At the Gathering, our Board of Elders are the glue that keep everything together. They work behind-the-scenes with the Lead Pastor to provide a spiritual & theological covering, as well as accountability and protection to our church community both organizationally & relationally.
Married to Kim, he is the proud father of three young kids: Brendan, Dylan and Leah. Jeff came to The Gathering in the summer of 2014 after living his whole life in the Niagara area (Toronto Maple Leaf territory). He is slowly converting to life as a Sens fan, but will never be able to give up on his beloved Toronto Blue Jays!
Jeff’s passion in ministry is for community & discipleship; helping others to become and live more and more like Jesus. Jeff's dream is to see The Gathering look more and more like the Acts 2 church; A fully-devoted, all-in, Church. A church that is passionate in it's love for God, for each other, and for our world.
Jeff preaches most Sundays and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church. If you're curious to learn more about the church and what we're all about...then Jeff is your guy. Feel free to give him a call or to drop him a line anytime.
Kristyn has a heart for children and has found a perfect fit serving as The Gathering’s Children’s Pastor. She exudes enthusiasm and excitement that encourages even the most timid children into joining her every Sunday! Kristyn is very proud to have recently been credentialed with the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches as a Children’s Pastor at The Gathering.
As of September 2016, in addition to overseeing Kids Ministry at The Gathering, Kristyn also will be serving as the church's Office Administrator.
Kristyn has a Developmental Services Worker diploma, but after all of her schooling, she realized that her dream is to be a mom. That dream came true when she became a foster parent, and she has had many children come and go from her home over the past several years.. Kristyn has been involved in several church musical productions, both on and off the stage. In her downtime, Kristyn enjoys reading and shopping for shoes.
Mike joins us with his wife Amanda and their two kids, Lilly and Braden. He knows and loves our community, having first moved to Riverside South in 2003, when the bridge was a far off dream and returning with his wife and kids in 2013, just in time to see it open. In his spare time Mike loves to play hockey, write music, and spend time being pulverized by his children who have yet to discover that Daddy isn’t invincible.
Mike started in December 2016 as our full-time Youth Pastor with a passion for equipping and empowering young people to boldly use the gifts and opportunities at their disposal. He places great value on knowing the WHAT, learning the WHY, and discovering the HOW of Jesus’ lessons for us in our lives today.
He holds a B.A. in Religion with a major in Counselling and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management. He has served in various Pastoral roles in the Sudbury and Ottawa regions in Creative Arts/Worship and pastoral care in addition to student ministry and marriage/family care. Mike is looking forward to the adventure ahead and the chance to partner with this church family as it grows and flourishes.
Andrew has been happily married to Liz since 1997. Together they are proud and privileged to be raising two wonderful kids, Kate and Will. Andrew and Liz grew up in Ottawa but recently moved back to Ottawa after almost 20 years in southern Ontario and the United States. Andrew works in the computer software industry helping companies to develop and accelerate their product and business strategies. Andrew has volunteered on several church boards, and is a former Executive team member of the Ottawa Product Management Association and founder of Product Camp Ottawa. Andrew enjoys sports, traveling, great food and spending time outdoors enjoying God’s creation with his family. He is passionate about working alongside teams and individuals to help them deliver to their fullest potential but at the same time to also live their lives in a balanced manner as God intended.
Tracy has been married to Rob for over twenty years and together they are raising their two teenagers Rachel and Aaron. She studied medical laboratory technology and is a certified clinical research professional.
Tracy has previous experience sitting on various boards and committees in both the local church and community, and currently leads a home church here at the Gathering. She loves that Jesus accepts people exactly where they are in life and celebrates watching them grow towards spiritual maturity-a lifelong process. Her heart is for the growth and maintenance of a healthy, vibrant church that loves and serves outwards into the community around it. Having two teenagers, she understands and is passionate about the importance of engaging the next generation and equipping it to carry the church forward.
For fun, Tracy likes to read, go on road trips with her family, coerce her kids into listening to 80’s music, and have coffee dates with her husband. Her favourite outreach activity is running the cotton candy machine at community events.
Lori has been married to David since 2003 and they have two children, Carter and Hannah. Lori graduated high school in Ottawa and then went on to Briercrest College in Saskatchewan where she graduated with a BA in Church Ministries with a minor in Child and Youth Work. After graduation she accepted a Residence Director position at Colombia Bible College in Abbotsford BC. There her love for seeing people grow, heal and realize their value was ignited. After three years Lori was employed with the Abbotsford School Board and she stayed there for 16 years. The Dobsons moved to Quebec and then settled in Ottawa five years ago when they moved to Riverside South where Lori began working at Steve MacLean Public School.
They have loved The Gathering since the first time they attended! It is important to Lori to live in the community where she works and attends the local church and fully be integrated with their neighbours. She enjoys travel, cooking and watching their kids play baseball and basketball, as David coaches community teams. You will also find them at all Redblacks games as they are true fans.
Lori joined the Elder Board in February 2016.
Noah grew up in the east end of Ottawa, the son of a missionary father and working mother, and attended a local church from childhood well in to adulthood. Growing up in this environment, he often saw firsthand what it meant to have to fully rely and trust in God, sometimes even for daily needs. It was the example of his parent's faith that laid the groundwork for Noah to being able to trust God in leading him and his wife Holly to The Gathering in August 2013 and to join the Elder Board in February 2016.
Noah is passionate about God's church, the people, helping them find their way closer to God. He is excited to see the next chapter of this congregation's young history, and is confident that God has exciting plans for The Gathering. His desire is to see The Gathering to continue to seek after God's plans, and can't wait to see what God has in store for The Gathering, for Riverside South, and for the great city of Ottawa as a whole.
Noah and his wife Holly have two children: Ivy & Sam.
Susan recently celebrated 25 years of marriage to Liam and they have two children, Tyler (19) and Alyssa (16). Susan grew up attending church and sang in the youth choir throughout her school years. When she lost her father at the age of 19, she was grateful for her foundation of faith and for the sustaining love and grace of both God and her church family. Both of her parents helped instill her love for God and she has devoted much of her life to pointing others to Him.
She has been a member of The Gathering for several years and is delighted that the church continues to grow and to be a dynamic and positive force in the community. She believes wholeheartedly that local churches are the hope of the world. She currently leads worship at The Gathering as well as for several other events and ministries throughout the city. She particularly enjoys serving downtown at Bridges and Jericho Road. Susan is passionate about leading people in Christ-centered worship and seeing them embrace and use their God given talents for His glory.
Michael, his wife Brenda, and their daughters Maija (5) and Emily (3) have been attending The Gathering since moving to Ottawa in the fall of 2014. Michael became an Elder in February 2017.
Initially, what drew the Kirkwoods to The Gathering was strong sense of community and the Christ-centred teachings that were real, honest and relevant while remaining rooted in scripture. Michael believes in the value of small groups to strengthen and encourage one another in our faith and has been helping lead a Home Church for the past couple years.
Michael and Brenda feel a strong sense of God’s direction in coming to Ottawa and The Gathering and they look forward to serving in whatever ways God might equip and lead them to further His church.