Upcoming Guests
 
Monday, August 15th, 2022

Jacob Valk
Nothing destroys families, shatters ministries, and distorts intimacy like pornography does. “Into The Light” is a teaching documentary that offers the fundamentals of change from bondage in sin to freedom in Christ. Much of the conversation about pornography focuses on why it is wrong but does not offer Biblical hope for change. After years of fighting, it is so easy to become jaded and doubt that God really cares. He does care. Jacob and John-Michael’s prayer for this film is that it will equip men and women to know and love Jesus more than pornography. “Into The Light” is a resource for individuals and churches. The film takes the structure of six chapters. Each chapter is an interview with a pastor or biblical counselor who speak on sin, Christ’s love, confession, radical measures, endurance, and the holistic Christian life. Professional Contributors are: Heath Lambert, Jeremy Pierre, Garrett Kell, Deepak Reju, and Ellen Dykas. http://intothelightdocumentary.com

John Michael Bout
Nothing destroys families, shatters ministries, and distorts intimacy like pornography does. “Into The Light” is a teaching documentary that offers the fundamentals of change from bondage in sin to freedom in Christ. Much of the conversation about pornography focuses on why it is wrong but does not offer Biblical hope for change. After years of fighting, it is so easy to become jaded and doubt that God really cares. He does care. Jacob and John-Michael’s prayer for this film is that it will equip men and women to know and love Jesus more than pornography. “Into The Light” is a resource for individuals and churches. The film takes the structure of six chapters. Each chapter is an interview with a pastor or biblical counselor who speak on sin, Christ’s love, confession, radical measures, endurance, and the holistic Christian life. Professional Contributors are: Heath Lambert, Jeremy Pierre, Garrett Kell, Deepak Reju, and Ellen Dykas. http://intothelightdocumentary.com

Quintessence Ensemble
Quintessence began as a duo that performed at a few small gatherings. Now a trio, the Cacciacarro sisters, Miriam, Hannah, and Abigail combine the beautiful, serene music of two violins with a cello, the king of stringed instruments. For several years now, the sisters have performed under the group name Quintessence, chosen for its reference to pursuing excellence for the glory of God. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples." 1 Chronicles 16:24 http://quintessencensemble.com


Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Dr. Andrew Blackwood
Men's Panel Contributor, Dr. Andrew Blackwood is a Teen, Individual, Couple and Family Coach. With a Masters of Divinity in Counseling and a Doctorate in Ministry to Marriage & Family, Andrew has helped hundreds of families through all kinds of difficult situations including depression, anxiety, substance use, self-harm, stress, anger, self-esteem, abuse and overall parent/teen & relationship http://coachdrew.ca

Paul Lafrance
Men's Panel Contributor - Topic: Guilt and Shame. Paul Lafrance, most commonly known as the “Deck Guy” both in the Reality TV macrocosm as well as in the average North American home, is also a musician and songwriter, the founder and head designer of the international design company, Paul Lafrance Design. Paul is the host of HGTV’s Decked Out, Disaster Decks, Custom Built, Deck Wars, a judge on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and co-host on the HGTV hit show, Home to Win. He has just released a new digital online series called Backyard Revolution. Since 1997, he’s been designing and installing everything from custom built homes, interior transformations, and corporate projects, but is best known for his cutting-edge backyard retreats. Paul and his wife, Janna, live with their four teenage daughters on the shores of Georgian Bay. “I’m passionate about helping people find their own personal place to rest in a world that’s gone crazy.” – Paul Lafrance http://paullafrancedesign.com http://BackyardRevolutionTV.com

Jerrad Lopes
Men's Panel Contributor - Topic: Guilt and Shame. Jerrad Lopes is a Christian pastor and the founder of DadTired.com, a non-profit ministry focused on equipping men to lead their family well. He hosts the weekly Dad Tired Podcast, listened to by over a million men from around the world. He and his wife Leila live in Portland, Oregon with their three children. http://dadtired.com

Brody Haight
Recovered from chemical dependence (cocaine, alcohol etc.). He is involved in street ministry, planting house churches, equipping churches to share the gospel, leading international mission trips around the globe. His last mission trio was Africa. He is newly married. As a child, Brody grew up in a loving, hard-working and supportive family. Growing up they didn't practice going to church, but overall he had concept of who God was. At a early age Brody struggled with learning, anxiety and depression. In grade school Brody began to smoke Marijuana, which led to an addiction to alcohol and cocaine. Over the course of 10 years Brody overdosed 3x, was arrested countless times and hospitalized. He spent time in provincial jail, in rehab institutions, attended addiction classes, mental health classes, and had multiple near-death experiences. About 6 years ago Brody hit his lowest point and life was totally unmanageable. He ended up at a private rehabilitation center and during the first conversation he had with a man there, he was told “Brody You need God”. When he asked who God was? He said, "Brody that is for you to find out." That comment started him on a spiritual journey of searching who God was. Brody said, "The best decision I ever made was to turn from my sin and put my faith in Jesus Christ. Today because of Jesus his life & focus has been completely turned around. Brody works for e3Partners/ I am Second. He is a fulltime self-funded missionary raising support. His position is a Canadian Coach. Brody is involved in mobilizing multiple church’s in Canada to evangelize the community and around the World, providing teaching tools and ways to engage others with the Gospel. http://e3ministry.ca http://iamsecond.com


Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Kira Fontana
Over the past decade working at the highest levels of the music industry as a celebrity vocal coach in Los Angeles, I was absolutely saturated in pop music. I became increasingly disturbed at the messages in the vast majority of songs... lyrics dedicated almost exclusively to promoting alcohol and drug abuse, meaningless sex, vanity, violence, and greed. It was shocking to hear song after song encouraging people to be self-destructive. I felt God showing me how harmful this is to our youth and to our society as a whole. I felt a strong calling to leave vocal coaching and the darkness of the traditional music industry to do my part to change it. God shifted my focus to creating music as a singer-songwriter and producer, and developing gifted young artists who are real people, writing and performing music that tells the truth instead of lies. Music that glorifies God and points people to the One who made them and loves them. Music that uplifts and inspires. Music that is a light in the darkness. That vision became KINGDOM SOUND. http://kirafontana.net http://vocalcoachingbykira.com


Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Jeremiah Raible
Jeremiah is one of a Team of speakers scheduled to share at this year’s Church Vitalization Summit which is taking place August 30th through September 1. Please visit www.churchvitalization.ca for all the details! Jeremiah is one of the District Effectiveness Coaches and worship specialists for the PAOC ABNWT District Office. He is a seasoned worship pastor, tech director, and community outreach pastor. Jeremiah constantly proves the naysayers wrong about how even the smallest church can thrive. http://churchvitalization.ca

Ed Dickson
Ed Dickson and his family have been living in Ukraine since 1996. Serving orphan children, seniors, refugees and local churches. Loads of Love has over 40 full-time workers in Ukraine, who have committed to be the light that God has called them to be through this crisis. Ed was born in Canada, raised on a tomato farm, and received a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics. One day, visiting orphan children in Ukraine in 1995, his life goals were changed. Ed and his family came to Canada for a one-year furlough in August 2021. Ed joins us today to give us an update on the situation in Ukraine. http://loadsoflove.org


Friday, August 19th, 2022

Marlette B. Reed
Marlette B. Reed, BEd, MA, is a community chaplain in Calgary, AB. Her expertise lies in pastoral care, including almost a decade in palliative care chaplaincy. She also teaches sessionally at a couple of post-secondary institutions in Calgary. Marlette & Annette have co-authored the book: "Making Meaning in Older Age". Making meaning in life can be challenging at any age. However, making and sustaining meaning in advancing age can be especially difficult due to physiological changes, declining health, and multiple losses. From years of personal and professional experience, and with much warmth, the authors address the multifaceted nature of meaning and offer practical ways in which older adults can find and sustain meaning despite the transitions experienced with advancing age. They also offer ways in which family members can help their aging loved ones in their journey of meaning-making. Bringing together the pieces of one’s life through meaning-making is vital for older adults and offers a precious gift for their loved ones! http://MakingMeaningInTransitions.com

Annette Lane
Annette M. Lane, RN, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University. Her areas of expertise include older adults with mental illness and families. Together with Marlette Reed, Annette presents locally, nationally and internationally on issues related to aging, transitions and making meaning. http://MakingMeaningInTransitions.com

Christoph Ibrahim
Christoph is a Toronto based singer, actor, stage manager, and educator. A graduate of York University’s Theatre program with a double specialization in Devised Theatre and Design, Christoph continues to pursue his career in theatre, on stage and off, and can often be found wearing many hats. When he is not in the theatre, he can be found singing with the Juno Award winning Toronto Mass Choir.

Temeka Williams
Temeka Williams is a singer/songwriter from Toronto, Ontario who communicates faith, strength, openness and optimism through her jazz gospel voice and music. Temeka currently has the pleasure of serving as the Worship Pastor at Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto. http://temekawilliams.com