We are a diverse group of pastors who come from different denominations and backgrounds, but are united by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Theologically, we are broadly Reformed, and agree with the Confessional Statement of The Gospel Coalition. We have a vision for gospel-centered ministry in Toronto that will lead to churches being planted, existing churches being renewed, and believers being equipped to live on mission in every sphere of life.
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Paul Martin is a native and long-term resident of Toronto. Since 1994 he has pastored churches in Chesley and Toronto, and is the founding pastor of Grace Fellowship Church. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from The Master's College and an M.Div. from The Master's Seminary, both of Los Angeles, California. Paul and his wife, Susan, live with their four children in Toronto and have dedicated their lives to the furtherance of the Gospel in their beloved city.
Julian Freeman is the founding pastor of Grace Fellowship Don Mills. He is married to Stacey, and has three daughters: Susannah, Caitlyn, and Madalyn. Julian has a Bachelor of Religious Studies from Heritage Baptist College and is currently working on his Master's of Divinity at Toronto Baptist Seminary. He was set apart to the work of planting this church by the elders of Grace Fellowship Church Toronto in January of 2011.
Dan MacDonald serves as the Senior Pastor for Grace Toronto Church. He practiced law for several years until he felt the call to Christian ministry in 1990. He became a youth pastor and then a campus ministry worker for the next decade. In 2000, feeling called to the pastorate, and headed to Florida for seminary. After seminary, Dan worked as an associate pastor in Jacksonville, Florida, before deciding to return to his home and native land to re-plant Grace Toronto in the summer of 2005.
Darryl Dash is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He studied at Heritage Seminary in Cambridge and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and has previously pastored two churches in Etobicoke. He is married to Charlene, and has two children, Christy and Josiah.
Dr. Joe Boot is founding pastor of Westminster Chapel in Toronto and founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity (EICC). Originally from Great Britain, he served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries for seven years as an apologist based in England and Canada. Joe did his undergraduate studies in Theology (Birmingham Christian College, U.K), earned his Master’s degree in Mission Theology (University of Manchester U.K), and holds a Ph.D. in Christian Intellectual Thought (WTS, Florida USA). Joe is Senior Fellow of the cultural and apologetics think-tank truthXchange in Southern California and in 2011 was recognized by Toronto’s Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection as ‘Best Preacher Apologist’ for his contribution to apologetic and expository preaching. Joe can be regularly heard on the John Oakley Culture Clash radio program or seen on Sun News Network’s The Arena. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenny, and their three children: Naomi, Hannah, and Isaac.