Taking a Stand
is a NABC graduate of 1973. He is currently the Member
of Parliament for the Yellowhead riding and Senior Health
Critic for the newly formed Conservative Party of Canada.
As an MP and a Health Critic, Rob has a key role in
preserving Christian ethics in government policy-making
Rob Merrifield was born and raised in the Whitecourt
area. As he grew up, he lived and worked on his family
dairy farm that had been passed down from his grandfather
to his father. He attended high school in Whitecourt
and enjoyed the stable childhood/youth that he led.
Family was important in many areas of Rob’s
life. Rob’s eldest brother, Bruce, was the one
who influenced him to have a relationship with Jesus.
Bruce had gone to live in Camrose for a short time and
became a Christian while living there. Upon returning,
he shared the experiences he had with Rob. Rob’s
increased thirst after God then led him to attend NABC.
Rob attended NABC in 1972-1973. As a new Christian
with a sharp mind, he challenged the theology of many
of his friends at NABC. He wanted to go deeper with
God. He longed to know the answers to the “whys”
that some of his peers had taken for granted all of
their Christian lives. He participated in debates that
lasted hours and appreciated the time that he had in
a setting of religious study. Not only did he get to
know God at NABC, Rob also met his bride of 29 years,
Brenda Fillenberg. Rob and Brenda will celebrate their
30th anniversary on May 4, 2004! Rob’s time at
NABC is valued because of the two most important relationships
that he built there.
After NABC, Rob and Brenda moved back to the Whitecourt
area to own and operate the family farm. They raised
2 sons (Chad and Scott) and were involved in many aspects
of the community. Rob was Chairperson and a board member
of the Whitecourt school district. He also served on
Whitecourt/Fox Creek hospital board and the agricultural
service board. Rob eventually was elected to sit on
the council for the Woodland County. His passion grew
for politics, for healthcare, and for seeing Christian
morals being upheld in government.
Just over three years ago, Rob was elected as the
Member of Parliament for the Yellowhead riding. Not
long after, he was named Senior Health Critic for the
Canadian Alliance party, he was appointed to the Leader’s
Advisory Committee on Health Care, and he was elected
Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee
on Health. His many years of experience in local government
and his faithful service to his community paved the
way for his entrance to and influence in federal government.
God is using Rob in tremendous ways in each of his
roles. He is currently reviewing various health-related
issues, most notably the recently proposed controversial
legislation dealing with embryonic stem cell research.
Rob and his fellow committee members have taken the
opportunity to present the serious ethical and moral
issues surrounding this issue. This proposed legislation
has been stalled by the Health committee as Rob and
the other committee members are not convinced it will
best serve the interests of all Canadians.
Rob covets the prayers of the church as he makes decisions
in regards to the ethical direction of our country.
He desires to have wisdom as he deals with issues such
as same-sex marriage and the attack on Scripture. He
encourages the Christian body to unite in prayer and
“Our potential as believers is significant, yet
we are allowing others’ ethical decisions to affect
us. It is time that we awake out of our slumber and
take a stand.” (Rob Merrifield, Dec. 8, 2003)
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