youth at Kenmore Baptist Church since 1987. She is a graduate of Houghton College and has worked on church staffs since age 18. She is a native Buffalonian and has a caring heart for the people of Kenmore.
She owns and runs her own business in Williamsville: Dyed to Match, Weddings and More, a wedding supply boutique with all the extras needed for a wedding, and specializing in dyeable shoes.
Entertaining, cooking, and opening her home and heart to others are her favorite things to do. She and her husband, Tim, live in Williamsville with their three dogs.