The Gospel Coalition

 
Regional Conferences
The Priority of the Gospel
May 29-31, 2012  |  Cambridge, Ontario  |  Ontario Regional Chapter

The Ontario Chapter of The Gospel Coalition held its second regional conference, May 29-31, 2012, at Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

The theme of the conference was "The Priority of the Gospel". Plenary speakers Don Carson, John Neufeld and Stephen UM addressed this topic using Philippians 1-4. 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.

Plenaries

Workshops

Don Carson

Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical School in Deerfield, Ill. and former academic dean of Northwest Theological College in Richmond B.C. He holds a B.Sc. from McGill University, M.Div. from Central Baptist Seminary and Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. In addition to his extensive international itinerant ministry he has authored or edited over 50 theological books. Don is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. He is a founding member of The Gospel Coalition, member of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and the Institute for Biblical Research. Don and his wife Joy reside in Libertyville, ILL. and have two children.

John Neufeld

Neufeld is senior pastor of Willingdon Church, an international church of over 4,000 attendees in Burnaby, B.C. He has led the church to maximize its facility, reinforce its regional and global mission, and lead a stand for the supremacy of Jesus Christ and biblical teaching in Canada. After completing two years of Biblical studies at Columbia Bible College, John obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before joining Willingdon, John was a professor for twelve years at Columbia Bible College. He is a Council member of the Gospel Coalition. John and his wife Kathy have two married daughters and one married son.

Stephen Um

Um is senior minister of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston and has over 20 years of ministry in Presbyterian churches in the USA. He holds an M. Div. and a Th.M. in Biblical Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he is currently lecturer in New Testament Studies. His Ph.D. in New Testament studies is from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is an author, council member of The Gospel Coalition, associate director of training (Asia/Australia) for Redeemer City to City, and president of the Center for Gospel Culture. He and his wife reside in Boston with their three children.

David Short

Short has been rector of St. John's Vancouver (formerly Shaughnessy) Anglican Church in Vancouver, British Columbia since 1993. He was born in Tanzania and brought up in Africa and in Sydney, Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College and was ordained in 1987. He has degrees from the University of Wollongong, Moore College and a ThM from Regent College in Vancouver. Sydney Anglicans have an historical commitment to reformed biblical theology.

 

He is a recognized Bible teacher, expository preacher and trainer. He is a founder and Executive Director of the Artizo Institute – a Canadian initiative to identify and train young people who are gifted for ministry. For many years, he was actively involved in the Anglican Essentials Canada movement, seeking reformation and renewal and a return to live orthodoxy within the Anglican Church of Canada. He was on the Executive/Board of the Anglican Network in Canada during its formative years (2005-2008) and in February 2008, St. John's (Shaughnessy) voted to join the Anglican Network in Canada under the jurisdiction of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone (southern portion of South America).

 

David has a passion to instill a love of God's word in others and to train pastors in expository preaching. David and his wife, Bronwyn, have two children - Benjamin (born in 1986) and Joshua (born in 1989).

David Barker

Barker is Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs , and seminary dean at Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario and part time associate pastor of Benton Street Baptist Church, Kitchener. He served in London, Ontario as senior pastor of Stoney Creek Baptist Church for almost 10 years and Summerside Community Church for six years. He holds M.Div., Th.M. and Th.D. degrees from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN. David and his wife Lorraine have five married children and six granddaughters.

Joe Boot

Boot, senior pastor of Westminster Chapel in Toronto is an apologist, educator and author. His apologetic works include Searching for Truth, Why I Still Believe and How Then Shall We Answer. He can be regularly seen on the Michael Coren show or heard on the John Oakley Culture Wars radio program. Joe did his undergraduate studies in theology at Birmingham Christian College, England and earned his Master's degree from the University of Manchester for research which focused on ‘Christian Apologetics' and the ‘Cultural Mandate.' Joe lives in Toronto with his wife Jenny and their three children.

Dennis Campbell

Campbell, a native of St Vincent and the Grenadines, is pastor of family ministries at Morningstar Christian Fellowship, Toronto and oversees the work of their first satellite congregation, Morningstar Tapscott as the interim site pastor. His past ministry experience with children and international students has fueled a passion to strengthen families and help them live out the gospel. Before joining the pastoral team at Morningstar 14 years ago Dennis was a Graphic Designer and earned his M.Div. at Regent College, Vancouver. He and his wife Jackie have two children, Shari and Kristian.

Tim Challies

Challies is an author, blogger and conference speaker. He is author of The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, The Next Story and Sexual Detox. His blog (challies.com) is one of the most influential and widely read Christian blogs. Tim also edits Discerning Reader a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books of interest to Christians and is a co-founder of Cruciform Press. He is an associate pastor at Grace Fellowship (GFC) where he is involved in leading GraceYouth as well as mentoring several of the young men and young couples at GFC.Tim and his wife Aileen have been blessed with a son Nick and two daughters Abby and Michaela.

Dwayne Cline

Cline is the lead pastor of Hughson Street Baptist Church, which carries on a dynamic outreach ministry in the north end of Hamilton listed by Statistics Canada as one of the poorest neighbor-hoods in Canada. Under his leadership Hughson has experienced significant growth and also planted a daughter work in east Hamilton in a community where 83% of the children do not speak English on the first day of school. Dwayne is a graduate of Tyndale Seminary and is in demand as a speaker at camps, universities, denominational meetings and conferences across Canada. He and his wife Aimee have four children, Ethan and Abby and twins Jewel and Ivy.

Benji Devadason

Devadason is an evangelist serving with SIM Canada on their Culture ConneXions team that reaches out to the 300,000 strong Sri Lankan community in the Greater Toronto Area. Before immigrating to Canada, Benji served in his native Sri Lanka with Youth for Christ and Back to the Bible. Drawing upon his almost 35 years of experience in evangelism, Benji conducts seminars for churches and trains missionary candidates in how to reach Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims with the Gospel. Benji is a sought after speaker having spoken at conferences in Canada, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and the United States. He and his wife Indradee make Toronto their home.

Lane Fusilier

Fusilier is a Cajun, born in Texas to Louisiana natives. After completing a B.A. in psychology at the University of Texas and a Th.M. in Semitics at Dallas Theological Seminary, Lane and his wife Debi helped plant Fellowship Bible Church in Waco, Texas where he served for 18 years as the senior pastor. In 1999 Lane was called to the historic Philpott Memorial Church in Hamilton. Lane completed his D.Min. in leadership at Dallas Seminary in 2004. He and Debi have three sons and one daughter. When Lane is not busy in ministry he can be found enjoying a good book or coaching a soccer team.

Michael Haykin

Haykin is professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to this he served as professor of Church History at Heritage College & Seminary and as president of Toronto Baptist Seminary. He is also the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Biblical Studies and has authored numerous books on church history and biblical spirituality. Michael has a B.A. from the University of Toronto as well as M.Rel. and Th.D. degrees from Wycliffe College. He, his wife Allison and their children Victoria and Nigel live in Dundas and worship at Trinity Baptist Church, Burlington where he has served as an Elder.

Tim Kerr

Kerr is the pastor of Sovereign Grace Church, Toronto, a church associated with the Sovereign Grace network of churches. Tim grew up in Kolkata, India where his missionary parents were involved in church planting and teaching at the Calcutta Bible College connected to the historic Carey Baptist Church. After marriage, Tim and his wife Joanne served in Japan for 12 years as church planters. When they returned to Canada Tim led a one-on-one mentoring ministry for several years that greatly impacted Christian businessmen, pastors and church planters in Ontario. This strong mentoring ministry has continued in the Sovereign Grace Church which he planted in 2004. Tim and Joanne have four children aged 13-19.

Connan Kublik

Kublik is a native of Edmonton and earned his M.Div. at Regent College, Vancouver where he was also involved in a three-year internship at Grace Vancouver Church. In 2007 Connan, his wife Brenda and their family moved to Hamilton to begin New City Church (Presbyterian Church in America). He is part of GraceNetwork, a church-planting network with a vision to see Canada saturated with gospel-centered churches. Connan and Brenda have four children Kira, Brysan, Evan and Rylan.

John Mahaffey

Mahaffey served with SEND International in the Philippines where he led two church planting teams of national and foreign missionaries in establishing three local churches in Manila and Baliwag. After returning to Canada he became the lead pastor of Morningstar Christian Fellowship, Toronto where he served its unique multicultural congregation of 1200 people for 18 years. He is presently the lead pastor of West Highland Baptist Church, Hamilton and is a founding Council member of the Gospel Coalition. John and his wife Andrea have four adult children and one beautiful granddaughter.

Godfrey Thorogood

Thorogood, a graduate of Central Baptist Seminary, is leadership development director for FEB Central, a region of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada which serves their 270 English speaking churches of Ontario and Quebec. Godfrey has 29 years of pastoral experience serving in several churches including the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa. As one who was strongly influenced by church leaders who ensured he heard the Gospel and grew in his faith, Godfrey is passionate about developing the next generation of local church leaders and instilling in them a love for the Gospel. Godfrey and his wife Veronica have two children, Josiah and Taleesha.

Andrew Zantingh

Zantingh graduated with an M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary in Michigan. He was ordained at First Christian Reformed Church in Hamilton, a church which he led for several years before moving to Kitchener to become the bi-vocational pastor of an intercultural church plant called The Journey. The discipling ministry of missiologist Mike Goheen developed in Andrew a strong passion to form disciples and leaders for gospel mission to the city. He and his wife Kelley are the parents of Jessie, Matthew and Meg.