Introducing The TGC Canada Council
TGC Canada Council Member Stephen Bray
Steve Bray attended both Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Kingston Baptist Bible College for his undergraduate studies and Calvary Baptist Seminary for his (MDiv).
Steve has been in pastoral ministry for over 20 years serving in both Fellowship and Canadian Baptist churches in Kingston Nova Scotia, Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, and currently St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. He presently serves as the Lead Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in St. John’s, a small but growing Church with a passion for biblical preaching, missions and church planting in one of the most unchurched provinces in Canada.
Steve started TGC Atlantic Canada which hosts an annual conference each year in Charlottetown PEI http://www.tgcatlanticcanada.com/ and is a founding member of the TGC Canada Council.
Steve is embarking on a Church planting endeavor called Mile One Mission dedicated to planting Churches and seeing indigenous Newfoundlanders raised up to reach Canada’s most easterly province.
Steve is the blessed husband of Debbie, his childhood sweetheart and proud father of 3 beautiful children, Brandon, Jordan and Abigail.
You can find Steve’s Church at calvarybaptistnl.ca or reach him personally at steve(at)calvarybaptistnl.ca
TGC Canada Council Member Paul Carter
Paul Carter attended Moody Bible Institute and is a graduate of York University (B.A.) and McMaster Divinity College (MDiv). He has been in pastoral ministry since 1994, serving in both Fellowship and Canadian Baptist churches in Oakville, Mississauga and Orillia, Ontario Canada. He presently serves as the Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church, Orillia, a large multi-staff church with a passion for biblical preaching and local mission.
Paul has written two books and is a frequent blogger on issues of Christian faith and living. He also writes an on-line devotional tool called “The RMM RoundUp” based on the Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan.
Along with his friend Marc Bertrand he is the co-founder of the Covenant Life Renewal Association (CLRA) seeking Biblical and Spiritual revival within Canadian Baptist Churches.
Paul is the happy husband of Shauna Lee and the proud papa of 5 beautiful children, Madison, Max, Mikayla, Peyton and Noa.
Paul is an original Council Member for TGC Canada and also sits on the Executive Committee.
TGC Canada Council Member Jeff Eastwood
Jeff Eastwood is a graduate of Northland International University (B.A.). He has been in pastoral ministry since 2003, serving in both Independent and Fellowship Baptist churches in Waterloo, Ontario and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He presently serves as the Lead Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Charlottetown, a multi-staff, multi-ministry church with a passion for biblical preaching and local and regional mission.
Jeff is the blessed husband of Melanie and the proud daddy of 4 beautiful children, Esther, Titus, Elias, and Lydia.
Jeff is a council member for TGC Atlantic Canada as well as TGC Canada.
You can contact him at jeff(at)gracepei.com.
TGC Canada Council Member Yanick Ethier
Yanick Ethier attended SEMBEQ (Quebec Baptist Evangelical Seminary) for his Bachelor’s degree in Theology.
Married to Esther for 24 years and father of 2 young adults, Yanick has been serving in the pastoral ministry with The Fellowship of Canadian Baptists in Quebec for 20 years, in his mother church in Longueuil. He his now the pastor of teaching and vision. His passion in the ministry is preaching the Word and training pastors.
In 2011, with a band of dear brother pastors, Yanick had the privilege of starting Sola, a gospel coalition for the French-speaking Canadians with a vision of joining a movement for the Gospel and our country.
Yanick is an original Council Member for TGC Canada. You can find Yanick's at Egliseespoir.com or reach him personally at yethier(at)egliseespoir.com.
TGC Canada Council Member Rob Godard
Rob Godard attended Briercrest Bible College and Seminary (B.A.; M.A.) and graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (D.Min). He has been in pastoral ministry for 24 years serving God’s church in an Evangelical Free Church, and two Baptist Churches. He has served in denominational ministry as a council member, and vice president and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Cloverdale Baptist Church, a large multi-staff church with a passion for biblical preaching and living this out in a missional, multi-ethnic, multi-generational way.
Rob has taught at a number of different colleges, and has a passion for the equipping of pastors from persecuted countries.
Rob is the happy husband of Lori and the proud dad of 4 big boys, Ryan, Jeff, Ben and Graeme. Much of his reading is done at ball fields as he watches his children play sports.
Rob is an original Council Member for TGC Canada. You can contact him pastorgodard(at)gmail.com.
TGC Canada Council Member Clint Humfrey
Clint Humfrey is the Lead Pastor of Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to planting Calvary Grace (2006), Clint was a professor of Greek at Toronto Baptist Seminary (2003-2006). Clint has studied at Toronto Baptist Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Prairie Bible College and The Master’s College. Clint blogs at Cowboyology and has written for outlets such as TheRebel and National Post.
Born in Alberta, Clint grew up on the family farm and competed in rodeo. He is blessed to be married to Christel. Together they raise three cowboys, Hunter, Knox and Winston.
Clint is an original Council Member for TGC Canada.
You can contact him at clint.humfrey(at)calvarygrace.ca
TGC Canada Council Member John Mahaffey
John Mahaffey is the Lead Pastor of West Highland Baptist Church, Hamilton, ON. He and his wife Andrea served as missionaries with SEND International in the Philippines. He led two church planting teams of Filipino and foreign missionaries in establishing three churches affiliated with the Alliance of Bible Christian Communities of the Philippines. Prior to moving to Hamilton he pastored Morningstar Christian Fellowship, Toronto, a large multicultural church with people from over 70 nations.
John is a graduate of Central Baptist Seminary and pursued further theological training at Asian Theological Seminary, Tyndale Seminary and McMaster Divinity College. He assisted Arab World Ministries in the founding of Adam House, a ministry to refugees in downtown Toronto. He also served until recently on the Board of Heritage College and Seminary. John was part of the original group of pastors who formed the National Council of The Gospel Coalition in 2005 under the leadership of D.A. Carson and Tim Keller. He is an original Council member for TGC Canada and also sits on the Executive Committee.
John and Andrea have four adult children and two grandchildren. Two of their children are in ministry, a daughter serving with Daystar among the Ojibway people of northern Ontario, and a son serving as an assistant pastor in Toronto. In his spare time, John can be found bombing around Hamilton on his 1957 vintage Vespa scooter.
You can contact John at johnmahaffey(at)westhighland.org
TGC Canada Council Member Paul Martin
Paul Martin is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario. After leading the plant in 2000, he was involved in helping three other churches start in the city. He hopes to be involved in launching many more. His passion for training leaders has led him to teach at local seminaries, as well as oversee a long-standing mentoring program for potential future pastors. His love for the kind of Gospel cooperation modelled by his hero, George Whitefield, inspired his work with the Grace Connexion, the Hogtown Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship, the Toronto Gospel Alliance, 9Marks, and The Gospel Coalition. His zeal for the preaching of God’s Word has led to work with The Charles Simeon Trust. His affection for the disabled community, especially after disability entered his family through his son, has given him opportunities to speak for The Elisha Foundation and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. It also prompted his zeal to protect the unborn and work closely with a local pregnancy care centre. He has been married to Susan for more than twenty-five years and loves to spend time with their four children. Sadly, he is a pathetically loyal fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and remembers well the last time they won the Stanley Cup. He was 10 months old.
Paul is an original Council Member for TGC Canada and also sits on the Executive Committee.
TGC Canada Council Member John Neufeld
Dr. John Neufeld is a graduate of Columbia Bible College (Biblical Studies), the University of Saskatchewan (B.A.), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (D.Min.). Dr. Neufeld has been in pastoral ministry since 1976, serving in churches in Saskatchewan, California and British Columbia, both as a church planter and senior pastor. He is passionate about preaching the Word of God and does so through expositional preaching. John has spoken and taught at numerous churches and seminars throughout North America and is known nationally and internationally for excellence in expositional Bible teaching.
After 35 years behind the pulpit, 15 as the senior pastor of one of the largest churches in Canada, God recently opened a new door for John to become the first Canadian teacher at Back to the Bible Canada.
John and his wife Kathy have been married for 36 years. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.
John is an original Council Member for TGC Canada and also sits on the Executive Committee.
TGC Canada Council Member George Sinclair
George studied at the undergraduate and graduate level at Carleton University where he received a degree in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy. He studied Theology and Pastoral Counselling at St. Paul University where he completed an MA in Pastoral Studies.
George was ordained in 1985. For 22 years he served in the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC). In 2008 his church was the second church in the country to separate from the ACoC and join the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC). George has served in a suburban and in a rural "multi-point" church. He is currently the Rector of Church of the Messiah in the heart of urban Ottawa.
George was the Chair of Essentials Canada and founding Chair of his denomination (ANiC). He currently serves as the Chair of the ANiC task force to make ANiC more deeply biblical at every level. He is the Principal of Ryle Seminary. He is the Chair of the Dig & Delve servant.
leadership team which puts on a yearly apologetics conference in Ottawa. He speaks once a month on the main talk radio channel in Ottawa under the banner of "Good News In The Morning". He also speaks regularly on Parliament Hill to the Parliament Hill Christian Fellowship.
George is blessed to have been married to Louise since 1981. They have 9 children and lots of sons and daughters-in-law and grandchildren.
George is an original Council Member for TGC Canada. You can reach him personally at george(at)messiahchurch.ca.
TGC Canada Secretary And Recorder Kurt Davis
After a 38 year career in health care Kurt Davis now uses his gifts of administration and experience in association management to serve in a variety of different volunteer roles. Having previously spent too many years in a church where the Gospel was rarely well preached, Kurt now has a passion for encouraging others in pursuit of the Gospel, and has served on conference committees for TGC Ontario since the first conference in 2009.
Kurt is a member of West Highland Fellowship Baptist Church in Hamilton and is currently the Deacon for Life Groups, as well as serving as moderator for the quarterly business meetings. He has also lead a number of mission teams to Poland where his daughter serves as a missionary.
Kurt and his wife Sherry have been married for 43 years and have eight, soon to be nine, grandchildren - four in Wroclaw, Poland and five in Ancaster, On.
When not busy doing volunteer work Kurt can be found working on his N-scale model railroad, or doing various handy man chores for his daughters on both sides of the ocean! Summer months find him searching for small mouth bass on the North Shore of Lake Erie where he currently resides. He also enjoys the challenges of technology, and some days spends too much time on his computer.
Kurt served as Secretary and Recorder for the initial founding meeting of TGC Canada. You can email him at kurt.davis(at)outlook.com.