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The New Testament describes two offices within the church: elder and deacon.

Elders or pastors are those who have been called by God to lead and teach in the church, interchangeable terms designating one office. Such men are to teach and lead primarily by dedicating themselves to the Word of God and prayer. At this time Grace Fellowship Church has four elders. 

Paul (1).JPGPaul Martin

Paul Martin is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario. After leading the plant in 2000, he was involved in helping three other churches start in the city. He hopes to be involved in launching many more. His passion for training leaders has led him to teach at local seminaries, as well as oversee a long-standing mentoring program for potential future pastors. His love for the kind of Gospel cooperation modelled by his hero, George Whitefield, inspired his work with the Grace Connexion, the Hogtown Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship, the Toronto Gospel Alliance, 9Marks, and The Gospel Coalition - Ontario Chapter. His zeal for the preaching of God’s Word has led to work with The Charles Simeon Trust. His affection for the disabled community, especially after disability entered his family through his son, has given him opportunities to speak for The Elisha Foundation and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. It also prompted his zeal to protect the unborn and work closely with a local pregnancy care centre. He has been married to Susan for more than twenty-five years and loves to spend time with their four children. Sadly, he is a pathetically loyal fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and remembers well the last time they won the Stanley Cup. He was 10 months old.

Paul can be reached by email here.

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Tim (4).JPGTim Challies

Tim is a Christian, a husband to Aileen and a father to three children. He worships and serves as one of the pastors at Grace Fellowship Church, where he primarily gives attention to mentoring and discipleship. He is a blogger at challies.com, book reviewer for WORLD magazine, co-founder of Cruciform Press, and he has written four books: The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Crossway, 2007) Sexual Detox: A Guide For Guys Who Are Sick of Porn (Cruciform Press, 2010) The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion (Zondervan, 2011) Do More Better (Cruciform Press, 2015).

Tim can be reached through the contact page or through the contact form on his website.

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Murray (2).JPGMurray Robinson

Murray Robinson grew up in the Weston, Ontario area and continues to have a heart for the gospel in this city. He, together with his wife, Kathy, joined Grace Fellowship several years ago, when we were still meeting in the basement of Pastor Martin's home! Ever since they became a part of things at Grace Fellowship, Murray, Kathy, and their children have been integral to the functioning of our church. 

Murray was ordained to the office of elder, together with Pastor Martin, shortly after we began meeting at Timothy Christian School. He has a passion for sharing the gospel with unbelieving co-workers, friends, and family, and the Lord has been pleased to bless his evangelistic efforts, adding several to our church who were converted through his witness.

You can add Murray as a friend on Facebook using the link below. Murray can be reached by email through the contact page.

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Steve (1).JPGSteve Funston

Steve was born and raised in rural southwestern Ontario where he spent his childhood. After high school he pursued a post secondary education in business, but unknown to him at the time, God had other plans for his life. After one and a half semesters he left the program to pursue a career in aviation which took him not only out of the area, but out of the country for a period of two years. It was around this time in his life that God called him, through the gospel of Jesus Christ, to be a child of God.

After returning to Canada he spent just over a year in Toronto firing up his career, which required him to leave southern Ontario for Thunder Bay, with a short stint in Sioux Lookout, and finally returned to Toronto in the fall of 2006.

It's after returning to the city when, for the first time, he attended a service at Grace Fellowship Church. Steve said that he "fell in love with the biblical preaching, the people, and the passion of the people to see God glorified," which he said made his decision to stay "quick and easy." And for the first time since leaving high school he was grateful to be in a position to put some roots down.

In May 2013, the Lord blessed Steve with a wife, Caroline. They have a daughter, Blythe. 

You can add Steve as a friend on Facebook using the link below. Steve can be reached by email through the contact page.

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