Speakers (2016 Event)2017-01-31T15:51:13+00:00
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Matt Wilkinson

Matt Wilkinson is the Director of Next Generation Ministries for the Canadian Baptists of Ontario & Quebec which oversees CBOQ Kids, CBOQ Youth and Camp Kwasind. He is a strategic and visionary leader with a committed passion for the local church to effective engage the next generation with the person and message of Jesus Christ. Matt contributes to the world of youth ministry at both local and national levels. He is currently the chair of the Canadian Baptist Youth & Family Ministry Team, Adjunct Faculty at Tyndale University College, Co-Director of the annual Today’s Teens Conference (a youth and youth workers conference) and author of the book, Youth Ministry: Now & Not Yet. Matt holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. He has furthered his educational endeavours through studies at Tyndale University College and Seminary and the Arrow Leadership program. He is finishing a Masters in Arts degree focused on Leadership and Evangelism at Wheaton College.

He is married to Charity and they live in Burlington, Ontario with their two children, Grace and Joshua. Matt is passionate about the Maple Leafs, Tim Hortons, camping ministry and creating random adventures.

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John Latta

John Latta has been in church ministry for almost 30 years. John recently stepped down after 17 years, as the co-founder/associate director of the Canadian Youth Network, a grassroots ministry that encourages, coaches and resources Youth Leaders. John has recently joined The Meeting House as Lead Pastor in Burlington, ON. John continues to be active in Youth Ministry as he teaches Thursday evenings at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, ON.

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Vera Ivakina

Vera is a team leader with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship working with the High School Ministry in Etobicoke. After graduating from Queen’s University with a BA in English and B.Ed she moved to Toronto in 2013 to re-plant high school ministry in the west end of the city. She is passionate about seeing students developed into fully committed followers of Jesus and seeing missional communities on high school campuses. In her spare time she can be found swing dancing and hosting lively dinner parties.

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Archie Kenyon

Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Archie has been helping students discover Jesus across Canada and around the world for 20 years. Working with Power to Change at the University of Toronto, Archie loves empowering students to take leadership in fulfilling the Great Commission. Married to Cindy, they are raising their three boys Sean, Liam and Caleb at the heart of downtown Toronto. They love board games and Archie is a passionate Toronto Raptors fan. Archie stays active playing basketball and participating in the Toronto City Chase, having won first place in 2015.

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David Ooi

David loves learning. He is currently learning how to encourage and support a network of 13 Asian/Chinese Christian Fellowships across Ontario with a team from Ambassadors For Christ in Canada (AFC). He gets the most help doing so from the master teacher Jesus. His long-term learning goal is to become human in the full sense of what God intends. For shorter term, he is learning the art of soul care and the art of doing justice. And always, he is learning to live more with less.