Amy Bratton
Amy BrattonBlog Contributing Editor
Amy Bratton is the Contributing Editor of the New Leaf Blog. She lives in Saskatoon, SK with her husband, Tim, and their two sons, Oswald and Ira. She is a lay leader at Riversdale Neighbours church and an online course facilitator with Rocky Mountain College in the area of Spiritual Formation. She writes and speaks about the history of Christian spirituality, with a focus on the early Methodist understanding of Christian maturity known as “perfect love.” Read more from her in her book Witnesses of Perfect Love: Narratives of Christian Perfection in Early Methodism.
Jared Siebert
Jared SiebertNew Leaf Founder, Podcast host, Blog Contributor
Jared Siebert, currently serves as the National Director for Church Development for the Free Methodist Church in Canada and author of Gutsy: (Mis)Adventures in Canadian Church Planting. His main responsibility is to prepare the denomination to respond to the massive cultural change that churches are facing. He accomplishes this through the planting of new kinds of churches and by developing sustained health and contextual conversations at the local church level designed to bring churches face to face with their mission.
Elle Pyke
Elle PykeNew Leaf Project Manager, Podcast host, Blog Contributor
Elle is the Program Manager at The New Leaf Network and a Lay Minister with the Free Methodist Church of Canada. Elle has served on the board of number of organizations such as Women Powering Technology Global, TEDxWaterlooWomen and The Christian Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization. She loves spending time with friends and family, the great outdoors and all things New Leaf.
Tim Bratton
Tim BrattonBlog Contributor
Tim Bratton lives in Saskatoon, SK, along with his wife Amy and their two young sons. With a long habit of getting involved in church plants & startups, Tim currently helps with the teaching and worship at a Free Methodist church plant, Riversdale Neighbours church. Tim is an actor and playwright and serves as the Artistic Associate with Burnt Thicket Theatre. He’s also a care-worker, musician, vinyl record collector and dilettante with a special interest in deconstructing and redeeming the stories of recent church history and Evangelical pop culture.
Katie Jamer Jewett
Katie Jamer JewettBlog Contributor
Katie Jamer Jewett lives with her husband Michael and their three sons (Peter, Isaac and Matthew) in Fredericton NB, near the beautiful and bountiful Wolastoq River. She is passionate about sharing local food with others, and can be found most Saturday mornings buying fresh veggies at the Boyce Farmers’ Market. Katie is presently a doctoral student with NAIITS – An Indigenous Learning Community, where she is exploring collective collage as a way to help people become more engaged members of their neighbourhoods. She is affiliated with the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada.
Rohadi Nagassar
Rohadi NagassarBlog Contributor
Rohadi lives in Calgary, Alberta, where he balances his time in a number of vocations including part-time pastor of two church plants he started: Calgary Missional Church in 2008, and most recently, Cypher Church in 2016. He works predominantly in a marketing consulting firm he started in 2003, and contributes in the non-profit sector as well.

On the topic of church and culture, he is both a practitioner and a writer. Find him discussing a number of subjects over at his blog He’s also completing a book on the missional church, and most recently published an adult colouring book called, Soul Coats: Restoration.

Keitha Ogbogu
Keitha OgboguBlog Contributor
Keitha is the lead pastor at Hampton Free Methodist Church in Saskatoon, SK. Born and raised in Ontario she found her way to Saskatoon in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. A former teacher, she is passionate about the power of mentorship and especially enjoys encouraging young men and women who are called to preach, to speak and lead. Her pastoral work has affirmed her love for the nations, her pursuit of justice and, of course, her call to preach. She believes that the church holds the potential to transform neighbourhoods, cities and individuals when we get it right. Married in 2012, she and her husband have two beautiful sons named Samuel and Emmanuel, who have stolen their hearts.
Preston Pouteaux
Preston PouteauxPodcast Contributor
Dr. Preston Pouteaux is a beekeeper, neighbourhood enthusiast, syndicated columnist, and pastor at Lake Ridge Community Church in Chestermere, Alberta. He is the author of The Bees of Rainbow Falls: Finding Faith, Imagination, and Delight in Your Neighbourhood.
Andrew Stephens-Rennie
Andrew Stephens-RennieBlog Contributor
Andrew Stephens-Rennie is a missional catalyst who delights in pioneering responsive, contextual solutions to the challenge of being church in the 21st Century. Andrew serves on staff at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC as the Director of Ministry Innovation. He is the co-planter of the Cathedral’s St. Brigids congregation. He enjoys consulting on new ministry development and church communications, or anything that can help make the church more awesome. Andrew also co-founded and blogs at with Brian J. Walsh.
Bernard Tam
Bernard TamBlog Contributor
Bernard is a church planter in Midtown, Toronto over the last few years. Their church has been transitioning to become a network of house churches. Bernard is interested in studying culture stemming from his undergrad days studying in semiotics. He is also a local Toronto coffee head with a dream of one day opening up his own coffee shop.
Jason Tripp
Jason TrippBlog and Podcast Contributor
Jason Tripp lives in Sudbury with his beautiful wife Sylvie and their two energetic children Levi and Michaela. He is the Lead Pastor of Valleyview Community Church, an intergenerational, missional faith community exploring what faithfulness to Jesus looks like in post-Christian Canadian suburbia.

The New Leaf Blog seeks to have a variety of voices from across Canada enter into the conversation as we reflect together on the Canadian Soul. If you would like to contribute writing to the blog, we would welcome your submissions. For instructions on how to submit your work, read our submission guidelines.