Bishop’s Notes – May 23, 2017

Dear Friends,

Bishop Keith and Donna are on vacation and Bishop Cliff will take up office on June 1st.

What a weekend!

There were many great moments of connection, celebration and prayer that took place over the four days that we spent together. We hope that everyone left the conference feeling empowered, inspired and challenged to encourage the gifts that lay within each person within this movement in order to reach all people within Canada and beyond.
There are pictures of the 2017 General Conference in the picture gallery.

Jason Tripp from Valleyview Community Church, Blezard Valley, ON also contributed this thought:

Hello friends,

I wanted to briefly give a big thanks to everyone who planned and participated in what was a memorable and fruitful General Conference.

With each plane lifting off from the nearby airport I was sensing that this weekend served as a sort of ‘lift off’ moment as we pray and imagine the sorts of churches Canada needs in this moment of redemption history.

There are pictures in the photo gallery think will serve as a reminder to pray for Bishop Cliff and his team.

Grace and peace to you all as you pray and work.

And now the work begins!

– Please continue to prayer for Bishop Cliff, Karlene and their family as they enter this new season of ministry.
– Pray for the individuals that were elected onto the Board of Administration (BOA), the Ministerial, Education, Guidance and Placement Committee (MEGaP), the Study Commission on
Doctrine (SCOD) and the Nominating
Committee, that God will give them the wisdom and discernment needed to fulfill their roles for the next 3 years.
– Pray for the Life Plan committee and the NLT as they continue to work on what ministering in Canada’s changing landscape looks like for the Free Methodist Church in Canada.

Bishop Cliff’s email address: [email protected] is now up and running so you can feel free to contact him.

Have a great week living out your faith!

Kalesha Peters


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LifePlan Study Team Files

2017 General Conference



The next deadline is October 15, 2017 to apply for both the Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) for the summer and fall semesters of 2017, and for the Special Scholarships. More information is available at this link:

Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
30 juin – 2 juillet 2017 – Le cœur du Méthodisme libre Canadien À l’Église Méthodiste Libre de St-Henri, 3453 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC
Nov 3-5, 2017 in Ontario*

Wesleyan Theology:
June 2-4, 2017 at Holt Free Methodist Church, Mount Albert, ON
Nov 3-5, 2017 in western Canada*
(also available online through FMC-USA:

Personal and Church Stewardship
6-week online course – start date TBA

Culture and the Missional Church:
Date and Location TBA

(*these locations will be selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early!)Registration is online for all courses at this link: and now includes PayPal or credit card payment options. Those tracking for credentialed ministry should take the Heart course first and then Wesleyan Theology if possible.



Ordination and Commissioning Services Schedule
John-Mark Cockram – Ordination Service – June 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm – Toronto, ON

Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, ON
Trulls Rd FMC, Courtice, ON
Warkworth FMC, Warkworth, ON
Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON

Church Profiles available
(Contact Susan DePlanché at the Personnel office to request a church profile – [email protected])

Cornerstone FMC, Prince Albert, SK – Personnel Office receiving resumes until May 30
Dryden FMC, Dryden, ONPersonnel Office receiving resumes until May 23
Frankford Community FMC, Frankford, ON  – Personnel Office receiving resumes until June 20
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON – Personnel Office receiving resumes until May 30
Ryde Centennial FMC, Gravenhurst, ON – Personnel Office receiving resumes until May 23
Smiths Falls FMC, Smiths Fall, ON – Personnel Office receiving resumes until June 6

Preparing Profiles
(If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Susan at the Director of Personnel office [[email protected]] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.)

Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON (Mary Lee DeWitt-Transition Pastor)
Harrowsmith FMC, Harrowsmith, ON (Carl Bull – Transition Pastor)
Mewassin FMC, Duffield, AB (Trevor Swanson – Transition Pastor)
Tabernacle de la Grace, Montreal QC
Westdale Park FMC, Napanee, ON (Vic Stonehouse – Transition Pastor)

Functioning with approved local arrangements
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea SK
Campbell’s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC (Orville White)
Church On The Hill, Orillia ON (Ousman Ali)
Cordova Mines FM Fellowship, Cordova Mines, ON
Eglise Chrétienne Méthodiste Libre de Le Gardeur, QC (Duplan Auguste Lython)
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB (Raymond Riglin)
Markham FMC, ON (K.K. Leung)
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (K.K. Leung)
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB (Heath Butler)
Surrey FMC, Surrey BC (Nathaniel Prakash)
theStory, Sarnia, ON
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON (Lewis Byer)
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON (Laurie Lemke)
Verona FMC, Verona, ON (Kathy Casement)
Wesley Chapel Japanese FM Church, Toronto, ON (Misa Mochinaga)
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON (Ken Babcock)


William Crozier
Kim Henderson
Dan Sheffield
Derek Spink

Children and Youth Summer Worker 2017– Westdale park FM Church
Associate Pastor – Barrie FM Church
Pastor of Worship and Communication– Bramalea FM Church
In-Program Supervisor – Little Blessings Nursery School, Whitby, ON