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Karen Stiller

Author – Holiness is Here

June 6, 2024

Karen Stiller is author of the newly released Holiness Here: Searching for God in the Ordinary Events of Everyday Life and The Minister’s Wife: a memoir of faith, doubt, friendship, loneliness, forgiveness and more, and co-author of Craft, Cost & Call: How to Build a Life as a Christian Writer. She is a writer whose work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, The Walrus, Ekstatis, Christianity Today, and many other publications.

She is a senior editor of the Canadian magazine Faith Today and hosts the Faith Today Podcast, where she has interviewed thinkers, leaders and writers like Kate Bowler, Philip Yancey, Ann Voskamp, Scott Erickson and many more tellers of important stories. Karen’s work has taken her to South Sudan, Uganda, Senegal, Cambodia and across North America, reporting on stories that are from the Church and of the Church. She has moderated the Religion and Society Series at the University of Toronto, a debate between leading atheists and theologians.

Karen loves to teach writing and coach writers on the journey.

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Carol Carley

Author – Wounded Heart, Healed Spirit

June 3, 2024

Carol Carley is a graduate of the Communication Arts program at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario. She also graduated from the Journalism program at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. Her career began as a communications assistant in public relations at Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario where she worked for more than six yearsShe served as a reporter and lifestyles editor at the Moose Jaw Times-Herald for more than five years, where she also wrote a weekly column entitled “That’s Life.”

Her poetry has been published in Country Preacher’s Notebook, 1990, by Joyce Sasse and The Warbler’s Song, A New Collection of Canadian Poetry, 2014. She has written original songs for three albums: You Are the Reason (2001),You Gotta Have Faith (2002), and Legacy (2003). She also directed a sixty-voice choir, which was featured on the CDs. 

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Tyrelle Smith

Co-Leader – Gospel Fire For All Nations

May 27, 2024

Signs of miracles and healing have followed His word as she’s preached. She preaches to the unsaved and teaches and equips the church. Tyrelle has taught and ministered internationally and co-leads Gospel Fire for All Nations with her husband Bill Smith. She is an ordained minister with the ACOP and CfaN and is a graduate of the Christ for all Nations Evangelism Bootcamp, trained by it’s president Evangelist Daniel Kolenda who has lead 23 million souls to Jesus Christ in face to face meetings. 

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Fred Weiss

Executive Director- Samaritan’s Purse Canada

May 17, 2024

Fred Weiss is the Executive Director of Samaritan’s Purse Canada, an evangelistic Christian relief and development organisation. Samaritan’s Purse is well known for its annual Operation Christmas Child program that partners with Canadians to send hundreds of thousands of gift filled shoe boxes to hurting children around the world each year and sharing the true meaning of Christmas. Fred shares with The 700 Club Canada how Canada is set to respond to crisis around the world. 

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Sajanth Mohan

Executive Director- Faith in Action

May 6-9, 2024

Sajanth Mohan, happily married to his wife Eva for 15 years, is a devoted father to their three wonderful children. Over two decades, he has dedicated himself to pastoring, fostering leadership development, and ensuring community safety, leaving a lasting impact on both the faith community and business sectors. Through his steadfast commitment to community engagement and safety, Sajanth has initiated numerous outreach programs, forging strong relationships between the church, community, law enforcement, and government entities. His holistic approach continues to drive positive change, reflecting a unique blend of spiritual dedication and pragmatic leadership. Guided by his unyielding faith, Sajanth fervently advocates for mental health and wellness, recognizing their vital role in the journey toward a fulfilling life. 

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Sheela Duraisami

May 6-9 2024

Dr. Sheela Duraisami is the Co-founder and Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock International Ministries in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the University of Chennai with an MA in English and later migrated to Canada where she pursued theological studies and earned her doctorate degree.  

Sheela also serves as professor of Christian Education at Canada Christian College, Toronto where she has been a faculty member for over 20 years. A gifted teacher and speaker, she preaches the word of God with clarity and passion, carrying a unique prophetic mantle that brings breakthrough and hope. She has travelled to many nations speaking in conferences and seminars.  

A seasoned intercessor, her passion is two-fold: to see revival sweep across the nation of Canada, and to help the next generation rise up as strong disciples of Jesus Christ. Sheela lives in Toronto with her husband Peter and their two boys Yohan and Joshua. 

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Brooke Nicholls

May 3, 2024

Brooke Nicholls is a previous guest of the 700 Club. Brooke is a Worship Leader, Songwriter and Author from Hamilton, ON. When she’s not at her home church, she’s leading worship at different Churches and Ministries across Canada and beyond. Brooke is a ten-time Canadian Gospel Music Award winner, including being named the Female Vocalist of the Year four years in a row. Her new album ‘Glory To God’ was nominated for a 2024 Juno Award and her devotional books have been Number 1 Christian Best-Sellers on Amazon. Brooke is married to Steve and they have two daughters. 

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Bishop Jessie Allan

April 12, 2024

Bishop Jessie is a previous guest of the 700 Club. She has has done ministry and outreach in downtown Vancouver for over 20 years. She was a Street Pastor for 4 years and 1 year ago, and was appointed National Assistant Bishop of The First Pentecostal Evangelical Church of Canada. Currently, Bishop Jessie also runs Midnight Ministries on East Hastings Street

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Marguerite Buchanan

March 8, 2024

Marguerite Buchanan is an overcomer of abuse and depression and has since become a disciple and follower of Jesus. As a grandmother of five and a teacher for the kids at her church, she has a deep compassion for the children of this next generation; to see them grow in Jesus and know that their true identity is in Him. She drives a school bus for a local Christian school. 

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Dane Williams

Co-Founder Black Urbanism Toronto
Feb 29, 2024

Dane Williams was born and raised in Toronto and has called Little Jamaica a second home as it was the original landing spot for his grandmother, mother, and uncle when they arrived in Canada 50 years ago. He grew up in the neighbourhood as he would visit his grandmother on the weekends and that is when he fell in love with Little Jamaica.

Dane developed a strong sense of devotion for the non-profit sector when living in Edmonton; he joined the executive committee of the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton. There he fell in love with community development and creating initiatives to meet the greatest needs of the community. Dane brings professional and volunteer experience within the non-profit sector to help a community he grew up in and loves dearly.

Dane currently works at the University of Toronto at the Rotman School of Management

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Dagma Koyi

Executive Director and Founder – REST Centres

February 15, 2024

Dagma Koyi is a compassionate visionary and social innovator dedicated to enriching the lives of people. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the REST Centres, a testament to her unwavering commitment to positive change. As an international speaker, impactful teacher, leader, author, coach, and astute entrepreneur, she embodies multifaceted expertise. 

Her tireless dedication to social innovation has led her to pioneer groundbreaking initiatives like REST Center (Restoration and Empowerment for Social Transition), a non-profit charity that holistically invests in homeless youth, preparing them to overcome the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through structured interventions. 

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Bill & Donna Dyck

Author – Hope For An Unwanted Journey
February 2, 2024

Biil and Donna Lea Dyck are parents to four adult children and grandparents to nine grandchildren. They have pastored Toronto Alliance Church for 29 years. They are passionate for prayer and care deeply for the marginalised. This is Donna’s third book.

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Dean Kurpjuweit

President – Union Gospel Mission
Jan 31, 2024

Dean brings drive and compassion to his work as UGM President. With a background in pastoral and nonprofit leadership, Dean is motivated by the inherent personhood of everyone he meets. “I believe that everyone has worth, value, and is deserving of dignity. I want to see community members experience life to the fullest, to lead a life of wellness and independence.” 

Since moving to Vancouver with his family in September of 2022, Dean has poured his energies into establishing community relationships and strengthening the already-rich culture at UGM. Before coming to UGM, Dean was a pastor for 17 years. He then served as Executive Director for The Mustard Seed in Edmonton, and later as Chief Regional Officer, overseeing programs and operations for teams in Edmonton, Kamloops, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat. Inspired by UGM’s Christ-centred, holistic vision for restored communities, he is passionate about asking where and how UGM can interrupt cycles of trauma and make lasting impact. 

Dean holds a Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Ambrose University, and a Bachelor in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta. He has been married for 28 years to his wife Sasha, and they have three adult daughters and two dogs. Dean and his family love living by the ocean, and are embracing life in true Vancouver fashion: by getting outdoors. Dean enjoys podcasts and live music, and he follows sports—namely the Oilers. 

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Dallas Jenkins

Director – The Chosen
Jan 18, 2024

Dallas Jenkins is the son of celebrated Left Behind author Jerry Jenkins and is the creator, producer, director, and writer of the international hit series The Chosen. He launched his career producing the independent feature HOMETOWN LEGEND at the age of 25 and shepherded it to distribution by Warner Brothers. In the nearly 20 years since then, he has directed and produced over a dozen feature and short films for companies such as Universal, Lionsgate, Pureflix, Hallmark Channel, and Amazon.

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Stephen Gray

Director – After Death

Jan 16, 2024

Stephen Gray is a multidisciplinary filmmaker based out of Winnipeg, Canada. He’s currently producing a feature documentary for Amazon Studios and his latest documentary, “After Death”, released in theaters on October 27th, 2023 across Canada and the United States. This film explores one of life’s biggest mysteries – “what happens when we die?” with New York Times bestselling authors, doctors, scientists, and survivors. Stephen’s work also includes award-winning short films and commercials, having partnered with brands like Target, Leisure Travel Vans, Google, Pepsi, and been featured by AdWeek, Webby Awards, Forbes, MSN, Fubiz, and Product Hunt.

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Sean Cruickshank

Evangelist/church planter – e3 Ministry Canada

Jan 11, 2024

Sean Cruickshank is a Strategy Coordinator with E3 Ministry Canada. He is also an evangelist and church planter who specializes in equipping the local church for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Sean is an Ordained minister with Ministers Network Canada. He is experienced in trip planning and strategy as well as coordinating and implementing strategies for church expansion in Western Canada. In his free time, he enjoys reading, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

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Dominic Puglese

Author – Kings & Queens

Jan 9, 2024

Dominic F. Puglese is a gifted communicator, an Ordained Minister, an International Speaker, an Entrepreneur, and an Author with a passion for equipping and encouraging the church to step into their true identity and authority in Christ.
He has an incredible way of connecting with audiences passionately and tangibly through real-life stories, and humor while imparting biblical revelations and imparting practical life applications. Dominic speaks at Churches and Conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Italy. He’s a best-selling author who’s been featured on CTN Christian Television, KATC Atlanta Live along with a host of other Christian Stations, and Christian Radio Stations both in North America and Internationally.
Powerfully messages Dominic shares at Churches and Conferences:
• Operating in The Kingship Authority of Heaven
• The Blueprint Model for Kingdom Advancement
• Great Faith Equals Great Authority
• Skillfully Operating with the Keys (Plural) of The Kingdom
• Apostle John’s Revelation of the Father’s Love
• The Forgotten One – Intimacy with the Holy Spirit
• Destroying Doubt – Living a Fearless Life
Dominic has been married to the love of his life, Debbie, for forty years. Their two beautiful children, Alicia, and Paulo are the joy of their lives.

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Jon Thompson

Pastor/Author – Perseverance

Jan 2, 2024

Jon Thompson is the Senior Pastor of Sanctus Church, a multi-site church in the Greater Toronto Area where he has been on staff for 25+ years. Under Jon’s leadership, Sanctus is characterized by dynamic Biblical teaching, vibrant community groups, compelling media, and powerful times in worship.
Jon has a Masters of Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, and a Doctorate of Missiology from Fuller Seminary, California. Jon is husband to Joanna and father to three kids – Hannah, Emma, and Noah.
Jon speaks and teaches globally on the convergence of spiritual gifts, spiritual practices, and spiritual experiences in the life of the believer and the local church.

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John-Michael Bout & Jacob Valk

Directors – Into The Light documentary

Dec 14, 2023

John-Michael Bout holds a B.A. in Classics from Brock University and is working on an M.Div. at SBTS in Louisville, Kentucky. He co-produced Ordinary Commission and Into The Light. He is married to his lovely wife Jessica with their two sons Roman and Andrew.

Jacob Valk holds a degree in Advertising from Mohawk College and a B.A. in Humanities from Brock University. He worked various roles in advertising/film in Toronto, co-produced the documentaries Ordinary Commission and Into The Light, and runs the podcast Chats Under The Sun. He is finishing an M.Div. at SBTS in Louisville, Kentucky, where he lives and works at the ReCenter homeless shelter.

The film is a resource that walks through the process of change from bondage in pornography to freedom in Christ. Into the Light is a teaching documentary on freedom from pornography that walks through the change process from bondage in sin to freedom in Christ. Jacob Valk and John-Michael Bout are the creators.

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Maggie Beattie

Addiction Counsellor – SafeHope Home

Dec 5, 2023

Maggie Beatie is recognized as a distinguished advocate for women. She has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues during her long career in addiction services and sexual assault organizations. At MacMaster University, she studied addiction and mental health and has become a natural learner and teacher, embracing sharing knowledge with her community. Later in her career, Maggie spent over 20 years working in the walk-in crisis unit, welcoming people looking for a way out of addiction at Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health. She became familiar with the homeless, mandated, and street populations and how underserved they are.
Maggie accepted a position at Safe Hope Home in 2018 facilitating addiction-specific groups. Today she holds the title of Addiction Counsellor. It is here at SafeHope Home where all her experience has come together serving the women who seek safety and healing.
It’s clear to everyone who meets Maggie that she uses her skills and passion at every opportunity to advocate for women and those who have suffered the wounds of trauma and addiction. Every woman she works with gets the same energy she would give her daughter, sister, or friend.

Safehope Home is Canada’s only survivor-led, long-term recovery program for women who have been sexually exploited. Their program is designed to support survivors in acknowledging and addressing the factors that contributed to their exploitation and trauma; and assisting them in seeking stability and acquiring the life skills needed to be successful in society upon exiting their exploitive circumstances.
SafeHope Home believes in taking a holistic approach to healing and recovery. They provide individualized case management. This process includes but is not limited to supportive housing, day programming, trauma therapy, post-secondary education, and employment readiness.

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Janet Noel-Annable

CEO – Karis Disability Services

Dec 1, 2023

Janet Noel-Annable is the Chief Executive Officer of Karis Disability Services (formerly Christian Horizons), a national organization that provides services and support to people with disabilities in Canada and funds projects on disability in countries around the world. Janet was hired as a Direct Support Professional in Ottawa in 1989. Since then, Janet filled various roles within Karis Disability Services, culminating with her appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Janet is dedicated to the vision of Karis Disability Services in that all people who experience disabilities belong to communities in which their God-given gifts are valued and respected. As a natural collaborator, Janet builds partnerships with many, believing that together, we have the strength to build communities of belonging for all people with disabilities.

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Yael Eckstein

President & CEO International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Canada

Nov 28, 2023

Yael Eckstein has served on the Board of Directors for IFCJ Canada since 2015. In June 2019, following the unexpected death of her father, Rabbi Eckstein, she became President of IFCJ Canada.
Yael oversees all programs for IFCJ Canada while also serving as the international spokesperson for the organization. A tireless advocate of the Jewish people, she has been a frequent and influential voice combatting anti-Semitism. Yael is a hands-on executive, often found greeting olim (immigrants) upon their arrival to Israel, visiting with elderly Holocaust survivors in their homes, or distributing food to those in need.
With over a decade of non-profit experience in multiple roles, Yael has the rare distinction of being a woman leading one of the world’s largest religious charitable organizations.

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Sarah Taylor

Author – Fitness & Self-Love Journal
Plus-Size Personal Trainer, Model, Motivational Speaker

Nov 21, 2023

Sarah is an award-winning Personal Trainer, Self-love coach, Plus Size Model, Motivational Speaker, Author, and former Miss Plus Canada. She is passionate about helping women learn to love themselves and create lasting change in their wellness journey.

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Annette Ford

Author – The Gift of Tears

Nov 16, 2023

Annette Ford has lived in seven countries on three continents. Through all the changes, she has learned to experience God’s blessings in her tears. She is passionate about inviting people of all ages to know Jesus and journey with Him. She is a speaker, mother, and writer and lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.

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Bob McLaughlin

Author/Evangelist – In The War: Wounded But Winning
Founder – Salvation Today Ministries

Nov 9, 2023

Evangelist Bob McLaughlin is the founder of Salvation Today Ministries an agency of International Christian Mission Services.
Bob McLaughlin completed summer studies conducted by the International School of Theology of San Bernardino, California during his years serving with Campus Crusade for Christ. He graduated from Briercrest Bible College with a four-year Bachelor of Religious Education degree majoring in “world evangelism.”
Evangelist Bob McLaughlin and his wife, Trudy McLaughlin, have been blessed with four children, eighteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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Gary Stagg

Executive Director – Open Doors Canada

Nov 1, 2023

Gary is the Executive Director of Open Doors Canada, part of an international ministry strengthening the persecuted church for more than 65 years in more than 70 countries.

Open Doors serves the church through Bible & Christian literature distribution, discipleship, and leadership training, trauma counselling, urgent aid, and Christian community development. They stand with them in prayer, through presence ministry, and by advocating on their behalf. They also strive to connect Canadian Christians with persecuted family members around the globe, providing truthful research, information, and current prayer resources.

Gary is passionate about discipleship and leading people to embrace a missional lifestyle. He is married to Ruth, and they live in Mississauga, ON.

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Shirley Thiessen – Author, Grief Coach, Founder, CornerBend Grief Ministries

Oct 23, 2023

Days after celebrating her son’s wedding, Shirley was thrown into the unimaginable task of planning his funeral. Shirley is founder of CornerBend Grief Ministries and author of The Little Black Funeral Dress. As a grief educator and coach, Shirley is obsessed with the fact that no one should grieve alone.

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Jennie Nadeau – Director of Development –Teen Challenge Canada

Oct 24, 2023

Jennie Nadeau serves as the Director of Development for Teen Challenge Canada. Jennie has served with the organization for almost 10 years and is passionate about seeing more lives saved and changed as individuals exit the cycle of addiction and find lasting freedom in Christ.

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Stacey Campbell – President & CEO – Prison Fellowship Canada

Oct 25, 2023

Stacey Campbell serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Prison Fellowship Canada, an organization that prepares and mobilizes the Canadian Christian community in response to the issue of crime and the restoration of offenders.

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Julie Hunter – Executive Director – Windsor Life Centre

Oct 26, 2023

Julie Hunter is a mother of 4 children and grandmother of 3 amazing grandchildren. Julie finds great joy in her family and also the ministry work the Lord has given her to do overseeing Windsor Life Centre. For 31 years Julie was a Registered Nurse. She retired 3 years ago to take on the Executive Director role at Windsor Life Centre which is an 18 bed women’s faith-based, residential, recovery centre for women battling to overcome drug and alcohol addictions.

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Garth Jestley

Author – More Than Your Business Card

Oct 19, 2023

Over the course of his business career, Garth Jestley has held many senior leadership positions in investment management, venture capital, corporate banking, international project financing, private debt placement, and investment banking.
After stepping back from his full-time duties at Middlefield in 2012, Garth assumed the role of Executive Director of LeaderImpact for several years. The mission of LeaderImpact is to help marketplace leaders across Canada and around the world explore the relevance of faith in God in their professional and personal lives. This involvement was a catalyst for his recently completed book “More Than Your Business Card: a wake-up call for leaders desiring to follow Jesus in the marketplace.”
Garth is currently Vice Chairman of Middlefield Group and Special Advisor to the senior management team. He also serves on the national board of directors of Teen Challenge Canada based in London Ontario and the board of Catch The Fire Church in Toronto, and as an adjunct speaker for Apologetics Canada in Abbotsford British Columbia. Previously, he served as Vice Chairman of Crossroads Christian Communications in Burlington Ontario.
Garth and his wife Mary are involved in various church leadership roles, including ministering and speaking in Canada and around the world. They place a high priority on family and, in particular, enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

MORE THAN YOUR BUSINESS CARD
A wake-up call for leaders desiring to follow Jesus in the marketplace
It is the premise of this book that business leaders cannot truly experience this abundant life unless they are passionately committed to knowing and following Jesus wherever He leads them in the workplace. In particular, we must treat our role as marketplace leaders as a calling rather than simply as a means to an end, such as funding good works. Of course, every believer is called to be generous, but this practice does not, by itself, constitute a calling.
The reason that many people do not see business as a legitimate calling is quite straightforward. Pastors and others who are engaged in vocational ministry do not promote this concept.
Another reason for ambivalence about business is lack of appreciation for the fundamental importance of this domain in regard to human flourishing. In fact, business is the primary vehicle driving innovation and providing jobs.
Finally, the not-uncommon belief that business is somehow morally tainted influences Christian perceptions of business as a legitimate calling. In response, I argue in this book that business is not intrinsically contaminated by its various notable characteristics such as profit-seeking, but, as in any other field, individual business leaders can behave in ways that do not honour God.
Assuming the reader concludes he or she is called to business, we need a big “why” to motivate us to fully realize God’s plans and purposes for us in this calling. Since the marketplace is a spiritual battlefield, it is easy to default to essentially leaving God at home. Even if we are careful to conduct our business affairs in a way that honors God, we should ask if we are operating under the guise of secret service agents.
The number one reason we are called to business leadership is to love those we serve. Loving our neighbors in the marketplace is multifaceted, but the central way in which we demonstrate love to those with whom we interact at work is by sharing the good news of Jesus with them.
At the end of the day, we are called to act. After all, faith without works is dead (see James 2:26). Armed with truth, we must let Jesus’ rich and satisfying life shine through us as we provide marketplace leadership. So here is a challenge for each of us: If we were put on trial for being a follower of Jesus in the marketplace, would there be enough evidence to convict us?

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Ken Shigematsu

Pastor, Author – Now I Become Myself

Oct 17, 2023

Ken Shigematsu is the Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city-centre churches in Canada. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Canadians in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the country and the author of award-winning bestsellers God in My Everything and Survival Guide for the Soul, and his recently released book Now I Become Myself. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo and draws on both eastern and western perspectives in writing and speaking. Ken lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sakiko, and their son, Joey.

NOW I BECOME MYSELF
Becoming who you were before the world told you who you had to be.
You’re not alone when it comes to experiencing shame or fear of not being enough. Shame isn’t felt only by those who have gone through failure or trauma or been told they’ll never amount to anything. Many people—even those who are considered successful—struggle with a sense that they are deficient or inadequate.
Drawing on a rich variety of personal experience, Scripture, spiritual formation classics, psychology, and relational neuroscience; award-winning author and pastor Ken Shigematsu shows how a deep, experiential encounter with the love of God can heal us of our shame, make us whole again, and inspire us to fulfill our purpose by making a faithful contribution to the world.
Now I Become Myself will help you:
• Break free of an unhealthy self-image and from jealousy of others’ achievements.
• Discover how beauty and spiritual joy can help you overcome the unhealthy shame you’re clinging to.
• Create space in your life to draw close to Jesus and deepen your sense of God’s boundless love for you.
Written with pastoral compassion and understanding, Shigematsu’s stories and teachings will uplift you and help you break free from the feeling of not being enough so that you can find rest in the security of God’s grace.
Each chapter concludes with a prayer exercise intended to nurture your relationship with the God who formed you in love and created you in beauty.

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Randy Neilson

President – CityServe Canada

Oct 12, 2023

Randy Neilson, along with his wife Jill, are the lead pastors of Bramalea Christian Fellowship in Brampton, Ontario, he is the Regional Director for Ontario South with Ministers Network Canada and the President of CityServe Canada. Randy has lived from coast to coast across Canada, traveled through every province and territory, and has a heart to see lives changed by the power of Jesus across our Nation.

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Mary Sanders

Olympian, Author ‘9 Lives by 35’, Entertainment Executive

Oct 10, 2023

Mary Sanders, OLY has dual citizenship of the U.S. and Canada. Mary was a two-time Canadian Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics until she made the unimaginable switch to compete and represent the U.S. to honour her father’s legacy. Mary’s dad, a Big Ten Champion from the University of Michigan, was a coach and mentor until he passed away from cancer when Mary was 8. To this day, he remains the fuel to her fire. Overcoming an incredible set of challenges from the outset that would have deterred many, she looked to her single mother and older brothers for inspiration. Mary became a 2004 US Olympian in Rhythmic Gymnastics, two-time US Champion, Pan American (5 gold medals), Four Continents Champion, two-time Athlete of the Year, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Inductee, and earned the title as the most successful rhythmic gymnast in all the Western Hemisphere.
Her other lives include Cirque du Soleil acrobat, creative director, entertainment executive, TV and film producer, actress, wife, and mother. Mary lives in Newmarket, Ontario.

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Jeeva & Sulojana Sam

Authors – The Unbreakable Marriage

Oct 5, 2023

Jeeva and Sulojana Sam are marriage mentors and co-authors of “The Unbreakable Marriage”, where they share details of their mentorship process which guarantees breakthrough for couples facing breakdown, often in as little as 10 weeks.
Jeeva retired in 2017 after 35+ years as a pastor. Sulojana has worked for the Government of Canada since 2007. The Sams celebrated the 40th anniversary of their arranged marriage in August 2023. They are parents of three married children and are expecting their first grandchild in October.
Jeeva & Sulojana strongly believe that no matter how broken a marriage may be, it can be restored when BOTH husband and wife commit themselves to do whatever it takes to make it work. Once they learn how to access the power of God, apply sound biblical principles and use the tools in their book, they are certain to turn their marriage around.
The Sams are on a mission to save 50,000 marriages from divorce in the next 5 years.

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Margaret Gibb

Founder, Executive Director– Women Together

Oct 3, 2023

Margaret’s call to work with women dates back to 1978 when clearly the passion to see women rise to their full potential and fulfill their God-given calling was deeply embedded in her heart.   A mentor, motivator and encourager, Margaret is a champion of women wherever they live and regardless of their circumstances.
“My passion is to create a global community of women who have heard God’s call and are passionate about their relationship with Jesus.  God’s women empowered by His Spirit can change their families, communities and yes, even their nation.” 

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Steven Carleton

Founder & President – Fresh Hope Canada

GUEST HOST: Sept 25 – 29, 2023

Steven is the Founder and President of FRESH HOPE CANADA. He previously served as the President of the Bill Prankard Evangelistic Association and Director of the Arctic Hope Project for three years and seven years respectively. Steven has become a dynamic minister of the Gospel across Canada and in communities throughout the Canadian Arctic.
Because of his Inuit heritage and his own story of overcoming abuse, Steven is not only able to identify with those struggling with trauma but also offers the life-changing experience of encountering HOPE itself in the person of Jesus. He is driven by a passion to create safe environments, both on First Nation reserves and in Northern communities, where Indigenous youth have the same opportunity to encounter Jesus the way he did. Steven and his wife Becky currently live in Ottawa, ON with their five young daughters.

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Ken Russell

District Superintendent – PAOC, BC & Yukon

Sept 26, 2023

Ken was born in Karachi, Pakistan and immigrated to Canada with his family at age ten. His late father was a British electrical engineer, and his mother was a Pakistani movie actress. He attended the University of Victoria after graduating from High School in Powell River, and then began a career in Business Administration, specializing in advertising, marketing, and public relations.
After receiving a call to pastoral ministry in 1986 from Duncan Pentecostal Church in BC, Ken attended Western Pentecostal Bible College (now known as Summit Pacific College) and completed his BTh through a distance education college. Ken earned his Master of Arts in Leadership, through Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Ken is certified as a Birkman consultant and qualified as a Crucial Conversations facilitator and executive coach.
Ken has served several churches within the British Columbia and Yukon District as …Youth Pastor in Powell River, and Duncan, Assistant Pastor in Port Moody, and Lead Pastor in Port Kells, Summerland, and Surrey. In May 2007, Ken was elected as the Assistant District Superintendent of the BC Yukon District, and subsequently (at the 2008 Special Conference), he succeeded Dave Wells as District Superintendent and currently serves in this capacity.

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Ken Dyck

Founder – Freedom Session International Ministries

Sept 18 – 22, 2023

Ken is a seasoned pastor, author, leadership coach and Executive Director of Freedom Session International Ministries.
Twenty years ago, facing a 40-person list of people waiting for pastoral counseling, Ken wrote Freedom Session, an intensive healing-discipleship journey that is now used in churches throughout Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central America and the UK. In 2021, Ken left his Executive Pastor position in a multi-side church to, along with his wife Bonnie, focus full-time energies on helping churches and individuals create a healing discipleship movement.
Ken is authentic, practical, and passionate about the church, believing God has a pre-ordained purpose for each of our lives. Freedom Session Foundations and Authentic Living are part of that journey.
Ken and Bonnie have been married for 40 years and enjoy ministering/traveling together, trying new restaurants, and spending time with their adult children and grandchildren. Ken’s personal hobbies include working on old motorcycles and boats as well as hunting.

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Week of Prayer – Stand On Guard

Special Guests – Audia Anderson, Pat Markham, Anees Khan

Sept 11 – 15, 2023

Audia Anderson
Audia was born and raised in Jamaica but immigrated to Canada as a young adult in 1991. She was the middle child of seven children! She is married to Ferron, husband and best friend for over 29 years, and mother to two beautiful daughters and a handsome son.
Audia has sung in the choir for 7 years, managed the nursery department for 5 years, organized women’s breakfasts as required, co-led the church’s women’s Bible study over a period of time, and led an active prayer ministry. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 17 years and is a part of the Central Community Church intercessory group as well as the Central prayer team.
Audia is currently the prayer director for Tableland Ministries.

Patricia Markham
Patricia Markham is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She has been in ministry for over 55 years, leading women’s bible studies, mentoring young women in basic life skills (cooking, being a mother, organizing your life), leading Alpha, being a guest speaker at events, holding credentials with the PAOC, and being a missionary in Thailand.

Anees Khan
Anees is originally from Pakistan. He left Pakistan in 2008 due to religious persecution and lived in Sri Lanka until he came to Canada in 2011. He currently works as an insurance broker. He joined Central Community Church in late 2016, and it’s been a big part of his life since then. He is honoured to be on the church’s board, where he helps make important decisions about how their community grows.

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President & CEO – Prison Fellowship Canada

Sept 7, 2023

Stacey Campbell serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Prison Fellowship Canada, an organization that prepares and mobilizes the Canadian Christian community in response to the issue of crime and the restoration of offenders.
Stacey has been involved in the leadership of the organization since 2009 and together with her team, she has grown the ministry in both capacity and depth. Her unique ability has brought the ministry’s vision, growth, and stewardship into a regionalized and aligned system that moves from strategy to goal setting to tactical execution without losing sight of the ministry on the ground. Stacey uses the skills and training she honed from 25 years in the business world where she owned and operated a mid-sized company.
Stacey holds a Master’s degree in Missional Leadership and is currently a candidate for a doctoral degree in Restorative Justice through Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
Stacey is a Professor at Tyndale University & Seminary in Toronto, teaching on Restorative Justice and Reconciliation. She also leads the Strategy Group on Incarceration for North America with Lausanne.
Stacey has volunteered for 14 years in both the federal and provincial corrections in Canada attending jails and prisons on a weekly basis. Her work includes pastoral counselling, mentoring, and facilitating restorative justice circles with offenders and surrogate victims.
Stacey believes in an accountable and restorative response to crime. She teaches on subjects that she is passionate about including, forgiveness, shame, trauma, resilience, and justice.

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Jeff Futers

Executive Director, First Century Foundations

Partner With the Israel Prayer Watch Canada Tour

Sept 6, 2023

Jeff and Sharon Futers have been leading First Century Foundations for the past seven years, turning hearts around the world towards the land, people and God of Israel. As antisemitism increases in Canada and around the world, the team felt strongly this year that it is time to rally together believers in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah for increased intercession for Israel and the Jewish people and also to take a STAND in solidarity with Jewish people worldwide against antisemitism.
That is why we are hosting Israel Prayer Watches across Canada this year (Ontario to BC in June & Halifax back to Ontario in September). As part of the prayer tour, we are asking every believer to do something tangible that will signify our solidarity with the Jewish people.
We want you to SIGN THE PLEDGE of solidarity so that we can count how many are with us and let the world know that the church stands against antisemitism!
Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’; others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and will take the name Israel. Isaiah 44:5

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Philip Yan

Director – Centre for Redemptive Entrepreneurship – Tyndale University

Sept 5, 2023

Philip is the founding director of the Centre for Redemptive Entrepreneurship (CRE) at Tyndale University. The vision for the CRE is to equip Christian entrepreneurs as culture-shaping catalysts in advancing their redemptive ventures.
Having been a co-founder of two social enterprises, KLINCK Coffee and Red Propeller, selling services and products to employ people with barriers to employment, Philip sees the critical value of addressing service gaps with an entrepreneurial mindset. Philip also runs GenesisXD, a business on digital solutions for community engagement. In addition, his passion for young adult ministry and his serving on several ministry boards deepen his understanding and experience of the relationships among leadership, ministry, and innovation.

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MIke Crofts & Jennifer Pauls

Financial Coaches – Money Coach Mike

August 28 – Sept 1, 2023

Mike Crofts also known as Money Coach Mike is a wealth coach to working professionals and families. In 2010 Mike found himself in too much debt and had no plan to get out of it. Seeking ways to pay off the debt Mike realized that the conventional ways weren’t working and he set out to find the right way to live debt-free. Using a set of principles and staying focused, Mike was able to pay off $80,000 of debt in a few years and has been debt-free since.
Today Mike teaches these principles to families and professionals across the country and in the last 12 months has helped his clients pay off over $2.4 million dollars of debt.
Mike is on a mission to educate, teach, and equip working professionals to live debt-free, become wealthy, and live generously.

Jennifer Pauls has been a Financial Coach with the Money Coach Mike team for the past 4 years, although her personal journey to financial freedom began 15 years ago. She enjoys helping people take control of their finances, eliminate the burden of debt, and find hope and peace managing money God’s way.
By focusing on the client’s future goals and showing them how to live within their means today, Jennifer has been able to put Financial Coach Master Training to good use. Over the years, her commitment to helping others through Money Coach Mike’s Coaching Program has seen many clients become debt-free. What Jennifer finds most exciting is when a client has that lightbulb moment, makes a decision, and takes action on their plan to change their family legacy and step into God’s calling on their life.
When she’s not coaching, Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Matt, their three children, and 2 dogs.

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Alana Walker Carpenter

CEO – Intriciti

August 24, 2023

Alana Walker Carpenter is a trailblazer. She has redefined what it means to lead, what success looks like, and the gift that love, compassion, and empathy can bring to the boardroom.

Serving in the capacity of CEO of Intriciti, Alana created and leads an organization for business leaders to integrate their faith and business. A curious and innovative leader, Ms. Walker Carpenter has a reputation for excellence. She tackles the issues of the day through the five business practices she and her team developed.

Prioritizing relationships, collaboration, and stewardship, Ms. Walker Carpenter founded the Canadian Centre for the Integration of Faith & Business (CCIFB) in 2023.

A sought-after speaker, moderator, and panelist, Alana inspires, facilitates, and participates in relevant conversations related to faith and business and other areas of passion.

Alana has a number of charities of choice in which she chooses to quietly serve behind the scenes. It is through relationships that she has assisted countless charities with board governance and resource development.

With relationships as her trademark, Alana makes generous space for all to have a seat at the table, specifically the next generation. She is passionate about ensuring all belong whether one has a little faith, a lot of faith, or no faith at all.

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Todd Carlton

Host of The Toddcast – Disciple A City

August 22, 2023

Coming to faith as an adult, Todd Carlton, host of The Toddcast, knows first-hand the importance of sharing the Gospel. Whether it’s at the firehall where he works, the streets he walks, or the Tim Horton’s he frequents, Todd passionately shares the message of Jesus with anyone who will listen. Over the years, Todd has grown a heart for discipleship and is actively serving with Disciple A City. His weekly podcast seeks to encourage believers to share their God Stories in the hopes of growing God’s Kingdom.

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Shirley Thiessen

Author, Grief Coach, Founder, CornerBend Grief Ministries

August 17, 2023

Days after celebrating her son’s wedding, Shirley was thrown into the unimaginable task of planning his funeral.

Together with her husband, Shirley is choosing to recycle the pain of child loss into a meaningful purpose – by supporting others who grieve.

Shirley is the founder of CornerBend Grief Ministries and the author of The Little Black Funeral Dress.

As a grief educator and coach, Shirley is obsessed with the fact that no one should grieve alone. But most people feel uncertain about how to support those who have suffered a loss.

Learning proven concepts and best practices in Shirley’s online course, Hope Heroes, anyone can gain confidence to be a caring grief companion.

Why does this matter?

We are never more like our Father God than when we care for the brokenhearted.

Children grieve, too. They need our empathy and compassion.

The joy of being a new grandma sparked in Shirley a desire to equip grandparents with practical ideas to help grandkids process their losses with hope and resilience.

Let’s be the reason a grieving soul believes that God loves them.

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Milly Cash

SFU Ministry Director – University Christian Ministries

August 10, 2023

Milly has felt her life calling is to speak truth in love. In this season, she is placed at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia to speak truths into the lives of students there.

Milly was born in Hong Kong but fell in love with Vancouver after being an exchange student at SFU in 2010. She came back to study her master’s in biblical languages at Regent College. During her studies, she got to experience the importance of Christian fellowships. She then decided to do the Campus Missionary Apprenticeship with University Christian Ministries (UCM) at SFU in January 2015. Ever since she started her ministry at SFU, Milly has enjoyed walking alongside young adults in their spiritual journey through intentional friendship and discipleship.

Milly’s vision for UCM at SFU is to have a presence on all three campuses: Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver. Leaders in UCM aim to build a community at SFU, a campus known for being a lonely place. Through different types of events, such as Alpha and small groups, the SFU team creates opportunities and a safe space for students to explore their faith in Jesus. Milly and her team also equip student leaders to be disciple-makers and servants in the kingdom of God, at SFU and beyond.

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Cathy Peters

Author – Child Sex Trafficking in Canada

August 9, 2023

Cathy Peters raises awareness about the issue of human sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child sex trafficking for the purpose of prostitution. She speaks and presents to politicians, police, and the public.
Cathy is a former inner-city high school teacher and since 2014, has made over 600 presentations to more than 20,000 people not including her online presence. She has received 16 Challenge Coins for her advocacy work from police agencies in British Columbia and from Federal Corrections. Her work has been introduced in the BC legislature, she has presented to three Federal Justice Committees on human trafficking and most recently to the Federal Status of Women Committee in person, in Ottawa. She has been a speaker at MMIWG gatherings, and numerous Indigenous groups and had a booth at the July 2022 Assembly of First Nations Convention where she met hundreds of Indigenous leaders. Cathy has presented at Global Summits, at the first national RCMP human trafficking webinar, and received a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for her anti-human trafficking advocacy work. She has been presenting for the last 10 years to politicians, police, and the public. Her goal is to stop sexual exploitation and child sex trafficking in Canada through prevention education.

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Beth Graf

Christian Spiritual Life Coach

August 3, 2023

Beth was born on the mission field in Colombia, South America. She grew up in both the United States and Canada. Beth has been married to her high school sweetheart for 30 years and is Mom to 2 adult children, a daughter and a son. She was an Elementary School Teacher (even authoring a children’s book called “The Truth About You”). For nine years, Beth pastored at Sanctus Church and currently, she is a certified Christian Spiritual Life Coach. The greatest adventure of her life has been following Jesus for almost 5 decades!

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Ron Lagerquist

Pastor and Author – Fasting To Freedom

July 31, 2023

Ron has worked for the Durham District School Board for 37 years as a Custodian and then 5 years as a Custodial Supervisor overseeing the operations of 28 schools. Over the last 30 years, Ron has written and spoken on the spiritual and physical aspects of fasting and health. He wrote the book Fasting to Freedom which has sold around 40,000 copies. He has published three websites: freedomyou.com, thejuicenut.com, and whiteoakschurch.com. He is also a pastor of White Oaks Church.

Freedom You began out of the need to amass under one roof, all the information anyone will ever need to make the change towards physical and spiritual wholeness. From choosing a ripe cantaloupe to discovering the love of Jesus, you will find hundreds of pages on better eating, successful fasting, and deepening your relationship with God.

Fasting to Freedom: A Revolution of Body and Spirit
• everything you need to know to fast safely
• detoxification, healing, colon cleansing
• spiritual renewal, self-control, deepened contentment
• refreshed relationship with God.
• how to prepare and safely end a fast
• overcome emotional battles familiar with fasting
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Tyrelle Smith

Evangelist

July 27, 2023

Proclaiming the soul-saving, signs following, Gospel of Jesus Christ. Seeing souls saved around the world, and bringing in The Great Canadian Harvest.
The Gospel is a passionate message from a passionate God. Tyrelle Smith is not ashamed of the Gospel. It’s God’s power to save every soul He has built heaven for.
She has seen crusade fields filled with His Presence and healing burst forth at His name as she co-preached with her Bootcamp brothers as sisters as well as Evangelist Daniel Kolenda. She is passionate about training NEW proclamation evangelists to combine harvest the nations in Holy Ghost camaraderie!
One of her joys is seeing Canadians’ souls saved as she approaches groups of teens or adults and shares Jesus Christ while she is out and about. She loves to see friends and family get saved together in the power of the Holy Spirit.
She is also experienced in anti-sex trafficking work internationally but her focus currently is souls.

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Bill Prankard

President – Bill Prankard Evangelistic Association

July 25, 2023

BILL PRANKARD is the President of the Bill Prankard Evangelistic Association a healing evangelist with a burning vision for revival. In 1972, while pastoring a small Pentecostal Church in Canada, he had a life-changing encounter with the Holy Spirit in a Kathryn Kuhlman service. That experience launched him into international healing and evangelism ministry. Thousands of people have received outstanding physical miracles and spiritual transformations as he crosses denominational lines and carries the full Gospel message, “in demonstration of the Spirit and power.”
The scripture that has been the driving vision of the BPEA ministry is Canada’s motto, Psalm 72:8 – “He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.” During his more than five decades of evangelistic ministry, Bill has taken Healing and Hope “from sea to sea” in Canada and abroad. He established and led churches, hosted weekly and daily television ministry, and authored several books and publications. At “the ends of the earth,” in both the Canadian and Russian Arctic, he and his teams took the Gospel where the name of Jesus had never been heard, mentored leaders, and spearheaded the funding and establishment of native churches.

VISION:
Do you sometimes feel like a ship lost at sea, unable to determine God’s will and direction for your life?
God has the answer for you in one word—Vision!
It will clear away the fog of confusion and help you become laser-focused on your God-given purpose. In this powerful book, Evangelist Bill Prankard shares the remarkable details of a life-altering vision he received in 1972 of Canada in national revival. The vision, inspired by the Holy Spirit, became the driving force that has led him to preach with passion, to minister healing and miracles to thousands, and to believe for a national spiritual awakening.

The Timothy Conference
BPEA is hosting this Timothy Conference for you. Revival is breaking out everywhere and we want you to be ready! We have assembled some of the most outstanding ministries for a time of mentoring, impartation and Holy Ghost outpouring that we believe can ignite all generations. Prepare your heart to be transformed!
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Dr. Caroline Leaf

Author, Communication Pathologist, Clinical Neuroscientist

July 17 – 19, 2023

Dr. Caroline Leaf has spent the last 30 years researching the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change with directed mind input (neuroplasticity). Throughout her years of clinical practice, she has helped hundreds of thousands of people learn how to use their minds to detox and grow their brains to succeed in every area of their lives including school, university, and the workplace.
Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist, audiologist, clinical and cognitive neuroscientist with a Master’s and Ph.D. in Communication Pathology and a BSc in Logopaedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s, she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health, and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change (neuroplasticity) with directed mind input.

During her years in clinical practice and her work with thousands of underprivileged teachers and students in her home country of South Africa and in the USA, she developed her theory (called the Geodesic Information Processing theory) of how we think, build memory, and learn, into tools and processes that have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD), autism, dementias and mental ill-health issues like anxiety and depression. She has helped hundreds of thousands of students and adults learn how to use their minds to detox and grow their brains to succeed in every area of their lives, including school, university, and the workplace.
Dr. Leaf is also the bestselling author of Switch on Your Brain, Think Learn Succeed, Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess, and many more. She teaches at academic, medical, and neuroscience conferences, and to various audiences around the world.

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Dr. Harrison Mungal

Public Speaker & Author – Soul Care

Guest Host – July 11 – 14, 2023

Harrison’s hope for everyone reading this book is to have a better understanding of spirituality and mental health and how both can work together to bring about effective support to those struggling in their day to day walk. We know the creator can do the evitable, He knows us before we knew ourselves, He knows the state we would be in and has already prepared the solutions for our struggles. He has the remedy that can bring healing and keep us from becoming unwell.

Harrison is passionate about life and the people he supports as a therapist with a clinical psychology background. He is an author of over thirty books, a public speaker to over forty-two nations, and has been teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ for over 41 years. He will be celebrating 33 years of marriage this year. He has seven children and is a grandfather of two. He is appreciated for the depth of his knowledge, skills, and great humour, both from a biblical and scientific perspective. He has been a guest on several Radio and Television programs, the Attorney General of Canada, the Police, hospitals, community agencies, and churches. He has received several awards and recognitions from local police, mayors, community leaders, managers and directors, and families. He provides training and consultations to various community partners, including psychiatrists, medical doctors, social workers, nurses, police officers, firefighters, and senior management teams. He has been involved in cognitive research to support individuals with substance abuse, addictions, anxiety, and depression, including Music therapy and schizophrenia, with over 21 years of working experience with a diverse population in mental health/psychiatry/psychology. Harrison has completed two years of Bible College with a Christian Leadership Certificate and a Ministerial Diploma, a bachelor’s degree in Theology and two master’s degrees (Master’s in Counselling and A Master’s in Social Work), and two doctorate degrees (Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work and Doctor Degree in Clinical Psychology).

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Dr. Roger Helland

Author – Pursuing God’s Presence

June 30, 2023

For those craving a deeper relationship with God, author Roger Helland, shares how to actively practice the presence of God in his new book, “Pursuing God’s Presence: A Practical Guide to Daily Renewal and Joy”. Roger calls us to let the Lord saturate our lives and the world with His kavod (kaw-vode)—His radiant glory and manifest presence.

Dr. Roger Helland currently serves as the Prayer Ambassador for The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Previously he served as the district minister of the Baptist General Conference in Alberta.

He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM) and Trinity Western University (DMin). With over 35 years of experience as a pastor, denominational leader and adjunct professor at several theological schools, his mission is to equip and empower missional, disciple-making leaders and churches.

His passion is for spiritual leadership and church renewal with a deep devotion to prayer and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4). He has written seven books including The Devout Life, Magnificent Surrender and Missional Spirituality. He resides with his wife Gail near Calgary.

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Alison Brown

Author – Don’t Let What If? Ruin What Is

June 28, 2023

Alison Brown is a women’s health expert who is passionate about helping moms live healthy and stress-free lives. She is a mom to three energetic boys, a 25-year fitness and nutrition veteran, a mentor, and a co-owner, with her high-school sweetheart Graham, of New U Fitness and the online program, The Switch Project. She is also the author of Making the Switch – A moms guide to fill her own cup up first.
Do you lose sleep while your mind jumps to every worst-case scenario? Do you parent from a place of fear or can’t seem to relax? Our guest, author Alison Brown can relate and she wants to help you break the habit of worry and live with peace instead. She joins us to talk about her new book, Don’t Let What If? Ruin What Is. And learn about the ‘FIRE’ approach to overcome worry: Faith, Inner Work, Real Food and Exercise.

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Roberta Fiddler

Author – Transformed By Love

June 21, 2023

Roberta Fiddler is from Saskatoon, SK, and has worked with many First Nations communities from many areas in Saskatchewan. She has grown up in Waterhen Lake First Nation and Roberta continues to mentor and support many people in combating the diverse socio-economic situations that they face within their own First Nations communities by showing them the love and hope of Christ. Roberta uses her gifts to encourage and strengthen the body of Christ and all those she may influence by encouraging them to chase their God-given dreams. Roberta sits on the Women’s Journey Of Faith (WJOF) board and is the Northern Initiative Representative for WJOF. She is a recent author of the 30-day devotional “Transformed by Love, Healing the Issues of the Heart”; released in April 2023.

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BUILDING A BETTER MAN

June 12 – 16

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Dr. Andrew Blackwood “Coach Drew”

Healing Communication Consultant & Parenting Coach

For more than 17 years, Mental Health Professional, Dr. Andrew L. Blackwood, affectionately known as “Coach Drew”, has been using healing communication to address the spiritual, emotional, and mental health needs of individuals, couples, families and organizations.
Andrew’s personal journey through anxiety and childhood divorce helps him appreciate the painful challenges of those he works with. Earning a Master of Divinity in Counselling (Tyndale Seminary, 2005) and a Doctor of Ministry to Marriage and Family (Eastern University – Palmer School of Theology, 2010), prepared him to serve well as a Clinician, guest expert, and media consultant on shows like 100 Huntley Street, The Perspective and The 700 Club Canada. His remarkable ability to engage and bring clarity to the complex challenges of healing in relationships sets him apart as a true facilitator of change.

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Shiraz Siddique

Author and speaker

Rallying a core group, Shiraz Siddique founded Christian Business Harvest Network to grow the Competence and Confidence of Business Professionals to fulfill their God-given capacities. His motivating and inspirational style nurtures the type of faith that propels people towards a Passionate Pursuit of Purpose. Through practical Business Skillset development, CBHN endeavors to build a Christian Mindset towards harvesting the fulness of the seed God had deposited in our DNA.
As a Pastor, John Maxwell Certified Coach, and Serial Entrepreneur, Shiraz helps people illuminate a path to possession of the promises God has for us. Shiraz completed his Master of Theology from Tyndale Seminary and is a guest preacher at many Churches. The concept of a Successful Judgement Day drives Shiraz to help as many as possible run their race in a way to win it!

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Justin Driedger

Executive Pastor – Central Community Church

Justin Driedger is currently the Weekend Experience Director at Central Community Church in Niagara-On-The-Lake. While his day job revolves around using creativity to solve problems and lead teams, his heartbeat is for Jesus, his beautiful wife, and Worship Director Melanie, his 2 boys Eli and River, traveling the world, and less importantly just shy of frozen Coke Zero. Rumour has it he’s a #3 on the Enneagram and has a firm belief that there is no limit to what God can do in and through you.

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Shiraz Siddique

Author – Well Done

June 8, 2023

Rallying a core group, Shiraz Siddique founded Christian Business Harvest Network to grow the Competence and Confidence of Business Professionals to fulfill their God-given capacities. His motivating and inspirational style nurtures the type of faith that propels people towards a Passionate Pursuit of Purpose. Through practical Business Skillset development, CBHN endeavors to build a Christian Mindset towards harvesting the fulness of the seed God had deposited in our DNA.

As a Pastor, John Maxwell Certified Coach, and Serial Entrepreneur, Shiraz helps people illuminate a path to possession of the promises God has for us. Shiraz completed his Master of Theology from Tyndale Seminary and is a guest preacher at many Churches. The concept of a Successful Judgement Day drives Shiraz to help as many as possible run their race in a way to win it!

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Solomon Ikhuiwu

Evangelist

June 6, 2023

Solomon is a man after God’s own heart, he is a husband, and father and loves doing the work of an evangelist. Solomon who is an author, a TV show host, and a recent certified mayoral candidate always makes it his mission to seize God-ordained opportunities.

On July 1st, GOD HEAL OUR LAND event will be held at the Tim Horton’s Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. Soloman Ikhuiwu, preacher and organizer of the event, explains why Christians from all denominations are gathering together in anticipation that God will ignite revival and transformation in Canada.

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Curtis & Sylvia Hartshorn

E3 Ministry Canada

May 30 – June 2, 2023

Sylvia and Curtis had a massive awakening in their faith when they were in Malawi in 2016. They saw how the Christians lived there and were challenged to get back to the simple Gospel. They felt convicted of how overcomplicating ministry had actually immobilized them. When they got home, they happened to go through a Gospel conversation training, and it put words to so much of what Jesus was already speaking to their hearts. They knew then that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives doing ministry as close to how Jesus did it as possible. They found e3 Ministry Canada gets to the heart of the simple, yet powerful Gospel and calls believers to make disciples that walk as Jesus did.
Curtis is a church planter, evangelist, and discipleship trainer with e3 Ministry Canada. His passion is to see the great commission fulfilled in our lifetime by equipping every believer to live on mission.

Sylvia’s primary role is mothering and discipling their two young children Naomi and Gabe, and she also works for e3 Ministry Canada as a Church Planting Multiplier. Sylvia has a passion to bring the Gospel to those who have never heard it, both in Canada and in the nations. Sylvia burns for seeing believers in Canada rise to their full identity as kingdom builders who have been called and sent by Jesus.

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Brody & Deidre Haight

E3 Ministry Canada

May 30 – June 2, 2023

Deidre and Brody are full-time staff in E3 Ministry. They live by the simple principles love God and love people. Authenticity and simplicity are essentials in their lives. They both have been through some very dark and traumatic times in life and have seen God’s mighty power and experienced His deep love. Their hearts burn to share the realness of God’s love and invite every person they encounter into a relationship with Him. They are people led by God’s Spirit using whatever gifting and creativity he has given them to further His Kingdom here on earth.

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Adam Shepski

Disciple A City Director

May 30 – June 2, 2023

After coming to Jesus at the age of 18, Adam and his wife Melissa raised their support as missionaries. They began working with Youth for Christ in local, national, and international roles for 15 years. While Adam was developing prayer and evangelism strategies for Youth for Christ globally, he discovered that only 10% of Canadian believers had shared the Gospel once in the past six months. Seeing that the Canadian church has wrestled with how to engage and fulfill the Great Commission, Adam pulled from his global experience in leadership, fundraising, and innovation with Youth For Christ and helped found Disciple a City. Disciple a City trains churches, organizations, and individuals with simple tools to share the Gospel and disciple new believers. By 2020 the work and team of Disciple a City had grown and seen many people transformed by Jesus. This led Adam and his wife Melissa to resign from Youth for Christ and continue to raise their support as missionaries to direct DAC full-time. With the DAC team, Adam founded Every Disciple Sent as a multi-organization initiative to call and train Canadians nationally to ignite mission, share Jesus and multiply hope. He is ordained with Anchor Ministerial Fellowship and believes the future of the Canadian church hinges on the equipping and sending of every believer. Adam, Melissa, and their sons live in Peterborough County.

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Maddy Revoy

Missionary

May 30 – June 2, 2023

Maddy is a missionary and evangelist. Her heart is for everyone to know the true transformative love of Jesus Christ, whether in her hometown or in the nations. God has given her a heart for sharing on the true purity we receive through Christ and on the importance and ease of sharing the Gospel in everyday life.

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Ryan McVety

Pastor – The River Worship

May 25, 2023

Ryan McVety has served as the long-term Vice President of Canada Christian College located in Whitby, Ontario. In 2021, Ryan and his wife Lindsay founded a weekly worship night called “The River Worship”. The River has quickly grown into Canada’s largest worship night with an average weekly attendance of 2,000-3,000 people passionately praising God. Artists and Guest Speakers from Elevation Worship, Maverick City Music, The Belonging & Co, and many more have travelled to join in on the movement. After studying Political Science, Ryan graduated with a law degree in 2014 but left the practice of law for a career in full-time ministry. Ryan is a proud husband to Lindsay who is from North Carolina and their one-year-old Son, Maverick.

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Tyrelle Smith

Evangelist

May 23, 2023

Signs of miracles and healing have followed His word as she’s preached. She preaches to the unsaved and teaches and equips the church. Tyrelle has taught and ministered internationally and co-leads Gospel Fire for All Nations with her husband Bill Smith.
She is an ordained minister with the ACOP and CfaN and is a graduate of the Christ for all Nations Evangelism Bootcamp, trained by its President Evangelist Daniel Kolenda who has led 23 million souls to Jesus Christ in face-to-face meetings.

COME TOGETHER SASK – June 2 – 4
Yes! God wants to meet YOU at SaskTel Centre!
Come Together is a life-changing, catalytic, stadium event to encounter the presence of Jesus in powerful worship and receive His soul-saving message at SaskTel Centre.
When Jesus placed it in our hearts to go after SaskTel Centre, we knew He wanted Christians from all denominations to “Come Together” to experience and host Him and His Presence in Saskatoon, to encounter Him in the simple gospel once again, and bring family and friends to meet Him and feel His power for the first time.
I prayed and said, “God, if this is what YOU want, I’ll do it! Put something in my hands today from SaskTel Centre Stadium and I am 100% in, but if you don’t, I am 100% out!” Because we don’t need grandiose plans! We need God’s plans!
Within an hour, and with no one knowing what I prayed, a man put TWO photos in my hands. One of Billy Graham preaching in SaskTel Centre Stadium and the other is a picture of the promo!
God is real, and He cares about you, and this is His message to you personally. He is ready to meet you, whether it’s for the first time or to revive your life with His greatness.
June 2-4 and you will see that He will change your life and encounter your soul with His love and power! It’s time to “Come Together”
Charity Gayle I speak Jesus, will lead worship as well as Sask and Canadian teams

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Dr. Rod Wilson

Author, psychologist and pastor

May 18, 2023

Are you a good listener? Author, psychologist, and pastor Rod Wilson joins us to discuss his article entitled, How to Listen Well, in Faith Today Magazine. He discusses what hinders us from being good listeners and provides seven practices to help us listen well and the impact on our lives when we practice good listening.

Dr. Rod Wilson has worked as a psychologist, consultant, and researcher, served as a Pastor in three different churches, and been involved in multiple roles in theological education including as President of Regent College in Vancouver from 2000-2015.

Currently, he is on the Advisory Panel for Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries and serves as a mentor-advisor to a number of international leaders and organizations, including the In Trust Center for Theological Schools, Lumara Grief and Bereavement Care, and the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia. He is a Senior Writer for Faith Today magazine and is the co-author of Exploring Your Anger, Helping Angry People, and Keeping Faith in Fundraising. He is also the author of Counseling and Community, How Do I Help a Hurting Friend? and Thank You. I’m Sorry. Tell Me More. How to Change the World with 3 Sacred Sayings.

Wilson holds a B.Sc. in English Literature and Psychology (University of Toronto), an M.T.S. in Theology (Conrad Grebel College), an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology (York University), and an honorary D.D. (Trinity Western University).

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Tanya Pollard

Author – Memory Stones

May 16, 2023

Tanya Pollard is the author of Memory Stones: Learn How to Start Trusting God by Proving to Yourself That He is Faithful. A former high-tech Instructional Designer whose award-winning courses taught people how to use software, she now combines her decades of Bible teaching with her skills as a women’s LifeGroup facilitator to equip and encourage people of all ages to build their personal relationship with their heavenly Father through examining the Word and experiencing life with Him.
A native and resident of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, she can usually be found hanging with her loud and loveable family consisting of one handy and handsome husband, two fun and dramatic kids, and one sweet, senior Morkie. You can also find her writing in her cloffice (it’s a thing), doing excessive online research in the quest for new baking recipes or blue perennials, wrapping stunning gifts, consuming all manner of coffee with loved ones, or crying her way through inspiring biographies, touching makeover shows, and based-on-real-life movies.

Memory Stones
Are you tired of stressing out and worrying every time you face a difficult circumstance? When a hardship presents itself, do you only focus on the threat in front of you and completely forget about the God beside you? Or do you remember that He exists but doubt His faithfulness because you acutely recall times in the past when things didn’t work out well—at all?
Tanya Pollard has struggled with this and knows how hard it can be to trust that God is always faithful. But by using God’s instruction to Joshua, she found a way to prove to herself that He is, and she wants you to discover how you too can:
• Overcome doubts about God’s faithfulness by understanding who He is and what faithful really means
• Trust God with your trials and future by using rocks as visual reminders of His constant faithfulness
• Trade your worries for gratitude and joy by discovering where His hand is already moving in all areas of your life
• Stop feeling alone and strengthen your relationship with God by involving Him in the search for His faithfulness in your life
Join Tanya as she explains what faithful is and what it isn’t and encourages you with the lessons she learned through the rocks in her jar, which reveal who God truly is, how much He dearly loves you, and what faithful really looks like.

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Holly Enslen

Author – Mothers-In-Law: Society’s Scapegoat

May 12, 2023

I am a 67-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother to four teenagers. My husband Vern and I have been married for almost 48 years. Together we have weathered the storms of life and also celebrated the mountain tops. Presently we are residing for three weeks out of each month at a year-round Christian camp called Camp Caroline which is located west of Red Deer, Alberta. The remaining time we head back to our permanent home in Medicine Hat, Alberta to check on our house, deal with appointments and catch up with family and friends. In retirement, Vern has taken on the role of ‘Director of Site & Facilities’ at the camp and I spend my days pursuing my interests of drawing and writing. As our son once said, “you guys are living the dream”, and we truly are.

Mothers-in-law are routinely depicted as evil troublemakers out to control and destroy the lives of their adult children. If issues arise amongst in-laws, the silent majority automatically defaults to the assumption that it’s the mother-in-law’s fault. When this occurs, perceptions become skewed and problems are rarely resolved successfully. There are untold numbers of mothers-in-law everywhere paying an enormous price because of the slanderous and degrading characterization of them by the bulk of humanity in general. It is time these beleaguered women are given the opportunity to share what the impact can be like for individuals who are the butt of derogatory jokes, demeaning or satirical storylines, and consistent portrayal as nasty shrews.
Mothers-in-law who are struggling because of society’s discriminatory attitude towards them will find support and encouragement in this book. Open-minded daughters-in-law and sons-in-law are offered a fresh perspective if they are looking to find possible and often overlooked explanations for why the relationship they have with their mother-in-law is not working as well as it could be. Of utmost importance, if counsellors and clergy are willing to consider the possibility that they, along with their clients, could be harbouring destructive and disdainful subconscious biases regarding mothers-in-law, they will be given tools to overcome such obstacles. Unless acknowledged and properly addressed, these kinds of defamatory distortions will play a huge role in a family’s dysfunction and cause professionals to dispense prejudicial and damaging advice to those coming to them for direction and guidance. Readers will become aware of just how prevalent derogatory mother-in-law representation is in our culture thru the documentation of past, current, and ongoing examples. In addition to addressing other unhealthy mental roadblocks and attitudes, practical suggestions, and strategies are put forward that individuals can implement to repair the detrimental effects that the offensive mother-in-law stereotype has created.

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Stéphane Therrien

Author – The Ultimate Journey of A Warrior

May 9, 2023

In this Second Edition of The Refining Journey of a Warrior, Stephane digs even deeper than before. We are going to the gym and training hard; cardiovascular exercises, bulking up, and leaning out, to achieve the perfect body and outer beauty. It is written in the Bible that physical exercise is good for us, but we should exercise ourselves to be godly for everlasting results and to be in line with God. We should train our spiritual mind even more than our physical body. Are you in shape both spiritually and physically? Our body declines with age, sickness, and injuries, but faith in God can carry us through these tough times. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. ” 2 Timothy 4:7, NLT
Stéphane has worked with the Street Outreach Ministry for the last 10 years tending to the needs of our homeless with food and clothing. Also, due to the generosity of a local philanthropist and professional sports organization, he runs a clothing ministry providing quality clothing (Roots) and footwear, as well as sports apparel for our less fortunate.
Stéphane has been to Nicaragua multiply times for mission work with the Barnabas Group. There he was working with gangs and prisons to share the love of Jesus. He has also been on mission trips to South Africa, as well as Dominican Republic. Another ministry closer to home is a bread ministry, helping generous restaurants not waste their end of day fresh bread, making sure the needy or working poor have access to it.
At Stéphane’s home church MCC, he runs a men’s ministry called the Band of Brothers which helps real men equip real men for life.
Stéphane also has a heart for those in prison. For the past 14 years, he has worked ministering the gospel to all prisoners who desperately want and need the love of Jesus. This one has been on pause due to covid.
Stéphane also has traveled around Ontario and Quebec with Reality Outreach, a ministry that produces a play about salvation performed at various churches.
Stéphane lives in Ontario Canada, with his wife Karen and daughter Chelsea. He has spoken all over the world and is available for speaking engagements.

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Luke Wilson

CEO – A Rocha Canada

May 3, 2023

Luke Wilson serves as the CEO of A Rocha Canada. His experience and training are in non-profit management and sustainable community development. He has a deep calling to the ministry of A Rocha; to bring hope through the care of both people and places. A Rocha is preserving sensitive habitats and threatened species, growing food sustainably and feeding people living on a low income, inspiring school children and training young scientists. Luke loves it when people learn new ways of treating the earth as God’s gift and when a person’s faith comes alive in the process. He has been in various marketing, communications and leadership roles with A Rocha since 2009.

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Stephanie Morales-Beaulieu

Author – Anything But Ordinary – Finding Faith That Works When Life Doesn’t

May 1, 2023

Stephanie shares her father’s legacy in Anything But Ordinary. After her father’s diagnosis and eventually passing from ALS, author Stephanie Morales-Beaulieu took to writing Jesse’s story of faith with the hope to continue to share his legacy of love for Jesus. She hopes that by sharing her father’s legacy, other people who are struggling will know that anytime something in life isn’t working, there is a unique opportunity to walk by faith.

Stephanie Morales-Beaulieu is a lover of God’s Word and shares that passion online, from the stage, in her living room, and anywhere else God opens the door.
Through losing her dad and learning how to hold onto God’s promises, came a passion to make the transforming power of the Word accessible to those new to it, overwhelmed by it, or longing to be changed by it.
She is the creator of Bite-Size Bible Study® and has authored A Roadmap to Trials (Journey through James), Walk in Love (Ephesians) and most recently, The Flourishing Life (The Parable of the Sower). She is a born communicator with contagious love and enthusiasm for Jesus.
As a wife to Mike and mom of four littles, she shares from her wealth of relatable stories that will inspire you to see everyday life through the lens of truth. She is authentic, funny and you will wish she lived next door.

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Crystal Lavallee

Founder & National Director, I Am Compelled / TV Host & Producer

April 24 – 28, 2023

Crystal is a passionate, young Metis leader, wearing multiple ‘hats’ these days! As Founder and National Director of I Am Compelled (IAC), we provide in-school learning experiences for students that bring to life past heroes who were compelled to do great things for others! Through the dark atrocities of our past, leaders emerged who carved a path of healing. We must look back and listen in order to move forward together. Each assembly uses short videos to engage, inspire and compel students toward attainable action steps for healing.

A few of my other hats include producing Indigenous stories for television broadcast and social.
Yet, my most favourite hat of all is the media mentorship hat. Helping Indigenous youth and young adults get trained and equipped to reach remote Indigenous communities and youth with a message of love.

My life experiences have led me into unique situations. From the heart-wrenching firsthand accounts of seeing children sold into sex-trafficking in the Philippines, because their families couldn’t afford their next meal. Sitting with the Dalit in India and running educational programs for students in Saint Lucia, Slovakia and the Dominican Republic, opened my eyes to the global perspective – “to whom much is given, much is required”.

Seeing life through this global perspective has spurred me on to fuel purpose in the lives of Canada’s NOW-generation leaders. As a dynamic speaker and communicator, I compel my audiences to see what’s in their hands, what they’ve been given and challenge them to use that for the bigger picture (it’s not about you).

Creativity and production have been a natural skill set I’ve learned to hone over the years. It has taken years of sacrifice and setbacks to get to where I am today, but I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything.

Keep your head up and your eyes open. Seize the moments and own the opportunities. Let go of the things that slow you down so that your life hits the mark!

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Dr. Andrew Blackwood, “Coach Drew”

Healing Communication Consultant & Parenting Coach

April 24 – 28, 2023

For more than 17 years, Mental Health Professional, Dr. Andrew L. Blackwood, affectionately known as “Coach Drew”, has been using healing communication to address the spiritual, emotional, and mental health needs of individuals, couples, families, and organizations.
Andrew’s personal journey through anxiety and childhood divorce helps him appreciate the painful challenges of those he works with. Earning a Master of Divinity in Counselling (Tyndale Seminary, 2005) and a Doctor of Ministry to Marriage and Family (Eastern University – Palmer School of Theology, 2010), prepared him to serve well as a Clinician, guest expert, and media consultant on shows like 100 Huntley Street, The Perspective and The 700 Club Canada. His remarkable ability to engage and bring clarity to the complex challenges of healing in relationships sets him apart as a true facilitator of change.
His desire to impact relationship culture around the world is made personal every day as he continues to learn, heal, and grow in his most prized relationships, with his wife and two daughters.

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Faytene Grasseschi

TV show Producer/Host, Humanitarian & Compassion Advocate

April 20, 2023

Faytene has been in full-time charitable work since 1997.

She began by serving extensively on the inner-city streets of Vancouver. During this time, she led street outreaches and equipping schools, aiming at helping the poor, homeless and/or addicted.

In her first two years of official full-time, non-profit service, she also functioned as city-wide director of Neighbour Link Vancouver, a ministry of World Vision Canada, which mobilizes volunteers to serve the needy in their community in practical ways (food delivery, visitation, home care, etc.). During these years, Neighbour Link experienced exponential growth with many being mobilized to serve the poor in the city of Vancouver.

In 2000, after being miraculously healed of a terminal illness (autoimmune hepatitis), she transitioned to overseas humanitarian work. During this period, she served in Liberia, West Africa for 7 months under Hope for the Nations in a rescue mission for malnourished children during which time she spearheaded the establishment of a mercy ministry and other outposts there.

After her return, Faytene devoted herself to pioneering TheCRY Movement which hosted several, large-scale prayer gatherings in Canada and two internationally (in Hollywood & Israel), directed 4MYCanada which equips Canadians in civic and democratic responsibility and led the women’s gatherings in Canada focused at empowering women to impact their communities for good.

Faytene has emerged as a respected national leader, public speaker, and talk show host.

CURRENTLY

Faytene gives directorship oversight to the activities of V-Kol Media Ministries and is the producer and host of a weekly national talk show (Faytene.tv). She is married to Robert Grasseschi, they have two beautiful children and reside in New Brunswick.

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Bryan Elliott

Author – More Than Gold

April 18, 2023

Bryan is a lover of Jesus, a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, and creative inventor whose relentless curiosity and partnership with God have led to the development of numerous technology patents.
As the founder and CEO of Flō Energy Solutions, serving the food retail sector for 25 years across North America, Bryan has a passion for establishing Flo as a Kingdom company.
Bryan holds a degree in engineering from the University of New Brunswick. He serves on several Boards of Directors including Transform Our World Canada, is the co-founder and president of M46 Ministries, and serves in various advisory roles. Bryan is the co-founder and Chairman of Bee Me Kidz, a non-profit organization that aims to boost self-worth, education, resiliency, and community to school-aged children and their families from lower socio-economic areas. Admired for his tireless work ethic and sense of adventure, Bryan once spent two months cycling across Canada— from British Columbia to New Brunswick — experiencing some of the most breathtaking scenery and meeting incredible people along the way.

Bryan’s first book, “More than Gold,” is a testimony-based discipleship journey focused on the foundations of the faith. Not one to waste time between projects, he is currently editing his second book, “Greater Than Silver,” writing a third book on discipleship, and co-writing a fourth book with his daughter, Bryn, focused on apologetics. Bryan also writes a regular blog and just launched a podcast with Bryn called “The Father Pursuit.”

More Than Gold – After the tragic murder of his eldest daughter, Abbe, author Bryan Elliott was awakened to his calling as a father to teach, train, and spur his younger daughter, Bryn, on in the ways of the Lord. More Than Gold: Reflections on Living in Glorious Freedom was inspired by Elliott’s writings to Bryn in the wake of Abbe’s death. Through its pages, Elliott shares how, in the midst of unbelievable trauma and tragedy, including divorce, a years-long murder trial, and multi-million-dollar business deals falling apart, trusting God results in peace that surpasses understanding. Through each poignant reflection, Elliott beautifully weaves his story of hope and redemption into lessons learned on the journey toward deepening his walk with Jesus.

About M46 Ministries
M46 Ministries was cofounded by father-daughter team and authors Bryan and Bryn Elliott and exists to help people discover and practice a better way, The Jesus Way, so that all might experience God’s transformative power and healing love. M46 is a Christ-centered ministry founded on Malachi 4:6 and is dedicated to helping restore families by drawing fathers and children to the heart of God. The ministry was born out of Bryan and Bryn’s call to share their testimonies and the love of God through books, Bible studies, podcasts, and speaking engagements with those who need it most.

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Brent McCorkle

Co-Director – Jesus Revolution

April 14, 2023

Brent McCorkle has loved movies for as long as he can remember. As kids, he and his brother stopped counting after they had seen Star Wars forty times. Brent’s films are known for their heartfelt and visually-compelling storytelling….including an award-winning film that caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, landing him a subsequent first-look deal with DreamWorks and Fox Television. Brent’s feature film directorial debut was the biographical drama “Unconditional”, for which he wrote,
directed, edited, and co-composed the score. He was also an editor and composer on Universal Pictures’ sports drama “Woodlawn”. Brent’s project with Lionsgate’s biographical drama “I Can Only Imagine”, for which he co-wrote, co-edited, composed the score, and was 2nd unit director. Brent’s recent narrative work has garnered favorable mentions in publications such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and MovieMaker. He also has been nominated for and won numerous awards.
Brent currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife of 22 years, and their five children.

The film Jesus Revolution is the true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California. Today, co-director Brent McCorkle joins us to share why he got involved in the project, the miraculous journey to the big screen, and the impact of the film.

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André Schutten

Director of Law and Public Policy and General Legal Counsel – ARPA Canada

April 13, 2023

In 2016, the Parliament of Canada passed federal legislation that allows eligible Canadian adults to request medical assistance in dying or ‘MAID’ as it is known. Since that time, there have been numerous debates on what defines eligible. Here for an update on this highly contentious issue is ARPA Canada’s Director of Law and Public Policy, André Schutten.

André is ARPA Canada’s Director of Law and Public Policy and General Legal Counsel. Based in ARPA’s Ottawa office, he researches and writes on public policy, conducts regular analysis on the impact of different government bills and court judgments and lectures on constitutional and legal issues. He also represents ARPA in various court interventions, having made oral or written arguments before the Supreme Court of Canada in four cases and in four different courts of appeal.

André has an Honours B.A. in Classics and Religion (McMaster University, 2007), a law degree (University of Ottawa, 2010), and a Master of Laws degree in constitutional law (Osgoode Hall, 2013). He was called to the Ontario Bar in June, 2011. André is thankful for the opportunity to research and write on important legal issues and to have been published in peer-reviewed law journals on issues including freedom of expression, association and religion, equality and disability rights, and constitutional interpretation. André is also an adjunct lecturer at both Redeemer University in Hamilton, Ontario, and at Trinity Western University’s Ottawa campus.

André is a former infantry reservist, an amateur church organist, and a recent muay thai enthusiast. He lives in Gatineau, Québec with his wife and three children. They are active members of Jubilee Church, a Canadian Reformed Church in Ottawa, where André serves as an ordained elder.

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Danielle Hartung

Senior Communications and Engagement Strategist– Samaritan’s Purse Canada

April 7, 2023

Samaritan’s Purse Canada is a Christian international relief organization that provides aid and assistance to people affected by natural disasters, war, poverty, and other crises around the world. Because of your generosity, we have been able to support their efforts in Turkey after the earthquake left millions in desperate need of help. Danielle Hartung, Senior Communications and Engagement Strategist, joins us with an update us on what’s been happening in Turkey through the work of Samaritan’s Purse Canada, the main challenges after arriving in Turkey following the earthquake and how we can pray for the Turkish people today.

Danielle Hartung is the Senior Communications and Engagement Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse Canada, an international disaster response organization. Her work has taken her across South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East, where she has served in relief and development projects across a variety of sectors. She has a background in government and public policy, working on trade and energy issues at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., followed by a Canadian think-tank, the Canada Strong and Free Network.
She is a Cardus Next Gen Fellow, focusing on exploring the relevance and resources of the Christian faith for vocations and for public life today. Her faith, policy perspectives, and international experience have given her a passion for issues of freedom, particularly the subject of religious freedom and conscience rights.

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Danielle Hartung

Senior Communications and Engagement Strategist– Samaritan’s Purse Canada

April 7, 2023

Samaritan’s Purse Canada is a Christian international relief organization that provides aid and assistance to people affected by natural disasters, war, poverty, and other crises around the world. Because of your generosity, we have been able to support their efforts in Turkey after the earthquake left millions in desperate need of help. Danielle Hartung, Senior Communications and Engagement Strategist, joins us with an update us on what’s been happening in Turkey through the work of Samaritan’s Purse Canada, the main challenges after arriving in Turkey following the earthquake and how we can pray for the Turkish people today.

Danielle Hartung is the Senior Communications and Engagement Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse Canada, an international disaster response organization. Her work has taken her across South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East, where she has served in relief and development projects across a variety of sectors. She has a background in government and public policy, working on trade and energy issues at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., followed by a Canadian think-tank, the Canada Strong and Free Network.
She is a Cardus Next Gen Fellow, focusing on exploring the relevance and resources of the Christian faith for vocations and for public life today. Her faith, policy perspectives, and international experience have given her a passion for issues of freedom, particularly the subject of religious freedom and conscience rights.

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Aaron Armstrong 

Author – I’m A Christian – NOW WHAT?

April 4, 2023

Aaron Armstrong a Canadian living in America and the author of I’m a Christian—Now What?: A Guide to Your New Life with Christ. He serves his local church as a community group leader and as a member of its teaching team. He loves to write, especially to help people grow as followers of Jesus. He, his wife, and their three children live south of Nashville, Tennessee.
If you are a new Christian, you are on a new path. But where are you going and how do you get there? As an adult convert, Aaron Armstrong had to face these questions himself. In I’m a Christian―Now What? A Guide to Your New Life With Christ, Aaron helps you take those important first steps, including:
How to read the Bible and pray
How to think about your favourite TV show
How to find the right church
How to disagree with other Christians
How to rethink sex and marriage

You probably have a lot of questions. You might not even know which questions to ask. This practical and friendly book helps make sense of your new life with Jesus. It ends with suggestions for how you can take the next step by helping other new Christians.
I’m a Christian―Now What? is a perfect handbook for new believers and those who want to disciple them

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Stacey Campbell

President & CEO – Prison Fellowship Canada
March 23, 2023

Stacey Campbell serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Prison Fellowship Canada, an organization that prepares and mobilizes the Canadian Christian community in response to the issue of crime and the restoration of offenders.
Stacey has been involved in the leadership of the organization since 2009 and together with her team, she has grown the ministry in both capacity and depth. Her unique ability has brought the ministry’s vision, growth, and stewardship into a regionalized and aligned system that moves from strategy to goal setting to tactical execution without losing sight of the ministry on the ground. Stacey uses the skills and training she honed from 25 years in the business world where she owned and operated a mid-sized company.
Stacey holds a Master’s degree in Missional Leadership and is currently a candidate for a doctoral degree in Restorative Justice through Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
Stacey has volunteered for 14 years in both the federal and provincial corrections in Canada attending jails and prisons on a weekly basis. Her work includes pastoral counselling, mentoring, and facilitating restorative justice circles with offenders and surrogate victims.
Stacey believes in an accountable and restorative response to crime. She teaches on subjects that she is passionate about including, forgiveness, shame, trauma, resilience, and justice.

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Peter Duraisami

President & CEO – The Scott Mission
March 21, 2023

Peter began his career at The Scott Mission in 1990. Previously, he held the position of Director of Ministries, as well as positions in both front-line ministry, and as Director of Finance.
Peter grew up in India and graduated from the University of Chennai with a major in Mathematics. He went on to become a Chartered Accountant and held managerial and executive roles for over a decade. Since coming to Canada in 1990, Peter has also attended seminary at Tyndale University College in Toronto. An ordained Minister, Peter is a gifted preacher and has ministered in several countries.
Over the last decade, Peter has emerged as a transformational leader while overseeing the tremendous growth in the leaders and staff at Scott Mission, during the recent period of strategic development and implementation of Scott Mission’s Transformational Ministry model. A leader in visioning and strategy, with a heart for the people, Peter has stepped into the new opportunities of expansion, construction, holistic ministry and strategy with confidence and skill.

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Ben & Rachel Hilliker

Author – God’s Masterpiece: Identity Truths for Children
March 16, 2023

Ben and Rachel Hilliker are a couple of dreamers who long to see the church grasp and walk in her identity as the sons and daughters of God. They grew up three hours away from each other until finally meeting across the world in sunny Sydney, Australia. They share a love for creatively communicating God’s heart with people from all walks of life. They’ve now been married for almost 14 years and live in southwestern Ontario with their three hilarious and happy children.
Identity Truths Book:
“Who am I?” Perhaps there has never been a more pressing time for young believers to have clear answers to this question. God calls His children beloved, overcomers, citizens of heaven and so much more. God’s Masterpiece: Identity Truths for Children is full of beautiful illustrations that help bring ten Biblical identity truths to life for ages 5-10. Ideal as a companion book to the devotional God’s Masterpiece: A Handbook on Identity for Parents and Children.
A Handbook on Identity for Parents & Children:
“Who am I?” Perhaps there has never been a more pressing time for young believers to have clear answers to this question. God’s Masterpiece: A Handbook on Identity for Parents and Children, is an ideal parent/child devotional for ages 5-10 that helps unpack ten Scriptural identity truths. Included after each devotion are questions to facilitate dialogue, plus fun practical activity ideas to help reinforce these key truths. Ideal as a companion book to the beautifully illustrated God’s Masterpiece: Identity Truths for Children.

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Roxanne Harris

Author – Audaciously Alive: Choosing to Live Well on Purpose
March 14, 2023

Roxanne Harris lives and works out of her 176-year-old home office on her hobby farm in Ontario, Canada. Roxanne is a tenacious wellness practitioner with over sixteen years of clinical experience with diplomas in Homeopathy, Holistic Nutrition, Blood Microscopy, and Bioregulatory Medicine. Roxanne is also a keynote speaker, speaking internationally at conferences, conventions, and events on health, wellness, and faith. She is married to Scott, and together they have four grown children. When she’s not working, Roxanne can be found dancing in the kitchen and creating healthy gastronomic delights.

After a devastating diagnosis of an autoimmune disease, ankylosing spondylitis, just two weeks after the birth of her fourth child, Roxanne Harris refused to submit to life in a wheelchair and began the fight of her life—to create beauty from the ashes of disease, broken relationships, and the crippling of her body. In Audaciously Alive, Roxanne shares her pain, the many trials she faced, and her most audacious moments of standing firm and not giving up. She highlights the keys to living well and gives insight and wisdom so that you can better see the traps and speed bumps that could derail you from your own path to recovery. In this book packed with practical tools, Roxanne will help you turn the freight train of your health and life around and get back on track physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You no longer have to live in panic, confusion, or fear after a diagnosis. Instead, you can choose to be audacious and live on purpose every day. Say “no” to sickness and the label of disease and choose to live audaciously.

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Sue & Jeremy Broshear

Unexpected Love Story
March 9, 2023

Sue is a listening leader eager to build and be part of an authentic community. For 15 years, Sue has invested in young women through bible studies, writing, mentoring, and serving in missions locally and abroad. Sue and her husband, Jeremy live in Niagara Falls, with their 3 creative kids. Together, they team up to run their family woodworking business – The Handy Carpenter. Sue is always up for a new adventure, a chai tea, and a really great book.

Jeremy is passionate to build things that will outlast himself. As a gifted woodworker, husband, father, and mentor, Jeremy invests in the next generation with great joy. At age 25, depression, homelessness, and addiction nearly ended Jeremy’s life. Today, his hope and future is found in Christ. Jeremy enjoys time in his workshop, laughing with his 3 kids, and coffee… lots of coffee.

Sue and Jeremy are beyond grateful for how God has redeemed, restored, and healed them both. Sue lost her mom and was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 20. Jeremy was given 6 months to live at age 25 from alcoholism. They met each other while serving at a Christian recovery ministry called His Mansion. Jeremy & Sue are eager to share their gifts and God-Story to help others find hope.

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Mike Crofts

Money Coach Mike – Certified Financial Coach
March 7, 2023

Former award winner, touring musician and session player, Mike has never been afraid of “the hustle”. How did he find his way off the road and onto the path of helping others achieve financial freedom? Just after the financial collapse in 2008, Mike believed in the idea that he could borrow money to build wealth. However, he quickly found himself in a lot of consumer debt, living paycheck-to-paycheck, and not building any wealth at all. Seeking advice from a friend on ways to leverage more money, Mike was introduced to a different view of finance, one that built wealth without debt! Paying off $80,000 in just 24 months, Mike now coaches others to do the same, teaching the principles he used to get consumer-debt free. Mike is passionate about teaching others how to take control of their finances. Working through the process of getting on a plan, becoming debt-free, and building long-term wealth, Mike’s message is simple. Be intentional, work a plan and live debt free! In 2022 Mike’s clients paid off over $2.3 million dollars of debt but even better than becoming debt free, they achieved financial peace. Mike is a wealth coach and dynamic speaker on the topic of finance. Passionate about teaching strategies he used to beat debt and win with money, Mike Crofts equips and motivates his audience on how to win with money, both in their personal lives and in small business.

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Jen Pollock Michel

Speaker/Author – In Good Time
March 3, 2023

Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want (winner of Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year), Keeping Place, Surprised by Paradox (winner of Christianity Today’s 2020 Award of Merit for
Beautiful Orthodoxy), and A Habit Called Faith. She holds a BA in French from Wheaton College and an MA in Literature from Northwestern University, and she is also a student in Seattle Pacific’s MFA program. Jen is a wife and mother of five and hosts the Englewood Review of Books podcast.
In her new book, In Good Time: 8 Habits for Reimagining Productivity, Resisting Hurry, and Practicing Peace, award-winning author Jen Pollock Michel teaches readers that time is not something to manage, save, spend, or waste. Our primary call, as Christians, is not to practice
habits of productivity but to practice habits of fruitfulness that lead us into faithfulness to God and our neighbour.

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June Smith

Author – Outside The Gate
Feb 28, 2023

June is a retired Commercial Insurance Underwriter living in Burlington, Ontario. Over the last few years, she has been attending creative writing classes and writing her book on her own experiences as a crown ward in Canada. Her book Outside The Gate is finally ready to be shared with the world. Her passion is to be a voice for children who have endured abuse or are still suffering today. Her intention is that her own journey of healing will provide hope. We must no longer be silent to the cries of the children.
The purpose and hope for her book and her blog are to stir up hearts and to impact change for a better child welfare system for all children born outside the gate. She is hoping that anyone who reads her book or visits her website will be inspired to find out more about the Child Welfare System in Canada.

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Chelsey Demerchant

CEO/Founder – Sapphire Recovery Society
Feb 23, 2023

My name is Chelsey Demerchant and I am the CEO and Founder of Sapphire Recovery Society. We help women/men in human sex trafficking, mental illness, prison inmates, and addiction.
Each week we feed hundreds on the streets of Hastings, clothe them and build lasting relationships.
From a young age, I was also into drugs, crime and gangs. I had a rough upbringing, and my bottom was Hastings. God got a hold of my life and turned it completely around.
I have had 6 years of extensive Ministry training through Coastal Church internships, Bible school and training.
I am a Pastor, and public figure and I preach around the world bringing the good news of what Jesus can do to empower and change someone’s life.
I am a co-pastor at Heavenly Worship Center with Pastor Lalu and have been a part of Patricia King’s Ministry’s “Women on the front lines” for three years.
I am currently writing my book and testimonial and will have it published giving it to treatment centres and prisons to inspire them.
I am also on social media for my non-profit it’s called Sapphire Recovery Society. We go to Hastings street every week and we are now doing prison ministry. We see hundreds of souls being saved and major miracles.

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Katarina MacLeod

Founder/Executive Director – Rising Angels
Feb 22, 2023

In 2015, Katarina MacLeod became the Founder & Executive Director of Rising Angels Awareness & Restorative Care; she is also a survivor of sexual & physical abuse, drug addiction, forcible confinement, and 15 years of commercial sexual exploitation. Ms. MacLeod has been sharing her story and intimate knowledge of this issue in Canada since 2010. She educates to bring awareness, trains others in survivor care and has assisted various NGOs and police services both as a valuable resource and in providing front line assistance. She works with all types of girls and women who are at risk for trafficking or prostitution or are attempting to leave their exploitative situation. Since the striking down of key prostitution laws in Canada, Katarina has been a strong voice in the media and to government against the legalization of prostitution and continues to advocate for the protection of exploited women. Katarina has a diploma in Addictions and Community Service, a certificate in Sexual Violence, and a Level 1 certificate in Trauma Counselling for Front Line Workers. She is a mother to 4 children and living proof of a life restored. She believes strongly that there is beauty to be brought out of the ashes of her past life.
Based in the Greater Toronto Area, Rising Angels mission is to bring education about commercial sexual exploitation to professionals and the public, and to provide supportive services and safe environments to women affected by commercial sexual exploitation, allowing them to experience physical, mental, social and spiritual restoration in their lives.

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Dane Williams

Co-Founder Black Urbanism Toronto
Feb 21, 2023

Dane Williams was born and raised in Toronto and has called Little Jamaica a second home as it was the original landing spot for his grandmother, mother, and uncle when they arrived in Canada 50 years ago. He grew up in the neighbourhood as he would visit his grandmother on the weekends and that is when he fell in love with Little Jamaica.

Dane developed a strong sense of devotion for the non-profit sector when living in Edmonton; he joined the executive committee of the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton. There he fell in love with community development and creating initiatives to meet the greatest needs of the community. Dane brings professional and volunteer experience within the non-profit sector to help a community he grew up in and loves dearly.

Dane currently works at the University of Toronto at the Rotman School of Management

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Neil & Sharol Josephson

National Directors – FamilyLife Canada
Feb 14 – 20, 2023

Neil and Sharol Josephson are the National Directors of FamilyLIfe Canada. They speak at marriage and family conferences and coach couples in all seasons to pursue God’s best in their relationships.
The Josephson’s teach from the wisdom of God’s word, the best of modern research, and a wide range of life experiences. Neil and Sharol have pastored in Saskatchewan, BC, and California. At other times, Neil served as the President of Covenant Bible College for 16 years while Sharol was a news anchor at CTV Calgary as well as the Canadian Director of Operation Christmas Child.
Married in 1978, the Josephsons now live in Fort Langley, BC, sharing a property with their oldest son, his wife, and their three kids. Their youngest son lives in Nashville with his wife and their little boy.
Every day they pray 2 things: that couples and families in need would find help and hope through Jesus Christ and that healthy couples would ‘get in the game’ to bring help and hope to someone else.

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Dr. Alvin Curling

Former Speaker & MPP Ontario Legislature
Feb 10, 2023

Dr. Alvin Curling was a MPP in Ontario for 20 years and the first Caribbean-Canadian to hold a cabinet-level position. Dr. Curling was elected Speaker of the Ontario legislature without opposition becoming the first Caribbean-Canadian Speaker of the Legislature in Ontario’s history.
Dr. Curling dedicated his time in office as an advocate for minority voices by championing the high principles of inclusiveness, public service, and human rights and by addressing the preservation of democracy, which he describes as the central doctrine of his political career. Through this continuing commitment, he thus stands as one of the most respected figures in Canadian politics.
In 2005, Dr. Curling was asked by the federal government to serve as Canada’s Ambassador to the Dominican Republic where he played such an integral part in facilitating the free trade negotiations between Canada and the Dominican Republic.
As a result of his political life and service to the public, the Northern Caribbean University awarded him the Award of Excellence in 1999. Dr. Curling was also honoured by the government of his country of birth, Jamaica, with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander in 2001.
Dr. Curling has received a number of kudos, plaudits and expressions of recognition by a grateful public, the most recent of which has been his installation as an honoured member of The Order of Ontario. His commitment to the young and the disadvantaged has been his life’s work and makes him an optimal role model whose name has been chosen to adorn our school.

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Tristan Barrocks

The Digital Storyteller
Feb 3, 2023

With over 20 years of experience, Tristan has been internationally recognized as an accomplished film director, producer, and cinematographer with a focus on digital storytelling which is the art of telling human-centred stories using new media platforms.
Tristan’s work has been featured in international film festivals and in national campaigns.
His expertise in having a unique and authentic storytelling approach has also opened up amazing opportunities to work with brands like Muna Luchi Bride, which has led him to produce projects in South Africa, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Bermuda, and all across the United States.
Tristan continues to develop creative ideas through his company with a desire to tell some of the most important stories in society today. Tristan’s focus on preserving his client’s voice while making genuine connections is his secret sauce. Tristan’s skills span from directing projects, scriptwriting, providing cinematography services, editing and colour correction services.

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Dr. Vidoll Regisford

EDI Counsellor and Equity Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Feb 1, 2023

The psychology of optimal experiences is what drives Dr. Vidoll Regisford to serve as Principal of a private corporate consulting and clinical counseling practice.
The body of his work spans both the public-non-profit and private sectors, intersecting his career as an executive leader and his complimentary knowledge of people with skills as a licensed Psychotherapist and Counsellor.
He began his career working in the high-priority neighbourhoods of Toronto’s Jane-Finch and Regent Park neighbourhoods, delivering crisis and trauma counselling to a diversity of marginalized, racialized, and immigrant youth, and their families, who were victims of gun violence.
Vidoll has in-depth knowledge of human rights, having investigated, managed, and resolved complaints at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He is a thought leader in the anti-oppression/anti-racism community, where he incorporates an ecological paradigm for change, speaking presenting, coaching, and strengthening the capacity of learners.
Vidoll holds credentials in Social Service Work, Community Development, and post-graduate degrees with a Masters in Education along with a Doctorate Degree in Counselling, and a post-doctorate degree in Counselling-Psychology. He is also a licensed clinical supervisor, providing coaching and mentoring to clinicians and community engagement practitioners across the province.

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Dr. Andrew Blackwood “Coach Drew”

Healing Communication Consultant & Parenting Coach
Family in Focus – Jan 23 – 27, 2023
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For more than 17 years, Mental Health Professional, Dr. Andrew L. Blackwood, affectionately known as “Coach Drew”, has been using healing communication to address the spiritual, emotional and mental health needs of individuals, couples, families and organizations.
Andrew’s personal journey through anxiety and childhood divorce helps him appreciate the painful challenges of those he works with. Earning a Master of Divinity in Counselling (Tyndale Seminary, 2005) and a Doctor of Ministry to Marriage and Family (Eastern University – Palmer School of Theology, 2010), prepared him to serve well as a Clinician, guest expert and media consultant on shows like 100 Huntley Street, The Perspective and The 700 Club Canada. His remarkable ability to engage and bring clarity to the complex challenges of healing in relationships sets him apart as a true facilitator of change.
His desire to impact relationship culture around the world is made personal everyday as he continues to learn, heal, and grow in his most prized relationships, with his wife and two daughters.

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Roxanne Francis

Psychotherapist – CEO, Francis Psychotherapy
Jan 23 – 27, 2023

Roxanne Francis is an award-winning psychotherapist, registered social worker, consultant, leadership coach and international speaker, who has been helping people access tools to change their lives for over 15 years.

She is the Founder and CEO of Francis Psychotherapy & Consulting Services, where she is the Principal Therapist in her group practice, coaches and supervises other therapists, and provides consultation to various organizations addressing topics such as mental health in the workplace, diversity equity & inclusion, racial trauma at work, burnout, and women’s issues.
Roxanne is an adjunct professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Toronto, and in 2020 she was recognized as one of Canada’s 100 Black Women to Watch. She is a sought-after podcast guest who shares her mental health expertise in print/online publications like Essence Magazine and Today’s Parent Magazine, as well as multiple local and national media outlets.
You can follow Roxanne on multiple social media platforms and on her website at www.francispsychotherapy.com.

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Brooke Nicholls

Worship Leader, Songwriter, Author – Faithful Then, Faithful Now
Jan 20, 2023

Brooke Nicholls is a Worship Leader and Songwriter from Toronto, Canada. When she’s not at her home Church, she’s leading worship at different Churches and Ministries across Canada and beyond. Brooke has been named the Female Vocalist of the Year for the last four years at the Canadian Gospel Music Awards and her latest album, ‘Pursue’, was nominated for a 2020 Juno Award. Brooke released her first book in 2020 entitled, ‘Making Room’ which quickly became a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. Whether it be songs or books, Brooke was eager to continue writing, so she released her second book in late 2022 called ‘Faithful then, Faithful Now; Stories of God’s Faithfulness from Women Across Canada.” Brooke is married to Steve; together they love leading the local church and pointing people to Jesus.
FAITHFUL THEN, FAITHFUL NOW – Throughout Brooke Nicholls’ travels across Canada as a worship leader and recording artist, she has had the pleasure of meeting thousands of people, hearing countless stories of how God has met them in their time of need. Whether it was from an 80-year-old or a 16-year-old, all of the stories held the same truth: God is faithful through the ages. This book is a collection of testimonies that highlight the faithfulness of God.
Brooke’s heart for this book was to create a space for women across Canada to write out and share their own personal stories of how God met them with His faithfulness. May you be pointed to Jesus through every testimony and encouraged with every page.

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Dr. Jean Chamberlain – Froese

Author of OUR LONG MIDNIGHT– Reflections of a Physician on Life and Faith During a Global Pandemics
Jan 17, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives, assumptions, and relationships, leaving many of us disoriented. During this time, Dr. Jean Chamberlain-Froese has shared her own journey in regular blog posts and so helped readers navigate theirs. Her reflections as physician, wife, mother, and daughter have given friends and colleagues insight into their own situations, as have her perceptions on managing change, caring for others, aging, sadness, and mental health.
In her posts, compiled here in Our Long Midnight, Dr. Jean also thoughtfully reflects on how her faith life has grounded her during this challenging time. In this book, readers will find inspiration to grow emotionally, socially, and spiritually in difficult circumstances.

Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese is an internationally recognized expert in women’s health and is a member of the Order of Canada. She is a qualified Ob.Gyn and Professor at McMaster University, Canada.

She has volunteered in some of the world’s poorest countries to make childbirth a safer experience. She is the founding director of Save the Mothers (STM), an organization dedicated to saving some of the 287,000 women who die in childbirth every year. From 2005 – 2017, she primarily worked in Uganda with STM and from 2000-05, she worked in rural Yemen as an Ob.Gyn. In 2017, she returned to clinical practice at McMaster University & continues to support the safe motherhood in various roles.

“Dr Jean” is a committed follower of Christ and she and her family attend Philpott Memorial Church in Hamilton where they live.

She recently wrote the book, “Our Long Midnight” as well as “Game Changers” and “Where Have All the Mothers Gone?”
Dr Jean is married to journalist Thomas Froese (a regular columnist in the Hamilton Spectator) and they have 3 teen children Elizabeth, Jonathan and Hannah . Her weekly blog is on https://www.facebook.com/jean.c.froese

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Denise Marek

Worry Management Expert | Author of CALM for Moms
Jan 13, 2023

Denise is the author of CALM for Moms: Worry Less in Four Simple Steps and CALM: A Proven Four-Step Process Designed Specifically for Women Who Worry. She also teaches CALM Online, an online training program that provides strategies to let go of worry, reduce stress, and create a happier life.

She lives in Ontario, Canada. Denise is the mother of Lindsay and Brianna, and the grandmother of Adrian, Azia, and Forest.

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