Meet The Staff

Ed Willms

Ed Willms

Executive Director

Ed assumed the role of Executive Director in 2012. Prior to that he was in Pastoral ministry for 25 years. Most recently he served as a location Leader for Southridge Community Church. He planted Gateway Christian Fellowship in 2000 and thoroughly enjoyed that adventure until they merged with Southridge in 2010. Earlier he served in pastoral roles at Scott Street MB Church in St. Catharines and began his ministry at Cornerstone Community Church in Dartmouth N.S. in 1986. Ed is happily married to high school sweetheart Karin and they have three daughters, Kiersten (married to Eric) Renee and Breanna. Ed has sensed a clear call of God to give leadership to the Ontario Conference. With a deep passion to see churches unite around a clear vision - he has been working diligently to facilitate collaboration, provide accountability and encourage blessing. Although each church is unique, Ed believes that God is doing a new work in them while they focus on health and discipleship. He longs to see many people won for Jesus Christ in Ontario. Ed acquired a Bachelor of Religious Studies from the MB Bible College in Winnipeg, a BA (History) from the University of Winnipeg, and a Master of Divinity from MB Biblical Seminary when it was still situated in California. Ed strives to be a life long learner and is a certified COACH. He has a deep passion to empower the next generation of leaders and recently helped to create the Leaders Collective.

Kristi Lee

Kristi Lee

Executive Assistant

Kristi joined the OCMBC team in February 2016 after spending 8 years in financial sales and service at TD Bank. She has been apart of the MB family her entire life; raised as a Pastors kid and growing up in many parts of Canada and the USA. She brings energy and enthusiasm to the team and is very excited to be apart of the many opportunities of growth and development God is doing in our Ontario MB churches. She is currently serving at New Hope Church Niagara as a Jr. Youth leader, Kids Worship Department Head and Day Camp volunteer. Kristi is married to Matt and mother to Madeline (12), Kaleb (11), and Noelle (9). When she is not in the office, you may find her on her road bike or exploring her passion for photography.

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Our Story Through Time

The Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches has a long and storied past. Together we can celebrate the way that God has weaved our history into His glorious story.

  • 2013New Website
    Launching at the November 2013 convention our site is built to encourage collaboration, accountability and blessing. Story is a huge focus in it's design.
  • 2012New Executive Director
    The Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Willms as executive director, beginning Sept. 1, working from the Niagara Region. This is the first executive director under the conference's new structure. In compliance with new provincial bylaws, the candidate was selected by a subcommittee, and discerned by the Ontario board. Consultation with Canadian conference executive director Willy Reimer was also part of the process.
  • 1980Summer Camp is Founded
    Camping is a major effort which began with children at the high school and Bible school in Niagara-on-the-Lake. From there it expanded to various rented facilities when all the children could no longer be accommodated in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Finally a new camp property was purchased in 1980 which has been developed for camping and other conference retreat needs. Thus Camp Crossroads was founded.
  • 1960Senior Citizen Care Launched
    Senior citizen housing and institutional care was a programme of the conference begun in the 1960s. The site was next to one of the congregations in St. Catharines. It started as a small facility and expanded to offer beds for a spectrum of needs. Plans also called for additional facilities in Virgil and Kitchener. Tabor Manor is now a well established institution in Ontario governed by the conference.
  • 1944High School is Founded
    The high school was named Eden Christian College after the Bible school programme was moved to Kitchener. The course offerings and facilities expanded over the years. For a number of years both the 4-year and 5-year streams were offered. In some subject areas a student could complete their grade 13 requirements. The core emphasis of Christian values in a Mennonite context were maintained.
  • 1943St. Catharines church is Founded
  • 1937Virgil church is Founded
  • 1933Port Rowan church is Founded
  • 1932OCMBC is Founded
    The Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was founded in 1932 in New Hamburg. With congregations in Hespeler, Kitchener, Vineland, and Leamington.
  • 1924Mennonites Arrive
    Mennonites arrived in southern Ontario from Russia beginning in 1924.

By The Numbers

Some stats about OCMBC


Member Churches


Enrolment at Eden High School


Campers a Week at Camp Crossroads


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