General Conference 2018

Guest Profiles

 

VAN JOHNSON

Van Johnson White Border - 2017Dr. Van Johnson is the dean of Master’s Pentecostal Seminary in Toronto (www.mpseminary.com), a position he has held since 1996. The seminary was the first graduate school opened by The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. He is also an adjunct faculty member in New Testament at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto. Van holds a BA in sociology from McGill University in Montreal, a MDiv. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and a ThD from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.

Van previously taught at Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now Master’s College and Seminary) and Western Pentecostal Bible College (now Summit Pacific College). 

Van has been an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) since 1983.

He presently serves as co-chair of the PAOC Theological Study Commission. He is also a part of the pastoral team at Agincourt Pentecostal Church in Toronto (www.apchurch.com) as one of the Sunday morning worship leaders. For the most part of the last 30 years, Dr. Van has stood in front of this large, multicultural and multi-generational congregation and led them in a blended worship service.

He has conducted chapels for the Montreal Expos, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Argonauts. He wrote the commentary on Romans in the Full Life Bible Commentary, which was published by Zondervan.

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ROB KETTERLING

Rob Ketterling White BorderRob Ketterling is the founder and lead pastor of River Valley Church, a multi-site church launched in Minnesota in 1995. It has since grown into a thriving church with over 8,500 in attendance across eight campuses, and there are plans for further expansion in the future.

Through his unique and practical preaching style, vision casting, and gifts of leadership, Rob encourages people to live out River Valley’s mission of cultivating an authentic, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the author of several books including Change Before You Have To and Front-Row Leadership. He currently serves on several organizational boards, including the lead team of the Association of Related Churches (ARC) and the Church Multiplication Network (CMN). Rob loves travelling and spending time with his wife, Becca, and also enjoys time on the golf course.

You can follow Rob Ketterling on Facebook and @robketterling on Instagram and Twitter.

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ANDY MOORE

Andy Moore White BorderPastor Andy Moore is the lead pastor of Glad Tidings Church, a dynamic, multi-site church on Vancouver Island that has a rich history and a large reach. Andy is also known for planting the Adore Community, a young and passionate church that continues to reach the un-churched and disenfranchised since its launch in 2005. Along with his wife, Lisa, they share their journey of deep brokenness, authentic healing, and vibrant new beginnings. Their story has brought healing to many.

Andy also serves on the board of ARC Canada (Association of Related Churches), which exists to plant life-giving churches all across our great nation.

Andy lives in beautiful Victoria, B.C., with Lisa and their four children, Hannah, Zachary, Eden and Mia.

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DIKRAN SALBASHIAN

Dikran White BorderDikran was born in Amman, Jordan, into an Armenian-Christian family. He surrendered his life to Christ at 19 years of age while studying science in Wales, Britain. Upon graduation, Dikran took over the business that his father had left him and his brothers, and they grew it into a thriving company. At the same time, he was serving the Lord as a youth pastor and later assistant pastor at the Central Assemblies of God church in Amman, Jordan (now New Life AG).

In 1987, he became senior pastor of the same church, and with the help of his wife, Ani, and other pastors, the church grew and now serves many hundreds of Arab believers every weekend. Having planted many Pentecostal churches in Jordan and some other Arab countries, the church has outreaches and sends long-term cross-cultural workers among Arabs in many nations.

Dikran preaches on Arab Christian Television reaching a potential audience of millions. He also sits on the board of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF), representing the Middle East and North Africa.

He is married to Ani, his Syrian-Armenian wife of 34 years. They have two sons, Mego (31) and Aren (28).

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ANI SALBASHIAN

Ani White BorderAni was born in the Syrian city of Homs. She is a descendant of survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915. She grew up in a Christian home and was led to the Lord at the tender age of 10 by a missionary teacher at a boarding school in Lebanon. She was introduced to her husband, Dikran, by a mutual friend and was engaged to him on their second meeting—and married him at the end of six months!

Ani and Dikran have built a thriving youth ministry in Amman, Jordan, and many of their disciples are now in vocational Christian ministry. As pastors of the local church in Amman, Ani oversees ministry to the women and children in the church. Ani is a gifted evangelist. She comes alive when she leads someone to the Lord, sees them baptized in the Holy Spirit, and then disciples them in the ways of Christ.

Because of her love for her original country, Ani was actively involved in selecting refugee candidates for relocation to Canada under the sponsorship program of the PAOC and its officers. Her prayers for her native country are being answered when many of the displaced Syrians come under the Lordship of Christ.

Ani and her husband host a teaching program on Arab Christian television aimed toward young married couples.

Ani holds a master’s degree in theology from the University of Wales in Britain.

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BARRY SLAUENWHITE

Barry Slauenwhite White BorderBarry Slauenwhite is the president and chief executive officer of Compassion Canada. After 34 years with Compassion, he is set to retire effective October 2019. He will continue speaking and advocating on behalf of children living in poverty as president emeritus.

Barry grew up attending Faith Tabernacle in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and graduated from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in 1977 (now Master’s College and Seminary). He planted Montague Pentecostal Church in Prince Edward Island, pastored Evangel Tabernacle in New Brunswick, and served on the District Youth Executive for the Maritime PAOC. These early PAOC experiences provided a rich training ground for his future ministry.

Barry joined Compassion in 1983, when Canadians sponsored 4,000 children. Today Canadians sponsor more than 100,000 children and Compassion International is the world’s leading child development ministry. More than 7,000 local church partners across 26 countries serve almost two million vulnerable children.

Barry is proud and grateful that during his 24 years as president and CEO, Compassion has never wavered from its unique commitment to being Christ centred, child focused and church based.

He has always maintained his PAOC ordination credentials and has served as interim pastor during times of transition at Gateway Church in London, Ontario—a spiritual home to Barry and his wife, Sharon, during his entire career with Compassion.

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LUKE STONES

Luke Stones White BorderLuke and Helena Stones have long called Victoria, B.C., home, and are now raising their five children in the heart of this beautiful city. Luke has served as worship pastor at Glad Tidings, Victoria, since 2006, where he leads a vibrant team of worship leaders and song writers. Convinced that God’s presence is active and His breakthrough is available, Luke’s passion is to simply lead the church into an awareness of the hope, freedom, and joy offered in Jesus.