The following speakers represent staff of International Ministries, national staff of ministries supported by Canadian Ministries, and participants in mission trips and international conferences. All of these people are prepared to speak to congregations and groups across Canada about the ministries supported through Presbyterians Sharing, the national fund of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Participants are available to speak within a reasonable driving distance in their region. Speaking tours to other regions may be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
For more information on how you can book one of the following speakers, contact Glynis Williams at gwilliams [at] presbyterian [dot] ca or call 1-800-619-7301 or 416-441-1111, ext. 255.
Paul Clarke – Executive Director, Action Refugies Montreal, QC
Since February 2013 Paul Clarke has been the Executive Director of Action Réfugiés Montréal. Action Réfugiés Montréal is a voice for refugees in Montréal and beyond that seeks justice for asylum-seekers and refugees. Through Detention, Sponsorship and Twinning programs ARM provides hope and assistance while raising awareness of refugee rights. Mr. Clarke speaks with church and business groups, non-for-profits, francophones, and others interested in refugee issues.
Rev. Rodger Hunter – Director, Boarding Homes Ministries, Toronto, ON
Rodger Hunter founded Boarding Homes Ministries in 1996. Boarding Homes Ministries links local churches with inner city Toronto boarding homes to help break barriers of isolation and exclusion through visitation and sharing in community with one another. He is available to congregations in South West Ontario to speak on this ministry.
Rev. Margaret Mullin – Director, Winnipeg Inner City Missions
Margaret Mullin is the Executive Director of Winnipeg Inner City Missions, which is supported through Presbyterians Sharing. She has been working in the inner city for eight years and has received a Woman of Distinction award for her work in inner city Winnipeg. Margaret is an ordained minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada as well as a trained nurse. Ojibway and Irish/Scottish in origin, she follows both Christian and Aboriginal Traditional Spiritual ways.
Short Term Mission Experiences
Sabeel International Young Adults Conference
Youth in the Sabeel Youth Conference spent an intensive time in Israel and Palestine learning about and engaging in building peace in the Middle East. They joined youth from around the world to learn and worship together. They travelled to historic, biblical, and significant sites such as the garden of Gethsemane, the United Nations Office, and the Old City in Hebron, Bethlehem. They met leaders from different faiths working to build peace. They are excited to share what they saw and learned.
2008 – Laura Ashfield (Waterloo, Ontario)
Laura Ashfield recently completed her BA in Global Studies at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She has been a member of many on and off campus organizations for social change. Laura is also an avid down-hill skier and snowboarder. She is currently an active member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo.
2009/10 – Hannah Carter (Waterloo, Ontario)
Hannah Carter is a professional photographer in Waterloo, Ontario. She has photographed weddings and events all across North America, from NYC to California, and as far south as Mexico and the Bahamas. She is an avid traveler and has visited 15 countries. After attending Sabeel’s Young Adult Conference in 2009, she returned to the conference in 2010 as a leader. She has spent a total of two months in Israel-Palestine and has plans to return again. She is currently a member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo.
2012 – Janelle Yanishewski (Toronto, Ontario)
Janelle is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, she studied Peace and Conflict Studies and Equity Studies; she took part in the Sabeel Young Adult Trip to Palestine/Israel in July 2012. Janelle grew up in rural northern Alberta after moving to Toronto she has continued to grow her passion for social justice. She is currently a member of Thornhill Presbyterian Church.
AMITY Foundation Summer English Program in China
The Amity Summer English Program (SEP) helps Chinese Middle School teachers from small cities and rural areas improve their English. Canadian volunteers teach a 4-week intensive English course as they experience and learn about life in China. The following volunteers would love to share their experiences with you.
- Rev. Linda Ashfield
- Shirley Carter
- Janice Harper
- Mark Harper
- Anne Saunders (Toronto, Ontario)
- Rev. Gordon Timbers (Unionville, Ontario)
- Rev. Victor Kim (Calgary, Alberta)
- David & Anne Phillips (Uxbridge, Ontario)
- Rev. Noel Gordon (Newcastle, Ontario)
Please contact Glynis Williams at gwilliams [at] presbyterian [dot] ca or call 1-800-619-7301 or 416-441-1111 ext. 255 to find a speaker near you.
Mission Speaker Invitation Guidelines
- To raise awareness of how our church carries out the work of God’s mission in Canada and around the world.
- To strengthen the bond between Canadian Presbyterians and our church partners.
- To experience the power of Christ’s love as exemplified in the lives of our church partners, and to learn from their stories.
- To deepen the understanding of mission so that people will become engaged in mission — locally, in Canada and internationally.
- To help people understand how their prayers and financial support of Presbyterians Sharing and PWS&D further the mission work of our church.
- The suggested minimum donation for having a speaker visit your congregation is $150.
- The costs of travel, food, lodgings and administration for speakers are incurred by the Education for Mission and Stewardship department of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
- Any monetary contributions can be directed to “The Presbyterian Church in Canada” and marked to the attention of Nicole Jeffrey.
- Read up on the speakers list to find out who is currently available.
- Consult with others in the congregation about the projects and partnerships they are interested in hearing more about.
- Consult with session and with the minister about an appropriate date and time of year to have a guest speaker.
- Contact the mission interpretation coordinator 416-441-1111 (ext. 254) or njeffrey [at] presbyterian [dot] ca to request a particular speaker.
- When speaker is confirmed, announce the date and topic in your congregation.
- Begin to advertise; bulletin inserts, announcements to the congregation, postings on common bulletin boards etc.