Q & A with darryl dash
darryl dash is a Fellowship Baptist pastor, currently planting a church
in downtown Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Bap-
tist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.
(L-r): Charlene, darryl, Josiah and Christina dash.
What is your greatest joy in ministry?
Seeing people change over time. It’s like seeing pictures
of children. You don’t see it day by day, but over time it’s
clear that people are changing.
What has been your greatest struggle?
Ministry’s never done. The demands are always greater
than my time and ability.
What Bible passage do you most connect with right now?
2 Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weak-nesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
What is the best theological book you’ve read in the
The Gospel Commission by Michael Horton (Baker
What is your greatest concern about the Canadian
Most of the churches I know are plateaued. My greatest
concern is a lack of evangelism. Related to that is a lack
of confidence in the gospel.
What book is on your nightstand right now?
Church in the Making: What Makes or Breaks a New
Church Before It Starts by Ben Arment (Broadman and
What is your best advice for those entering ministry
It’s the same advice I give couples who are about to get
married: expect that there will be hard times. Ministry
is incredibly tough. It’s going to bring you some of your
greatest struggles, but it’s also going to bring you some
of your greatest joys.
What’s the best sermon you ever heard?
My youth leaders took me to hear Al Martin preach
back in the 1980s. He preached on John 8: 44, on the
devil being a liar and a murderer. I can still remember
that sermon to this day.
Share one ministry anecdote that convinced you you
were in the right place at the right time.
A couple of years ago we were tired and discouraged. We
booked a week away at the Pastor’s Retreat Network in
Wisconsin. We were one of four ministry couples. Just
before we arrived, we discovered that close friends who
lived in Chicago were also booked to attend. We couldn’t
have planned that if we’d tried, and we couldn’t have
picked a more life-giving couple. It was clear evidence
to us that God was looking after us. Ft