François and Valérie Picard


Service Area: International


Ministry Focus

François represents SEMBEQ at the request of the President, and his vision is to equip local churches, pastors, and leaders to develop new workers, that each pastor would have his own Timothy.

Faith Story

François was born into a Roman Catholic family in Montreal, Quebec. At age 14 he heard the Gospel for the first time, and seven years later he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He began to share his faith and had the joy of leading several people to Christ.

God called François with this verse: “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

He first trained for seven years at St. Hyacinthe Baptist Church, and then graduated from Seminaire Baptiste Evangelique du Quebec (SEMBEQ) in 1985.

In the fall of 1998, after many years of fruitful pastoral ministry, SEMBEQ asked François to serve the churches and pastors of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Quebec. François became SEMBEQ’s president in 2000. In October of 2016, he passed the president baton to his protégé François Turcotte. SEMBEQ’s ministry in Quebec helps churches train the next generation of leaders, according to 2 Timothy 2:2. François now serves SEMBEQ as Coaching Director, going back to his first calling in 1998, when he was offered the coaching ministry at SEMBEQ.


After 21 years of marriage, François’ first wife Helene went home to be with the Lord in 2011.

François married Valérie Goyette on July 12, 2014. Together they now have 5 children: Jeremie, Zacharie, Benjamin, Melodie and Ezekiel.