Rev. Jinsil Park
Rev. Jinsil Park was born and raised in the Presbyterian Church in South Korea. Thanks to his father, Rev. Jangkyu Park, Jinsil had many opportunities to learn about God and His Word. However, he always tried to run away from the love of God when he lived in South Korea. Before starting graduate school, Jinsil planned to go to Canada for about eight months. When he came to Canada in 2008, he only had three things in mind: travelling, learning about Canadian culture (including language) and making new friends. About a month later, his plan fell through due to the first car accident in his life. It was not a major injury, but he still needed some medical care. During the time, ironically, he was offered a ride to one of the Korean Presbyterian Churches in Toronto every Sunday, thanks to volunteers. At the church, Jinsil found peace and he could learn Kingdom culture and His Word. Later, Jinsil accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour. He once was an enemy of God, but he became a friend of God. After his heart and eyes were open, he could see dramatic changes in his life. He decided to devote his life to studying God’s Word, to witness the life-changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Canada. In 2021, God brought Jinsil to Winnipeg to continue to fulfill his vow at Westwood Presbyterian Church, where he is minister of word and sacrament. Jinsil joined the board of directors in May, 2022.
Lisa Baker – Born and raised in the Christian Reformed faith in southwestern Ontario (Strathroy, and later Burlington), after moving north to Kenora, Ontario, in 1997, she became a member of First Presbyterian Church in 2002, and an elder in 2012, and is currently Clerk of Session. She’s been representative elder in the Presbytery of Winnipeg for nine years, as well as chairperson of Inreach there.
She’s married (for 33 years with Larry Baker) and they have two grown children. Her career began as a veterinary assistant for 11 years, but over time, her focus continued with people, first with educational assistance in schools and then employed in Child and Family support work until 2018.
Much of her time is now spent supporting the church family, ministerial, and working with community groups focused on homelessness and addictions in their city. She also enjoys many outdoor activities with her husband, including hunting, camping, kayaking, snowmobiling, and most recently, motorcycling.
Ultimately, the love of Jesus and faith is her doorpost. She loves to engage with all people and continues to be challenged in new ways by the Holy Spirit to bear witness in the work of Christ’s kingdom.
Don Bartlett has been an elder at Grace Church, Pickering Presbytery since 1998. He grew up in the Presbyterian Church, and it was at Grace through the ministry of Everett Briard that he gained a personal relationship with the Lord.
After completing his M.Sc. in Computer Science, Don worked at large companies where he managed information technology projects and teams from five to over 100 people. He retired in 2014.
Don is married to Elizabeth, who served for 17 years in the General Assembly office. Don has four daughters and five granddaughters. Music, particularly Scottish Country Dancing music and Christian music, has been Don’s lifelong hobby. At Grace he leads the choir and participates in a praise team. He renews his energy each summer at a cottage on Georgian Bay where he admires God’s great handiwork.
Don has joined the Renewal Fellowship Board because he has a passion to see our denomination stand firm in biblical faithfulness while bringing Scripture and grace together.
Rev. Ed Charlton
Rev. Ed Charlton is a farm boy at heart, following in the footsteps that God has laid down within his family for multiple generations. Growing up just north of London on a farm, he was enriched by the heritage that his father carried with him and the reality of living on God’s blessing each day.
Ed’s faith journey began in the United Church of Canada, and in his last year of high school, he was challenged to trust Jesus more and to recognize Jesus’ calling on his life into ministry. While Ed tried to resist that call – mostly because he did not feel properly suited – Jesus did not give up. Eventually, he heeded the call and went to Tyndale Seminary and then to Knox College. He served for a summer as a student minister at St. John’s PC in Kapuskasing ON and did his field education at First PC in Orillia ON. He was ordained in 2007 at Trinity Community PC, Oro ON, where he had volunteered.
Ed has served as pastor at Knox PC, Morrisburg ON, and Dunbar PC, and is currently serving at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Churches in Arthur and Gordonville ON and as the North Wellington Fire Service Chaplain. Ed is married to Jess, and they have seven wonderful children.
Rev. Glynis Faith
Rev. Glynis Faith
You will generally find Glynis cooking, gardening, taking long walks with her friendly beagle, Skippy, participating in church and community events, Bible studies, prayer groups, reading, and finding creative and engaging ways to share the Gospel in church and community. She has three grown children and two grandchildren all living on Prince Edward Island.
Raised in a secular home, the Gospel message came to Glynis through the London family of Murray River Prince Edward Island, who not only invited her to church, but picked her and other children up each week to attend Sunday School, church, youth group and various youth and church activities throughout the year. Glynis is passionate about promoting and supporting activities that teach children and youth about God’s great love for them. It was at a youth summer camp, funded by members of her church, that she gave her life to Christ. Throughout her ministry she has witnessed youth camps playing an active role in faith formation and growth for many. These experiences motivate her to encourage children and youth to attend Christian camps, PAYS, Canadian Youth (CY) and other Christian youth fellowship opportunities. She also encourages congregations to support them prayerfully and financially.
Her prayer for the church is that we may be focused and grounded on seeking and honouring God’s will for creation and all created beings. She envisions the church focusing on studying God’s Word together and shining the Good News of Jesus into their worship and the communities they serve. She continues to pray for revival, seeking the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit to ignite us in actively living out our faith together in Christian love and fellowship.
Philip MacFie is a lay person from Ottawa, Ontario, who works as an access to information and privacy professional with the Canadian Museum of History. He has a Master of Arts in History degree from the University of Toronto.
Philip strongly believes that youth and young adults have something to offer The Presbyterian Church in Canada. He volunteers regularly with the youth group of his home church and has three times been an adult advisor at Canada Youth (the national youth gathering of the Presbyterian Church in Canada).
Philip MacFie believes in the centrality of Scripture. He is convinced that Jesus is our living hope. He looks forward to sharing that message with members and adherents of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Don MacMillan was elected to be on the RF board in April 2017. He has been a Presbyterian most of his life, initially in Montreal and later Gloucester (Ottawa) and is currently a member of Parkwood Presbyterian Church in Ottawa (James Hurd is his pastor). In 1987, Don was ordained as a ruling elder at Grace Orleans. Since 1994, he has served on the Ottawa Presbytery, initially as rep elder for Grace and later as convener of the Presbytery Policy and Planning Committee.
In 2017, his wife Aija passed away suddenly. They had been married for almost 50 years. Says Don: “I miss her greatly as we were true partners in Christ.”
Don is a registered electrical engineer in Quebec and Ontario, graduating from McGill in 1967. In 2005, he enrolled at University Saint-Paul in Ottawa, where he studied Inter-Faith Dialogue and Theology, graduating in 2016. His main interest in the church is to model the Bereans from Acts 17.11. As Christians, it is our responsibility to discern all false doctrine in our midst and to test all things.
Meridyth Robertson – Meridyth was born and raised in the Presbyterian Church. At 12 years of age while attending summer camp Meridyth gave her life to Jesus. In grade nine, she felt God calling her into ministry. Before heading to seminary, she attended Ewart College to obtain her diploma in Christian Education. Meridyth is in team ministry with her husband Gavin and they have recently celebrated 25 years at First Presbyterian in Trail, British Columbia, where they began their ministry. She has a passion for singing, especially contemporary Christian music. She feels blessed to be able to lead the congregation each Sunday as they lift their voices together in singing praise to God. Meridyth’s prayer for her congregation and for The Presbyterian Church in Canada is that we open ourselves to the moving of the Holy Spirit; it is her firm conviction that God has great things planned for both if we seek His leading in our lives. Meridyth has made two trips to the Holy Land, which have been life-changing for her. Having made these trips makes reading the Scriptures truly come alive for her. Meridyth plays several roles in her community: padre to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11, a volunteer hospital chaplain, and also often called upon to pray at various community events (Council inaugurations, senior teas, and the high school graduation). She very much enjoys game nights with her family. She is not ashamed to say she is hooked on Wordle! She is the mother of two adult children and a black lab Toby.
Rev. Ian Shaw
Rev. Ian Shaw sees providence as a dominant theme in his own faith journey. Through the clarity of hindsight, many significant life-altering happenings, which seemed minor at the moment, have turned out to be grace-infused gifts. One of those, the 1969 Toronto-Kingston PYPS Thanksgiving Convention ushered him into joys of life within The PCC. Who knew? Ian didn’t. Sometimes, those joys have seemed more solemn [a la Principal Glen] than life-enriching, but God is more than faithful.
Ian has had the joy of serving in many capacities in congregational life as a layperson, and since 1982 as a minister of Word and Sacrament. The majority of this latter ministry was spent on the prairies. Three years ago, he retired from St. Paul’s, Simcoe ON, which remains his home congregation. Between the prairies and St. Paul’s, Ian was appointed as missionary serving in Guyana for three years.
Ian is married to Linda [nee Kreklewetz] and they have three adult children: Kendra, Michael, and Kris, plus one grandson Gavin. Throughout his faith journey, Ian has sought to partner with the Holy Spirit in the pursuit of spiritual renewal – personal, congregational, and denominational.
Debbie Stimphil grew up in a Baptist church but saw the light in 2007 when she began attending St. Andrew’s in Welland. She joined the church and was asked to be an elder. She knew many people who attended St. Andrew’s and everyone made her feel welcome. She was asked to attend a WA meeting and now she is past president. When she became an elder, there was a need for a Presbytery representative. She is still the representative elder and has just finished her term as Moderator of Niagara Presbytery in September. She is the President of the Presbyterial of Niagara and is a member of the WMS Council executive. She represents the WMS council on the PWS&D advisory board. She was widowed a year ago in October and has since met a wonderful man who lives in Haiti. They met in Chicago at his brother’s house and were married on November 13, 2020. She is very happy to be a member of the Renewal Fellowship Board and hopes that she can meaningfully and prayerfully contribute to its ministry.