The New Testament describes two offices within the church: elder and deacon.
Deacons carry out their ministry under the oversight of the elders and are called upon to carry out the ministries that tend to distract the elders from their God-given calling to devote themselves to the ministry of the Word and to prayer. Deacons are therefore responsible for administering the benevolent concerns of the church along with many of its business affairs. At this time Grace Fellowship Church has five deacons.
Ryan Freeman is a native Torontonian and the oldest of two children. He is a business owner and is active in the local Rexdale community.
Ryan and his wife, Janis, were among the original six people to plant Grace Fellowship Church in April 2000, and he has served in several roles within the church. Ryan has been a deacon since 2012.
God has blessed Ryan and Janis with three children, Wesley, Jaedyn, and Tobias.
Jim Stowe is eldest of ten children. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan but has travelled and lived in many places. His desire to serve the Lord brought him to Toronto Baptist Seminary where he completed a Bachelor of Theological Studies and met his wife Jessica.
Since 2004, Jim has been part of Grace Fellowship Church where he teaches GraceYouth, plays the keyboard, and serves as a deacon. God has blessed Jim and Jessica with a daughter, Clara and a son, Jim Jr.
Jason was born and raised in the Kitchener-Waterloo region of Ontario and lived there until he finished his degree at the University of Waterloo. He then, with his wife, Rebecca, moved to Toronto to begin his career.
Once they started attending Grace Fellowship, they quickly became a part of the family and the ministry. Jason began to serve as a deacon in 2006.
Jason is best known for his hard-working, quick-to-serve attitude, which results in him doing most of the work in cleaning up on Sundays, whether it is his job that night or not.
Jason and Becky have been blessed with four beautiful daughters, Brennah, Leah, Olivia, and Julianna.
Matt Dingee is oldest of three children and born in Lansing, Michigan. He came to Toronto for a work assignment with his wife Emery and they have attended Grace since 2012. Matt started serving as deacon in 2015.
God has blessed Matt and Emery with a daughter, Amelia.