Bishop’s Notes – April 14, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that you had a wonderful Easter weekend. On Good Friday, Donna and I worshipped at the Caistor Centre FMC where folks from St. Catherines and Dunnville FMCs came together with the Caistor Centre congregation in a joint service of worship. It was a wonderful time of rich worship and good fellowship following the service. There are pics in the photo gallery.


It was really encouraging to learn in conversations with the Dunnville people that the Lord is at work in new ways in their congregation. Recently, six people have given their hearts to the Lord and plans are under way for totally renovating and updating their sanctuary. Their enthusiasm for what God is doing was contagious.



I have learned this morning that D. George Harriman (a minister in the former Canada West Conference) died in Edmonton on Saturday and that Mrs. Joyce Byggdin (wife of Rev. Ralph Byggdin) passed away yesterday. Funeral arrangements will be sent when they are known.



The Brantford Regional Gathering happens on Saturday and a commissioning/ordination service for Terri and Chris Payk and Matt Wiley will take place on Sunday in Welland at 4:00 p.m. Please keep these events in your prayers.

There is one appointment to announce this week. Matt Wiley has been appointed to Rice Road Community Church in Welland as Lead Pastor.


Have a great week serving Jesus.



Bishop Keith


P.S. Remember. If you are wondering about something related to the FMCIC and its ministry, please send your question to [email protected].



Good Friday service at Caistor Centre FMC



Matt Wiley – Pastor at Rice Road Community Church, Welland, ON, effective April 15, 2009



Terri Payk as Commissioned Minister, Christopher Payk and Matthew Wiley as Ordained Ministers at Rice Road Community Church in Welland, Ontario on April 19, 2009 at 4 pm.



Kingston West FMC, Kingston, ON – (Kevin Kay, Intentional Interim)

The FreeWay, Oshawa, ON

Valleyview Community Church, Blezard Valley, ON

Westdale Park, Napanee, ON (Carl Bull, Intentional Interim until Sept 9, 2009)


Profiles available / Director of Personnel receiving resumes

Whitby FMC, Whitby, ONDoP receiving resumes until April 13, 2009


Preparing Profile

Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON

Eastern Koinonia, Toronto, ON

Ecclesiax, Ottawa, ON (Cameron Montgomery, Interim)

Lakeside Community Church, Salmon Arm, BC (Sheldon Carlson, Interim)

Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON (Glenn Dixon, Intentional Interim until June 30, 2009)


Functioning with local arrangements

Campbell‘s Bay FMC, Campbell‘s Bay, QC

Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON

Eyebrow FMC, Eyebrow, SK

Madoc FM/Wesleyan Church, Madoc, ON – transition being guided by the Wesleyan Church

Mainstreet Community Church, Kelowna, BC

Marmora FMC, Marmora, ON

Mississippi FMC, Mississippi, ON

Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON

Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB

Turning Point CC, Surrey, BC

Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON

Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON


Ousman Ali

Linda Dixon

Harold Fox

Larry Hart
Dale Hawley

John Kurish

Steve Lougheed

Samson Mehari

Jim Peetoom



Arlington Beach Camp and Conference Centre – Executive Director

Facility Manager – Lakeview Church, Saskatoon

Perth, ON – Worship Leader




April 18 – Freedom Christian Community, Brantford, ON

May 2 – Smiths Falls FMC, ON

May 9 – Sault Ste Marie FMC, ON

May 30 – Dryden FMC, ON

June 6 – Ellice FMC, AB

June 13 – Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church, Merritt , BC









September 29-October 1 – FCJ Centre, Calgary

October 20-22 – Wesley Acres




Please note:  Those designated with “OM,” “MC” or “Tracking” are affiliated with The Free Methodist Church in Canada. OM=Ordained Minister; MC=Ministerial Candidate; CM=Commissioned Minister; Tracking=lay minister tracking for ordination or Commissioned Minister