(including social work, First Nations work, human trafficking, sex trade, poverty issues)
Associated Youth Services of Peel
I am a registered psychotherapist experienced in supporting individuals and their families facing complex addictive behaviours and mental health concerns. Previously, I worked in the missions context, public education, and the non-profit sector. I am passionate about mobilizing the local church to reach out to neglected populations in Toronto and globally. I believe that churches in Toronto have a unique opportunity to reach the world without travelling as the nations are here.
Christie Refugee Welcome Centre
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I am passionate about God’s strategy to heal the world by using local churches, i.e. local communities of Jesus-followers. As we model and express the Way of Jesus in our neighbourhoods, coffee-shops, workplaces, families, and schools, I believe that the prayer “Your Kingdom come” is embodied in and around us.
After a brief career in business, I served as a church planter and pastor, at a theological college, and led a global mission agency. Now I am involved in local mission, as I lead an organization that provides accommodation and support to refugee families.
My parents were from India, I was born in England, and I have lived most of my life in Canada, in four different provinces. This means that my entire life has been a somewhat inter-cultural experience! I like reading, writing, cycling, hiking, and freshly-ground dark roast coffee beans.
Toronto District School Board, Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Tyndale University College
I currently serve as a social worker primarily working with youth and families. I am passionate about connecting churches to their local communities. I hope to inform the church about the various social issues and marginalization that exists. I believe the church has an opportunity to be a redemptive agent in our society on both an individual and communal level.
I enjoy almost every sport and actively go cycling and running to keep myself sane.
International Director for the Americas and Global Learner
Jon grew up in a tribal village in the Philippines and returned there with his wife Marilyn to live and work with in a Muslim community. Their three daughters grew up knowing they were safe as long as they could see the minaret of the mosque at the center of the village.
Jon and Marilyn also served with OMF’s international leadership team, based in Singapore. In that role, Jon worked with OMF mobilization teams in eighteen different countries, and with potential partners globally, helping them explore and get involved with needs and opportunities amongst East Asia’s peoples. Jon has travelled extensively, part of OMF’s commitment to be a global community of East Asian specialists.
Jon and Marilyn have a passion to invest in the next generation, helping others to become everything God has called them to be. Sailing helps them tune their hearts to the wind of the Spirit.