best way to describe my story is that it has been "a long and winding
road." I was born in Wolfville Nova Scotia Canada on January 2nd, 1954. My
parents were and still are devout Roman Catholics. My religious upbringing
taught me there was a God and that His Son Jesus Christ died for my sins.
The problem was that there are also a number of sacraments needed in order
for me to go to heaven. I simply did not know for a certainty that I was
going to heaven when I died.
After finishing university in 1976 I
had my sights on becoming a bar tender in Saint John New Brunswick with
the view in mind of getting into the "liquor industry." It was during this
time that God used a Gideon and his wife to lead me to a saving knowledge
of Jesus Christ. It was Saturday October 2nd, 1976 in Moncton New
Brunswick. I made my public profession of faith in Jesus the very next day
at a Baptist church in Moncton. I was baptized January 16th, 1977 in Saint
John New Brunswick.
Well, that was a long time ago and I have many
great experiences and a few regrets. After coming to Jesus I got married,
left the teaching career, got a theological education, had three sons
(John, David and Michael). I was ordained by Gander Baptist Church in
Gander Newfoundland Canada on June 30th, 1983. I then served in a church
in Moncton and was fired in March 1990. I then returned to teaching in
Moncton New Brunswick.
It occurred to me in the late summer of 2004
that God called me to plant a church in Moncton. By this time I was
married a second time to Lisa and have a step-son Austin. I spoke to
several trusted friends and they encouraged me to follow the Holy Spirit's
leadership in planting a church. Hence, I and several other believers were
led of the Holy Spirit to establish Moncton Connection on May 1st, 2005.
What kind of church is it and what is it's mission?
lots of churches in Moncton so why another one? Planting a church has been
demonstrated as the most effective means of reaching secular people.
Secular people don't attend church on a regular basis. The best place to
find them on Sundays is at Tim Horton's or Home Depot. They have no
interest in "doing church." That's why our meetings are held on Sunday
afternoons or at other times. So if you are attending a church regularly
you won't find churchy people in our gatherings. Instead you will find
people who are open to learning about God and His Son Jesus Christ.
However, over time Moncton Connection grew into a pastoral counseling
ministry to people in Metro Moncton. The change came about when we
discovered that many of the people we were reaching with the gospel of
Jesus Christ needed counseling help to overcome the bad habits they had
developed. Some were cohabiting and then decided to be married because of
the new relationship they had with Jesus Christ. Some have extended family
that died and for these I conduct funeral services. All and all Moncton
Connection has grown from a church plant to a counseling ministry.
I continue to be supported by my core group. We meet regularly in our
homes for prayer and Bible study in order to encourage each of us to
continue to reach Greater Moncton through this counseling ministry. This
ministry connects lost people to Jesus Christ through pastoral counseling.