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Kevin Mast

Hope City Church

Barrie, ON

Pastor Kevin Mast is the husband of Chelen, a nurse, and together they have two daughters, Miranda and Jessica who are both following Jesus and attending post-secondary education. Kevin devotes most of his time to helping people to follow Jesus and to leadership development for ministry multiplication.

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Dave and Diana Hood

Southeast City Church

Ottawa, ON

David and Diana have been married for almost 13 years and have been in vocational ministry for 7. David graduated from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, and Diana is a foot care nurse. They are the proud home-educating parents of 3 great kids, Micah (8), Leah (6), and Jonah (3).

David and Diana started to feel God's call to church planting over 4 years ago and stepped out in faith 2 later. Their calling is to serve the people of Ottawa. Theirs is a city that is growing and changing, that is largely affluent and well educated, and that every year has more and more people identifying as non-religious. They want to see the 1.1 million people that live in the national capital region, and specifically the 47,000 that live in the southeast Ottawa community of Alta Vista where their church is forming, come to experience and discover and know Jesus through the words and deeds of His people, that lives might be transformed and the culture of their city renewed.

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Pete and April VanVolkingburgh

Real Hope Community Church

Manitoulin Island, ON

April and I were married in August of 2009, and have spent the entirety of our marriage in ministry in and around the community of Wikwemkoong. God has given us three beautiful, healthy children: Alannah (7), Jackson (6), and Elijah (5). We have loved watching God use us and our children for Him and His glory with many people over the years.

Wiikwemkoong is a large community of approximately 4000 people. We spent the early years in ministry with a heavy focus on the youth of the community. We felt called by God to transition from strictly youth ministry to a church plant, with the ultimate goal of seeing an indigenous church run by indigenous leadership. We spend our time living life among the community, and serving the best we can. We live to make disciples and to pour out God’s love in practical, tangible, everyday ways to people and families we love dearly. God has broken our hearts for this community and we are humbled to play a part in bring the hope of the Gospel to them. Pray for revival in Wiikwemkoong.

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Rob and Sharlene Dilts

Pikwàkanagàn First Nations Reserve

Golden Lake, ON

Rob and Sharlene are passionate about travelling alongside Anishinaabe (Algonquin) and other Indigenous Peoples in eastern Ontario and Quebec and building paths between peoples, communities and our Creator, Jesus Christ.Rob and Sharlene live and minister in community with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn and Golden Lake communities in Eastern Ontario.

Central to their ministry is their direction of an Indigenous summer camp, Pinaaz-i Zibi Maamawi (Travelling the River Together), a Christ centered, culturally expressive camp serving Indigenous young people and communities with a focus towards reconciliation. With this “travelling together” focus, Rob and Sharlene partner with Indigenous and nonindigenous community members and churches in ministry with families and communities.

These partnerships include Pinaaz-i Zibi Maamawi, regular community gatherings, coordinating a clothing bank in the local public school along with a variety of other relationship building opportunities. They also enjoy opportunities to engage in dialogue and learning focused on raising awareness of Canada’s shared history and experience as we all learn to travel this river of life towards reconciliation

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Stan and Sally Bragg

Saugeen First Nations Reserve

Owen Sound, ON

The Braggs work on the Saugeen First Nations Reserve, near Owen Sound, Ontario through ministry to children and youth and to their families. Their ministry includes outreach into the homes of these children and youth, 95% of the children who attend weekly children's programs have not previously known Jesus.

Included in their ministry are winter youth camps (in relationship with Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ontario), Baby Blessing box distribution, a Youth garden produce project, an archery program, a community bike program and leadership within a Christian church on the reserve. The Braggs have also developed a First Nations team who ministers alongside them. They believe strongly in raising up First Nations Leaders.

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