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What are Elders & Deacons?

Throughout history, the Church has adopted numerous titles and positions to define church leadership. However, the Bible speaks of only two: elders and deacons (1 Timothy 3).

Elders

The word “elder” is used interchangeably with bishop, overseer and shepherd (pastor) and all refer to the same person or office. While Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, elders are the highest human authority within a local church.  They are responsible for leading and governing the church family (i.e., setting direction, establishing doctrine, exercising discipline) as they faithfully follow Jesus Christ.

Even though the husband is ordained as the elder, we believe both the husband and his wife are called into this Biblical expression of local church leadership together.

Deacons

Following the example of Scripture (Acts 6), as the need arises, elders appoint deacons to assist them in serving and leading the church. While deacons do not “govern” the church family as elders do, they serve in every capacity and function in Biblical leadership. For just as Jesus Christ made clear: for anyone who desires to be great, he or she must be the servant of all.

Husbands and wives serve in deaconship together, and those who are single serve too.

Our Leadership Team

Our Elders:

Mark & Bridget Ellwood

Originally from South Africa, Mark & Bridget made Canada their home in 2005…

Originally from South Africa, Mark & Bridget made Canada their home in 2005.  Mark enjoys photography, he would love to one day see the northern lights and he is passionate about disciples making disciples. Bridget loves people, her decorating talent welcomes all who enter The Bridge and makes them feel at home. She is passionate about seeing transformed lives through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Mark serves on our eldership team and is our Senior Pastor.  Bridget oversees our Ladies’ and Legends Ministries.
Michael & Jeanine Soligo

Michael serves on our eldership team, he likes to bike, would love to tour…

Michael serves on our eldership team, he likes to bike, would love to tour and hike the Grand Canyon and is passionate about seeing people live in the fullness of the freedom God has given them.  Jeanine loves to garden, she plans to go to Israel one day and walk where Jesus walked.  She is passionate about equipping people of all ages to hear the voice of God and boldly follow where He leads.  Jeanine oversees our BridgeKids team and together Michael & Jeanine oversee our Prayer Ministry teams.
Kevin & Trish Johnson

Kevin loves cross-fit and sports, he would like to one day master the guitar…

Kevin loves cross-fit and sports, he would like to one day master the guitar and he is passionate about the church walking in freedom and living victoriously.  Trish loves being a mom of three beautiful girls and running. She would love to one day run the Disney ½ Marathon and compete in a Cross Fit Challenge.  She is passionate about seeing young people engaged in the things of God.  Kevin serves on our eldership team and together they oversee our Student Ministries: Youth and Young Adults.
Dom & Ali Leadsom

Dom is an avid sports fan (both playing and watching)…

Dom is an avid sports fan (both playing and watching), he would love to one day see Machu Picchu and he is passionate about seeing young people develop their gifts in God. Dom serves on our eldership team and oversees the Connect Groups. Ali loves to read, travel, and reach out to those in need; she has already gone cross country skiing in Lake Placid and would love to go on a Cruise to Alaska.  She is passionate about seeing God touch lives and change hearts in Worship. Ali is our Office Administrator and helps to oversee our Hospitality teams.
Carmichael & Tanuja Casinader

Carmichael is an avid foodie; he loves to enjoy all the adventures…

Carmichael is an avid foodie; he loves to enjoy all the adventures that life has to offer. He is passionate about community; seeing the church function as community and be relevant in our community. Tanuja loves to cook and try out new recipes. She would one day like to travel to Israel and she is passionate about worship and prayer. Carmichael serves on our eldership team and oversees Heroes & Heroines (Junior High) and Tanuja serves on our ladies ministry and events team.

Our Deacons:

Allen & Patti Humphries

Allen loves woodworking. He would like to one day fly in a Spitfire and…

Allen loves woodworking.  He would like to one day fly in a Spitfire and he is passionate about seeing men step up and be men.  Patti loves to read.  She would one day love to travel to Poland to find and reconnect with family they lost contact with when her grandmother moved to Canada.  She is passionate about gathering people around her table to share food and the love of Jesus.
Jes Soligo

Jes loves all things creative from music to art to photography and travel…

Jes loves all things creative from music to art to photography and travel.  She would one day like to visit Israel to see and experience some of the beautiful places the Bible talks about. She is passionate about leading people into encounters with God through worship.  Jes is our Worship Coordinator and leads our Music and Media teams.
Louise Ludick

Louise is always up for adventure, she’s an avid paddle boarder and she would…

Louise is always up for adventure, she’s an avid paddle boarder and she would love to travel to Morocco and explore the desert one day.  She is passionate about seeing the Bride become secure in their authority and identity in Christ.  Embracing our individual gifting’s and confidently using them to serve each as we love and exalt Jesus.  Louise leads our Hospitality Team and coordinates our partnership with Samaritan’s Purse.
Vince & Sharai Viapiana

Vince likes to: eat, soccer, sleep, repeat. He would love to one day walk…

Vince likes to: eat, soccer, sleep, repeat!  He would love to one day walk where the biblical giants walked.  He is passionate about seeing youth rise up and answer God’s call.  Sharai loves to snowboard, she would one day like to take a ride in a hot air balloon and she is passionate about helping believers experience belonging in the body of Christ.  Vince helps to lead our Men’s Ministry and Sharai leads our media team.

Our Team Leads:

Trevor & Chan Parkes

Trevor loves fishing in the great outdoors. One of his…

Trevor loves fishing in the great outdoors.  One of his favourite bucket list items was diving on Aliwal Shoal.  He is passionate about serving in the church and community by cooking at our men’s breakfast, Canada Day event & the family picnic.  Trevor serves on our hospitality and men’s teams. Chan is our BridgeKids Coordinator.  She loves to bake, and is passionate about teaching children about having a relationship with the Lord, to guide them in hearing God’s voice and see them be bold and step up!
Dan & Danica Dixon

Dan and Danica serve as the leaders of our Junior High…

Dan and Danica serve as the leaders of our Junior High Ministry – Beyond. Dan enjoys walking and can’t wait to see all that Heaven will be.  He is passionate about bible studies and seeing the revelation of God’s word touch people’s lives.  Danica loves to read, she would love to one day visit the Louvre, she is passionate about seeing young people invested in church life.
Joanne Pires

Jo loves to travel; she has visited six out of seven continents…

Jo loves to travel; she has visited six out of seven continents.  She is passionate about seeing broken women made whole when they encounter Jesus.  Jo serves as a leader in Youth Ministry – Elevate.
Swapna Samuel

Swapna serves as the leader of our Young Adults Ministry…

Swapna serves as the leader of our Young Adults Ministry – Ignition.  She is a voracious reader (with an inclination towards apologetics), she would love to one day drive an F1 race car and she is passionate about seeing the church and this generation living fully on fire for God.