Assist Canada Team 2017-09-20T20:37:46+00:00

Assist Canada Team


Nathan is from Maine and has 9 siblings, one of which is his twin brother, Philip. He went to bible school at the New Brunswick Bible Institute and later studied at New England Baptist Bible College in Portland, Maine. He finished his undergraduate at Washington Bible College and has a Master of Divinity from Capital Bible Seminary. Nathan was recruited by Pastor Jeff Thornley to serve at the Waldorf GBC between 1993 and 1997. He was also the executive director of TMSM from 1994-2006 and oversaw 21 international missions projects that built church buildings in partnership with GBIM (currently Encompass). This allowed him to successfully reach and engage communities in Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil and Cambodia. Nathan started the Grace Brethren initiative to plant churches in Canada, and has been leading the movement since 1997. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, right next to Toronto with his wife Jennifer and two boys, Isaiah and Micah. Nathan has a very strong passion to help people learn about Jesus and a strong desire to expand God’s Kingdom through teaching. He excels in leadership, vision, strategic planning, teaching and mentoring leaders.


Philip grew up in the wilds of Maine with 9 siblings, including his twin brother, Nathan. Following a tour with the U.S. Army Reserves, Philip attended Word of Life Bible Institute. As a student at Tennessee Temple University, he pastored a small church before transferring to Washington Bible College where he met his future wife, Beth. Both Philip and Beth received Bachelor of Arts degrees from WBC and Philip holds a Master of Arts degree from Capital Bible Seminary. Philip served as intern-associate pastor at Waldorf Grace Brethren Church from 1994 to 1996. He and Beth became career missionaries with the Grace Brethren in 1997 and moved to an area outside of Toronto to serve in the church planting ministry of GBCanada USA. Philip served as part of the pastoral team that launched the first Grace Brethren church planted in Canada in September 1998. Several years later, he and Beth helped launch two more churches: Village Community Church in Milton, Ontario (now Renew Milton) and Community of Hope in Surrey, British Columbia. Philip concurrently serves as a member of the Executive Team for Assist Canada with a focus on western Canada. He and Beth have five young children.


Ted is a Certified Public Accountant with over 35 years of accounting experience emphasizing individual and small business corporate taxation. After surrendering their lives to Jesus in their mid-thirties, by God’s grace, Ted and his wife, Elise, had an exciting life transformation which changed the face of their future. As part of their 10 years at Waldorf, MD GBC, they administrated and led teams with Total Mobilization Support Ministries. In 2001, the empty-nesters moved to an area outside of Toronto to serve onsite in the church planting ministries of GBCanada USA. To complement his accounting degree, Ted has a Masters in Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary. Ted and Elise are loving life more each day as their faith journey continues to lead them to new adventures with God. They have two great married sons, with delightful wives and five amazing grandchildren, all living in the States. As part of their faith journey they recently downsized to become more mobile in assisting future church plants.


Starting his Biblical training with the 412 Commission, Wade also attended BILD’s Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development. After serving a one year internship with the former GBNAM, Wade served as Associate Pastor at Penn Valley GBC as a member of the pastoral team helping to plant the Bux-mont Campus. In the fall of 2012, Wade and Anna felt led to move to the Tampa Bay area to assist Anna’s dad, Pastor Randy Weekley, at Pinellas Park GBC. After three years at working to launch Watershed GBC, there seemed to be many roadblocks and so during a prayer for God’s leading, Wade felt the call to move once again. Only this time farther north than he or Anna had ever considered, another country … Canada! Wade and Anna led the launch team for the third Renew Church campus, Renew Mayfield West where they now serve as Campus Pastor and Children’s Ministry Coordinator respectively.