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 been on staff at The Gathering since March 2012, starting first as the Children’s Pastor, where she became credentialed with the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. In September 2016, while continuing to oversee Kids Ministry at The Gathering, Kristyn took on an additional role, 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 in 2008 when she became a foster parent, and she has had many many children come and go from her home over the past several years. In January 2020, Kristyn stepped away from Kids Ministry to focus solely on the church administration, and to allow more time with her foster children.
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 is married to Melody and is the father to two growing boys, Marcus and Elliott. They live downtown in the Glebe and love community engagement and exploring the city on their bicycles.
Dan grew up in Niagara and first moved to Ottawa to restart the ministry at uOttawa with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. After serving at University of Ottawa for four years, Dan joined the Mennonite Brethren denomination through a church plant called the Journey.
Dan joined the Gathering team in January of 2018 and served as a Church Planting Apprentice. Dan is now planting a church, supported by The Gathering, in his neighbourhood.
Dan loves helping people figure out how to follow Jesus in whatever setting they find themselves in. He can regularly be found facilitating scripture discussions or in coffee shops working through the nitty gritty of people's lives and what it means to follow Jesus.
When the world is not in the midst of a pandemic, Dan can also be found blasting the tunes on top of a bike in a spin studio. He volunteers at a variety of places including the YMCA, Jericho Road and the Glebe Community Association.
Hunter joined The Gathering in February of 2020 as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. He was previously a volunteer at our partner church, Parkway Road Pentecostal Church, where he served for 9 years.
Hunter grew up surrounded by strong kids ministries, and he loved it so much that as soon as he aged out, he started volunteering. He has since also started serving as a leader for the REunion, a junior high youth group that started as Parkway’s youth group but has joined with The Gatherings youth. His love and passion for kids ministry has led him to take the next step from volunteer to running the show in the land of kids.
Hunter went to St Lawrence College, taking the Child and Youth Care program. He has used that to not only start his career as a Educational Assistant for the Catholic School Board, but to support his work in ministry.
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 and Emily 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.
Matt has been attending The Gathering since its first Sunday service at St FX. High School. He is accompanied by his 3 lovely daughters and his beautiful wife Julie. Matt has been involved in many facets of life at The Gathering from the set up crews, coffee crew, to more recently the Sunday and Wednesday night junior high youth programs and now as an Elder.
Matt grew up in rural Nova Scotia where he graduated high school from Colchester Christian Academy and then went on to study at New Brunswick Bible Institute for a number of years. One would have thought that he would someday become a pastor based on his education, but the Lord led him into the construction trades industry instead.
In 2000 Matt moved to Ottawa where he would eventually open his own renovation company. After trying to build the company on his own, he finally discovered that it was not his business to build, but it was the Lord's business to build and he had the opportunity to be part of the process. The Lord has used Matt's time in the world of business and renovation to shape, mold and direct him to where he is today. When you allow God to have the control, what once was a struggle becomes an incredible adventure.