Assist Staff 2018-04-09T09:14:31+00:00

Assist Staff


Executive Director

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, near Toronto, with his wife Jennifer and two sons, 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.


Director of Administration and Finance

Ted is a Certified Public Accountant with over 35 years of accounting experience emphasizing individual and small business corporate taxation. In addition, Ted has accumulated 28 years of technical and management experience in various federal agencies. 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. Ted went on to graduate Grace Theological Seminary (M.A. in Ministry) in 2006. Together, they have been instrumental in the launch and growth of Renew Milton (formerly Village Community Church) and Grasslands Church. A major delight of their life is their family including 5 precious grandkids.


Director of Church Planting & Recruitment

Mark Artrip is the Lead Pastor of Movement Church (a Grace Brethren Church) in Hilliard (Columbus), Ohio. He has been married to his wife Kristin for 13 years, and they have four children; Malachi, Canaan, Mercy and Zion. He is a graduate of Grace College (B.A. in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry) and Grace Theological Seminary (M.A. in Family and Youth Ministry). After 7 years as a student pastor, Mark planted Movement Church alongside a world-class launch team in 2012. Movement Church has a vision to continue to plant life-giving churches and send planters and launch teams. In his free time, Mark loves cutting hair in his garage barbershop, chewing gum, and talking about pop culture, adoption, and the NBA.


Director of Development

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. 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.


Director of Communications & Executive Support

Bart has served in vocational ministry for more than 16 years. He was the worship pastor at the first Charis Fellowship church in Canada, Grace Community Church, from 2002-2010. In 2011 Bart, along with wife, Elizabeth, and three children (Sarah, Silas and Ephraim) moved to Alberta to join the church planting team for what is now Grasslands Church. Bart has joined the staff of Assist in 2018.