Board Chair - Jeff is the Lead Pastor at The Gathering in Ottawa, a growing young church in south Ottawa. Married to Kim, he is dad to Brendan (10), Dylan (7) and Leah (5). Jeff’s passion in ministry is for discipleship; helping others to become and live more and more like Jesus. For fun Jeff loves to hang out with his family and friends, and watch his beloved Toronto Blue Jays.
Vice-Chair & National Board Designate – Karen is Associate Lead Pastor at Waterloo MB Church in Waterloo, where she has served for nineteen years. Karen sees involvement with the conference as a way to participate in the mission Jesus is fulfilling through his people--the church--across our province and nation. Karen has a Bachelor of Religious Education in Pastoral Studies and a Masters of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary. She is married to Bruce and the mom of Braeden (and Sheri) and Tara (and Evan). To relax, Karen loves to spend time with friends (new and old) around a dinner table, cycle, and knit striped socks(!)
Board Treasurer - Bio coming soon.
Secretary - Pat Goertzen has served as secretary of the Ontario Conference of MB Churches since 2004. She joyfully celebrates the work Christ is doing through His people, His church and His Conference. When we act together, His efforts are multiplied. Pat is a member of Mountain Park Church in Niagara Falls, where she has served in a number of capacities for over 35 year. Pat has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Brock University. She will soon retire from the Niagara Pipe Trades Union where she has worked as Benefit Plans Administrator for well over 40 years. Afterward, she and her husband Ken hope to travel. Together, Pat and Ken are the parents of two surviving adult children. For fun, Pat enjoys cooking and baking, as well as recreational volleyball. She also participates in a knitting group and two reading groups.
Board Member - Dave has been the founding planter and senior pastor of Life Point Church in Oshawa Ontario for the past 18 years. He has been passionately focused on reaching non churched people and has led his team through various developments including contemporary and multisite ministry, and the renovation build of a community centre. Dave was drawn to the MB family because of the great focus on church planting and evangelism. He has a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from the University of Waterloo, a Master’s of Christian Studies from Canadian Theological Seminary in biblical studies and counseling, along with an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Toronto in adult education and philosophy. He is married to Cheryl, with three grown children, Charity, Aurora and Jefferson who are either in or tracking towards ministry. Dave loves to travel, and is also a Padre with his local Canadian Forces regiment where he can very openly share his faith. On the side, he is a bit of a P90X fitness fanatic.
Board Member - Bio coming soon.
Board Member - Brent Esau is the Pathways to Education Director at North Hamilton Community Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Southridge Shelter in St. Catharines, Ontario. Throughout Brent's career, he has remained committed to living out his faith through compassion and justice. He is a member of Southridge Church. Brent has been married to Carmen for more than 20 years and is proud of their three teen-aged children: Haley, Josiah and Brynn. Brent spends the majority of his free time cheering on his kids at track meets and volleyball courts.
Board Member - Jeff has been the lead pastor at Evergreen Height Christian Fellowship in Simcoe, ON since September of 2014. Previously, Jeff worked in the downtown core of Hamilton, ON with homeless men that are struggling with addiction and mental health. He also served many years in various pastoral capacities (youth and young adults). Jeff has a passion for discipleship, and sharing the Gospel message through preaching and community. Jeff views serving on the Ontario board as a way to participate in the broader context of supporting our churches in Ontario to make disciples. Married to Kerri, He is dad to three amazing kids Julia (16), Reagan (15) and Tate (12). In his spare time Jeff loves to spend time with his family, or take in a good hockey game.
Board Member - Mandy is an Associate Pastor at New Hope Church Niagara where she has served for 12 years. With a passion for creative communication and for seeing an ancient gospel spring to modern life, her mission has become to help create a Sunday morning experience that is real, relevant, transformational and fun for people at all stages on their journey of faith. Mandy has a profound love for the perfectly imperfect, broken-yet-still-beautiful body of Christ, and a sincere heart to serve her brothers and sisters across this province and beyond, as we co-labour together with the Father to see all his lost kids come back home. She and her husband Karl have 3 crazy wonderful kids, Ryan (17), Aidyn (14), and Avery (10). She also loves to travel, read, write, and spend long hours pondering the baffling mystery of people who enjoy exercise.
Board Member - Bio coming soon!
Board Member - Bio coming soon!
Some stats about OCMBC
Enrolment at Eden High School
Campers a Week at Camp Crossroads
Church Plants with C2C Network