Networks + Neighbourhoods:
A road map for the future of the Canadian Church
Hosted by Jared Siebert & Elle Pyke of the New Leaf Network.
Jared Siebert is the founder of the New Leaf Network and 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.
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.
Kevin Makins is a born and raised Hamiltonian and is the founding pastor of Eucharist Church, in Hamilton Ontario, which he planted with a great team back in 2010. Through storytelling, conversation and creative projects he is exploring what it means to follow Jesus in a post-Christian, Canadian culture. Kevin graduated from Heritage Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. Kevin lives, works, plays and prays in downtown Hamilton with his wife Meg, baby, and housemates. He works on a number of other projects, including a series of YouTube videos related to life and faith.
When not teaching at Fanshawe College, Steve is instigating place-based projects, hosting workshops, and inviting everyday citizens to leverage their time, their ideas, and their creativity for the sake of their neighbourhoods. He’s the co-founder of Good City Co., a civic organization that creates projects, platforms, and activations to help citizens take greater ownership over the places that they call home. Steve lives, dreams, and conspires in Woodfield—a neighbourhood in Central London, Ontario.
James is with the Corps Ministries Department, Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda. He is a corps health and church planting consultant; providing research, resources, coaching and training for starting new corps and for congregational renewal. James holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary and is the Principle Investigator for the Canadian Bivocational Ministry Research Project.
Katelyn Siggelkow is a listener, a learner, a community catalyst, a neighbourhood chaplain and community organizer. She has lived and worked in marginalized communities in Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, and most recently in the West Side of Saskatoon with Servant Partners.
Evan is the pastor, missional catalyst and cultural architect in a community of Jesus followers in Kitchener, ON. This faith community is called UNA. He is also a church planting coach with the Free Methodist Church in Canada.
Capt. Mark Young is involved in a new ministry in planting a Church for The Salvation Army in the North End of Winnipeg. He has spent the past 29 years ministering with people in the Core area of Winnipeg. He has worked with children, youth and families, youth gang members and the homeless seeking hope for a brighter future through poverty alleviation. Mark holds a bachelor degree in Theology, a Masters of Divinity and is working on a Master’s Certificate in Community Development.
Matt pastors REUNION Oakville – a church plant moving into its fourth year of life, and provides leadership to the REUNION Network – a collective of church plants across Canada and beyond. Matt and his wife Bobbi have 3 amazing kids and live in Ancaster, ON. They love to share delicious food and drink with friends – believing that to be “around the table” and “at the party” is part of what it means to follow Jesus.
Dave Witt is the head of TrueCity in Hamilton, ON. TrueCity is a network of congregations that have come together for the good of the city.
Alicia is the founder and director of The Restoration Project in Hamilton, ON. Restoration Project works to illuminate the profound value and humanness of individuals that the world can dismiss as inferior or as a liability by teaching woodworking skills to adults with developmental disabilities.
Naomi Bula is the program director for World Renew. Compelled by God’s deep passion for justice & mercy, World Renew joins communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation.
Brandon Laird, Inclusive Innovation Designer, Spiritual Entrepreneur, and Transformational Coach. Interested in working with all types of Christ-followers to co-create the present and future church. This is encapsulated in these 3 areas: celebrations, parties, and releasing the captives.
Rev. Matt Brough shares his time between Coordinator of the New Worshipping Communities Initiative (CyclicalPCC) of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and as Pastor of Prairie Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg. He has been involved in his denomination’s new church coaching network for the last number of years. Matt is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books and hosts a podcast called “Spirituality for Ordinary People.”
Jessica lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she is bi-vocationally employed. She works as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Discipleship at Hampton Free Methodist Church, and also with the Free Methodist Church in Canada as Administrative Assistant for the Director of Church Planting. Jessica has a background in Journalism and has worked as a Radio and Television News Reporter, News and Weather Anchor, and as a Senior News Producer. She is currently tracking towards ordination with the FMCiC.
Matt Miles is a consultant with the Jesus Collective – a group of Jesus followers who believe the time is right to unite, equip, and amplify a movement that is all about Jesus. A more connected, relational network of churches and leaders could give greater unity, voice, and visibility to this Jesus-centred, third-way movement, develop and support future-ready leaders, and equip more churches to make more disciples in a post-Christian context.
The Reverend Jeff Potter is the Priest and Lead Pastor at St. Stephen’s, Maple. Jeff holds an Honours Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College, and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. Jeff practiced law at a large Bay Street firm prior to responding to God’s call to full-time ordained ministry in the Anglican Church. Jeff is passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and works to build up well-equipped disciples. Prior to being called to plant something new at St. Stephen’s, Jeff served at the parishes of Holy Trinity Thornhill and the Church of the Transfiguration in Toronto. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of Fresh Expressions Canada, and has previously served as Co-Chair and Creative Director of the Diocesan Spirit of Invitation working group, and as a member of the Vital Church Planting organizing committee.
Alanna is a pastoral intern responsible for creative culture at Una, a small neighbourhood church in Kitchener, ON. She is also part of the New Leaf Network team, including helping to administrate the Canadian Bivocational Research Project. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry, but has recently pivoted her focus to where she feels God is calling her – the local church.
In the midst of a shifting religious landscape, church planters, missional practitioners, neighbourhood catalysts and network leaders are on to something. Whether it’s faithful presence in a neighbourhood, micro-missional experiments or inter-denominational partnerships, Jesus-centred leaders are finding new life in exploring the possibilities of Networks and Neighbourhoods all across Canada.
Join us for a day of Canadian story-telling and learning around what God is up to in networks and neighbourhoods. We’re setting the table to hear from a variety of forward thinking leaders around what they are seeing, how they’re experimenting and what they’re learning. This is a collaborative learning party full of opportunities for questions, networking, and dialogue with those who are endevouring to create the future Church in Canada.