PASTORAL STAFF

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DERIC BARTLETT
Pastor
(905) 826-8581 ext. 221
Deric grew up in New Brunswick and became a follower of Jesus Christ as a 17 year old teenager. He is married to April and has four children and five grandchildren. Deric joined City Centre as pastor in October 2007. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1985 and holds a Th.B. and an M.A. (Pastoral Ministry). His 30 years of experience includes executive leadership in a para-church organization, teaching at a Bible College, planting churches and shepherding churches with attendance from under 100 up to 1600. Prior to coming to City Centre he served as the pastor of two large multi-staffed churches. Deric’s vision as a pastor is to “build believers by the Book into mature disciples of Jesus Christ”.
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MAX OATES
Associate Pastor
(905) 826-8581 ext. 232 
max.oates@citycentrebaptist.ca
Max has been involved in music ministry for the past 19 years, having founded KasahMusic in 1992 with his sister, Kerris, as a vehicle to inspire and encourage their community toward a true and vibrant faith in Christ. He has been an artist, producer or arranger on five albums yet has a diverse background having started and run various companies in industries ranging from health and wellness to internet/technology. His consulting firm specialized in business development and marketing. He holds a B.Sc. in Cellular Biology and a Master’s in Psychiatry from McGill University. Max and his wife Elizabeth have a passion for discipleship, leadership development and the revitalization of music ministry in the church, with a commitment to the integration of faith and life. They have two sons, Titus and Josiah.
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DREW ARMSTRONG
Community Life Pastor
Drew has a B.A. in Sports Ministry from Briercrest College and Seminary. He has served his local church in a variety of leadership roles for over 30 years. And has a passion to share the Gospel. He has worked with Hockey Ministries International for over 20 years, and is currently a Chaplain for the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL. Drew is married to Diane, the love of his life for 40 years. They have two married sons and four grandkids.
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ANDREW DEGRAAF
Care & Connections Pastor
Andrew has been ministering in churches for over two decades, having served in a variety of urban, multi-cultural and multi-staffed church settings. Throughout his ministry, Andrew’s desire has been to see believers find a passion for God and to take ownership of their faith – living out a true love for God. Andrew holds a 3-year Diploma in Bible and Theology from New Brunswick Bible Institute, and a Bachelor of Religious Education from Tyndale University College and Seminary. He is married to De-Ann, and they have two children, Faith and Shawn. Get connected with Andrew by visiting his blog at www.andrewdegraaf.com.
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GREG ARMSTRONG
Youth & Young Adults Pastor

Greg has been serving in churches for the past number of years. His experience ranges from children’s ministry, to leading a theological small group, as well as teaching basic Biblical Hebrew. Greg has also coordinated para-church ministry projects through Tyndale and participated in a number of Christian training courses and conferences on subjects such as Biblical exposition, engaging culture, leadership and ethics. Before joining the staff of City Centre he was serving at Westminster Chapel in lay capacity for two years as Coordinator of Youth Ministry, and Young Adults Ministry Leader. Prior to this, he served as a volunteer teacher for young adults at Morningstar Christian Fellowship for two years.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Tyndale University College and Seminary, and has since undergone studies in a Master’s degree program at the University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. He has a passion for discipleship and a keen interest in Bible study and memorization. He has been married to Caitlin for ten years.

 
HEIDI HLOHINEC
Children’s Ministries Director
 

Heidi grew up in a small Southern Ontario farming town with parents who loved and feared the Lord.  She accepted Christ as a child and developed early habits of worship, serving and fellowship at church, while learning to have God as the Director of her life. At a young age God gave her a desire to become a teacher, but it wasn’t until later that she began to sense He might want her to use her gifts in a ministry position.  

Heidi pursued her vocational call earning a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfred Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, along with a certificate in Special Education from Nipissing University.  She has taught in various capacities in both public and private schools. God also provided her with the opportunity to work part-time for her home church in Ottawa as an Early Childhood Coordinator which further led her to feel that God may one day open the door to work full-time in Children’s Ministries.  

With a passion for curriculum that is God-centred and hands-on, Heidi is a skilled organizer who also loves to share her knowledge and experiences through mentorship.  Her vision for all children’s programming is that it be used to disciple each child and strengthen their understanding of who God is, while helping them to grow in their relationship with Him. She is married to Steve, and has three daughters, Amanda, Emma and Allie.