David & Krysten Burke
Mission Canada - Toronto
David works with students in Toronto’s downtown core at Ryerson University. This university campus desperately needs a faith community that will bring the gospel in an authentic and relevant manner to its students.
Through God’s provision, David is part of this community and is influential as a Mission Canada worker in reaching the next generation.
Cecelia & Felix (Paluch) Chiriseri
Felix and Cecelia have been Africa for over ten years ministering to youth, children and adults. Their vision is to see lives transformed through Gospel empowerment and to be catalysts for change – finding real, long-term solutions and integrated strategies that address the complexities of poverty.
Their goal is to Encourage those around them; Engage communities in learning and being involved in their own development; Equip communities to take action and share the love of Christ; and Empower them to make a difference and teach other communities.
Felix and Cecelia will build relationships with pastors and church leaders in communities by providing discipleship training, basic life skills training, HIV/AIDS training, youth empowerment as well as some income generating projects for widows. They will also be involved with youth and children’s ministry within the communities where they will be ministering. Their goal is to help people to be self-sufficient, empowered and equipped to live lives full of purpose; helping to break the cycle of poverty and disease, which will ultimately change their communities for good.
Felix and Cecelia will also oversee the CCP ministry in Pretoria, reaching out to those living in poverty in the townships around the city by providing school fees, food and children’s ministry to those who need it most.
Peter & Patricia Dewit
Peter and Pat have been part of PAOC since 1982. After learning French at L’Université Laval in 1982-83 in the FLITE program, they spent almost ten years church-planting in Quebec. Then, in 1991 they loaded all their belongings into a homemade wooden crate and shipped it off to Bangkok. With three boys and ten suitcases they came through the arrivals gate at Don Muang International airport on August 17 at exactly 14: 43 p.m.
All five DeWit children have grown up in Thailand, and Bangkok holds the nostalgic ghosts of their childhood memories.
Peter and Pat worked alongside the pastors and leadership of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Thailand, and later with the Newsong and Xealot network. After 22 years in Thailand they are excited about the next destination: France. They will join the Eurasia team of global workers, with a desire to learn, love and serve in the city of Paris.
Gary works to support and equip churches in Cuba to “Retain the Harvest” through pastoral education via Global University and leadership training through conferences facilitated by Pentecostal Assemblies Of Canada pastors. He also focuses on Bible purchase and distribution as well as installing water purification equipment in local churches for the community.
In 1991, Gary led a Short-Term Missions team to evangelize at the Pan American Games where God arranged a divine meeting with a local Havana pastor named Hector Hunter. In the early 90’s, there were less than 300 Pentecostal churches on the island; most in remote locations. Pastor Hunter knew these churches needed love and support from the Canadian church and with Gary’s encouragement PAOC churches began sending STM teams to visit and support them. In 1999, revival exploded all over the island and now there are over 7,000 churches and domestic missions.
Trevor & Becky Gingerich
Mission Canada - Toronto
In 2008, Trevor planted a campus ministry at Humber College as the first appointed Mission Canada worker with the PAOC. The ministry (called The Embassy) exists to help students at Humber discover hope, purpose, and “life to its fullest” (John 10:10) through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Embassy seeks to equip existing followers of Jesus to be effective witnesses for the truth of the Christian faith in their classrooms, residences, and future workplaces. At the same time, outsiders are invited to explore faith, ask questions and experience firsthand the love and grace of a Christ-centered community. Although studies show that large numbers of Christian young adults struggle in faith during post-secondary, Trevor is actively working to reverse these statistics.
Dr. Yajaira Gomez
Illuminating His Word to the Nations
Rev. Dr. Yajaira Gomez serves as Founder and President for IHWN. As an itinerant minister, she travels to communities for short periods doing the work of an Evangelist, Missionary, Bible School Planter, Teacher, and Pastor. Ordained by the Independent Assemblies of God (Canada) in 2013, and registered as an Itinerant Minister with The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (2018), Dr. Gomez is thankful to all her supporters for being faithful in their encouragement, prayers and generous giving to Illuminating His Word to the Nations.
One of Yajaira’s core values is being a life-long learner. Her studies include a B.A. and M.DIV. (McMaster, Hamilton), and a Doctor of Ministry (Tyndale, Toronto). In 2015, she published her thesis, “Developing Best Practices for Itinerant Ministry … in a Cross-Cultural Context”. Currently, Dr. Gomez is working on a condensed version that will be published as a manual in English, French and Spanish. Her hope is that it will be a learning tool for others.
Yajaira has travelled to over 14 countries speaking in a wide range of events for all ages. She can speak French, English and Spanish. If you would like to book Dr. Gomez for an event please contact us.
Kathy is excited to be working as the Director of Schools of Hope in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She oversees ChildCARE Plus sponsorships and tutoring program, ERDO Nutrition Program and Water Filtration Project as well as other administrative duties. Schools of Hope ministers through evangelism to over 8,500 children within the public school system of Honduras, sharing the hope of Jesus Christ.
Kathy has had a passion for missions since she was a young girl and has been involved in several short-term mission trips. She has always known that she would be serving somewhere on the mission field with children, but not sure when or where. She served as a children’s pastor for 17 years in Southwestern Ontario before serving in Honduras. In November 2014, Kathy went to be the administrator and now serves as the director as of January 2016.
She loves to invest in the next generation and the leaders on her staff. God is on the move and she is excited to be a part of it!
The T Family’s passion is for lost souls in the villages & remote areas of India. GOD has called them to reach the unreached through evangelistic work in the villages of India with the life changing Gospel of JESUS CHRIST.
Their ministry also helps to strengthen the new believers in their spiritual journey. This resulted in pioneering church plants where none exist. The LORD has brought 1000’s of people who accepted JESUS as their LORD and Savior, and opened the way to plant over 115 churches! Recently they’ve opened the first mobile medical village clinic and feeding program in the villages.
LIFT Church was founded in 2006 by a small team at McMaster University with a vision to see students come to know Jesus. In 2012 Robin Wallar, one of the original planting students, became lead pastor. With the conviction that students on other campuses in Canada needed to hear the gospel and be empowered to share it with others, the vision of LIFT Church grew to include other campuses in Canada.
Currently, LIFT Church meets on 5 campuses in southern Ontario: McMaster University (2006), Brock University (2015), Mohawk College (2019), University of Guelph (2019) and York University (2019) with the mission to continue sharing Jesus with those who do not know him and equipping those who do to do the same.
NLI Canada / Italy
George is a Canadian-based global worker serving as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Next Level International Canada. NLI Canada collaborates with churches, at home and abroad, creating partnerships that grow great leaders in order to plant and develop life-giving churches and ministries in Europe.
Currently, he is establishing EMPOWER, a leadership development programme for young adults that strengthens local churches and prepares teams in those churches to plant new communities of faith. EMPOWER launched in 2018 in Italy, with 110 students enrolled in the inaugural cohort. As more visionary leaders in Italy hear about EMPOWER’s impact, a second programme will begin in 2020 in the north of Italy. The first church from this initiative will be planted in 2020, as well.
Crossfire is an inner city church in Hamilton, Ontario.