Executive Officers

  • Rev. David Wells

    General Superintendent

    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.

  • David Hazzard

    Rev. David Hazzard

    General Secretary Treasurer
    David Hazzard was first elected to the General Executive of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in 1996, while serving as the senior pastor of Queensway Cathedral in Toronto, Ontario. He was later elected as an executive officer in 2000, serving first as the assistant superintendent for Ministerial Services and currently as the general secretary treasurer (previously ​titled as the assistant superintendent for Fellowship Services). 

    David is a graduate of Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, Emmanuel Bible College, and Ontario Theological Seminary (now Tyndale Seminary). Following graduation from EPBC, he served on the pastoral staff of Kitchener Gospel Temple and Pickering Pentecostal Church. David then spent three years with the World Missions Division of the PAOC, teaching at Pan Africa Christian College in Nairobi, Kenya, also involved on the Leadership Team of Nairobi Pentecostal Church. 

    Returning to Canada in 1988, he accepted the position of senior pastor of Evangel Assembly, Edmonton, Alberta. In 1994 he was invited as senior pastor of Queensway Cathedral. As General Secretary Treasurer, David now oversees all financial aspects of the PAOC International Office, including the annual budget, the Pension Fund and the Certificate Mortgage Program. 

    He also oversees various other responsibilities including the credentialing of ministers, church chartering and the constitutions of the Fellowship.
  • Rev. Murray Cornelius

    Executive Director for International Missions

    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.