D.S. Reflections

 District Superintendent Steve Ottley
Lord, Help Us To Be The Church Jesus Prayed For
Do you have “go to” Scripture passages? You know, the ones that readily come to mind. I have some, and I find that they tend to be the filter through which I see and interpret current events – personal, family, church society. You will immediately recognize the Bible lens I am seeing through these days. That’s because you’ve heard me use it before as I seem to come back to this passage over and over. You also recognize it though, because you’re very familiar with it.
In John 17 we find Jesus in this very intimate conversation with His Father. In their conversation, Jesus is talking to the Father about you and me – The Church. My prayer these days is, “Lord, help us to be the Church Jesus prayed for in John 17.”
As we continue to journey through the Covid-19 pandemic, I think we can all see clearly how different aspects of the pandemic have polarized our society and it is seeping into the life of the Church. Whether it’s to vaccine or not to vaccine, or to mask or not to mask, or the government is anti-church or not. I cringe at the conversations I’ve caught a glimpse of on social media. So much so, that I just simply stop reading them – For the sake of my soul. So don’t be offended if I haven’t seen your post, positive or negative. I’m talking about Christians, including pastors and leaders adding fuel to the fire that only serves to stoke the flame of disunity in society and in the Church of Jesus Christ.
Church, we cannot afford for the enemy of our souls to use this pandemic to bring disunity in the Church. Jesus prayed that we be ONE just as He and the Father are ONE. If ever there was a time that our communities need the Church of Jesus Christ, it’s now. People are weary. Many are discouraged. Some are struggling with mental health issues because of all they’ve experienced. Others are hurting financially. Relationships have suffered. We just cannot afford to get bogged down in the mire of beating up on each other. We are not called to uniformity, but the Church of Jesus is called to be the unified bride of Christ.
Let Jesus be concerned about our individual rights and the rights of the Church. He said He would build His Church. His call to us is that we go and make Christlike disciples. If that’s going to happen, then…
Our communities need a church that displays the ONENESS that Jesus prayer for in John 17.  
Our communities need a church that shares the good news of Jesus Christ – Not a complicated dissertation, but the simple Gospel that the Holy Spirit then infuses into the hearts of those around us. 
Our communities need a church that offers HOPE in a time when it’s sometimes hard to find  
One of the prayers I have been praying daily is the Prayer of St Francis 
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: 
where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
where there is injury, pardon; 
where there is doubt, faith; 
where there is despair, hope; 
where there is darkness, light; 
where there is sadness, joy. 
You’ve heard it said that “The pen is mightier than the sword.” My prayer for all of us, is that before we pick up the 21st century pen called the keyboard, that we would pray that prayer – Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. I close my reflection with the second part of that prayer.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

On this Remembrance Day, let us reflect on those who served Canada and the many who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we have.

We are grateful that our own Reverend Donna Wilson serves as a Chaplain for the Canadian Armed Forces.
Captain Donna Wilson 32 Signal Regiment and 4CDTC (Meaford) 

Main Street Church dedicate their newly renovated worship centre.
Main Street Worship Team
D.S. Steve Ottley dedicates the newly renovated worship centre
Pastor Bruce and Pauline Clark
          Pastor Gaston Echeguia and worship leader
Pastor Mauricio Rivera & London First Worship Team
Pastor Rose Sorzano
Pastor Mariela Rivera
D.S. Steve Ottley
Pastor Juan Carlos and Janina Espino and the Bradford Spanish Church had the opportunity to provide 120 migrant workers with a Thanksgiving dinner in collaboration with the organization "Unknown Neighbours". They managed to share clothes and other resources with them.
Lay Pastor -  Elizabeth Brechin
D.S. Steve & Pat Ottley, Lay Pastor - Elizabeth Brechin,
Pastor Phil & Bonnie Sabine
Our Pim Street Church served the Sault Ste Marie community for 62 years. Sunday October 17th, was a bitter sweet day as the congregation celebrated the work God had accomplished over the six decades, and bring to a close the ministry in the Sault.
Pastor Doug Neufeld leading the Drive In Service
Congratulations to Pastor Mark and Brenda Coulter.
After a successful Pastor and Board Review, the Ferris Lane Church Board has extended a 4 year call to Pastor Mark and Brenda.
Pastor Carrie Tweedle leading the service
Moderating the service on Zoom
We received the sad news of the passing of Pastor Al MacMillan. Pastor Frank Chouinard shared that though Pastor Al had not been well for a number of years, he was still strong in mind and spirit. His passing was sudden, but peaceful.

Please be in prayer for Pastor Al's wife, Goldie, their children and grandchildren, and the extended family.

Pastor Al was the founding pastor of our Ottawa Bridlewood Church and pastored that congregation up until his retirement a few years ago. He is the brother of our former National Church Director, Dr. Clair MacMillan.

A Celebration of Life is being planned; details will be shared once they are finalized.
CLICK HERE for Pastor Al’s obituary
Reverend Donna Wilson - N.M.I. President


 Giving to our Fall Deputation- The Manswell's from Trinidad & Tobago 
     Thank you to all who participated in the Zoom service on October 3!  We would greatly appreciate your support towards the deputation fund for Anthony & Barbara Manswell who serve in Trinidad & Tobago, and are active in ministry, through teaching and music at Caribbean Nazarene College. We are also looking forward to their "return" visit, Fall '22!

   - vehicles & equipment for field ministry
   - deputation travel & housing
   - educational benefits for missionary & children
   - supplement to pensions and medical plans
   - special ministry projects on the field

Where to send your deputation offering:
     - Through your local Nazarene church
      (Churches please report total giving to
- Cheque written to “Church of the Nazarene Canada”, with
      “Deputation-Manswell” on the memo line, and mailed to
       Church of the Nazarene Canada
       3657 Ponytrail Drive, Mississauga, ON, L4X 1W5
- Etransfer to, with
      “Deputation-Manswell”  in the comments box
      (and also full mailing address for a charitable receipt)
(Please keep these items below, in each month, for now)
Reverend Gaston and Lucy Echeguia
Pastor Gaston and Lucy have been approved by Nazarene Global Missions as Sponsored Missionaries to Spain in the Eurasia Region. In early 2022, they will begin pastoring in Polígono Norte en Sevilla, Spain on a 2-year assignment.
Gaston and Lucy are the first Canadians to be approved as “Sponsored Missionaries”. A missionary serving through sponsored deployment is primarily funded by the local community and will serve a localized need in the field. Affirmed by the local church, district, and the Church of the Nazarene, he or she will serve a maximum of four years in the field with no previous ministry experience required.
We invite churches and individuals to support Pastor Gaston and Lucy through your prayers, by inviting them to speak at your church or at an online event, and by giving towards funding their mission to Spain. CLICK HERE for more information.
To give, please follow these instructions:
  • Email transfer: churchofthenazarenecanada@
  • Pre-authorized Debit or void cheque for 24 months to “Church of the Nazarene Canada”
  • Or cheque to “Church of the Nazarene Canada” mail to: 3657 Ponytrail Dr, Mississauga, On L4X 1Y2
Memo: please include with your donation: “DEPUTATION GIVING-ECHEGUIA
Thank you for your generous support.
God bless you.

The Spanish MDC offers a Pastoral Ministry course beginning on

Saturday, November 20 at 9:00 AM at the Woodbridge church.

Those interested please contact Pastor Pedro (
Registration is now open!
Course: The Practice of Christian Ministry PAS 2013
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Lisa Outar-O’Shea
Dates: Thursdays on Zoom, 7:00 -10:00 p.m. November 4 to December 16
Cost: $300 for credit, $150 for audit, no cost for continuing education credit for ordained ministers on Canada Central District.  Scholarships are available upon request.
You may use this link to register
or contact for more information. 
Are you, or is someone you know called to ministry?  The DMTC is a great place to explore aspects of Christian ministry and to gain a strong foundation for ministry in the church and in the world.  Courses are open to those pursuing a vocational call to ministry, and to those who simply want to have more knowledge and skills for serving God in their local churches and communities.
 To apply, contact Pastor Tammy at

Save the date!

Join us on Tuesday, November 16, as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Nazarene higher education in Canada! Together with the Church of the Nazarene, we will celebrate virtually with a series of “looking back” interviews, campus memories over the years, trivia, interactive games and more. With our virtual break-out rooms, you’ll also have the opportunity to catch up with your classmates and faculty.

This milestone is a momentous occasion because it marks 100 years of learning, teaching and research—a remarkable record that continues today. But it is also an opportunity to connect with old friends and celebrate life-long bonds formed over the years. We greatly anticipate the years ahead and look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion! 

Visit the link below to register for the virtual celebration and be sure to mark your calendars!
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Mountain Time
Register Here!
Marva Goertzen, Director of Development and Alumni Engagement
on behalf of the Celebration Planning Committee

Toronto Kennedy Road Church of the Nazarene is in need of a CHILDCARE SUPERVISOR 

If you are a dynamic, caring, self-motivated and flexible individual who is seeking a fulfilling and
interesting position in a warm and professional environment, please forward your resume and
cover letter to
Minimum 3 references (preferably supervisors from previous employment positions in a child care setting)
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted
Care for Creation:
On Saturday October 30 NCM Canada presented an online Introduction to a Conversation on Care for Creation. About 50 people from across Canada participated. If you missed this webinar or would like to view it again, here is the link...  

Planned Giving Webinar Sponsored by NCM Canada:
NCM Canada greatly values our faithful supporters who have given to our ministry over the years and would like to offer you this service as a Thank-you!
NCM Canada is sponsoring a webinar entitled
“Wills & Estate Planning”
on Saturday November 27 at 1PM EST.
with Rev. Dr. Riley Coulter, Director of Stewardship Services
You must register in advance for this meeting. Register by clicking the link below:

2021 December Giving Calendar
NCM Canada has produced a tool to help you in your giving - a December Giving Calendar - to use personally or to distribute to your small group or to your local church
Every day you are encouraged to give a small amount - dimes, quarters, or dollars - at the end of the month you can tally up your giving and go online and make the donation or send a cheque to NCM Canada, 3657 Ponytrail Drive, Mississauga, ON L4X 1W5 Or call the National Office at 1-888-808-7490 or 905-602-8220 (credit cards accepted).
You may refer to our Gift Catalogue for ideas on what to give. See
Thank you for giving! Your gifts will make a difference!


We have some exciting things for churches to look forward to this fall. 
You will definitely want to stay in the loop with the following:

1. A Journey of Grace - October 17 - November 21

We are encouraging churches to journey through this Nazarene resource together on our district.

Pastors: There is a downloadable pastor's resource from The Foundry with sermon outlines and more. CLICK HERE to be redirected to The Foundry for more info

Lay people + Bible study leaders: You are invited to join our first adult Bridge event. Pastor Jani Csoke from Connect Church of the Nazarene is welcoming anybody from our district to join him virtually as he leads a Journey of Grace Bible study Wednesdays 8-9PM starting October 20. An email will be sent out to our SDMI mailing list with the link to join. To join our mailing list CLICK HERE

Parents + Children's Ministry Workers: Pastor Lena from Brampton Church of the Nazarene is inviting families to join her and our district children's ministry director, Bria McIntosh, as they lead a virtual Saturday morning Journey of Grace series for children! They will be meeting every Saturday morning in November from 9am-9:45am on Zoom. The link will be sent out in a separate email and on our Facebook group. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP 

2. Right Now Media

15 churches on our district have received a year's subscription to Right Now Media on behalf of Canada Central SDMI. If your church is interested in this resource but hasn't had a chance to learn about it yet, let us know and we can set up a time to go over it with you. CLICK HERE TO SEND US AN EMAIL

More resources are found below from our district ministry leaders. 
If there is a way for SDMI to better equip your church, please let us know.

Stay up to date with SDMI and CLICK HERE to join our mailing list
If you are in need of help in an area of SDMI ministry, please reach out 
From the District Administrator
Pastors and church boards, please take note of the following announcement. Our local churches are currently incorporated in Ontario under the Corporations Act. A new governing act, the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA), will soon come into effect and will necessitate some adjustments to our Bylaws. We have three years to make this transition, but we will be in contact in the coming months to begin the process with you. For more information, please follow the links in the article below.

ONCA Proclamation Date Announced
The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) will be proclaimed and take effect on October 19, 2021. Regulations that were needed before the proclamation of ONCA have now been published
Nonprofits have 3 years after proclamation to transition to the new rules.
Visit Nonprofit Law Ontario for more information about the steps you can take now to transition. You have until October 20, 2024?) to comply with ONCA.
If you want to incorporate soon, it may be better to wait until October 19, 2021. If you cannot wait till then, you may want to incorporate under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.

Upcoming DS. Schedule

 Please pray for God’s anointing and wisdom for D.S. Steve Ottley
November 1st & 2nd  –  Sonlife Board of Directors Meeting – Zoom

November 2nd  – Grace @ The Sharing Place Board Meeting – The Sharing Place @ 7:00 p.m.

November 4th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

November 4th  – NCMC Executive Meeting – Zoom @ 1:00 p.m.

November 4th  – BrantNaz Church Board Meeting – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.

November 7th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

November 7th – Pickering Altona Road Church Worship @ 10:30 a.m.

November 10th  – Newmarket Church Board Meeting – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.

November 11th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

November 14th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

November 14th – Kennedy Road Church Worship @ 11:30 a.m.

November 16th – Golden Horseshoe Missional Zone Pastor’s Meeting – Crown Point Church @ 10:30 a.m.

November 16th – 100th Anniversary Celebration of Nazarene Higher Education In Canada – Online

November 17th – GTA Missional Zone Pastor’s Meeting – Zoom @ 11:00 a.m.

November 18th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

November 21st – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

November 21st – Pastor Shireen Spencer’s Family Church Worship – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

November 23rd – National Church Budget Planning Meeting – Zoom @ 2:00 p.m.

November 25th – District Board of Ministry Fall Meeting – Zoom @ 9:00 a.m.

November 25th – Canadian Pastor’s Meeting – Zoom @ 12:00

November 28th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

November 28th – Ottawa, Illinois COTN Worship @ 10:30 a.m.

December 1st – Canadian D.S. Meeting – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

December 2nd – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

December 4th – Tamil Churches Christmas Worship – Zoom @ 4:30 p.m.  
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Updated November 1st

Tuesday, November 2nd – Grace @ The Sharing Place Board Meeting – The Sharing Place @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 4th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

Sunday, November7th– Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 11th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

Sunday, November 14th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 16th – Golden Horseshoe Missional Zone Pastor’s Meeting – Crown Point Church @ 10:30 a.m. 

Tuesday, November 16th – 100th Anniversary Celebration of Nazarene Higher Education In Canada -online

Wednesday, November 17th – GTA Missional Zone Pastor’s Meeting – Zoom @ 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 18th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 a.m.

Sunday, November 21st – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 25th –  District Board of Ministry Fall Meeting – Zoom @ 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 25th – Canadian Pastor’s Meeting – Zoom @ 12:00

Sunday, November 28th– Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 7th – National Board Finance Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 8th – Georgian Bay Missional Zone Pastor’s Christmas Gathering – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 14th – District NYI Council Meeting – Zoom @ 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 15th – District Advisory Board Meeting – District Office @ 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, December 25th   –  CHRISTMAS DAY

Saturday, January 1st  –  NEW YEAR’S DAY

Saturday, January 15th – District SDMI Council Meeting – Rosewood Church @ 10:00 a.m.

Friday, January 21st – Sunday, January 23rd – National Ministerial Assessment Centre – Online

Wednesday, January26th – GTA Missional Zone Pastor’s Meeting – TBD @ 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 8th – District NYI Council Meeting – Zoom @ 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 16th – District Advisory Board Meeting – Zoom @ 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 2nd –  ASH WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, March 22nd – Clergy Development Day – TBD @ 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 27th – GTA Missional Zone Celebration Rally – Toronto Rosewood Church @ 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29th– Wednesday, March 30th– District Board of Ministry Interviews

Tuesday, April 5th – Wednesday, April 6th – National Board Meeting – Toronto

Sunday, April 10thPALM SUNDAY   

Tuesday, April 12th – District NYI Council Meeting – Zoom @ 4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 15th – GOOD FRIDAY

Sunday, April 17th – EASTER SUNDAY

Monday, April 18th – EASTER MONDAY

Wednesday, April 20th – District Advisory Board Meeting – District Office @ 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 18th – District Advisory Board Meeting – Zoom @ 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 25th – GTA Missional Zone Pastor’s Meeting – TBD @ 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 9th – Friday, June 10th – Annual District Assembly

Friday, June 9th – Friday, June 16th, 2023 – General Assembly – Indianapolis, Indiana

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