Worship Leader

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Kristin Pollard

May 5 – 7, worship leader

Kristin W. Pollard was born in Newfoundland on October 19, 1974 and is a fourth-generation Pentecostal. His grandfather was the first “worship leader” in their small-town church and was the key influence in Kristin’s path to full-time music ministry. Saved as a child, he always knew that God had a specific plan for him, but he couldn’t see what that was beyond following the Lord. He finished high school and enrolled in college, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music. It was at that point that he started asking God what the purpose of his musical abilities were. He took a big step of faith in 1997 and became the worship and arts pastor at Glad Tidings Church in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Kristin has served this church now for 22 years and has seen God do amazing things in and through his ministry. He has recorded several gospel albums and has been nominated for an ECMA (East Coast Music Association) award for two consecutive years in a row.

Kristin’s ability to lead people into the presence of God and his sensitivity to the Holy Spirit has been key in his longevity as a worship pastor.

Kristin has been married for 19 years to Debra-Lee and has been blessed with two amazing teenagers, Ethan Daniel and Sydney Rae.

“It’s Time” – for missional fruitfulness

Tuesday morning Gary Taitinger and the Vitalization working group will helps us to evaluate our current missional integrity and steps that are needed as we look forward to greater fruitfulness. Paul Fraser will inform us regarding our progress to becoming a multiplication movement once again followed by a challenge from Maritime church planter, Mike Miller who has seen God at work in Greater Halifax.

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Paul Fraser

and the Multiplication Network

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Mike Miller

Plenary speaker

Mike, his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Joshua and Mattie, live in the Halifax, Nova Scotia area. Mike travels throughout Canada and the United States, preaching and teaching. Mike and Nancy are passionate about Halifax and the people who live here. In 2016 they embarked on a journey to plant Nova Church Halifax. Together with the Nova Dream Team, the Millers officially launched Nova Church in September 2017. It has been a breathtaking adventure and the best is yet to come!

“It’s Time” – for integral leadership

Tuesday evening, led by David Hazzard, we remember the Lord’s death and resurrection as we celebrate the Lord’s table together and remember those who have gone to be with the Lord. Phil Kniesel presents a call that “It’s Time for Integral Leadership” as we watch our lives and doctrine closely. A critical theme for 2020 and beyond.

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Phil Kniesel 

Plenary speaker

Phil is lead pastor at Hope City Church in Edmonton, Alberta. Hope City is a multi-site, multi-service church that has experienced an amazing move of God over the past few years. They have a vision of reaching one per cent of Edmonton and are praying for and believing God for this. Phil is passionate about next gen leaders and reaching those far from Jesus. He is in his 20th year of marriage to his wife, Marla, and together they have two teenage daughters.

“It’s Time” – for truth

Wednesday morning Dr Van Johnson and Theological Study Commission lead us in a session where we affirm our commitment to be a people of biblical truth including why we have engaged in a process to review and refresh our Statement of Essential Truths.
Mark MacKnight and a General Executive appointed working group will present a Statement of Affirmation of Biblical Sexuality and Marriage as we recommit to knowing and communicating His truth that sets people free in every dimension of life.

Van Johnson

Van Johnson

and the Theological Study Commission
Mark Macknight

Mark MacKnight

The Statement of Affirmation of Biblical Sexuality & Marriage Working

“It’s Time” – to send

You will hear from those in our PAOC family who are global and Mission Canada workers serving in places where we must be present, sharing the gospel with those who still need to hear. Seven presenters will share for five minutes each on why they are serving where they are and the faithfulness of God as a result of their obedience. Hear stories of life transformation. Stand shoulder to shoulder with those we are commissioning to go. Hear what God is doing and consider ways you can invest beyond your church and community, or can give your best who can be sent to take God’s Word across all borders, in order to see Christ’s kingdom expanded.

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David Burke

Mission Canada Campus Worker

David is a Mission Canada campus worker sent to Ryerson University in the heart of Toronto. David has a passion for seeing lost students found and found students discipled to live life on mission. LifeLine is a disciplemaking community on campus where students are encouraged to find, follow and serve Jesus Christ. It’s also a place where prodigal sons and daughters can be welcomed home and can experience, even on a secular campus, what it means to be made alive and set free in Christ. David and his wife, Krysten, and their two children love living the adventure of following Jesus to serve the least, the last and the lost.

Zachary Wylie

Zachary Wylie

International Missions Global Worker, Campus and Marginalized People

Imagine Thailand believes in the capacity of youth, university students and skilled professionals to create a new future for communities in need. Their work shapes global citizens who partner to bring real benefit and change to local communities, the marketplace, and the world. Together, they bring assistance to children at risk, victims of terror, survivors of natural disasters, and refugees fleeing oppressive governments. This is done through leadership development programs, discipleship networks, educational centres, and development projects with, through, and beside Thai nationals. Zachary is a husband to Megan, a father of three, and the executive director of Imagine Thailand.

Cal and Chrissy Krahn

Cal and Chrissy Krahn

Mission Canada Urban Workers to Quebec

Cal and Chrissy Krahn have been in both pastoral and missionary ministry for 30 years. When they aren’t involved in worship or discipleship, they are looking for opportunities to engage with the community outside the church walls. As Mission Canada urban workers in Montreal, Quebec, they have responded to God’s call to be an extension of the local church, reaching into the “gaps” and taking Christ to people and places where the gospel is needed.

Jade Kenyamanyara

Jade Kenyamanyara

International Missions Worker, Vulnerable Children

Jade was born and raised in Ontario as a pastor's kid and grew up participating in church life. She made her own decision to follow Christ as a pre-teen and accepted God's call on her life to full-time ministry at the age of 17. She completed her first year of theological studies in Nairobi, Kenya, where she also met her husband, Julius. Jade served in both children's and youth ministry in Sudbury, Ontario, for a number of years, before moving with her family to Tanzania, first as mid-term volunteers and later as full-time global workers with the PAOC. Jade and Julius, along with their three boys, have been living and working in Tanzania for the last seven years. They have been serving for the last five years at Village of Hope Mwanza, where they provide leadership to the national team and run programs offering shelter, education, nutrition, health care and discipleship for nearly 500 children in need.

Tarrant Cross Child

Tarrant Cross Child

Mission Canada Worker to Indigenous Peoples/Next Generation

After winning the Saskatchewan Marathon in 1998, Tarrant Cross Child was set to rise through the Canadian long-distance running ranks, but addiction to alcohol and gambling took over his life in the years that followed. An attempt to take his own life in 2014 led Tarrant into a rehabilitation program, and ultimately to a restored relationship with Jesus Christ and with his family. During his year-long stay in rehabilitation, Tarrant began running again — and he hasn’t stopped since. He now trains with a high-performance running group in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. As a Mission Canada worker, he is sharing his message of hope and restoration across North America. In 2015, along with his wife and four children, Tarrant founded Child of the Cross Running Clinics. These clinics give him a platform to reach thousands of youth each year, encouraging them to live an active lifestyle and to make positive, healthy choices. He holds nothing back when sharing an open and honest message about mental illness, addiction, and how he found the hope and strength to overcome in the person of Jesus Christ. Along with his Mission Canada work, Tarrant is an ambassador for New Balance Running Shoes and the Brainsport Running Store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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This young family work among an unreached people group where less than one per cent of the population are considered Christian. Their role is to support the small yet growing community of believers who are desperate to see their friends and family bend their knee to Christ. They are involved in training and discipling believers as well as producing discipleship and evangelism material. Their prayer is for Jesus to open the eyes of the lost and appear to people in visions and dreams and through His power. They are asking God for a move of His Spirit so they can see a country come to Christ.

Don Horban

Don Horban

Concluding Speaker

Don is lead pastor at Cedarview Community Church in Newmarket, Ontario, where he has served together with his wife, Reni, for 38 years. He is loved for the depth of his Bible teaching which equips church members to be obedient and faithful witnesses for Christ. The church has faithfully and generously modelled an outbound missionary posture, consistently giving over 25 per cent of its annual income to support ministries outside their local church.

“It’s Time” – for the future, now!

Three Presenters : Strategic Vision Committee

Elyse and Jonathan present a fellowship wide survey that engages our shared challenge and commitment to make disciples and develop the leadership of children, youth and young adults. Kaitlyn presents from her own life how she is living this out among the young, the indigenous and empowering women in their ministries. Andy, Co-chair of the PAOC’s Strategic Vision Committee presents pathways to move forward and resources that will assist us.

Elyse Brouwer

Elyse Brouwer

Elyse currently lives in Surrey, British Columbia, and has been serving as connections pastor at WestWinds Community Church since 2014. Elyse was previously the field pastor at Living Waters Church in Langley, B.C. She is a graduate of Summit Pacific College (B.A., pastoral theology), and is currently completing her M.A. in theological studies through Regent College. Elyse and her husband, Christian, were married in 2014.

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan was raised in Saint John, New Brunswick. He is married to Shelly and they have two sons who are now in their 20s. Jonathan serves as the lead pastor of OneChurch.to in Toronto. He is passionate about creating churches whose gravitational pull is outside the walls, into the community, and reaching people who are far from God. Jonathan has also pastored in Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario, and has served as a church planter and on the PAOC’s General Executive.

Andy Gabruch

Andy Gabruch

Andy has been in leadership and ministry for over 17 years in urban, suburban, and rural contexts. He has worked with high school assemblies, city-wide youth forums, local governments, churches, and national leadership boards. He speaks on culture, leadership, and ministry for the next generation. He is currently a pastor of multiplication at Broadway Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. Andy has a master’s degree in leadership and management and his heart is to raise the next generation of leaders in Canada. Andy is married to Annick and they have one girl and three boys.

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Kaitlyn Cey

Plenary speaker

Kaitlyn Cey is an author, pastor, educator and certified leadership coach. She is a passionate joy chaser, beauty hunter and vibrant learner! Her commitment to experience and spread the love of God infuses her unique bi-vocational career as educator and pastor with innovation. Through her work, play, rest and writing, Kaitlyn endeavours to promote the growth, engagement and flourishing of all people.

Kaitlyn is the Sisterhood pastor at Elim Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is one of the co-hosts for the Gather Women podcast, HER Influence. Kaitlyn is the co-founder and director of the youth ministry Inspire Our Nation, inspiring youth to overcome struggle and influence their world for Jesus. You can learn more about Kaitlyn's initiatives and find her devotionals and books at www.kaitlyncey.com.