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 four deacons.
Raffi Asailian came to Grace Fellowship Church with his family in 2012 where God graciously saved him and his wife Isabel. They have been faithful servants to the church ever since, deeply caring for other members and opening their home to them. Raffi was set apart to the office of deacon in 2018.
Raffi works in the family business and loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. He and Isabel are loving parents to Lydia, Natalie and Christopher.
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. Now Thushara might just be the first person you meet at Grace Fellowship Church.
Thushara and Shaida have been blessed with three children: Ammiel, Seth and Milca.
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.
Kaleb Pilkey grew up in southern Ontario and was saved at a young age after hearing the gospel many times through his childhood church. When he moved to Toronto in 2017, he started attending Grace Fellowship Church and soon after became a member. He now serves the church alongside his wife, Michaela.
Kaleb has been a deacon since 2020 and focuses his service on church finances, providing oversight to the budget and giving guidance to church leaders and members alike.