PASTORAL STAFF

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(416) 921-8993 ext.232
phil@knoxtoronto.org

Rev. Phil Reinders

Senior Minister


Phil is married to Betty, and together are the parents of Owen and Lily. Phil has been an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America for the past 20 years, having served two Canadian congregations, Burnaby CRC (1990-1997) and then River Park CRC (formerly First CRC) in Calgary, Alberta as Sr. Pastor from 1997 – 2010.

Phil earned a B.A. (Business Admin/Psychology) from Calvin College, a Master of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology at Regent College, and is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry at Acadia Divinity School at Acadia University.

He has been a missional leader in the Christian Reformed Church, encouraging the planting of churches, campus ministries and active in seeking to present the gospel to a post-modern world, preaching in ways that connects the power of the gospel to the heart hopes and questions of both long-term Christians and non-Christians.

Phil sees part of his calling to write, writing in Christian publications, regular editorials for the Calgary Herald, blogging at squinch.net, and published a best-selling book in 2010, Seeking God’s Face: praying with scripture through the year (Baker/Faith Alive).

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(416) 921-8993 ext.227
paul@knoxtoronto.org

Paul Johansen

Director of Discipleship and Pastoral Care Ministries


Paul has been a congregational pastor in the GTA for 22 years. Most recently, he served as a Lead/Teaching Pastor at Chartwell Baptist Church in Oakville. Prior to that, Paul was a pastor at Good Shepherd Community Church in Scarborough for 16 years (13 years as Senior Minister) where he was ordained to pastoral ministry. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Karen, to whom he has been married for 25 years, and their two children, Sam and Kate.

Paul studied religion, scripture and theology at the University of Toronto and went on to pursue these passions through graduate studies at Tyndale Seminary (Pastoral Ministry) and Wheaton Graduate School (Historical/Systematic Theology). For several years, he served as adjunct faculty at Tyndale, teaching courses in scripture, church history and spirituality. Paul continues to teach, lead retreats and provide spiritual direction/pastoral counsel in various settings, while maintaining strong interests in the areas of theology, literature, spiritual formation and creative writing. He remains committed to understanding the life and mission of the church of Jesus Christ in complex and challenging times.

He is currently working on two writing projects in the areas of preaching and the theology of community. Paul enjoys a long-time relationship with Muskoka Woods, a Canadian youth development ministry, based in Toronto and Muskoka. Paul loves living in Toronto.

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(416) 921-8993 ext.231
alvin@knoxtoronto.org

Alvin Kim

Director of Family Ministries


Alvin is married to Esther, and they have three children, Kingsley, Brooklyn, and Elias.   Having served as a youth pastor from 2001-2009 in Toronto, Alvin joined the Knox team in February of 2009 and has a deepening passion for seeing families and our overall family ministry help grow lovers of Jesus, especially within this unique, busy, urban setting of Toronto.

This passion developed over Alvin’s journey of experiencing the grace and love of Christ through a Bible school in Germany, being led to study and complete his undergrad at Moody Bible Institute, and completing his Masters at Tyndale Seminary.

Alvin loves playing, and watching, the majority of sports (basketball, soccer, hockey, rugby, baseball) …except for ones he doesn’t understand… like cricket (Why can a match last three days?).

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roger@knoxtoronto.org

Dr. Rogers Bergs

Music Director


Dr. Roger Bergs joined the staff of Knox as Music Director in 1995. He directs the senior choir, plays organ and piano, and works with a broad array of soloists and instrumentalists in providing musical leadership for our morning services. He uses his skills as a composer to create original music, arrange existing music and attempt to unify worship planning. Outside Knox, he is an active composer, teaches music at the University of Toronto and at Redeemer University in Hamilton, conducts the chamber choir MUSICATA – Hamilton’ Voices, and serves on the board of Sola Scriptura Ministries. He lives in the Annex with his daughters, Clara and Claudia, and their Australian Shepherd.

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(416) 921-8993 ext. 240
sam@knoxtoronto.org

Samantha Mudiappahpillai

Director of University & Young Adult Ministries and International Ministries


Samantha’s path into deeper discipleship and ministry began in her university years after an invitation to lead and a few opportunities to travel and serve around the world with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Through her experiences with IVCF and IFES, God paved the way for her current role at Knox: leading, teaching and making room for young adults and internationals to encounter the good news of Jesus Christ.

She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and has completed a Masters in Theological Studies and International Development at Wycliffe College. She has enjoyed many years of work in graphic design and is grateful for past experiences working with a New Monastic church plant in Toronto, launching a youth leadership program with Yonge Street Mission and World Vision, and a variety of roles in the Knox community including an internship, worship leading, and serving as an elder.

Samantha is married to Christopher Mudiappahpillai and together they love living out their gospel calling: living in the diversity of Toronto, soaking in art and design, hosting good parties, and enjoying quiet mornings with a good coffee.

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kenmichell@knoxtoronto.org

Ken Michell

Worship Team Leader


Ken works at Knox as the Worship Team Leader for the 5PM Service. Ken has a Masters of Theological Studies from Tyndale and many years of experience in music playing in bands and being involved in worship leadership. He currently serves in two churches in worship leadership (Knox & Bridlewood Presbyterian Church). As well, he was recently appointed the Dean of Worship in the Music Department at Canada Christian College.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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Kevin Pasma

Chief Administrative Officer & Treasurer


In March 2011, Kevin Pasma joined the staff of Knox Church as Chief Administrative Officer & Treasurer. Kevin has been attending Knox since 1995 and came to Knox through the Summer Fellowship ministry. Kevin met his wife Priscilla at Knox in 1997 and they were married at Knox in 2002. As a volunteer, Kevin has served on Session, the Trustees, and the Board of Managers. Prior to joining the staff of Knox Church, Kevin was a Tax Partner with Ernst & Young, working out of EY’s downtown Toronto office. Kevin is very excited to be on staff at Knox and serving in our midst. In their spare time, Kevin and Priscilla enjoy playing golf, travelling, and following various sports including golf, hockey and football.

(416) 921-8993 ext. 228
kevin@knoxtoronto.org
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Wendy Rogalski

Facility Rental Coordinator & Church and Ministry Co-ordinator


Wendy first came to Knox in 1996 when she and her husband Gerry moved to Toronto. She wanted to check on the rumour that there was a bowling alley in the basement and there was! Wendy has been involved at Knox in a number of different capacities, including volunteering
with the Knox Youth Dinner and Food Bank (formerly Out of the Cold) and in various children’s ministries. She has been a member of Knox since 1999 and joined the church staff in 2012. Wendy enjoys gardening and loves to spend her free time reading in her backyard hammock, weather permitting. Wendy and Gerry have two children.

(416) 921-8993 ext. 239
wendy@knoxtoronto.org
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Ali Faramarzian

Facilities Lead

(416) 921-8993 ext. 248
ali@knoxtoronto.org

Martin Oseni

Director of Facilities

(416) 921-8993 ext. 226
martin@knoxtoronto.org

Ken Yuen

Director of Finance

(416) 921-8993 ext. 222
kenyuen@knoxtoronto.org

Peter de Koning

Communications Co-ordinator

peter@knoxtoronto.org

Omid Gharebaghi

Custodian

omid@knoxtoronto.org

Ali Faramarzian
Facilities Care Lead
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x248
Email: ali@knoxtoronto.org

Alvin Kim
Director of Family Ministries
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x231
Email: alvin@knoxtoronto.org

Ashlee Campbell
Home Church Pastor
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x240
Email: ashlee@knoxtoronto.org

Bing Zhang

Junior Accountant
Email: bing@knoxtoronto.org

Ken Michell
Worship Team Leader
Email: kenmichell@knoxtoronto.org

Ken Yuen
Director of Finance
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x222
Email: kenyuen@knoxtoronto.org

Kevin Pasma
Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x224
Email: kevin@knoxtoronto.org

Martin Oseni
Director of Facilities
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x226
Email: martin@knoxtoronto.org

Natasha Chandler
Director of Children & Camp Ministries
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x240
Email: natasha@knoxtoronto.org

Paul Johansen
Director of Discipleship and Pastoral Care Ministries
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x227
Email: paul@knoxtoronto.org

Peter de Koning
Communication Coordinator
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x240
Email: peter@knoxtoronto.org

Phil Reinders
Senior Minister
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x239
Email: phil@knoxtoronto.org

Rachel Pipher
Camp & Children Ministries Coordinator
rachel@knoxtoronto.org

Roger Bergs
Music Director
Email: roger@knoxtoronto.org

Samantha Harding
Director of University & Young Adult Ministries and International Ministries
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x240
Email: sam@knoxtoronto.org

Tom Affleck
Entrepreneurial Leader
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x240
Email: tom@knoxtoronto.org

Wendy Rogalski
Facility Rental Coordinator
Church and Ministry Coordinator
Phone: (416) 921-8993 x239
Email: wendy@knoxtoronto.org

Zainal Gharebaghi (Omid)
Custodian
Email: omid@knoxtoronto.org