On April 24, 2010, The Gospel Coalition Ontario Chapter held its first conference in Canada. The theme of the conference was the centrality of the gospel in authentic Christian ministry. The purpose of the conference was to bring pastors and Christian leaders into an awareness of their responsibility for gospel-centered ministry and to challenge them to be faithful in exemplifying this in their ministries.
While the conference was aimed at pastors, leaders and students of pastoral ministry, were all welcomed to attend. The conference was held at West Highland Baptist Church, 1605 Garth Street, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Don Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Carson is co-founder (with Tim Keller) and president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two children. In his spare time, Carson enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.
Mike Bullmore (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is the founding pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, WI. Mike served for 15 years as an associate professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, as well as chairman of the Practical Theology Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Dr. Bullmore, a Kenosha native, lives in his childhood home with his wife, Beverly, and their three children, Abigail, Madeline, and Graham.
John Mahaffey is the senior pastor of West Highland Church in Hamilton, Ontario. After graduating from Central Baptist Seminary, John and his wife Andrea, became missionaries with SEND International in the Philippines, where John led two church planting teams of national and foreign missionaries. He later served as the pastor of Morningstar Christian Fellowship in Toronto before coming to West Highland. In addition to his pastoral duties, John is chair of the Adam House Board, a special ministry to refugees in Toronto, a member of the Canadian Advisory Council to Exodus Global Alliance, an international ministry to the sexually broken, and a founding member of The Gospel Coalition. John and Andrea have four children.