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Office staff members at Grace Fellowship Church 

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Paul Martin

Senior Pastor

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 Alliance9Marks, and The Gospel Coalition Canada. 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 Guidelight 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 thirty years and loves to spend time with her and 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.




Patrick Galla

Associate Pastor

Patrick Galla is originally from Buffalo, New York. He moved to Canada in 2017 and shortly after met Stephanie, whom he married in 2019. Patrick developed a heart for shepherding people and sharing the truth of God’s word after coming to Christ in 2009. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University's School of Divinity and a Master of Theology degree through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Patrick joined the Grace Fellowship Church staff as an Assistant Minister in 2021, with a focus on member care and discipleship, and was ordained to the office of elder in October 2022. He and his wife enjoy frequenting coffee shops, cooking Italian food, CrossFit, and are proud parents of Isabella.

You can contact Patrick by email. 


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Assistant Minister

Connery left his Ontario home to pursue a Master of Divinity and Bachelor in Biblical and Theological Studies at Boyce College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, but soon desired to return to Canada as he saw the immense need for theologically sound churches here.

While in Louisville, he met and married his wife, Annika. In 2023, they moved back to Toronto and became members at Grace Fellowship Church, where he now serves as an Assistant Minister while finishing his degree online. 

Connery and Annika love to do anything outdoors, and enjoy brewing and sharing coffee with friends.

You can contact Connery by email.


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Assistant Minister

John Tambakis graduated with a Business degree from McMaster University and a Master of Divinity from Toronto Baptist Seminary. He has a heart for churches in Toronto and desires to see existing congregations revitalized. John came on staff at Grace Fellowship Church in the spring of 2023 with previous experience at a sister church. 

He is an avid basketball fan and recently welcomed his first daughter with his wife Chloe. 

You can contact John by email




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Office Administrator

Allie Martin grew up in the church and loves serving her church family by providing administrative support. She works with staff and ministry leaders to help facilitate the programs and ministries happening throughout the week, organizes events and volunteers, and helps with the day-to-day operations of the office. If you have questions about church life or want to get connected, she would be more than happy to help! Allie can be reached through the contact page, by email, or via the office phone.