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David Wells

PAOC General Superintendent

David Wells
Dave Wells has served as general superintendent of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) since May 2008. He was appointed general superintendent at General Conference 2008 after serving as the district superintendent of the BC/Yukon District. The PAOC has over 1,100 affiliated churches and 3,500 credentialed ministers with a constituency of close to 250,000 people across Canada. Internationally, the organization has over 300 global workers serving in more than 50 nations.

Dave serves as the vice-chair of the Pentecostal World Fellowship and on the executives of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship and the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches of North America. He served on the board of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada from 1999-2013, and served as chair of that board from 2007-2013. 

Dave completed his undergraduate studies in theology at Vanguard College in Edmonton, Alberta, and has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Briercrest Seminary, Saskatchewan. In May 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by McMaster Divinity College. In April 2014, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Briercrest College and Seminary.

Dave served as senior associate pastor at Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC from 1994 to 1999, and previously pastored in Hamilton, Ontario, Calgary, Alberta, and Red Deer, Alberta.

Dave has served as Canadian chaplain for the Olympic Games (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016), Pan Am Games (2011 and 2015), and Commonwealth Games (1990, 1994, 2002 and 2014). He was chair of the Vancouver-Whistler Olympic organization’s multi-faith committee which organized chaplaincy at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He also co-ordinated the Christian chaplaincy at the Vancouver 2010 games. He served in the same roles for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. He has also served on the executive boards that co-ordinated the Christian community for service at the Vancouver 2010 and Toronto 2015 Games. 

Dave and his wife, Susan, live in Burlington, Ontario. They have three children—Shannon (Eric), Jonathan (Melissa) and Jordan (Justine)—and seven grandchildren, one of whom is in heaven.

Three Fun Things David Likes About Canada:
  • The airline flights from Vancouver to Toronto are the perfect length to be able to write an article and have it done by the time you land.
  • The difference of the four seasons that we get to experience in our diverse nation. 
  • Canada’s ethnic diversity allows us to enjoy a vast variety of foods from various cultures.