Ontario Conference News


"I'll refresh tired bodies; I'll restore tired souls." 
Jeremiah 31:25, MSG

COVID-19 Reopening Update

The Ontario Government introduced the Roadmap to Reopen as a three-step plan designed to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures.

At 12:01 a.m. on June 11, three days ahead of the projected date, the province will move into Step 1 of its reopening roadmap.  The province is scheduled to remain in Step 1 for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on critical public health and health system indicators.

Please click here for  the official conference statement and the COVID-19 updated guidelines for our congregations.

One-on-One and in the Crowd with London's Muslim Community

London, Ontario, is home to approximately half a million people. It is a vibrant, lush suburb nestled in southwestern Ontario, about two hours’ drive west of Toronto. It is known as a tranquil, peaceful, uneventful city, an escape from the hustle and bustle of Toronto. However, June 6, 2021, will forever be remembered by Londoners as a day when that peace was ruptured. On the 6th, Islamophobia manifested as hatred in the loss of innocent lives. Beloved members of the Muslim community, Yumna Afzaal, 15, Madiha Salman, 44, Talat Afzaal, 74, and Salman Afzaal, 46, were out for a walk and callously killed by a vehicle in what police suggest is a hate-related crime.

What do you do when such a violent act is perpetrated in your city? The heinous act of Sunday, June 6, sent the Muslim community, London residents, the province of Ontario and the nation of Canada into collective mourning. “This could not happen here” were the words that rolled reluctantly from people’s lips. But it did. So what can the Seventh-day Adventist Church do in the face of such a tragedy?

I will outline a few steps here, which I will term the 7 “As” of contextual ministry.

  1. Be aware:

    The Bible encourages us to know the times and be aware of the community in which God has situated us. 1 Chr. 12:30 states: “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” A church that is not aware of its community will be unable to minister effectively to its community. We cannot be passive and let injustice, hate and acts of aggression go unnoticed. We must act. Thus, this tragedy in London, Ontario, needed a response.

  2. Be active:

    It is critical to respond, but it must be an informed response. Once the news media outlets broadcast this horrific act and its impact on the Muslim community, it was time for Seventh-day Adventists to respond. It is providential that the Ontario Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a Muslim Relations Director—Reynold Hazelwood. Within 24 hours of Conference president Mansfield Edwards being informed of the terrible loss of life, Pastor Hazelwood issued a letter to pastors from the Muslim Relations department. However, a letter cannot replace presence.

  3. Be available:

    After printing the letter, I prayed for an opportunity to meet with the Imam of the London Muslim Mosque. I had a full schedule for the day, but ministry is where the hurting people are, so I cleared my calendar.

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Chaplain Charles Skeete, MTS, BCC (College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy) Endorsed NAD Community Chaplain

Ontario Conference Hosting
First-Ever Virtual Camp Meeting Tuesday, June 29, to Sabbath, July 3

Registration Now Live at!

In 2020, the world changed forever, including how we worshipped. But thanks to available technologies, we have been able to experience ministry without borders. This year, we are breaking new digital ground with our first-ever virtual Camp Meeting. Our 2021 Camp Meeting will include Ministries’ Convention, where participants will benefit from training touching on a range of age groups and ministry areas.

Dynamic morning and evening worship speakers will include G. Alexander Bryant, John Bradshaw, Ivan Williams, Vanessa Hairston and our own Hope Malabrigo.

Program features members and guests will enjoy from the 29th to the 3rd include

  • Early morning prayer sessions,
  • Inspiring morning and evening worship programs,
  • "Connect Café" afterglows to end each evening,
  • Interactive Bible studies themed "Growing in Christ,"
  • Departmental and general ministry training with experienced presenters,
  • Mini-concerts featuring talent from across the conference,
  • Digital exhibit booths providing ministry tools and resources,
  • Specialized programming for children, including Children's Church and Sabbath School,
  • A separate stream for Youth and Young Adults (see below)
  • ASL interpretation for all adult plenary sessions

Registration is now live on our camp meeting website, Here is a direct registration link - Once registered, you will be able to access all Camp Meeting and Ministries Convention programming from the 29th on using a simple email login.

Finally, in line with our theme, "Connecting—Like Jesus," we pray that this virtual gathering will lead participants into a more loving relationship with Jesus and with each other; and motivate them to commit to leading others into a more loving relationship with Jesus.

Click here for a Camp Meeting invitation letter from President Mansfield Edwards. Click here for a handy list of Camp Meeting features. 

Visit for all camp meeting updates. Click here for free registration so you can access all Camp Meeting and Ministries Convention programming and resources.


Youth and Young Adult Camp Meeting, June 29-July 3

                                    L to R: Sabbath keynote speakers, Pr. Jordane Smith, Pr. George TuyuA much-anticipated highlight of this year's 2021 Connecting Like Jesus Virtual Camp Meeting is a separate camp meeting for Ontario youth, young adults (13-35+) and supporters. All programming for youth and young adults will centre on leading them into a growing, maturing relationship with Jesus Christ so they can make disciples. Specifically, the Youth and Young Adult Camp Meeting will mobilize young people to engage in practical outreach events and choose two individuals they would like to bring to Jesus by the end of 2022. 

Exciting features of the Youth and Young Adult Camp Meeting will include:
  • Early morning prayer  
  • Bible discovery (teens)
  • Deep dive (young adults)
  • Youth ministries leadership training
  • Evening worships with lay young adult leaders
  • Special features, like an IG live, Friday Night Live!" (teens) and "Acoustic Energy" (young adults),
  • And more!
Look out for more information soon on the fantastic presenters for  this section, including our own Pastors Daniel Innocent and Andre Anderson, and Justin Kim of InVerse Sabbath School. Also look out for Sabbath keynote speakers Pastors Jordane Smith and George Tuyu (pictured). 
Please let all the youth and young adults and supporters in your network, know they won't want to miss all the impactful programming in store for them June 29-July 3.   

Southern Ontario Camp Meeting 2021 Reaching More Viewers Around the World

Having conducted its first virtual camp meeting in 2020, the Southern Ontario district was determined to meet the needs of more people virtually in 2021. With Matthew 28:19-20 in mind, and more aware of the capability of media, the committee purposed to spiritually feed anyone they could reach. By God’s grace, for our June 4 to 6 camp meeting weekend, the audience was almost 40% larger than the previous year. Thousands of viewers tuned into YouTube and Facebook for up to 17 hours of programming.

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Attention church leaders!
Please click here to download the
Indigenous Ministries offering video
for churches to play on Sabbath, June 26.

Click here to watch a trailer for the FREE 4 Seasons of Reconciliation training.

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THEIRstory: In this virtual space, it can be easy to feel disconnected and uninspired, join with other families and couples as they share THEIRstory about managing the current reality, the joyful moments, the challenges and everything in between. Catch the latest episode on Youtube: Connect Ministries TV and on Facebook: OCSDA Connect Ministries

Fun for kids!

Your kids will have so much fun with Pastor Shawn, Auntie Lian and their friends from Tiny Town! Each episode is designed for kids of all ages to help them get to know Christ, be transformed by His love and share Jesus with others. On the website, you can watch episodes, join in on interactive quizzes and other activities.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Shawn Ellis at

You’re Invited to hear Michael J. Harris in testimony and song on Friday, June 25, 2021, at 8 PM. The Cambridge Seventh-day Adventist Church is hosting Michael as he shares his life story, his faith journey, and beautiful music.

VESPERS LINK (to join the program):
Zoom ID:  519 841 4475  |  Passcode: 8DgTY2

Apple Creek Church Women’s Ministry  ‘Diaper Drive Project’Apple Creek Church’s Women’s Ministry welcomes you to come and drop off diapers at their next diaper drive-through, to be held on July 25, 2021, at 12 pm, at Apple Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church 700 Apple Creek Blvd Markham, ON.

This is an ongoing project, with the last drive-through held on February 28, 2021. Apple Creek’s Women’s Ministry team has also been serving women’s shelters in the Markham area and the broader community throughout the pandemic.

Thank you in advance for your support via your prayers and participation in the drive.
For more information, contact Beverley Blackburn at


BURMAN UNIVERSITY JOB OPPORTUNITYBurman University invites applications for the following positions:
1. Director, Marketing & Enrolment
2. Biology Lab Technologist
3. Full-time Tenure track Faculty in Psychology
4. Administrative Residence Hall Dean
5. Contract - French Faculty

Please visit our website for details.

The International Pathfinder Camporee will take place in Gillete, Wyoming in 2024. IPC happendsevery five years. Over 50,000 Pathfinders attend from over 100 countries for the largest five-day Adventist Youth Event in the world. Each day is filled with fun activities, honors, events, and ministry opportunities. During the 2024 Camporee each night will be filled with inpsiring music, prayer, messages and a special continuing story from the life of Moses.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Camporee AUGUST 5-11, 2024.

Click here for more info.


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