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 2021-24 Governing Board

Youth Members At-Large

  • Ms. Erin Jamieson, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Ms. Maria Roman, Coptic Orthodox Church of Canada
  • Ms. Jessica Stevenson, United Church of Canada

Anglican Church of Canada

  • The Ven. Alan Perry
  • 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 Association for Baptist Freedoms

  • The Rev. Bert Radford

Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec

  • The Rev. Tim McCoy

Canadian Baptists of Western Canada

  • The Rev. Rob Ogilvie

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • The Most Rev. Bishop  Gerard P. Bergie
  • The Most Rev. Bishop Pierre-Olivier Tremblay
  • The Rev. Fr. Jean Vézina

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada

  • The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Garbin

Christian Reformed Church in North America

  • Mr. Terry Veldboom
  • The Rev. Dr. Michael R. Wagenman

Coptic Orthodox Church of Canada

  • The Rev. Fr. Ammonius Guirguis
  • The Rev. Fr. Anthony Mourad

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada

  • The Rev. L.K. Fr. Messale Engeda

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

  • The Rev. Paul Gehrs
  • Ms. Emily Savage

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada

  • The Very Rev. Fr. Peter J. Avgeropoulos

Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church – Northeast American Diocese

  • Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos
  • The Rev. Fr. Thomas P. John

Mar Thoma Syrian Church – Diocese of North America and Europe

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

Mennonite Church Canada

  • The Rev. Douglas Klassen

Orthodox Church in America – Archdiocese of Canada

  • Dr. Paul Ladouceur

The Presbyterian Church in Canada

  • The Rev. Matthew Sams

Regional Synod of Canada – Reformed Church in America

  • The Rev. Marijke Strong

Religious Society of Friends – Canadian Yearly Meeting (Quakers)

  • Mr. Mel Andrew Earley

The Salvation Army

  • Lt. Col. Jim Champ

Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada

  • The Very Rev. Fr. Alexander Laschuk

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada

  • Dr. Peter Kondra
  • The Rt. Rev. His Grace Bishop Andriy Peshko

The United Church of Canada

  • The Rev. Paula  Gale
  • The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Janzen-Ball
  • The Rev. Martha Martin
Last updated: Feb 2022
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