Church Highlights



May 21, 2015

Seminary Feature

Posted by: Dr. Van Johnson

Today you will meet one of our Seminary graduates, JP Gopalan, who, with his wife Sreela and two teenage children, attend APC.

JP, raised in India as a Hindu, was facing a crisis at age 18.  The weight of his sin was pushing him toward suicide.  He had been given a booklet about Jesus, and one day he felt the presence of Jesus in his room.  That was when he met Jesus.  His wife is also a convert from Hinduism.  On March 11, 2007, they were beaten by a group of Hindus and hospitalized for 7 days.  It was God who spared them.

They came to Canada in July 2011, and that first Sunday, they walked into APC - and they have been here ever since.

JP is an evangelist, who leads people to Jesus and then into the Baptism of the Spirit.  He has planted churches in India, and now his degree will move him toward credentials, allowing him to partner with the PAOC in reaching Hindus in the GTA.

JP is just one example of the students you help with your yearly support of the seminary.

Today you will have an opportunity to give an offering for the seminary, or to commit to monthly support.  What you do will carry us into our 20th year (yes, our 20th year at APC), which has only been possible through your prayer and financial support.

About the Author

Dr. Van Johnson
On Sunday mornings, Dr. Van Johnson seeks to provide a worship atmosphere that allows all to experience the presence of God. And during the rest of the week? He trains future pentecostal leaders within the context of a vibrant pentecostal church as the Dean of Masters Pentecostal Seminary. 

He has been on the APC team since 1983. His hometown is Montréal, Quebec.

May 14, 2015

Celebrating and Honouring Some of Our Pastors, and Staff

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

At our Total Team meeting this past Tuesday (our monthly luncheon gathering with all of our staff), we celebrated and honoured the following pastors and support staff:


Pastor Denise Munroe             10 years
Sandi Newby                            21 years
Michael Nelson                        26 years
Pastor Jim McKenzie               26 years
Pastor Jan Mokund                  26 years

Just think of the lives they have reached and helped during their tenure with us. 
Next time you see them, just let them know of your gratitude.

Esther and I are so thankful to have each of them on our team.

About the Author

Pastor Keith Smith
On weekends, Pastor Smith loves to show how real Jesus is and how relevant the scriptures are to daily life with fresh, Biblical teaching. (Previously, he and his wife Esther led wonderful church families in Ottawa and Edmonton.) During the rest of the week he leads the staff of Agincourt Pentecostal and Toronto Community Churches. Both sons and his daughter-in-law are involved in church leadership. On a day off, you would find him motorcycling, building, canoeing, or doing anything else that enables him to spend some time outdoors.

At APC since 1994. His hometown is Ottawa, Ontario.

May 7, 2015

Total Health Series

Posted by: Pastor Keith Smith

Holistic medicine looks at more than just our physical health.  We get the best medical treatment when a team of specialists are involved, because one knows how to treat us in areas the others are not knowledgable about.  

This series shows how Jesus’ treatment of people, and the Bible’s knowledge about our health, provide an even more complete treatment than holistic medicine and a team of specialists can provide.  He knows best how we are made, not just physically, but spiritually and mentally.  And on top of all that, He has the power to supernaturally heal us.  Join us for “Total Health: Body, Soul and Mind”.

May 2/3 Total Health:  Body
May 9/10 Total Health:  Soul
May 16/17 Total Health:  Mind

Then, later this month we will celebrate our 58th Anniversary (May 23/24), and we will also have our Spring Missions weekend (May 30/31).  Plan to join us!

About the Author

Pastor Keith Smith
On weekends, Pastor Smith loves to show how real Jesus is and how relevant the scriptures are to daily life with fresh, Biblical teaching. (Previously, he and his wife Esther led wonderful church families in Ottawa and Edmonton.) During the rest of the week he leads the staff of Agincourt Pentecostal and Toronto Community Churches. Both sons and his daughter-in-law are involved in church leadership. On a day off, you would find him motorcycling, building, canoeing, or doing anything else that enables him to spend some time outdoors.

At APC since 1994. His hometown is Ottawa, Ontario.

April 23, 2015

Sunday, May 3 - Pass the Baton

Posted by: Pastor Chris Martin

Pass the Baton is a special, multi-generational church family evening, focused on strengthening and building up students, young adults parents and families as a whole.

Here is an outline of the seminars offered for the evening. Our goal is that we would all be equipped to strengthen young people and their families. There is something for everyone and we sincerely hope you’ll join us for this great night.

Kids Ministry 
Speaker: Pastor Laura Bogner and her ministry team from South Side Worship Center.
Ages 0-3 will be downstairs in the student ministries wing.  
Jk.-Grade 5 will be upstairs in the loft.

Jr. High and Youth | Room: 211
Speaker: Christian Harrison
Description: Helping students learn how to take a critical look at film and pop culture and understanding what it can teach us about the world we live in. Students will be challenged to stop thoughtlessly consuming film and TV and encouraged to start critical evaluating what they watch.

Each of the seminars have an intended target audience, however, you are free to choose the seminar that you feel will be the most beneficial.

Mentoring The Generation Close to YouRoom 213
Speaker: Pastor Austin Moore
Suggested Audience: Young Adults (The Collective/Converge)    
Description: You don’t have to be decades older than someone to be his or her mentor. You can be a mentor to your peers or to the age groups just behind yours. Join Austin Moore to learn principals of mentoring and hear from special guests who are living this out here at APC. 


Embracing The ChallengeRoom 224
Speaker: Leanne Cabral
Suggested Audience: Parents of kids and teens
Description: Drawing from her own story and the journey that emerged, Leanne explores what God has called parents to and how that plays out practically in everyday life. Leanne will help you take a look at your own life; acknowledging where you are, and looking at where you want to be. Discover the importance of making a commitment, the value of praying through your home and the significance of creating a family mission statement, so that you can live your life intentionally out of your unique family values.

Preparing For Change - Room 226
Speaker: Pastor Chris Martin
Suggested Audience: Parents of kids and preteens
Description: Puberty is the most dramatic time of change in anyone’s life. Physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively… everything is in flux. The more you understand about what is happening during these crucial formative years the better equipped you will be for the journey. Don’t just survive, learn how to leverage these huge changes and help you kids form a faith that will last the rest of their lives.

Media, Faith and Culture - Chapel
Speaker: Brett Ullman
Suggested Audience: Parents of kids and teens
Description: The concept and presence of media has become the modern day parable that has forever altered how we interact with our world. What I have come to realize is a growing disconnect – both youth and parents are struggling with applying their Christian beliefs to the media that daily engages them. Do we hear more from the media on how we should live our lives instead of engaging scripture and spending time with Christ? When we interact with our culture, we take action and, when we think about what we are absorbing, we connect it to our self and our lives. As Christians, we need to actively be involved with our culture without blindly accepting it as true. Pascal said it wonderfully, “The greatest enemy of the spiritual life was inattention, complacency.”

Mentoring The Emerging GenerationRoom 203
Speaker: Rev. Jamie Shepherd
Suggested Audience: Empty nest Adults/Older Adults
Description: Mentoring someone is both a great privilege and a huge responsibility. Don’t be intimidated by this fact, instead embrace the challenge of engaging younger generations and pass you faith and wisdom on to them. Pastor Jamie Shepherd will help you learn how to do it with excellence and creativity!

Praying for the Emerging GenerationAuditorium
Speaker: Keith and Esther Smith
Suggested Audience: Empty nest Adults/Older Adults
Description: Sometimes the greatest think you can do for the emerging generation and their families is to simply pray for them. Come a hear our Pastors heart for families in our church and learn how best you can pray for and support them

About the Author

Pastor Chris Martin

Pastor Chris Martin has been leading student ministries for the last 10 years, since graduating from our Pentecostal Assembly Of Canada Bible College in BC. He has been involved in youth ministry in both British Columbia and Ontario. In his most recent position, he has seen both growth and health in the youth ministry. 

Pastor Chris and his wife, Christine, have 3 children and are looking forward to beginning their time here at APC.