Rev. David Wells
David (Dave) Wells was elected as General Superintendent of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) in May 2008 after serving as the District Superintendent of the BC/Yukon District of the PAOC since June 2001. The PAOC has over 1,100 affiliated churches in Canada, and 3,500 credentialed ministers with a constituency of over 235,000 people. Internationally the PAOC has over 260 workers serving in over 50 nations.
Dave served as senior associate pastor at Broadway Church, Vancouver, BC, from 1994 to 1999, where he developed an urban and multi-cultural ministry model with a number of partner ministries. He previously pastored in Hamilton, ON, Calgary, AB and Red Deer, AB.
Dave has served as a chaplain for Canada’s Olympic teams (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) and Commonwealth Games teams (1990,1994, 2002), and served as the Chair of the Vancouver-Whistler Olympic organizing committee’s multi-faith committee, which organized chaplaincy at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He also co-ordinated the Christian chaplaincy at Vancouver 2010. He was also a board member for the More than Gold Network which prepared for the Christian churches witness and service at those Games.
He serves as Chair of the Board for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and has an MA in Christian Ministry from Briercrest Seminary, SK.
Dave and his wife Susan have three children—Shannon (Eric), Jonathan (Melissa) and Jordan.
Rev. David Hazzard
Assistant Superintendent for Fellowship Services
David Hazzard was first elected the General Executive of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in 1996, while serving as the Senior Pastor of Queensway Cathedral in Toronto, Ontario. He was later elected as an Executive Officer in 2000, serving first as the Assistant Superintendent for Ministerial Services and currently as the Assistant Superintendent for Fellowship Resources.
David is a graduate of Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, Emmanuel Bible College, and Ontario Theological Seminary (now Tyndale Seminary). Following graduation from EPBC, he served on the pastoral staff of Kitchener Gospel Temple and Pickering Pentecostal Church. David then spent three years with the World Missions Division of the PAOC, teaching at Pan Africa Christian College in Nairobi, Kenya, also involved on the Leadership Team of Nairobi Pentecostal Church.
Returning to Canada in 1988, he accepted the position of Senior Pastor of Evangel Assembly, Edmonton, Alberta. In 1994 he was invited as Senior Pastor of Queensway Cathedral. As Assistant Superintendent for Fellowship Resources, David now oversees all financial aspects of the PAOC International Office, including the annual budget, the Pension Fund and the Certificate Mortgage Program.
He also oversees various other responsibilities including the credentialing of ministers, church chartering and the constitutions of the Fellowship.
Rev. Murray Cornelius
Assistant Superintendent for International Missions
Murray was elected to serve as the Assistant Superintendent for International Missions at General Conference 2006. Murray was born in Kenya to Bill and Lillian Cornelius, long-term PAOC missionaries.
Murray graduated from Carleton University with a degree in biology in 1979 and from Regent College in 1982 with a Master's degree in Christian Studies. In 1987, he and his wife Cindy moved to Harare, Zimbabwe to pastor Upper Room Fellowship. Murray served as academic dean of Trans Africa Theological College in Kitwe, Zambia from 1992 to 1994, and was appointed Southern Africa Regional Director for PAOC in 1995. While serving in this role, he and Cindy planted and pastored Hope Community Church and Jubilee Christian Centre in Zimbabwe. He was an adjunct faculty member at Pan Africa Christian College, Harare, equipping pastors to serve in the region. Responding to the needs of children in Africa, Murray and Cindy were instrumental in the establishment of the first Village of Hope in Kitwe, Zambia, the second in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the third location in Lilongwe, Malawi.
They now live in Canada as Murray serves in his new role. His passion and strategic focus is on reaching the lost wherever they are, developing leaders and missionaries and caring for the poor and oppressed.