Conference Schedule, August 13 - 19, 2016
|Monday, August 15||Barry Slauenwhite||Men's Seminar
Women of Grace
|Mike Krause||Poetry Slam
|Tuesday, August 16||Barry Slauenwhite||Mike Krause||Concert
|Wednesday, August 17||Ed Wilson||Panel
Practical tips on what 'the average' person in Canada can do?
Allison Alley, Facilitator
|Share Your Story
(Opportunity for group sharing & discussion)
Allison Alley, Facilitator
|Mike Krause||Praise & Prayer
|Thursday, August 18||Ed Wilson||Transforming Lives & Communities
|Friday, August 19||Micah Bournes||Family Fusion||Mike Krause & wrap-up|
Sunday morning & each weekday evening
For 19 years, Michael has been the teaching pastor at Southridge Community Church, a multisite church with 3 locations in Niagara, Ontario. Southridge is a church committed to nurturing an in-Spirited life with God through Jesus, connecting to each other through life-giving community, and actively striving to bring healing, hope and restoration to one of the poorest regions in Ontario. Locally, this heart of justice is expressed through Southridge’s 24/7, 35-bed homeless shelter in St. Catharines, its work with Rose City Kids to empower under-resourced and single parent families in Welland, and its intentional hospitality to migrant farm workers in Lincoln. Globally, Southridge helps equip seven local churches in five developing countries to rescue moms and babies from extreme poverty, while challenging everyone in their church community to develop a lifestyle of global action.
A student at heart, Mike has earned a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is currently a PhD student at McMaster Divinity, exploring the formative power of liturgy to shape the Church into a missional community, extending God’s Kingdom into the world. In his preaching, he attempts to blend a thoughtful and culturally-sensitive understanding of the biblical text with a practical, down-to-earth perspective on how to follow its direction towards loving God with everything we have and are and loving each other as much as we love ourselves.
He and his best friend, Christa, have been married for more than 12 years and are raising four beautiful girls: Arleigh (9), Kennedy (8), Trevi (7) and Brylee (5).
President, International Justice Mission (IJM), Canada
Wednesday & Thursday mornings — 10am
Ed Wilson is IJM Canada's Executive Director. In this role, Ed provides strategic and visionary leadership to the mission and vision of IJM in Canada, in order to rescue victims of violence and protect the poor by strengthening their justice systems. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Ed served as Chief Operating Officer for eight years, during which time he helped lead IJM Canada's dramatic growth in revenue and impact.
Ed's non-profit management skills are shaped by almost 30 years of leadership experience. Prior to joining IJM Canada, he served as a founding Board member and first Executive Director of Heartwood Place in Kitchener, Ontario, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing safe, affordable and adequate housing to individuals and families in need. In 2004, Heartwood Place was honoured by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation with a National Housing Award for Best Practices. Over the course of the previous 17 years, Ed provided leadership to a number of churches in south-central Ontario.
Ed holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.Ed. from Queen's University in Kingston.
Ed's passion in life is building strong, effective teams that are a force for good in the world. His motto is "great ideas with great execution can change the world", a principle that has been proven by the work of IJM.
Ed and his wife Judy live in London, Ontario and are parents of three adult children and grandparents of two.
President/CEO of Compassion Canada
Monday & Tuesday mornings — 10am
Serving with Compassion Canada since 1983, Barry Slauenwhite (DD) is a leading voice in the Canadian Christian community. In addition to his duties at Compassion, Barry serves as the Chief Governance Officer of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and is a board member and co-founder for the International Alliance for Missions.
During Barry’s 31 years in leadership with Compassion Canada—21 as President and CEO—Compassion has become the leading international child development organization and experienced a tenfold growth while maintaining its unique ministry focus of being Christ centered, child focused and church based.
As a pastor and ministry leader, Barry strives to promote holistic child development through the local church as one of the most effective kingdom building strategies. His advocacy for the poor has brought him to more than 30 countries worldwide where he’s witnessed extreme poverty firsthand—and had the joy of seeing lives transformed through Compassion’s ministry.
Barry and his wife, Sharon, live in London, Ontario, and have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
Sheila grew up in the isolated community of Bunibonibee Cree Nation (Oxford House) and moved to Winnipeg to pursue higher education, eventually becoming a television journalist with CTV. She has been Chief Communications Officer for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs where she worked with First Nations leaders in media relations. As CCO, she helped build bridges of understanding among First Nations, non-First Nations people and the media, as well as raising awareness on the national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, #MMIW. She worked behind the scenes to help galvanize national and local movements that brought awareness to issues such as the Omnibus Budget Bill. Sheila worked as a journalist for CBC for 7 years. In addition, she worked as a Cree translator at the St. Boniface Hospital and was as a Cree radio personality at NCI for 3 years.
Sheila North Wilson is currently the new Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) after being elected at the annual general assembly being held in the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. She is married to Rob ‘Fresh IE’ Wilson, and mother to Trisha and Sonny.
Sunday morning & evening, Monday & Wendesday evening
Micah is a creative man of faith. Proverbs 24:16 says, "A righteous man falls seven times, and rises again," which is a perfect description of the way Micah Bournes strives to live his life. He is a broken man, and he knows it, made righteous only by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Lord, on the cross. This is the message at the heart of his work that drives him to always keep creating.
Growing up in Long Beach, California, meant he was immersed in hip-hop for as long as he can remember. This influence is clearly seen through his personal journey of artistic expression. Micah began rapping while attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. From there he began blending and bending genres as he incorporated spoken word poetry, rhythm and blues, and funk into his music.
In addition to performing Spoken Word poetry and music, he speaks and teaches on creative writing, justice, and the way of Jesus. In partnership with The Justice Conference and World Relief, Micah has been able to share his passions and gifts worldwide. micahbornes.com
Struggle. That one word describes the childhood, the life and music career of Robert Wilson. But growing up in poverty didn’t stop his love of music, it fostered it. Music became the most important source of refuge in his young life. From the dysfunction around him he learned to reach inside and found a way to grasp attention, then would turn around and use it to entertain those around him.
Today, same story. Different decade. Except he’s more well known now as Fresh IE.
Fresh I E is a Canadian rap artist who has been writing and producing his own music for the past 10 years. The first commercial project he created in his living room made Canadian music history – with songs raw from years of struggling, Red Letterz, Fresh became the first Canadian rapper ever to be nominated for a Grammy. Fresh’s follow-up project, Truth is Fallin in the Streetz, won him another gold medal nomination for a Grammy.
He is still struggling – but he embraces the struggle, hoping his music will keep inspiring those who need hope and victory in life. freshmusic.ca
Presented in partnership with Compassion Canada
Shaun Groves is a communicator who’s known by a lot of titles: singer/songwriter, speaker, blogger, husband, daddy, friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily. And he’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and being a voice for children around the world, desperate to be saved from poverty. Shaun’s 2001 debut CD Invitation to Eavesdrop scored 5 songs on the charts and a half dozen Dove Award nominations, including New Artist and Song of the Year for Welcome Home. He was soon touring coast to coast ad around the world with Bebo Norman, Jars of Clay and Michael W. Smith. That success led to a second CD in 2003, and in 2005 he released his third CD White Flag, based on his study of The Beatitudes.
Shaun’s involvement with Compassion has brought a greater passion to his music and a renewed sense of purpose. Salvation is not just about being ‘saved from’ something. It is also about being ‘saved for’ something. Be prepared to be moved, entertained and inspired by his music and message. shaungroves.com
In partnership with Compassion Canada and International Justice Mission, Canada.