Our church is both a Canada-wide national church in its own right and a region within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, whose general minister and president is Rev. Terri Hord Owens.
Our elected, volunteer Canada-wide leaders are the Executive, who have the primary legal responsibilities over our finances and assets, and the Board. The Board is being phased out to a new model called The Ministry Tables.
Moderator: Rev. Janet Anstead
Secretary: Carrie Shea
Treasurer: Jim Chinnick
Committee on Ministry Co-Chair: Hubert Reece
Ministers Assistance Fund Chair: Rev. Dr. Ron Dakin
Western Christian Fellowship Chair: Rev. Ed Stover
Ontario Assembly of the Christian Church President: Carrie Shea
Maritime Area Board President: Deborah Stewart
Just as Jesus gathered his disciples at a table, we gather across Canada to share ideas and resources to enrich our life of following Jesus together.
The Ministry Tables are communities of common need and interest that make the practical decisions of how we do ministry nationally and locally.
Whatever your passions or skills, there is probably a ministry table group that could strengthen your work and where you could help others!
Pearl John is our administrator for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada. The national administrator works together with the national pastor while providing whole administrative support to our congregations and ministers across Canada. She is passionate about seeing that the church has solid structures and procedures that will promote the advancement of ministry and that the love of Jesus is spread to the entire world.
Pearl John has a background in managing and leading healthcare and tech projects, but has always worked with not-for-profits to serve humanitarian causes. This has focused on supporting teenagers and youth towards building proper ethical and moral standards while motivating them to walk in their purpose and calling from their early years. She has also pioneered youth projects that provide life skills and self-awareness education that helps teenagers and youths discover themselves and believes that this is most effective from a young age.
Aside from her professional work, Pearl is a singer and songwriter who absolutely loves music. For sports, she'd prefer anything that makes everyone in the room cheer and laugh! She is an optimist who believes; “if we can dream it, we can do it… with God”. Pearl loves working with the churches and having a good time with everyone.
Rev. Jean-Daniel Ó Donncada
Rev. Jean-Daniel Ó Donncada (zhawn-danyell oh dunn uh) is the national pastor for Canada and the represents Canada in the College of Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
This role supports churches and ministers across Canada and builds relationships with the rest of our denomination in the United States and with other religious communities in Canada.
Pastor Jean-Daniel studied at Harvard, Yale, and Université de Montréal. His academic work has focused on how religious communities can best support children, leading to his writings being published in an anthology of essays, Child Honouring, edited by Raffi and with a foreword by the Dalai Lama. He is often a workshop leader and featured speaker on children’s and youth ministry and pastoral care of neurodiverse children across North America. Most recently, he has been an ecumenical chaplain at McGill University and an interfaith hospital chaplain. He has served churches from California to Connecticut to Québec for the last 20 years. Jean-Daniel is particularly passionate about children’s and youth ministry, ecumenical cooperation, and multilingual ministry.
Outside of church life, Jean-Daniel is an avid swimmer and photographer who loves musical theatre and Anne of Green Gables far more than most folks believe anyone could. Jean-Daniel grew up in Massachusetts and New Brunswick. He lives in Montréal with his twin daughters, dog, and cats.
Pastor Jean-Daniel is excited to visit your churches and meet you all, and explore what God is calling Jesus’ disciples in Canada to do together next.
Canine Assistant to the National Pastor
Bertha Marilla Blythe-Ford, better known as Rilla, is the canine assistant to the national pastor. A service dog who is always with Pastor Jean-Daniel, she also offers her snuggles and hugs with those who request her assistance. Rilla is a border collie, a sheep herding dog by breeding, so well suited to be assistant to a pastor. She is named after the youngest daughter of Anne of Green Gables, the protaganist of Lucy Maud Montgomery's book Rilla of Ingleside. Some descriptions of Rilla that fit both the fictional human and very real dog include:
Professionally, Rilla is an expert on hearing dangers and alarms. In her free time, she loves running, swimming, fetching, and obstacle courses.