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.
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.
Dan Chook Reid
Dan joined our team in January 2018. He lives downtown with his wife Melody, and their sons Marcus and Elliott. Dan is starting a church planting apprenticeship at the Gathering with the hope of planting a church in downtown Ottawa. He preaches periodically, supports Jeff and the mission of the church in any way he can.
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 three children: Ivy, Sam & Theo.
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.
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.
Craig, along with his wife Linda, have attended The Gathering for 5 years. They have three children, Colin, Leah and Dylan. He grew up in and around London, Ontario and attended the University of Waterloo, studying Computer Science and Business.
When Craig moved to Riverside South 20+ years ago there were only 5 streets. He has worked with the Riverside South Community Association in a variety of roles and served as president for two years.
Craig volunteers his time doing sound, lighting and audio-visual work for churches, charities and theatre groups in the city. He can often be found running sound for shows at Centrepointe Theatre, as well as at our Sunday services.
Craig likes to spend his free time reading, canoeing, camping and generally enjoying the outdoors.
Craig grew up in a church with a vibrant youth group which, along with his parents’ strong faith, he credits as the foundation of his commitment to Christ. He and Linda lead a home church group and have facilitated The Marriage Course.
Bio coming soon!