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General Executive

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David Wells, General Superintendent    

David Hazzard, Assistant Superintendent for Fellowship Services

Murray Cornelius, Assistant Superintendent for International Missions

Michel Bisaillon
Craig Burton
Stephen Chaloner
Paul Corriveau
John Drisner
Efa Etoroma
Lorrie Gibbons
James Guskjolen
Carlene Hornby-Allen
Ginette Howse
Kevin Johnson
Peter McIntosh
James Poirier
Ken Russell
Stephen Shew
Jonathan Smith
Kenneth Solbrekken
Jamie Stewart


Rev. David Wells

General Superintendent

Dave Wells was appointed as the general superintendent of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) and has served in this capacity since May 2008. The PAOC has over 1,100 affiliated churches and 3,500 credentialed ministers with a constituency of close to 250,000 people across Canada. Internationally, the organization has nearly 300 global workers serving in more than 50 nations.

Prior to his election, Dave served on the PAOC’s General Executive, leading the BC/Yukon District as district superintendent. He currently serves on the executives of the Pentecostal World Fellowship, the World Assemblies of God Fellowship and the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches of North America. From 1999 to 2013 Dave was a member of the Board of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and later served as chair of the board from 2007 to 2013.

Dave has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Briercrest Seminary, and in May 2013 Dave was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by McMaster Divinity College.

He served as senior associate pastor at Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC from 1994 to 1999 after having pastored in Hamilton, ON, Calgary, AB and Red Deer, AB.

Dave has served as Canadian chaplain for the Olympic Games from 2004 to 2012, the Pan Am Games in 2011, and the Commonwealth Games in 1990, 1994 and 2002. He was chair of the Vancouver-Whistler Olympic organization’s multi-faith committee which organized chaplaincy at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He also coordinated the Christian chaplaincy at the Vancouver 2010 games. He currently serves on the executive board of More Than God 2015, coordinating the Christian community for service at the Pan Am Games in Greater Toronto.

Dave and his wife Susan live in Burlington, ON. They have three children—Shannon (Eric), Jonathan (Melissa) and Jordan (Justine)—and three grandchildren, one of whom is in heaven. _________________________________________________________________________________________

Rev. David Hazzard
Assistant Superintendent - 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 Services.

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 Services, 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 - 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 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 appointed 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.

Rev. Michel Bisaillon
District Superintendent - Quebec

Michel was born in Lachine, Quebec in 1960. When he finished his studies in computer science, he worked for the National Bank as an executive until 1985.

In 1984, he received Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the “Assemblée du Plein Évangile”(ADPE) in LaSalle. In 1985 he began his Bible Training at “Formation Timothée” and subsequently at “Collège Biblique Québec” until 1989 when he started as youth pastor in the same church ADPE. In 1992, he became assistant pastor of that church until 1996 when he replaced the Rev. Gary Connors as the senior pastor of the ADPE.

In addition to the pastoral ministry, Michel became involved from 1997 to 2009 as sectorial representative or member at large on the executive of his District. Also since 2005, he taught at the Bible College “Institut Biblique Québec”, on leadership and he is a regular contributor to the course of homiletics. In 2009, he was voted as the district superintendent; a fun fact is that again he replaces the Rev. Gary Connors the former superintendent.

Michel has been married to Sylvie Lemoyne since 1985. The Lord has given them a wonderful family as they adopted four children of Haitian origin, three sons and a daughter. The oldest are twins, Nathan (16) and Mathieu (16). Their daughter is called Kensia (10) and Jonathan (7) is the youngest.

Rev. Craig Burton
District Superintendent - Eastern Ontario

Craig has been serving as the district superintendent of the Eastern Ontario District since May 2005.  Craig graduated from Trent University in Peterborough in 1984 and worked at Canada Permanent Trust Company and Canada Trust.  He graduated from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in 1989.

He served as a youth and assistant pastor at Richmond Hill Pentecostal Church from 1987 to 1991.  He also served as the young adults pastor, outreach pastor and church administrator at Agincourt Pentecostal Church from 1991 to 1995.  Before being appointed to his current post, he served as the lead pastor at Malvern Christian Assembly for ten years.

Pastor Craig has a desire to see ministers, churches and related ministries across Eastern Ontario strengthened and encouraged.  He is committed to establishing strong and meaningful relationships among credential holders and churches and believes that the shared values of our cooperative fellowship provide significant opportunities for kingdom purpose and advancement in these challenging days.

He and his wife, Wendy, have three children, Laura, Scott and Emily, and they make their home in Whitby, Ontario.

Rev. Stephen Chaloner
Regional Director - Africa

Born in England, Stephen is the Africa regional director for PAOC missions.  After nine years of pastoral ministry in Canada, he and his wife, Heather, ministered in Brazil for 17 years and in Mozambique for five years.  Steve has dedicated himself to leadership development and has served as principal of three Bible colleges.

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Steve heads PAOC's team of over 90 missionaries deployed in Africa in the areas of evangelism, church-planting, leadership development, education, health, community development and emergency relief.  Steve's mandate is to facilitate the healthy development of PAOC initiatives in Africa and its network of African churches known as the Pentecostal Assemblies of Africa.

Steve's formal education includes two theological degrees, and a graduate studies in leadership and counseling.  He speaks Portuguese and Changaan, and is currently studying Swahili.

Stephen and his wife, Heather, have three adult children.


Rev. Paul Corriveau

Quebec District

Paul was elected to the General Executive at General Conference in 2012. Along with his wife, Christine, Paul has been involved in ministry leadership for the last 28 years at Carrefour Chrétien de la Capitale in Quebec City. Through those years, that church was instrumental in giving birth to two other PAOC Churches in the area: Centre du Plein Évangile de la Rive-Sud in St-Romuald and Église Vie Abondante in Ste-Foy. It was also the mother church to two community oriented ministries: Défi Jeunesse (Teen Challenge) and Café Rencontre (Inner City ministry outreach). In most recent years, the church is developing an immigrant relief ministry called Service Actes in partnership with the local multi-ethnic centre.

He believes that as God by His Spirit is touching Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in North America (according to Unesco), this move of God has potential to impact the Francophone world. Paul has served on the IBQ (Bible college) Board of Governors since 1985. He was elected member-at-large on the Quebec District leadership team since 1999. Prior to Quebec City, Paul and Christine have been involved in ministry in New Brunswick - Edmunston and Grand Falls (1978-1983).

They have two children—Annie (Maxim) and Christian, and one wonderful grandson, Timothé.


Rev. John Drisner
District Superintendent - Saskatchewan 

Rev. Drisner had been serving Saskatchewan as assistant district superintendent for the previous five years, before being elected district superintendent in May 2011. Rev. Drisner’s parents, Reubin and Shirley, served as pastors and church planters in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. John is a graduate of the 1976 class of Northwest Bible College and is married to Donna, a graduate of the 1975 class of Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now Master's College and Seminary). They have pastored in Thunder Bay, ON, Portage la Prairie, MB, and Regina, SK, before being asked to serve Lawson Heights Pentecostal Assembly in Saskatoon in 2002.
Since coming to Saskatoon, he has been actively involved in Horizon College and Seminary, having served as Chairman of the Board, interim president, and as a member of their adjunct faculty. He completed an MA in Historical Theology from Briercrest Seminary in 2005. He is passionate about mentoring and encouraging the next generation of Pentecostal leaders. John and Donna are the parents of three sons Evan (Danielle), Kyle, and Kent (Sarah) and have two grandsons, Noah and Jude. In addition to his role as District Superintendent, John is continuing to serve as lead pastor of Lawson Heights Pentecostal Assembly in Saskatoon, SK.


Efa Etoroma
Alberta & Northwest Territories District


Efa E. Etoroma, B.A., M.A. (Manitoba), and Ph.D. (McMaster), is an associate professor of sociology at Concordia University College in Edmonton, Alberta. He was elected as a lay member of the General Executive with the PAOC in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012. Originally from Nigeria, Efa moved to Canada in 1978 and has lived in the provinces of Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. Efa's current interests in academic research include Black community-building in Canada, as well as the social psychology of identity-transformation among Blacks in Canada.

Efa and his wife, Faridat, are the proud parents of three children: Efa Jr., Daniel, and Shireen. The Etoromas have lived in Edmonton since 1992 and since then, Efa has served on a number of local boards: the deacon board of Southside Pentecostal Assembly, the board of Pentecostal Campus Ministries, the board of directors at Vanguard College, and the church board at Mill Woods Pentecostal Assembly, where his family attends.

Efa’s ministry vision is to foster Christian unity in the midst of racial, ethnic, economic, and other forms of social diversity (as per Christ’s prayer in John 17:20-26), as well as to build a body of believers who have knowledge, governed by love (Hosea 4:6).


Rev. Lorrie Gibbons

District Superintendent - Western Ontario

Lorrie has been serving as regional director, southeast, of the Western Ontario District since 1998. Lorrie graduated from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in 1976.

He served as assistant pastor at Evangel Pentecostal Church in Brantford from 1976 to 1980. He was the senior pastor at Grimsby Pentecostal Church, now Lakemount Worship Centre, from 1980 to 1981. Lorrie served the District Youth Ministries Director for the Western Ontario District from 1981 to 1986. He also served as assistant superintendent for the Western Ontario District for two terms.

He planted New Life Assembly in Brantford, ON and served there from 1986 to 1998.

Lorrie and his wife Debbie have three boys. Matthew attends teacher's college in Burlington. Todd attends McMaster University in Hamilton and plays for the McMaster Marauders. Benton is in Grade 12 and plays Quarterback for BCI Mustangs from Brantford.


Rev. James Guskjolen
Regional Director- Latin America and the Caribbean

James has served the PAOC as pastor, church planter and missionary. He currently serves as regional director of Missions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

He has served on a variety of national committees and has held several elected offices. Most recently, he served as district superintendent of the Saskatchewan District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada for six years.

James has traveled extensively to teach and strengthen ministry leaders. James is a frequent camp, retreat and conference speaker. He has been a regular contributor to the Pastoral Theology course at Horizon College and Seminary.

James is a visionary with a pastor's heart and is passionate about developing leaders and their ministries. He gets a rush out of visioning, coaching and team building. His thrill is to see people rise to a higher level in their ministries than they thought possible.

He and his wife, Colleen, both graduates of Horizon College and Seminary, have one son, Joshua (Tyla), and one grand-daughter (Taija-Lynn). They make their home in Panama City, Panama.

Carlene Hornby-Allen

British Columbia & Yukon District

Carlene was first elected to the General Executive of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in 2006, while attending Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC. She was re-elected in 2012 and currently serves as a trustee of the PAOC Pension Plan.

Carlene is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. She is a tax partner at KPMG, where she is responsible for the financial institutions and real estate tax practice. In the past, she has also led a not-for-profit tax service.

Throughout her life, Carlene has been involved in many different ministries. She currently serves as a member of the church audit committee, board member of the Broadway Foundation, Sunday school teacher, and Bible study leader. In addition, Carlene is involved with music ministries and, along with her husband, Ross, serves in a variety of hospitality ministries. Carlene has co-prepared and co-taught several courses on the biblical principles of financial planning, and has spoken at a number of conferences.


Rev. Ginette Howse
Eastern Ontario District

Ginette Howse was elected as senior pastor of Malvern Christian Assembly in October 2005. Since 1996, she has served as a pastoral care pastor, assistant pastor, and associate pastor under the leadership of Craig Burton. Prior to this, Ginette served on staff as a children's pastor at Agincourt Pentecostal Church for seven years.

Ginette was raised in a French Canadian Catholic home in Montreal. She was trained as a registered nurse and moved to British Columbia in 1976. Ginette gave her heart to the Lord in 1979, married the following year, and enrolled in a Bible college shortly after.

Digby and Ginette have two grown and married children, Chantale and Daniel. They have two grandchildren. They attend Malvern Christian Assembly with their families and are involved in the worship ministry.

Ginette's passion is to equip and train believers in the local church to transform their community and world for Jesus Christ and to advance God's kingdom by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Rev. Kevin Johnson
District Superintendent - Maritime

Rev. Johnson was elected as district superintendent of Maritime District in May 2011. He had been serving as the lead pastor at SonLife Community Church, an urban centre church in Halifax, NS, for the previous eleven years. Upon graduating from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now Master's College and Seminary), he served as their Dean of Men for three years. Kevin has been a business owner/entrepreneur, and holds a Master of Business degree from St. Mary’s University. His areas of interest include change management, volunteer performance, and organizational health. He has also been involved in various short-term missions and has served on the Maritime District Executive in various roles. Kevin is married to Annemarie (nee Manfreda) and they have five children.


Rev. Peter D. McIntosh
Regional Director - Southeast Asia

Peter has been serving as regional director for Southeast Asia since August 2005.

Peter graduated from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (1983), Emmanuel Bible College (1989), McMaster Divinity College (1991) and did doctoral studies at King's College, University of London, England.

He served as pastor of youth/music at Windsor Pentecostal Church, Windsor, Newfoundland (1983-85), pastor of youth/music at Woodstock Pentecostal Church, Woodstock, Ontario (1985-87), young adult and assistant pastor at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, Hamilton, Ontario (1989-91) and music and assistant pastor at Kennedy Road Tabernacle, Brampton, Ontario (1994-97).  Before being appointed to his current post, Peter served as the lead pastor at Kennedy Road Tabernacle for 7 1/2 years.

Peter earnestly desires that the lost everywhere would come to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and that the kingdom of God would grow exponentially.  He is committed to empowering and releasing believers in every context and culture to achieve their maximum in Christ.

He and his beautiful wife, Sandra, have one child, Ashton, and make their home in Bangkok, Thailand.


Rev. James Poirier

District Superintendent - Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario

Jim was elected district superintendent of the Manitoba Northwest Ontario District in the spring of 2007.

Since graduating from Central Pentecostal College in 1983,
Jim has been involved in ministry in diverse arenas. Having served in the Saskatchewan, B.C. and Manitoba districts, he has been involved in church planting, served as a lead pastor in a variety of settings, and also served on the staff of some of our larger churches. The last church he pastored was Christian Life Assembly in Winnipeg, MB.

Before being elected as district superintendent, Jim served on the District Executive and has also volunteered in a variety of capacities, serving both his local PAOC districts as well as the wider community. His main focus as superintendent is casting vision, giving leadership and caring for the pastors he has been called to serve. Church planting, revitalization of struggling assemblies and support for local congregations are some of his priorities.

Jim is married to his best friend, Joanne. Together they have three sons that love and serve the Lord.


Rev. Ken Russell
District Superintendent - British Columbia and Yukon

Ken Russell was born in Karachi, Pakistan and immigrated to Canada with his family at age 10. He attended the University of Victoria after graduating from High School in Powell River, and then began a career in Business Administration, specializing in advertising, marketing and public relations. He has been married to Brenda (nee - Hollands) for 26 years and they have two daughters Carlee (20), son-in-law Chris (Brown) and Sydnee (16). Ken and Brenda began pastoral ministry in 1986 serving as youth pastors at Duncan Pentecostal Assembly. Ken has served as a pastor in Port Moody, Port Kells, Summerland and Surrey. In addition to pastoral ministry, Ken has also served as a director of our district’s Social Concerns Ministry and a member of the Credentials Committee. Ken served as assistant superintendent for the BC/Yukon District, PAOC from April 2007 to September 2008 when he was elected as district superintendent.


Stephen Shew

Eastern Ontario District

Stephen was elected to the General Executive at General Conference in 2012. He worships at Woodvale Pentecostal Church (WPC) in Ottawa, where he serves on the board as a treasurer and as a small group leader in the young adults ministry. At WPC, he has been part of policy development, building project financing, human resources, constitution development and incorporation, in addition to serving as a parliamentarian. Stephen has been actively involved in music ministry for many years, as well as enthusiastically participating in musical productions at WPC.

For the past 26 years, Stephen has worked in telecommunications and he currently leads a team that develops standards in international organizations. His roles have included software development, management, and systems engineering. As an inventor, he has eight granted patents. He served for five years on the board of the Optical Internetworking Forum as vice-president and treasurer. Stephen has also volunteered as chairperson of a public school council. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Carleton University and a master of science degree from the University of Toronto.

Stephen is married to Renée, with whom he parents three teenage girls; all family members are actively involved in the church and serve in a variety of leadership positions.


Rev. Jonathan Smith
Lead Pastor, Evangel Pentecostal Church, Montreal

Jonathan Smith serves as the lead pastor of Evangel Pentecostal Church in Montreal, QC. Jonathan was born in Saint John, NB, and has served as a PAOC pastor in Dartmouth, NS and Toronto, ON.

Throughout his 21 years of pastoral ministry, he has strived to reach people far from God by building relevant and healthy expressions of the local church. This passion has been a key factor in his work in starting six new churches (church plant and multi-sites) over the course of his ministry.

He has served PAOC’s Mission Canada Committee and presently serves on the PAOC Strategic Vision Committee. Jonathan has been married to Shelly for 20 years and has two teenage sons: Calum, age 18, and Keenan, age 15. 


Rev. Kenneth Solbrekken
District Superintendent - Alberta & NWT


Ken Solbrekken has been serving as the district superintendent of the Alberta and North-West Territories District since April 2007.  Prior to his election, Ken served this district for nine years as Secretary/Treasurer & director of pastoral care and then as the assistant superintendent.

Ken and his wife, Lena, met in the United States, and after graduating from Bible college, they were married in Sweden in 1984.  After moving to Edmonton, together they raised their three daughters, Louise, Angeline and Linette. 

In 2004, while in the District Office, Ken and Lena, together with a fine team of leaders, planted City Centre Church.  The vision to be "a church plant that plants churches" was the driving force behind this dream.  In three short years, City Centre Church assisted a church plant in Slovakia and planted another church in Edmonton called Urban Bridge Church.  Ken’s pursues God in everything that he does as part of his desire to see the will and blessing of God unfold in his life and the lives of those around him.  It is this desire that has birthed in him a heart to see a generation turn to Christ through a Church Planting and Multiplication movement.

Rev. Jamie Stewart

Western Ontario District

Jamie Stewart serves as the lead pastor of Kennedy Road Tabernacle (KRT) in Brampton, ON.  Jamie and his wife, Michelle, have served the PAOC as youth and young adult directors in the Western Ontario District and at our International Office. Following that, they pastored a vibrant and growing church in Calgary, AB. While pastoring in Alberta, Jamie also served the Alberta & NWT District as assistant superintendent, and on the Board of Directors of Vanguard College. He was re-elected to the General Executive in 2012 for a two-year term.

Since September 2005, the Stewarts have given leadership to KRT in Brampton, where they have witnessed tremendous church growth. Presently, over 2,500 people from over 85 nations gather to worship with them every Sunday. Their ministry theme, Relationship is Everything, is demonstrated through their lives, as well as Jamie’s relevant, life-applicable Biblical preaching.  They are privileged to have their oldest son, Fraser, on their staff team as youth pastor. Jamie makes himself available to serve pastors and churches, and is on the Western Ontario District Executive.

Jamie and Michelle have been invited to minister at camps across Canada, as well as missionary retreats in Asia. They have five children, ranging in age from 11 to 23, and as a family, they are committed to making Jesus famous.

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