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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.
Murray was elected to serve as the executive director for International Missions (previously titled as the assistant superintendent for International Missions) at General Conference 2006. Murray was born in Kenya to Bill and Lillian Cornelius, long-term PAOC missionaries.
Murray graduated from Carleton University with a degree in biology in 1979 and from Regent College in 1982 with a Master's degree in Christian Studies. In 1987, he and his wife Cindy moved to Harare, Zimbabwe to pastor Upper Room Fellowship. Murray served as academic dean of Trans Africa Theological College in Kitwe, Zambia from 1992 to 1994, and was appointed Southern Africa Regional Director for PAOC in 1995. While serving in this role, he and Cindy planted and pastored Hope Community Church and Jubilee Christian Centre in Zimbabwe. He was an adjunct faculty member at Pan Africa Christian College, Harare, equipping pastors to serve in the region. Responding to the needs of children in Africa, Murray and Cindy were instrumental in the establishment of the first Village of Hope in Kitwe, Zambia, the second in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the third location in Lilongwe, Malawi.
They now live in Canada, where Murray's passion and strategic focus is on reaching the lost wherever they are, developing leaders and missionaries and caring for the poor and oppressed.
Michel was born in Lachine, Quebec in 1960. When he finished his studies in computer science, he worked for the National Bank as an executive until 1985.
In 1984, he received Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the “Assemblée du Plein Évangile”(ADPE) in LaSalle. In 1985 he began his Bible Training at “Formation Timothée” and subsequently at “Collège Biblique Québec” until 1989 when he started as youth pastor in the same church ADPE. In 1992, he became assistant pastor of that church until 1996 when he replaced the Rev. Gary Connors as the senior pastor of the ADPE.
In addition to the pastoral ministry, Michel became involved from 1997 to 2009 as sectorial representative or member at large on the executive of his District. Also since 2005, he taught at the Bible College “Institut Biblique Québec”, on leadership and he is a regular contributor to the course of homiletics. In 2009, he was voted as the district superintendent; a fun fact is that again he replaces the Rev. Gary Connors the former superintendent.
Michel has been married to Sylvie Lemoyne since 1985. The Lord has given them a wonderful family as they adopted four children of Haitian origin, three sons and a daughter. The oldest are twins, Nathan (16) and Mathieu (16). Their daughter is called Kensia (10) and Jonathan (7) is the youngest.
Craig has been serving as the district superintendent of the Eastern Ontario District since May 2005. Craig graduated from Trent University in Peterborough in 1984 and worked at Canada Permanent Trust Company and Canada Trust. He graduated from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in 1989.
He served as a youth and assistant pastor at Richmond Hill Pentecostal Church from 1987 to 1991. He also served as the young adults pastor, outreach pastor and church administrator at Agincourt Pentecostal Church from 1991 to 1995. Before being appointed to his current post, he served as the lead pastor at Malvern Christian Assembly for ten years.
Pastor Craig has a desire to see ministers, churches and related ministries across Eastern Ontario strengthened and encouraged. He is committed to establishing strong and meaningful relationships among credential holders and churches and believes that the shared values of our cooperative fellowship provide significant opportunities for kingdom purpose and advancement in these challenging days.
He and his wife, Wendy, have three children, Laura, Scott and Emily, and they make their home in Whitby, Ontario.
Peter Dove was recently appointed as the regional director for Southeast Asia (SEA). Peter and his wife, Cavelle, have served in Asia since 2002, and have three sons: Matthew, Benjamin and Charles. They founded Imagine Thailand, a ministry that links university students to marginalized communities in Thailand. In 2012 they relocated to Yangon, where Cavelle co-founded the Yangon Bakehouse, a social enterprise bringing jobs and economic empowerment to women in Myanmar, while Peter leads the DeBoer Fellowship for mid-level leaders.
Peter and Cavelle were instrumental in quarterbacking the PAOC response to the 2004 tsunami that devastated Southern Thailand. Passionate about developing young leaders, they have been an integral part of SEA Region’s growth by actively recruiting other workers to join the SEA team.
Rev. Drisner had been serving Saskatchewan as assistant district superintendent for the previous five years, before being elected district superintendent in May 2011. Rev. Drisner’s parents, Reubin and Shirley, served as pastors and church planters in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. John is a graduate of the 1976 class of Northwest Bible College and is married to Donna, a graduate of the 1975 class of Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now Master's College and Seminary). They have pastored in Thunder Bay, ON, Portage la Prairie, MB, and Regina, SK, before being asked to serve Lawson Heights Pentecostal Assembly in Saskatoon in 2002.
Since coming to Saskatoon, he has been actively involved in Horizon College and Seminary, having served as Chairman of the Board, interim president, and as a member of their adjunct faculty. He completed an MA in Historical Theology from Briercrest Seminary in 2005. He is passionate about mentoring and encouraging the next generation of Pentecostal leaders. John and Donna are the parents of three sons Evan (Danielle), Kyle, and Kent (Sarah) and have two grandsons, Noah and Jude. In addition to his role as District Superintendent, John is continuing to serve as lead pastor of Lawson Heights Pentecostal Assembly in Saskatoon, SK.
Jeremy was recently appointed to serve as the Africa Regional Director. Since 2003 he and his wife, Teresa, have been serving in Ethiopia. He has worked in training and releasing church planters, discipling young leaders, Bible college ministry, and on the leadership team of Addis Christian Life Assembly in Addis Ababa. God is and has been working among the unreached people in Ethiopia. People from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds are coming to Christ and planting churches. Jeremy is a respected teacher and leader in the Ethiopian context. From Ethiopia, he has been part of training people working throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Jeremy’s heart beats to see the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ expand into the unreached portions of Africa that have yet to be engaged by the gospel. He also seeks to raise the next generation of missionaries to expand the kingdom of God.
Jeremy and Teresa have three children. Timothy, Bethany and Zoe bring joy, adventure and brightness to their lives. Jeremy graduated from Vanguard College with a degree in Theology before completing a Master of Theology from Mattersey Hall with the University of Wales in 2003. In April 2016, he graduated with a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of South Africa, writing a thesis on discipleship and spiritual formation for Pentecostal leadership.
Jeremy enjoys watching and playing sports. He has recently taken up jogging, since running is the most common sports activity in Ethiopia. He also enjoys a good cup of strong coffee!
Lorrie has been serving as regional director, southeast, of the Western Ontario District since 1998. Lorrie graduated from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in 1976.
He served as assistant pastor at Evangel Pentecostal Church in Brantford from 1976 to 1980. He was the senior pastor at Grimsby Pentecostal Church, now Lakemount Worship Centre, from 1980 to 1981. Lorrie served the District Youth Ministries Director for the Western Ontario District from 1981 to 1986. He also served as assistant superintendent for the Western Ontario District for two terms.
He planted New Life Assembly in Brantford, ON and served there from 1986 to 1998.
Lorrie and his wife Debbie have three boys. Matthew attends teacher's college in Burlington. Todd attends McMaster University in Hamilton and plays for the McMaster Marauders. Benton is in Grade 12 and plays Quarterback for BCI Mustangs from Brantford.
James has served the PAOC as pastor, church planter and missionary. He currently serves as regional director of Missions in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He has served on a variety of national committees and has held several elected offices. Most recently, he served as district superintendent of the Saskatchewan District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada for six years.
James has traveled extensively to teach and strengthen ministry leaders. James is a frequent camp, retreat and conference speaker. He has been a regular contributor to the Pastoral Theology course at Horizon College and Seminary.
James is a visionary with a pastor's heart and is passionate about developing leaders and their ministries. He gets a rush out of visioning, coaching and team building. His thrill is to see people rise to a higher level in their ministries than they thought possible.
He and his wife, Colleen, both graduates of Horizon College and Seminary, have one son, Joshua (Tyla), and one grand-daughter (Taija-Lynn). They make their home in Panama City, Panama.
Carlene has served on the General Executive of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada since 2006 and was re-elected at General Conference 2016, while also involved with Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC. She also serves as a trustee of the PAOC Pension Plan.
Carlene is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. She is also a tax partner at KPMG, where she is responsible for the financial institutions and real estate tax practice. Carlene has also led the not-for-profit tax services practice.
Throughout her life, Carlene has been involved in ministry in numerous areas. She currently serves as a member of the church audit committee, as a board member of the Broadway Pentecostal Lodge, as a Sunday school teacher, and as a worship leader. She is also involved with various music ministries. Carlene and her husband, Ross, are also involved with numerous hospitality ministries. Carlene has co-prepared and taught several courses on the biblical principles of financial planning, and has been a speaker at a variety of conferences.
The eldest of three children, Ginette was born and raised in a French Canadian family in Montreal, Quebec, along with two brothers. After college, she practised for nine years as a registered nurse in Montreal and in New Westminster, British Columbia. In 1979, Ginette was born again as a Christian and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit a few months later.
Digby and Ginette were married in 1980 and have two children, Chantale and Daniel. In 1985, she graduated from Bible college and accepted a position as children’s pastor on the staff of Agincourt Pentecostal Church in Scarborough, Ontario.
In 1996, following a three-month chaplaincy course at Scarborough Grace Hospital, Ginette joined the staff of Malvern Christian Assembly, where she has served as lead pastor since October 2005. Ginette served on the General Executive of the PAOC from 2012 to 2014, and was elected to serve again at General Conference 2016.
Rev. Patti Miller is the lead pastor of Evangel Pentecostal Church in Montreal, Quebec. Previously she was the lead pastor of Crossfire in Hamilton, Ontario, where she ministered from 2000-2015. She has served as a General Executive member of the PAOC as well as a member of the District Executive for the PAOC’s Western Ontario District. Previous to Crossfire, she had served for six years on pastoral staff at Christian Centre in the Jane-Finch area of Toronto. She is a graduate of Mohawk College and Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now Master’s College and Seminary), and recently completed an honours bachelor of arts degree in sociology at McMaster University.
Patti is deeply passionate around three areas: urban ministry, with its widely diverse population and challenges, Ukraine, which unexpectedly captured her heart in 1999, and helping to make a way for other women called to be pastors.
She has been happily married to Jeff since 1992. He is her hard-rock-loving, face-pierced husband, and she continues to laugh at his jokes. They recently moved to downtown Montreal after living in Hamilton Ontario’s north end.
Born in 1974 in Gander, Newfoundland, Rob is the son of former PAOC Maritime district superintendent Rev. R. Douglas and Marie Moore. Rob graduated from the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, with a business degree and from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, with a law degree. He was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 2000 and went on to serve as the justice policy advisor in the office of the leader of the Opposition. Rob was elected as the member of Parliament for the New Brunswick riding of Fundy Royal from 2004 to 2015. He was elected to the General Executive of the PAOC at General Conference 2016.
During the course of his political career, he served as chair of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, minister of state for Small Business and Tourism, minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and as regional minister for both New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Rob met the love of his life, Melinda (Donnan), at Woodvale Pentecostal Church in Ottawa. They were married in 2006 and live in Quispamsis, N.B. with their four beautiful children, Madeline, Katelyn, Robbie and Luke. Kings Way Assembly, Quispamsis, is the Moore family’s home church. Rob enjoys spending time outdoors with his young family and has a passion for Canada and for serving his community.
Jim was elected district superintendent of the Manitoba Northwest Ontario District in the spring of 2007.
Since graduating from Central Pentecostal College in 1983, Jim has been involved in ministry in diverse arenas. Having served in the Saskatchewan, B.C. and Manitoba districts, he has been involved in church planting, served as a lead pastor in a variety of settings, and also served on the staff of some of our larger churches. The last church he pastored was Christian Life Assembly in Winnipeg, MB.
Before being elected as district superintendent, Jim served on the District Executive and has also volunteered in a variety of capacities, serving both his local PAOC districts as well as the wider community. His main focus as superintendent is casting vision, giving leadership and caring for the pastors he has been called to serve. Church planting, revitalization of struggling assemblies and support for local congregations are some of his priorities.
Jim is married to his best friend, Joanne. Together they have three sons that love and serve the Lord.
Stephen has served on the General Executive of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada since 2012 and was re-elected at General Conference 2016. He currently serves on the finance and audit committees. Stephen worships at Woodvale Pentecostal Church (WPC) in Ottawa, where he serves on the board. At Woodvale, he has been part of policy development, building project financing, human resources, constitution and incorporation matters, and has been actively involved in music ministry for many years.
Stephen works in telecommunications in the area of international standards. His roles have included management and software development. As an inventor, he has nineteen granted patents. He is currently a rapporteur in the International Telecommunications Union standards body. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Carleton University and a master of science degree from the University of Toronto.
Stephen is married to Renée and they have three daughters; all family members are actively involved at Woodvale.
Ken Solbrekken has been serving as the district superintendent of the Alberta and North-West Territories District since April 2007. Prior to his election, Ken served this district for nine years as Secretary/Treasurer & director of pastoral care and then as the assistant superintendent.
Ken and his wife, Lena, met in the United States, and after graduating from Bible college, they were married in Sweden in 1984. After moving to Edmonton, together they raised their three daughters, Louise, Angeline and Linette.
In 2004, while in the District Office, Ken and Lena, together with a fine team of leaders, planted City Centre Church. The vision to be "a church plant that plants churches" was the driving force behind this dream. In three short years, City Centre Church assisted a church plant in Slovakia and planted another church in Edmonton called Urban Bridge Church. Ken pursues God in everything that he does as part of his desire to see the will and blessing of God unfold in his life and the lives of those around him. It is this desire that has birthed in him a heart to see a generation turn to Christ through a Church Planting and Multiplication movement.
Gary is married to Carrie, his wife of 42 years. They have three married children and eight remarkable grandchildren. He has pastored at a large suburban church in Edmonton for 35 years, but most of the rest of his life has been in small rural churches.
Other ministry involvements include 20-year stints on the Vanguard College board, PAOC missions committees and Shepherd’s Care seniors housing board. He has served for two terms with ABNWT District governance, and for several decades with the Alberta Pentecostal Mission Society and the Alberta Beach Camp Society.
In 2013, he led a coalition of churches from 25 different denominations that carried out province wide evangelization, where 30,000 people attended Alpha courses. Currently he is part of the PAOC 2020 Revitalization Group.
At the end of 2015 Gary transitioned the leadership of Mill Woods Pentecostal Assembly, enabling him to partner with Alpha Canada in enlisting cross denominational coalitions in Canada’s largest cities in a nationwide evangelization initiative called invitecanada. He was elected to the General Executive of the PAOC at General Conference 2016.
He enjoys woodwork and is looking for a deal on a #2 Stanley Wood ’plane. In 2017 he and Carrie plan to go down the Oregon coast with their JayFlight trailer.
Matt has been in full-time ministry since 1994, serving PAOC congregations in Ontario and Alberta. Matt began serving as associate pastor at Lakemount Worship Centre in Grimsby in 2003, and has been the senior pastor since 2008. Matt is a gifted leader who develops other leaders in a culture of dependence on the Spirit with devotion to the unchanging Word of God.
Matt has also served as a Western Ontario District Executive member for eight years. He travels the nation as an insightful preacher, anointed worship leader and a keen contributor to leadership teams. Matt’s commitment to the manifest presence of God and the healing gifts of the Holy Spirit are a catalyst for stirring renewed faith for the “more” of God wherever he ministers. He was elected to the General Executive of the PAOC at General Conference 2016.
Matt and His wife, Lisa, have been happily married since August 1994. Together they have three amazing kids –Abigail, Joey and Sarah. In November 2012, Sarah, their youngest child, died after a three-year battle with cancer. A significant dimension of their life message is declaring the relentless goodness of God even in the midst of tragedy and disappointment. God continues to use their testimony to encourage others who are facing trials and challenges of faith.
Finally, Matt is a delusional Leafs fan and is convinced that the team is rebuilding (again). He also enjoys riding his Harley whenever and wherever he can.