D.S. Reflections

 District Superintendent Steve Ottley
 My Heroes
I’ve been trying to think back to who my super hero's were when I was growing up. We didn’t have TV in Belize when I was a kid – that came the year after I left for university in the U.S.  I know, how unfair, right? So, all the TV superheros were out. I wasn’t that big on sports. So, that ruled out any athletics. Music! Yes, that was my passion, and Andre Crouch was the big thing in Gospel Music back then. I remember the first Andre long playing record we owned – “Andre Crouch and the Disciples, Live at Carnegie Hall.” I had never heard Christian music like that before. Andre quickly became my favorite. But hero? Not really.
I’ll tell you who my hero was growing up. It was my dad. I know, you’re thinking that’s every little boys hero. Well yes. However, my dad wasn’t my hero only as a father. That alone was enough to do it, but it went beyond. Dad was a Pastor, and he was a great Pastor. After serving in World War II, Dad dedicated the rest of his adult life to the service of The King. He was a caring shepherd. He was prophetic preacher. He was an effective leader. Dad was bold, standing up to even global church leaders when it was necessary to let them know it was time for them to release local pastor and lay leaders to lead the church in Belize. After all who better to reach  Belizeans than a capable Belizean. 
This coming Thanksgiving weekend will be a year since my hero passed into eternity. I’m sure a year later, Dad is still encountering the many souls who are in heaven as a result of his ministry. Now that’s the making of a hero in my books.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. As I think of our pastors across this Canada Central District, I picture a sea of hero's. Dad never had to minister and lead through a Global Pandemic. I’m sure he would have led well. For the past 19 months, our pastors have led our churches through lock downs and re-openings only to be locked down again. They found innovative ways to minister and spiritually feed parishioners, sometimes using technology they didn’t know anything about – but they learned. Many of them did so while working a second job as co-vocational pastors do.
These women and men are my hero's.
Pastors, thank you for your faithful service to the Lord. I’m sure there have been days during these 19 months when you’ve thought, “There’s got to be some other job I can do. This is way too hard.” You may even have written your resignation letter a time or two, maybe it didn’t make it to paper, but you thought about what you would say. The reason you keep persevering is because the Holy Spirit keeps reminding you that this is not a “job”, it is a calling. That’s the only reason any pastor would go through what pastors have experienced during this pandemic and keep being faithful, getting up each day and keep on keeping on.
When Israel had wondered far away from God, He gave the prophet, Jeremiah a message for His faithless people. Though Israel had time and time again rejected God, in His love and compassion He gives Jeremiah a message of reconciliation.
 Jeremiah 3:12 (NLT)
12 Therefore, go and give this message to Israel. This is what the LORD says:
“O Israel, my faithless people,
come home to me again,
for I am merciful.
I will not be angry with you forever.
And then God says something that speaks deeply to the role of pastors/shepherds. A few verses later God says to Israel through Jeremiah,
Jeremiah 3:15 (NLT)
15 … I will give you shepherds after my own heart,
who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.
As our country and province continue to journey trough tumultuous times, our hero pastors are men and women who are called by God to be shepherds after His heart to guide His people into the mission of God –The call to be Ambassadors of Reconciliation. I’m so thankful for our pastors who day after day, with the heart of God, shepherd the people of our churches across this district.
Final words to our Pastors and to our lay leaders.
Pastors, I want to invite you to our Clergy Day of Fellowship and Renewal on Friday, October 22nd at our Brampton Church. It will be a time of worship, teaching, fellowship and fun. It will be a time of allowing the Holy Spirit to pour into you. We will provide lunch for you and we have a special gift for you.
Church boards and congregations, I’m sure you will want to show your love and appreciation for your pastors this Pastor Appreciation Month. I encourage you to plan ways to honour and thank your pastor. You can do so corporately as a church family. I also encourage you as individuals to take time to personally thank your pastor for all they do.
Lay leaders, as you plan to bless your pastor, I invite you to CLICK HERE for great ways to bless your pastor.
God bless you as you honour your pastor this month.
MISSISSAUGA BETHEL SPANISH -  (Pastor Hector and Pastor Alida Del Valle)

Celebrating New Life In Christ – Baptism of 5 new Believers. This is the second baptism in as many months.
MISSISSAUGA BETHEL SPANISH -  (Pastors Hector and Alida Del Valle)

Celebrating New Life In Christ – Baptism of 5 new Believers. This is the second baptism in as many months.
CEDARDALE - (Pastor Grant Verdoold)
Pastor Grant shares, “This morning it was my great pleasure to baptize Kay in the name of the Lord. She has been in bed or in a wheelchair for more than half of her life.
Last summer I was called to pray with her and anoint her with oil, and later that afternoon she gave her life to Christ as well. What a glorious day!
Following that moment last August, she was able to walk and reached out and asked to be baptized here at Cedardale Church”
On Sunday, October 3rd, a new church plant was birthed on the Canada Central District.
Pastor Jackie and Jessie Scrivanich are leading the new Durham Village House Church Network. The vision is to have a network of house churches across the Durham Region. Praise God!
Congratulations Pastor Jackie and Jess 
Pastor Jackie and Jessie
Jareth, Joel, Judah, Joanna
This is just a few of the pairs of shoes that were in my home today for the launch of our house church.
What a fantastic day. God is SO good! – Pastor Jackie
Worship Team and Worship Hosts Janelle Sorzano and Cindy Stavropoulos
Speaker: Pastor Danny Moreno - Oakville Generations
Reverend Donna Wilson - N.M.I. President

Give Thanks to the Lord for he is good; HIs love endures forever! (1Chron 16:34). There has been a tradition on Thanksgiving Sunday, to receive a special offering for WEF - World Evangelism Fund. This is called an Offering of Thanks, and resources for it can be found through The Foundry. We give thanks to God, and for you! Thank you for remembering to support our missionaries, through special offerings and 5.5% giving to WEF! 


 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)
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.

Los cursos que ofrece ENTE en el Trimestre IV-2021 son:
ENTE OnLine (tradicional) ofrece tres cursos: Cuidado Pastoral - Teología Cristiana 1  - Teología Bíblica
ENTE Virtual (los martes, en vivo): Formación Espiritual.
La información acerca de las fechas de inscripción e inicio de los cursos es como sigue:
Alumnos de Nuevo Ingreso (ENTE Tradicional) – Fecha Cierre de Inscripción: 11 de octubre de 2021. Fechas para realizar el curso Orientación de Plataforma: 12 al 22 de octubre (dos semanas).
Cursos (Zoom y ENTE Tradicional) – Fecha Cierre de Inscripción: 25 de octubre de 2021. Cursos regulares: Inician el 26 de octubre y concluyen el 10 de diciembre de 2021.
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Our sympathies go out to the family of Richard “Bradley Harrison” who passed away on October 1st, 2021. He was 97 years old.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Dorothy (2016) loving father of Susan Newsham (Glyn, Ted Harrison (Sharon) Tony Horton (Sandi) Don Yule, Beth Edgar (Darrell) an Bonnie Harrison (Gleycia Green) Cherished grandfather to 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was also the grandfather of Heather MacAskill (Keith).
Brad was a toolmaker by trade and retired from a career in teaching in 1990. He was a charter member of the Brantford Church of the Nazarene, where he served in several leadership positions as well as being a song leader for many years. His skills and talents made him a valuable member on work and witness trips to Peru, Venezuela, and Ecuador. His offspring have been greatly blessed by the gift of music he passed down and will live on in them.
In accordance with Brad’s wishes, he will be cremated. A celebration of his life will be held at a future time. In Brad’s memory, donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank would be appreciated. 
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.
Special invitation for Pastors.  Throughout the pandemic, most of us have embraced technology in new and innovative ways for ministry.  There are many educational tools that can be adapted and used in a variety of ways for church ministry. 
Come and join the DMTC faculty as we explore best practices for online and blended learning.  Several digital educational tools and using Google Classroom will also be covered.  Presenter: Rev. Tamara Hudson.
Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Seminar: Learning and Teaching Online
There is no cost for the seminar.  For more information, or to register please contact
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

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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


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
Below is a little virtual coffee date with our District SDMI Ministry Leaders. The underlined texts are hyperlinked for your convenience so that you can worship with us from home, read a verse or two from God's Word, and hopefully learn of a new resource to assist or encourage you in ministry. 

Sing a New Song
Champion - Dante Bowe

Be Encouraged by His Word
James 1:19

Check Out This Resource
YouTube: Social Media Trends for Churches 2021

Sing a New Song
New Wine - Hillsong

Be Encouraged by His Word
Luke 5:33-39

Check Out This Resource
BOOK: Red Moon Rising by Pete Grieg

Sing a New Song
Come and Move - Maverick City Music

Be Encouraged by His Word
Ephesians 4:22-24

Check Out This Resource
WEBSITE: Parent Cue
If you are in need of help in an area of SDMI ministry, please reach out 

Upcoming DS. Schedule

 Please pray for God’s anointing and wisdom for D.S. Steve Ottley
October 2nd – District NYI Youth & Young Adult Worship – Toronto Rosewood Church

October 3rd – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

October 3rd – The Corner Church Worship Service @ 10:30 a.m.

October 3rd – Hacedores de Historia Spanish Church Worship Service @ 4:00 p.m.

October 3rd – District NMI Deputation Service with The Manswells – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.

October 4th – The Corner Church Board Meeting – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.

October 6th – The Corner Church Pastoral Search Committee Meeting – Oshawa @ 7:00 p.m.

October 7th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 a.m.

October 7th – Toronto Emmanuel Church Board Meeting – Toronto @ 7:00 p.m.

October 10th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

October 10th – London First Church Worship Service – 11:00 a.m.

October 12th – District Board of Ministry Studies Committee Meeting – Zoom @ 10:00 a.m.

October 12th – District NYI Council Meeting – Zoom @ 4:00 p.m.

October 13th – Casa de Pan Spanish Church Board Meeting – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.

October 14th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 a.m.

October 16th – Sault Ste Marie Worship Service – Sault Ste Marie @ 10:30 a.m.

October 17th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

October 20th – District Advisory Board Meeting – Zoom @ 10:30 a.m.

October 21st  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 a.m.

October 22nd – Clergy Day of Fellowship and Renewal – Brampton Church @ 9:00 a.m.

October 24th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

October 24th – Egypt Church Worship Service – Egypt @ 11:00 a.m.

October 27th – Thursday, October 28th – National Board Executive Meeting – Montreal

October 28th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 a.m.

October 31st – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

October 31st – Barrie Ferris Lane Worship Service – Barrie 10:30 a.m.
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Updated October 1st
 Saturday, October 2nd – District NYI Youth & Young Adult Worship – Toronto Rosewood Church

Sunday, October 3rd – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 7th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 10th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.


Monday, October 11thTHANKSGIVING DAY     

Thursday, October 14th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 12th – District Board of Ministry Studies Committee Meeting – Zoom @ 10:00 a.m.

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

Sunday, October 17th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

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

Thursday, October 21st  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 a.m.
Friday, October 22nd – Clergy Day of Fellowship and Renewal – Brampton Church @ 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 24th – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 28th  – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 31st – Online Pastor’s Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 26th – Thursday, October 28th – CPC Church Planting Conference – Online

Wednesday, October 27th – Thursday, October 28th – National Board Executive Meeting – Montreal

Tuesday, November 15th – 100th Anniversary Celebration of Nazarene Higher Education In Canada – Online

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 29th – District Board of Ministry Interviews

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

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

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.

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

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