Soong-Chan Rah

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL, and the author of Prophetic Lament, The Next Evangelicalism, Many Colors and co-author of Return to Justice and Forgive Us.

Soong-Chan received his B.A. in Political Science and History/Sociology from Columbia University, his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, his Th.M. from Harvard University, his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Duke University. 

Rah is the founding Senior Pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. He previously served as an InterVarsity staff worker at MIT.

Drew Brown

Drew Brown has served in worship ministry for over 20 years in various churches and denominations across Canada, and has traveled around the world sharing his unique blend of modern and traditional expressions. He brings with him a deep knowledge of styles, tradition, arrangements, and production.

Drew now serves the Church as an itinerant worship leader & speaker.

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Bernadette Arthur

Canadian Race Relations Advocate
Christian Reformed Church in North America

Bernadette Arthur serves as the Canadian Race Relations Advocate for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She is gifted in designing and facilitating learning events that offer “safe” space to listen, interrogate, unpack, explore, create and heal. Bernadette designs decolonized learning spaces that intersect faith/spirituality—justice and healing.

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Jacqueline M. Demczur, B.A., LL.B.

Partner, Carters

A partner with the firm, Ms Demczur practices in charity and not-for-profit law, including incorporation, corporate restructuring, and legal risk management reviews. Ms Demczur has been recognized as a leading expert in charity and not-for-profit law by Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada. She is a contributing author to Industry Canada’s Primer for Directors of Not-For-Profit Corporations, and has written numerous articles on charity and not-for-profit issues for the Lawyers Weekly, The Philanthropist and Charity & NFP Law Bulletin, among others. Ms Demczur is also a regular speaker at the annual Church & Charity Law Seminar™.

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Alvin Lau

Youth Ministries Associate
CBOQ

Rev. Alvin Lau serves as Youth Ministries Associate. His life aim is to help people take one step closer to Jesus through preaching, teaching, life coaching or everyday circumstances. He’s passionate about supporting the upcoming generation in taking that next step especially through the expression of the local church. He and his wife Natalie with their two kids are part of the Mimico Baptist Church family.

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Karen Lowe

Clergy Care Associate
Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec

Rev. Karen Lowe is a lifelong Canadian Baptist. She enjoys her role as the clergy care associate with CBOQ. Her prior work as a social worker and pastor prepared her to understand the pressures pastors face and the call of God for his people to live sustainably in their ministry. She often found herself at the feet of Jesus through her role as a social worker journeying alongside people with mental illness, experiencing homelessness, struggling with the effects of trauma, and trapped in addiction. Outside of her ministry Karen and her husband Matt have their hands full with their two very active boys.

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Erinn Oxford

Executive Director and Pastor
The Dale Ministries

Rev. Erinn Oxford joined the The Dale team in 2007. In 2012 she was invited to become the full-time Executive Director and Pastor. Erinn is passionate about fostering a sense of community for all people, while placing at the core those who have known marginalization. She studied at both Tyndale University College & Seminary, and Humber College and is now ordained through the CBOQ. Erinn has extensive experience working with people who are street involved, underhoused and trying to cope with substance addiction and mental health issues. Erinn is a Toronto native who loves her city. She is married to Dion and they have a daughter, Cate.

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Stanley Porter

President and Dean, Professor of New Testament
McMaster Divinity College

Rev. Dr. Stanley Porter has taught for nearly thirty years in post-secondary institutions in Canada, the USA, and the UK. Stan has a wide range of academic specialties including Greek language and linguistics, hermeneutics and various methods of interpretation, and the range of New Testament studies from the Gospels to John to Acts to Paul. Stan has a vision for McMaster Divinity College to continue to serve as a first choice seminary of academic excellence and exemplary leadership training.

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Marc Potvin

Pastoral Leaders Development Associate
Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec

Rev. Marc Potvin is the Pastoral Leaders Development Associate of CBOQ. Originally from Montreal he is a graduate of Acadia Divinity College. He has pastored rural, village, and town churches with Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. In addition, he served the Canadian Armed Forces as a chaplain. Marc is married to Janice; they have three grown children and a small dog. He enjoys walking, reading and cycling.

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Lori Guenther Reesor

Consultant

Lori Guenther Reesor completed her Doctor of Ministry at Tyndale in 2014, doing research into how and why Christians give money to their church. She toured church basements in five provinces and has a treasure trove of stories from donors. She is passionate about encouraging generosity and treating fundraising as ministry. She works with churches from various denominations.

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Shari Russell

Territorial Indigenous Ministries Consultant,
Salvation Army

Shari Russell is Anishinaabe/Saulteaux from the Yellow Quill First Nation in Saskatchewan. She was “scooped” from her birth home when she was about two years old. She reconnected with her biological family 20 years ago and has been on a journey of reclaiming her culture and traditions. Shari and her husband Robert have been officers in the Salvation Army for nineteen years. Together they have three children, Charles, Gavin and Brannon. Shari presently serves as the Territorial Indigenous Ministries Consultant for the Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda Territory. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Booth University College in Winnipeg.

Additionally, Shari is a board member of Indigenous Pathways and has been a long-term contributor to NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community.

On multiple occasions Shari has facilitated the KAIROS blanket exercise. Her desire is that the church would courageously engage in the Calls to Action set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and that members of the church would focus on “living in right relationship” with one another as participants in the work of God in the world.

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Timothy Tang

Director
TIM Centre

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tang serves as the Director for Tyndale Intercultural Ministries (TIM) Centre. After studying at Upper Canada College, he went on to the University of Waterloo where he completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology. Though Timothy planned a career in healthcare, God called him to full-time ministry during a short-term mission trip to Asia in 1996, after which he finished his M.Div. in Youth and Family Ministry at Tyndale Seminary. Since that time, Timothy has served at East Toronto Chinese Baptist Church and has been involved with John424, a worship ministry; the Tribe of Issachar, a leadership training ministry; and completed a 2-year program with Arrow Leadership. Timothy has recently completed a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Timothy was born in Toronto where he now lives with his wife Joanne and their three children.

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Matt Wilkinson

Director of Next Generations Ministries
Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec

Rev. Matt Wilkinson is the Director of Next Generation Ministries for the Canadian Baptists of Ontario & Quebec which oversees CBOQ Kids, CBOQ Youth and Camp Kwasind. He is a strategic and visionary leader with a committed passion for the local church to effective engage the next generation with the person and message of Jesus Christ. Matt contributes to the world of youth ministry at both local and national levels. He is currently an Instructor at Tyndale University College, Co-Director of the annual Today’s Teens Conference (a youth and youth workers conference) and author of the book, Youth Ministry: Now & Not Yet.

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Tanya Yuen

Children and Family Ministries Associate
CBOQ

Rev. Tanya Yuen has served on the pastoral staff of 3 of our downtown Toronto Churches over 16 years and is excited to now serve full time at CBOQ as the Children and Family Ministries Associate. She is passionate about churches recognizing the opportunity and value of intentionally investing in the spiritual journey of kids and their families and cultivating an environment within church community that allows children to grow in their discovery of the Holy Spirit’s presence. She began developing intergenerational worship services eight years ago and is excited for the opportunity to come alongside other churches wishing to begin or strengthen in this area.