Gospel Light Baptist Church was first begun as a calling on Pastor Smith's life in July of 1998. It started with a desire from some people in the Bathurst area for a Independent Fundamental Baptist Church to attend. They made their burden known to some people at the Sword of the Lord Conference in North Carolina and ended in a calling on a man's life by God. Since that time thousands of people across Canada and the States have prayed for this church to be started. Pastor Smith and his family made preparations through Bible College training and God prepared their hearts for the journey ahead. They moved to Canada in April of 2008 and to Bathurst in August when they purchased their home. They started the church shortly after that and are excited to see what God is going to do here.
The Church has started slow, seeing a few faithful people coming and others coming now and then. As time goes on God gives their little church victories as they try to do the will of God in this part of Canada.