merged: The Centre for Cultural Renewal, based in Ottawa,
and Cardus, based in Hamilton, Ont. Both are think tanks that
focus on the intersection of religion with secular institutions.
The new Cardus Centre for Cultural Renewal is based in Hamilton, Ont., and directed by Peter Stockland.
merged: arab World Ministries Canada is merging with
Pioneers Canada. Founded in 1881, arab World Ministries is
an evangelical mission with 400 workers making disciples
and establishing churches among Muslims of the arab
world wherever they reside. Pioneers is a similar but broader
ministry co-founded in 1979, now with 2,000 members in 92
countries. a WM’s office in Cambridge, Ont., headed by amal
Gendi, will be merged with Pioneers’ office in dorchester,
Ont., headed by donnie Scearce. Both groups have operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and
elsewhere that are also merging.
merged: Two renewal groups within the United Church of
Canada. The national alliance of Covenanting Congregations
moved to dissolve its incorporation in May and to hand over
most of its functions and activities to Fellowship
Publications, a sister group that advocates the
maintenance of traditional Christianity within
the denomination. The naCC has operated for
nearly 20 years and was chaired by Geoff Wilkins
of north Vancouver, B.C. Supporters are planning
a gathering in 2011 to invite a new generation of
evangelical leadership to organize new ways to
celebrate Christ in the United Church.
appointed: Karen Bjerland as CEO of FaithLife
Financial, succeeding dieter Kays, who is retiring
after leading the not-for-profit for six years. Faith-
Life Financial provides life insurance, income pro-
tection and investment products with offices in six
provinces and headquarters in Waterloo, Ont. Karen Bjerland
awarded: Mags Storey of newmarket, Ont., au-
thor of the novel If Only You Knew (Kregel Pub-
lishing), with the inaugural Grace Irwin award,
a $5,000 prize administered by The Word Guild, a national
association of writers and editors who are Christian.
appointed: Karl McLean as the Canadian Forces chaplain
general, a two-year position managing chaplains and advising
top military leaders about the spiritual well-being of military
personnel and their families. Padre McLean, an anglican, suc-
ceeds Brig.-Gen. david Kettle, who will retire.
promoted: Military chaplain Pierre R. Bergeron to the rank of
Lt.-Col., the first chaplain classified as “Evangelical” since the
Second World War to obtain the rank. There are now 24 such
chaplains in the regular force and five in the reserves.
appointed: Blaine donaldson as the first full-time president
of the Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches, a bi-nation-
al group with 22 churches in Canada and 19 in the United
States and offices in Omaha, neb. donaldson has pastored
in nova Scotia and Michigan and worked with Friendship
Ministries in Calgary, alta.
appointed: Jurgen F. Rausch of Lindsay, Ont., as the first
full-time executive director of the International Fellowship
of Christians and Jews of Canada, an organization encouraging interfaith dialogue and humanitarian aid for Jews in
need worldwide. He succeeds Mark Climie-Elliott. Rausch
formerly directed development for The Pentecostal assemblies of Canada and for Shepherd Village, a retirement
community in Toronto. He also pastored in Ontario for more
than 20 years.
appointed: Keith Knight as executive director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation. He succeeds Hans
Vander Stoep, who has retired after leading it for 23 years.
The federation, which Knight hopes to grow beyond its current base in southern Ontario, seeks to network Christian
business leaders, helping them to share concerns and best
practices and to mentor each other. Knight, who has moved
CCBF’s office to Guelph, Ont., has been involved in communication for 40 years, working as an editor in both secular
and Christian daily and weekly newspapers, and as communication director of The Presbyterian Church in Canada
for nine years.
Resigned: John Kaiser as president of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches, a denomination headquartered in
Guelph, Ont., including 500 congregations. Ernest Kennedy is
serving as interim president.
launched: The anglican Relief and development Fund
Canada, a registered charity associated with the anglican
network in Canada. Both serve churches that left the anglican Church of Canada to join the more conservative anglican
Church in north america. The fund’s initial projects are working with dioceses in Kenya on malaria prevention and in Chile
on rebuilding after a major earthquake.
opened: The Christian Reformed Church in north america
has opened an advocacy office in Ottawa near Parliament
Hill, at 140 Laurier avenue West. The denomination had
previously operated its Committee for Contact with Government from its Canadian headquarters in Burlington, Ont.
appointed: Hugo Marcus as executive director of the Ontario alliance of Christian Schools. Marcus has more than 30
years experience as a principal. The alliance, which offers
support including curriculum for independent elementary
and high schools, is based in ancaster, Ont. It serves 79
schools and 14,000 students.