Ray and Fran Duerksen are the founders and directors of Church Renewal. After leaving a flight career, Ray pastored two churches for a total of 30 years. For 22 of those years, he led Southland Church in Steinbach, Man. The church grew from 150 people to over 4,500 in attendance. During this time Ray learned about biblical practices for renewing a church with cultivating a culture of listening prayer as key. In 2012 they launched Church Renewal, which currently mentors 2,000 pastors in 52 countries.
Jacob George is the prayer coordinator for Centre Street Church, Calgary, and community pastor for downtown and south Calgary. He has served with Youth for Christ, the Navigators, and as an IT specialist at Centre Street. Jacob helps Centre Street Church become a praying church – a house of prayer for all nations.
Jason Matta is the senior pastor of Hope Church Toronto West, a diverse and vibrant community planted in 2013 as a gospel-centred, Word-proclaiming, prayer-dependent, Christ-exalting church. As a former staff pastor, Jason is connected to Hope Bible Church in Oakville (formerly Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville). Jason has been a featured speaker for Daniel Henderson’s and 6:4 Fellowship’s Virtual Global Symposium for pastors and church leaders.
David Ruis and his wife Anita have been planting churches in Canada and the USA, and have been in various leadership spaces within the non-profit and faith community world for over 30 years. They have also been significant contributors in the development of the Nepali churches that are part of the Global Vineyard Community. Much of their focus has been in Indigenous settings, working with people experiencing poverty and marginalization. David has significant experience facilitating leadership development and on the creative side he is a well-respected international worship leader and songwriter ("You’re Worthy of My Praise," "Let Your Glory Fall" and much more) and the author of The Worship God is Seeking and The Justice God is Seeking. David Ruis is the national director of Vineyard Canada and Anita is the team lead at their local Vineyard Church in Kelowna, B.C.
Chris and Marilyn Byberg are the executive directors of the National House of Prayer in Ottawa. Having been pastors and business/community leaders for the past 40 years, they carry a heart to pray for leaders in Canada. They are currently establishing Canopies of Prayer. Based on the federal electoral ridings, the vision is to see 338 prayer teams across the nation. This group would not only pray for the different leaders in that riding, but would also target prayer for salvation and spiritual awakening to break out in that community. Chris and Marilyn live in Ottawa. Their heart is to see the Kingdom of God come to our nation in churches, businesses and governments.
Roger Helland is the prayer ambassador of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. He has served as a pastor in the Vineyard, Mennonite Brethren, and Christian and Missionary Alliance, and as the district minister of the Baptist General Conference of Alberta. He is an adjunct professor in several theological schools and the author of seven books including The Devout Life, Missional Spirituality, and Pursuing God’s Presence (forthcoming, May 2023). He is devoted to prayer and the ministry of the Word, the Spirit and the Scripture, holiness and missional disciplemaking. His passion is to stimulate spiritual renewal in the church. He and his wife Gail live near Calgary.
Rob Parker and his wife Fran are also the founding directors of the National House of Prayer which was established in Ottawa in 2004 following the mandate to pray for our leaders in government. In the fall of 2019, Rob and Fran, relocated to Airdrie, Alta., to be close to their children and grandchildren. Rob is passionate to see meaningful prayer as a vital part of local churches and to help equip and mentor individual Christians in the various components of prayer. Rob studied in Belfast, N. Ireland with the Irish Baptist College and Queen’s University. Prior to establishing the National House of Prayer, Rob served as a senior pastor in British Columbia for 16 years with affiliation with the Baptist General Conference. When opportunity arises, Rob speaks on specific issues which are affecting our nation and seeks to encourage Christians to prayerfully bring a Christian worldview into the public square. In 2015, Rob authored a book, We Have a Voice, which has seen more than 25,000 copies circulated.
Phil Wagler and Manuel Böhm work with the Peace & Reconciliation Network, a commission of the World Evangelical Alliance. The PRN inspires and equips churches to enable communities to live life in all its fullness. PRN works alongside national evangelical alliances around the world to see every local church embodying the hope of reconciliation in their life together, embracing the ministry of reconciliation in their local context, and experiencing the peace of Jesus. PRN believes the unity and renewal of the church is crucial to mission and the witness of Jesus everywhere and that prayer is crucial if that is to be realized. Phil Wagler serves as PRN global director, Manuel Böhm as director of network development, and Jeanette Böhm as PRN associate. Phil lives in British Columbia, and Manuel and Jeanette reside in Ontario.
Co-hosted by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, National House of Prayer, Peace and Reconciliation Network, Vineyard Canada, and local leaders in each city.