In 2016 a number of pastors gathered in Ottawa. They observed a theological drift in our nation and wanted to lift up the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the centre of our faith. They wanted to unite around the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This was the beginning of what would become The Gospel Coalition Canada.
We are now in 2018, and we are happy to host our first TGC Canada National Conference on October 29–31, 2018. For our conference theme, we wanted to start at the foundation. So we have planned a conference that focuses on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We hope that Canadians from across our vast nation will come and celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ together.
We look forward to seeing you!
Tim is a Christian, a husband to Aileen and a father to three children aged 12 to 18. He worships and serves as an elder at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario. He is a book reviewer, co-founder of Cruciform Press, and has written five books.
David Robinson has been pastor of Grace Bible Church in Cambridge Ontario for the past 23 years. Over the years he has taught Pastoral Counselling in various countries and most recently at Heritage Bible College and Seminary In Cambridge On. David is also helping establish the Biblical Counselling Certificate at Heritage Seminary and serves on the board of the Biblical Counselling Coalition of Canada (https://biblicalcounselingcanada.ca/). He is married to Eva and they have three children.
Christel is an editor for The Gospel Coalition Canada. She has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and holds a BMus from the University of Calgary with a minor in ballet. She is mom to three boys. Her husband, Clint, is the pastor of Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta. She enjoys writing and teaching women the Bible.
RJ Umandap has been the pastor of Living Hope Baptist Church since 2013. He is married to Joelle and they have three boys: Zachary (13), Johann (11), and Daniel (5 months).
Peter Yi is tri-cultural—born in South Korea, raised and educated in Chicago, and has been pastoring in Toronto for over twenty years. He’s been married to Linda for 22 years and has three children – Tabitha, Josiah, and Matthias. He received his MDiv and ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago and is a graduate of Arrow Leadership. He’s currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and has served at Young Nak Presbyterian Church in Toronto since 1995, first as the youth pastor and then from 2003, as the lead pastor of the English congregation which is called City on a Hill. Peter, like all true disciples of Jesus, loves to go fishing (for fish and men) and enjoys road cycling and mountain biking.
Betty-Anne van Rees
Betty-Anne graduated from The Master’s College with a master of arts in biblical counselling. Fuelled by her passion to see the Canadian church convinced and equipped to care for souls through the living Word (both Incarnate and inspired), she serves the local church in discipleship roles that include teaching, mentoring, and counselling. Additionally, she serves as council board member for the Biblical Counseling Coalition and on the Biblical Counselling Coalition of Canada (https://biblicalcounselingcanada.ca/)
Jen Pollock Michel
Jen Pollock Michel is the award-winning author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place. She writes widely for print and digital publications and travels to speak at churches, conferences, and retreats. Jen holds a B.A. in French from Wheaton College and an M.A. in Literature from Northwestern University. She is married to Ryan and together, they have five school-age children and live in Toronto. You can find more at www.jenpollockmichel.com or follow Jen on Twitter @jenpmichel.
Paul Martin is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario. After leading the plant in 2000, he was involved in helping three other churches start in the city. He hopes to be involved in launching many more. His passion for training leaders has led him to teach at local seminaries, as well as oversee a long-standing mentoring program for potential future pastors. His love for the kind of Gospel cooperation modelled by his hero, George Whitefield, inspired his work with the Grace Connexion, the Hogtown Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship, the Toronto Gospel Alliance, 9Marks, and The Gospel Coalition. His zeal for the preaching of God’s Word has led to work with The Charles Simeon Trust. His affection for the disabled community, especially after disability entered his family through his son, has given him opportunities to speak for The Elisha Foundation and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. It also prompted his zeal to protect the unborn and work closely with a local pregnancy care centre. He has been married to Susan for more than twenty-five years and loves to spend time with their four children. Sadly, he is a pathetically loyal fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and remembers well the last time they won the Stanley Cup. He was 10 months old.
Nathan Penny serves as Pastor of Counselling Ministries at Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville. Nathan is passionate about seeing hearts and lives radically transformed by the Spirit of God, through the word of God, and is expectant for what Jesus Christ will continue to do in Canada as His people call upon Him to move in power for His glory! He serves on the Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition of Canada (https://biblicalcounselingcanada.ca/)
Aileen is a wife to Tim and a mother to Nick, Abby, and Michaela. She worships and serves at Grace Fellowship Church where she leads or participates in several ministry and mentorship programs.
Mez McConnell pastors Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. He founded 20 Schemes and is the author of two books.
Session 4: Mark 6:1–6VIEW
Session 4: Mark 6:1–6
Session 5: Mark 7:1–23VIEW
Session 5: Mark 7:1–23
Breakouts | Round 2VIEW
Breakouts | Round 2
Breakouts | Round 3VIEW
Breakouts | Round 3
Session 6: Mark 8:34–9:1VIEW
Session 6: Mark 8:34–9:1
Session 7: Mark 9:2–29VIEW
Session 7: Mark 9:2–29
Twelve Breakout Sessions
Getting Things Done: What Christians Should Know about Productivity
Biblical Counselling and the Journey Of Depression
The Wonder of Jesus for the Weary Sufferer
Embracing the Other: Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church
Ditch the Pragmatism and Let the Bible Plan Your Ministry
Biblical Counselling: Gospel Ministry to the Grieving
Betty-Anne van Rees
Teach Us To Want: The Call and Caution of Desire in the Life of Faith
Jen Pollock Michel
Why the Poor Need Healthy Churches
Welcome the Weak: Make Your Church a Place for the Least of All
Biblical Counselling and the Path of Heart Change
Not Just a Guy Thing: How to Help Women Who Struggle with Sexual Sin
From Vision to Reality: Church Planting in Canada
Robust is a conference for those who want to plant church-planting churches in Canada. If you are a church planter, pastor, leader or interested in church planting, then consider attending. Dwight Bernier, Steve Timmis, and Jonathan Dodson will speak at the pre-conference from 9:00am to 12:15pm. The cost is $30, and you can register for the pre-conference when you register for the main conference above.
In partnership with Acts 29 Canada
- Until August 15
- After August 15
- Childcare available. See below.
Groups rates available by contacting [email protected]
Limited childcare is available (50 spaces) for ages 0–6. Cost is $30 per child. Childcare is provided by Muskoka Bible Centre in partnership with TGC Canada. After purchasing your conference registration, please click here to register your child.