July 2 to July 8, 2022
Steve West (PhD) first pastored Madoc Baptist Church from 2004-2012. In 2012 he became the Lead Pastor at Crestwicke Baptist Church in Guelph, where he pastored for over 8 years. In the summer of 2020, God called him back to Madoc. In addition to pastoral ministry, Steve serves as an adjunct professor at both Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge and Toronto Baptist Seminary. He has preached and taught courses in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Steve is the author of several books and a frequent contributor to a variety of publications.
Mission of the Week: Slavic Gospel Association
July 9 to July 15, 2022
The New Brunswick Bible Institute was incorporated with the purpose and objective of establishing a school for the training of young men and women in a thorough and practical knowledge of the Bible and to meet the needs of all the various evangelical bodies for trained workers in the Maritime Provinces in particular, and home and foreign work in general.
We believe that the New Brunswick Bible Institute should ever be a school where the Word of God is taught, practiced and honoured. The school should remain…
Solid in discipline. Spiritual in outlook. Missionary in outreach. Simple in faith and practice.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Tim. 2:15)
Mission of the Week: Bible League Canada
July 16 to July 22, 2022
Dr. Ed Fontaine is the lead pastor at Springvale Church in Stouffville ON.
Ed has his BA, Masters of Theology (ThM) and a Doctorate (DMin)
He served as an Associate Pastor for five years in Huntsville before he was Lead Pastor for 16 years in Strathroy, ON. Ed is now in his 11th year at Springvale.
Ed is a visionary leader who gets excited about seeing growth and development in his staff. He is very hands-on and comes alongside in his approach to leading his team. Ed’s preaching style is current and relevant and frequently peppered with challenges to his congregation to keep pressing toward a higher goal and never to settle for just his word on the matter but to dig deeper and find out for themselves.
Ed and his wife Crystal have been blessed to raise 3 great young men, Dallas, Denver and Brett and have two wonderful daughters in law, Rachael and Kendal. They are so pleased to get to spend as much time as possible with their 3 out of province grandchildren.
Mission of the Week: Youth Unlimited Kawartha
July 23 to July 29, 2022
Benjamin Devadason was born and raised in Sri Lanka in a fine Christian home and later attended an evangelical church in Colombo, where he was privileged to hear the Gospel message. However, it was only when Benji turned 20 years of age that he responded to the claims of Christ upon his life. From 1973 to 1985, Benji served at his local church, in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, preaching, teaching, and youth work. He also helped ministries such as Youth for Christ, Back to the Bible and Hospital Christian Fellowship. Due to the ongoing civil war in Sri Lanka, Benji and wife, Indranee migrated to Canada, where they both became members of a Baptist Church. It was here that Benji was ordained as a Pastor by the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in 1987. Together, Benji and his wife pioneered a youth network among the Sri Lankan people which currently runs two retreats annually. They planted a Sri Lankan church in Montreal, assisted four churches in the GTA with teaching, and an outreach ministry in the Mississauga and Hamilton areas. Benji is also involved in Prison ministries in both the Toronto east and west detention centers where over 500 inmates have been ministered to in the past eight years. He currently serves with SIM on their Culture Connexions team (CCX) and is a sought-after speaker having ministered at conferences in Ghana, Nigeria, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka. Benji also conducts evangelism seminars for churches and trains missionary candidates in outreach to Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists.
Mission of the Week: SIM Canada
July 30 to August 5, 2022
Finu Iype served as founder and president of Passion to Reach Ministries, a global mission, evangelism, and church development ministry, for the past 15 years. Finu has worldwide speaking ministry experience having spoken at Pastor’s conferences, mass evangelism campaigns, and leadership development events across more than 20 nations.
In the Greater Toronto Area, Finu’s ministry has involved coaching Pastors and consulting on church revitalization, with a focus on community outreach and discipleship systems. He also leads annual gospel training events like GO Conference, GO United YA Conference, and GO Lead Pastor workshops.
Finu is married to Tresha and together they have two young daughters, Lauren and Catherine.
Mission of the Week: EQUIP Leadership Canada
August 6 to August 12, 2022
Rev. Tim Whitehead is the Executive Director of Galcom International, partnering with missionaries around the world supplying them with radio broadcasting equipment and solar-powered fix-tuned radios and audio Bibles so they can expand their reach and multiply their impact. Tim is also the host of the weekly Mission Compass radio show heard on stations across Canada encouraging Christians to get involved in the Great Commission “right where they are”. Tim and wife Melody have 5 children and serve at their home church downtown Hamilton where Melody leads the outreach to the city’s homeless.
Mission of the Week: GALCOM
August 13 to August 19, 2022
After investing over 40 years in pastoral ministry, Ron and Susie have much to share from their passions, successes and failures. Whether you are a church member or leader, you will discover an idea to enhance your ministry.
Mission of the Week: Christians for Trent
August 20 to August 26, 2022
George Murray is a missionary at heart. He and his wife, Annette, along with their four children, were engaged in pioneer evangelism and church planting for 13 years in the spiritually needy country of Italy. For the next 17 years, he directed two missionary organizations: Bible Christian Union (330 missionaries in 14 countries of Europe) and The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM, with 1,100 missionaries in 42 countries worldwide).
Following his leadership and experience in the field of missions, he assumed the leadership of Columbia International University (CIU) in Columbia, South Carolina, first as CIU’s President (2000 – 2007), and then as CIU’s Chancellor (2007-2017). Columbia International University specializes in training people for Great Commission service around the world. George has travelled and ministered all across the United States of America and in 83 other countries.
He has been happily married to Annette since 1969, and their four children (all married) have blessed them with nine grandchildren (8 boys and 1 girl). George is a graduate of CIU (B.A., 1967; M.A., 1981) and Trinity International University (D.Miss, 1995). Annette is a graduate of CIU (B.A., 1969) and Biblical Theological Seminary (M.A. in Theology/Counseling, 1995). George loves good music (all genres), reading, hiking, fishing, and playing tennis.
Mission of the Week: Mission Prep
August 27 to September 2, 2022
Mission of the Week: To Be Confirmed
Dr. Jody Cross is a Worship Pastor, recording artist and worship leadership consultant. Jody’s heart is to equip worship leaders to lead like Jesus and to help congregations experience the life-transforming presence of God in corporate worship.
Luke is a dirt farmer.
Though he has come and gone from the University of Guelph, World Vision in Honduras Central America and now has a wife, Heidi and daughters Abbie and Annalee and two sons Caleb and William, he still finds that dirt under his nails. Oh, except for one thing. When he moved into his family’s 125-year-old red brick farm house the renters left all their possessions; including 6 old mattresses perfect for soundproofing. With that, the mystery of home music recording began.
Armed with a few friends and a 1/8inch headphone cable Luke put together his first CD, My Song and My Salvation. What else could that next project be but a Greatest Hits album? Yes, but he has since burned the mattresses and recorded this 5 song EP with The BlueBox Studios in Barrie, Ontario. The disc is called Change the World. All 5 songs made it to Christian radio in Canada with the title track going to 8 on the charts in Canada.
Then less than a year later he recorded his first full-length studio album “Over The Sun” at AME Studios in Kitchener ON. It was released June 28 2008 and has received airplay across Canada with “Rain From Heaven”, “How Great Are You Lord” and “Stand”. The project was nominated “Rock Album of the Year 2008” at the CGMA Covenant Awards.
In June 2014 he released his next full-length all-original album “Something Real”. He has been gigin’ around Central Ontario promoting his radio singles and sharing God’s story in his life.
A few nominations later, and he is working closely with Scott Jackson and LIFE 100.3 to produce Canadian music including “Silent Night” and the recently released “Bridges” single. Coming out later in the summer of 2017 will be “Come and See”, the second release this year.
Ashley van der Walt
Ashley was born in South Africa, and currently lives in Canada. Ashley is a husband to his wife Eugenie, and they have two wonderful kids. Ashley is a music & arts director at Springvale Church where he serves weekly, leading the congregation in worship, but also oversees the production side of filming and editting the sermon videos. Ashley attained his Bth Degree in Theology from the South African Theological Seminary, and has also attained his diploma in Audio Post Production from the Academy of Sound Engineering in South Africa. Ashley became an apologist in 2020, and has since started the initiative, Basement Apologetics, and is currently working on his book titled “Becoming a Social Apologist”.
Bob Cates (Award Winning Comedian)
In high school, I was inspired by a juggling classmate and taught myself to juggle with tennis balls. I practiced hard, learning advanced juggling, unicycling, balancing skills and performance techniques. My passion for performing and the art of juggling continued to develop during my 5 years of post-secondary education, earning a diploma from the Baptist Leadership Education Centre in Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. After university, I volunteered for seven months in Lithuania with IFES, the European version of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Following my return to Canada in 1995, I began performing full-time. In the 1990s, I performed at many fairs, festivals and private events, as well as at every major Busking Festival in Canada. In 2000, I started performing on cruise ships 20 weeks a year for Holland America, Disney, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity. I continue to make a living today in part with headline performances on cruise ships. But most of my performances now are for corporate, association and gala special events, as well as at church and ministry events.