Governing Board

Members and guests present at the November 2019 Governing Board meeting.
Members and guests present at the November 2019 Governing Board meeting.

The Governing Board reviews ecumenical life in Canada and reflects on its significance. It identifies needs and directs the affairs of the Council to express the unity which member churches desire. It discerns, coordinates and communicates the common mission of the churches, long-range planning and policy formation. It has oversight over all the bodies and activities of the Council, as well as the relationship between or among Commissions, Reference Groups, Working Groups, Committees, and Project Ploughshares. 

The forum model recognizes our diversity and provides a method by which we can work together, acknowledging our unity as Christians, yet remaining faithful to the particularity of our respective traditions.

From: A Statement on Forum from the Constitution of The Canadian Council of Churches

Members of the 2018-2021 Governing Board

Anglican Church of Canada

  • Canon Mary Conliffe
  • The Ven. Archdeacon Dr. Michael Thompson
  • The Very Rev. Peter Wall

Apostolic Catholic Church of Canada

  • The Rev. Fr. John Benjamin Vic Paradero, OMHS
  • The Rev. Fr. Jose Mark John Jamili

Armenian Holy Apostolic Church – Canadian Diocese

  • His Eminence Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, The Primate
  • The Very Rev. Archpriest Fr. Zareh Zargarian

Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec

  • The Rev. Tim McCoy
  • Mr. Jesse Smith

Canadian Baptists of Western Canada

  • The Rev. Rob Ogilvie
  • The Rev. Dr. David Simpson

Canadian Association for Baptist Freedoms

  • Mr. Ed Colquhoun
  • Ms. Lee Nicholas-Pattillo

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • The Most Rev. Bishop Gerard P. Bergie
  • The Most Rev. Bishop Pierre Goudreault
  • The Rev. Msgr. Frank Leo, Jr., C.S.S.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada

  • The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Garbin

Christian Reformed Church in North America

  • Rev. Dr. Michael R. Wagenman
  • The Rev. Dr. Darren Roorda

Coptic Orthodox Church of Canada

  • The Rev. Fr. Ammonius Guirguis
  • The Rev. Fr. Peter Saad

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

  • The Rev. JoAnne Lam
  • The Rev. Paul Gehrs

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada

  • The Very Rev. Archpriest Fr. Peter J. Avgeropoulos

Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church

  • Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos

Mar Thoma Syrian Church

  • The Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa
  • The Rev. Moncy Varughese

Mennonite Church in Canada

  • The Rev. Douglas Klassen

Orthodox Church in America – Archdiocese of Canada

  • Dr. Paul Ladouceur

The Presbyterian Church in Canada

  • The Rev. Amanda Currie
  • The Rev. Matthew Sams

Regional Synod of Canada – Reformed Church in America

  • The Rev. Marijke Strong

Religious Society of Friends – Canadian Yearly Meeting (Quakers)

  • Dr. Rosemary Meier

The Salvation Army

  • Lt. Col. Jim Champ

Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada

  • The Very Rev. Fr. Alexander Laschuk

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada

  • The Rt.  Rev.  His Grace Bishop Andriy (Peshko)

The United Church of Canada

  • The Rev. Paula M. Gale
  • The Rev. Martha Martin
  • The Rev. Dr. John Young

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada

  • The Rev. L.K. Fr. Messale Engeda
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