OUR CARE TEAM
The CARE team is a network of helping professionals and pastoral leaders across Canada who are passionate about using their unique giftings to help the local church thrive.
Gerhold (Gerry) Tonn is married to Elaine and has two daughters, two sons in law and four grandchildren. He has been a pastor for 37 years. He served as the Lead Pastor at Cedarview Church in Paris Ontario as well as at Aurora Cornerstone Church. In addition, he teaches undergrads at Master's Bible College and Seminary, deals with pastoral restoration needs within the Western Ontario District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, does pastoral seminars for the Western District of the PAOC, and teaches for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Most recently (April 2020) Gerry was asked to give anxiety support for staff at to two Covid long term residency units for the City of Toronto. Gerry’s education includes accredited Master's (Liberty University, Lynchburg Virginia) and Doctoral (Tyndale College & Seminary, Toronto Ontario) degrees in the fields of theology, psychology, and leadership.
I have been a credential holder with the PAOC since January 1992. My present role is Pastor of Care, Hope City Church where I have a Matthew 5 (beatitude) role: to the sick, hurt, dying and disenfranchised. I'm also responsible for preparing couples for a healthy marriage. I have served in a number of roles in ministry, including church planting in Edmonton, Interim pastoring in Yellowknife NWT and International missions in Mainland China and Rwanda.
Vanguard College Edmonton is where I obtained my diploma in Theology and I have been fortunate to earn a MA in leadership at Trinity Western University. My Vision and Values are to embody the qualities and person of Christ; I am trusting Christ to work through me to exceed my natural abilities. Shaping men and women into Followers of Christ by creatively promoting health, first in my family and secondly in the church in the varies context and cultures where he may ask me to serve. And whenever possible to create intentional redemptive community.
This is how I live it out:
NGO Partner with Christian Life Assembly (CLA) Kigali Rwanda. Partnering with Christian Life Assembly to build a Skills Training Centre in Kigali Rwanda.
Locally my involvement in community work includes:
Catholic Social Services of Alberta as a Kairos House Volunteer. Kairos House is an AIDS hospice with Catholic Social Services. Catholic Social Services' roots and traditions are based on the Catholic social teachings of social justice, human dignity, and the common good.
Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign, where I ring the Kettle bell every Christmas season
Arts on the Ave Festival support. Arts on the Ave is an organization engaged in developing 118th Avenue as the Community Arts Avenue of Edmonton.
Abundant Communities Edmonton. Abundant Community Edmonton is an Asset Based city program with a vision for neighbourhoods to increase friendliness. My street is my parish.
Edmonton’s Food Bank. Distribution Centre food sorting is a simple but needed support role. It is tedious boring work, where I most get to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Finally and most importantly, I am a father and grandfather to a wonderful family.
Joel and his wife Andrea are registered psychologists and founders of Family Life Psychology. Joel and Andrea are passionate about supporting the local and global church. They are both involved at the Community Wellness Counselling Centre for mental health at their local church. Joel and Andrea value the importance of organizational leadership working collaboratively with health and education sectors to bring about social change, cohesion, and connection within local communities. As parents of two beautiful girls, Joel and Andrea value spending time with family and embracing the adventure in every day.