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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.


Thushara (1).JPGThushara Chandrasena

Thushara Chandrasena was born and raised in Sri Lanka. He and his wife, Shaida, came to Canada in 2001 and God graciously saved them both using the outreach of godly neighbours. They came to worship at Grace Fellowship Church in February 2007.

Thushara and Shaida have been blessed with 3 children Ammiel, Seth and Milca. 



Ryan (3).JPGRyan Freeman

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.


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Jim Stowe

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.


Matt Dingee.JPGMatt Dingee

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.