Enos Brubacher, the founder of Gospel Text Mission, was captivated as a young married man, by the testimony of his Sunday School teacher in the St. Jacob’s Mennonite Church. The teacher and class rented a space on a signboard and placed a Gospel text on it so that people could read the Word of God outside of the four walls of the church. This vision made an indelible impression on his youthful mind.
He soon came in contact with like-minded men, became involved with groups such as the Canadian Baptist Tract Society and the Forward with Christ Movement. Enos added the dimension of Gospel signs to the outreach of these groups. One of the early ambitious projects was the construction of a 10 x 50 feet wooden sign near Drayton, Ontario. Before long the Forward with Christ Movement was incorporated as Gospel Text Publishers. Enos was installed as president. He sold his farm and moved to Elmira, Ontario. In 1950 the mission was incorporated as an evangelical, non-affiliated, non-profit, registered charity with the purpose of propagating the gospel as written and defined in the Holy Bible through various formats. The Mission has focused on the medium of outdoor signage. Financial support of this faith ministry comes through individuals and groups.
The next years witnessed God’s blessing upon this vision and ministry of Gospel Signs. Many thousands of signs of various sizes, shapes and designs have been placed throughout North America and several foreign countries. Countless decisions have been made for Christ. While the testimonies are unique, the thrill comes in knowing that all these people have come to the same realization that sinners are all saved the same way. "For by grace you are saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
The ministry has been challenged with growth and filled with excitement. Christian Bookstores were established, local distributors were set up in most of the provinces, mission trips precipitated signs to be placed in other countries, an independent division of GTM was established in the USA, and monthly prayer meetings were held. In 1969, a quarterly newsletter The Mariner, was published to inform friends and supporters concerning the progress and needs of the Mission. In 2011, "The Mariner" was renamed "The Gospel Sign Report". For your free copy of The Gospel Sign Report click here.
In 2007, the remaining bookstore in Chatham, Ontario was incorporated independent from the Mission. These stores have provided revenue for the production of signs as well as being an outlet for Christian literature.
Much of the success of the sign ministry must be attributed to the volunteers who give of their time to help erect and deliver signs, assist at special events, help in the office, present gospel signs at churches and other ways too numerous to list. The gospel sign ministry would never continue without people who believe in the ministry and generously donate their time and money.
All across Canada we have distributors who locally present the purposes of Gospel Text Mission, provide storage for signs and then help place them. The efforts of these willing workers have given the Gospel Sign Ministry a national outreach. Click here to see a listing of our distributors.
Enos and Elizabeth Brubacher have both passed away into the glories of heaven. At present, the Mission is led by Florence Junop, who manages the office in London, Ontario and makes various visits and presentations for the Mission. Even though people and places change over the years, the Word of God has not changed and our mission is to proclaim through signage God’s eternal power to save souls.
"For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
GTM Headquarters in London, ON
Enos Brubacher 1916-1995
Founder of GTM