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Getting Closer to God this Summer

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Sign up today for an exciting spiritual retreat this July 13th to 15th at Trinity Western University where you can get closer to God. The BC Christian Ashram retreat will be hosting two dynamic speakers: Revs Gordon Ross and Russell Chadwick.


Pastor Gordon Ross from Whitby, Ontario has deep roots in the Christian Ashram Movement. He was the founding director of the Atlantic Christian Ashram. He is director of the Central Ontario Christian Ashram. He has also served as the Canadian Representative to the International Board of Directors of the United Christian Ashrams. Currently he is a member of the Four.
Gordon served for 23 years as a minister of the United Church of Canada, in various pastorates in New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. In 1990 he was received as a minster of the Reformed Church in America, and appointed as Program Secretary for Church Development 1990 -1992.
From 1992-2007 he was affiliated with a Toronto law firm. He is retired as a lawyer and as a pastor.
He is married to his wife Judith and is the father of 3 adult children and the proud grandfather of 5 grandchildren.

Bio: Russell Chadwick

Married to Gerrie (an Afrikaans lady) for 42 years; father of 5 amazing kids; grandfather of 10. Blessed beyond measure!

I have ministered very much in a team dynamic with Gerrie since we took our first pastorate in Rhodesia in 1978 during the Rhodesian war. I was 21 when we started there. Our ministry can probably be best described as Church Planting. Not for the faint hearted, it demands a wide spectrum of ministry applications from evangelism through children and youth ministry, worship, teaching, counselling, discipleship and leadership mentoring and much more.

We have many passions. We love leading worship and are both musicians. We love preaching, especially exposition. We love evangelism and seeing people meeting with Jesus. I think our supreme passion is encouraging the church to live and move in the Holy Spirit…oh, and discipleship!

We have ministered all over the world, though we were based in southern Africa for 23 years, then in the UK for 16 years, and now we’ve been in Vancouver about 18 months. Here we minister with our son Wesley at Gospel Mission Society in DTES Vancouver in the epicentre of the Fentanyl epidemic. Gerrie also leads Divine Cornerstone Church in Burnaby.

Please remember to sign up today for this exciting summer retreat. Your life will never be the same.

Author: edhird

I was the Rector of St. Simon's Church North Vancouver, B.C for 31 years, from 1987 to 2018. Ordained in 1980, I have also served at St. Philip's Vancouver and St. Matthew's Abbotsford. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. I was the Past President and Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, I was one of three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials http://www3.telus.net/st_simons/arm05.htm For the past 31 years, I have been privileged to write over 400 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for local North Vancouver newspapers. In the last number of years, I have had the opportunity to speak at conferences and retreats in Honduras, Rwanda, Uganda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Ontario. My newest book For Better, For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship, coauthored with Janice Hird, can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Better-Worse-Discovering-lasting-relationship/dp/0978202236/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1535555614&sr=8-1 My sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit, with a foreword by Dr JI Packer, is online with Amazon.com in both paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/097820221X/ref=redir_mdp_mobile and ebook form http://tiny.cc/tanhmx . In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in paperback http://tiny.cc/dknhmx and ebook http://tiny.cc/wmhmmx . It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook). Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form. Nook gives a sample of the book to read online: http://tiny.cc/vj3bmx . Indigo also offers the Kobo ebook version: http://tiny.cc/kreonx . You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook: http://tiny.cc/1ukiox The book 'Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit' focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus' healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life. In order to obtain a copy of the prequel book 'Battle for the Soul of Canada', please send a $18.50 cheque to 'Ed Hird', 102-15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD. For more info, please click on www3.telus.net/st_simons/nsnews030.html

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