Romans 12:11-13 The Message (MSG)
“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”
In 2018, our overarching goal has been revival and transformation across Ontario. Accordingly, “IGNITE” is our theme for conference-wide events in 2018, including this year’s camp meeting on June 16 at the International Centre, Mississauga.
Get ready for a worship experience where we can encounter God; be inspired by our experience with Him; and be motivated to become disciples and make more disciples. As Romans 12:11-13 indicates, it is easy to burn out as Christians, but Camp Meeting 2018 will encourage all present to ignite, then set the world aflame with a passion for Christ.
Weekend speakers will include Anastacia Ferguson-Bansie (Sabbath school, junior division), Shawn Ellis (Sabbath school, junior division), Dr. Gene M. Donaldson (divine service, adults) and Dr. Jeff Potts (ordination).
Anastacia Ferguson-Bansie is a native of the Bahamas. She served as a district pastor and school chaplain in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. During her ministerial tenure, she also served as children’s ministry director and chaplain of the Pathfinder Cooperation. She later founded Straight Talk Ministries in Turks and Caicos designed to motivate, educate and develop young people spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Pastor Ferguson-Bansie is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Andrews University, where she serves as children’s ministry director of the Center for Youth Evangelism, graduate assistant, vice-president of spiritual affairs for the Women’s Clergy Network and chaplain of the Black Student Association. Ferguson-Bansie is passionate about making Jesus irresistible to children and young people and is excited to take on this challenge at this year’s camp meeting
Shawn Ellis has given up a successful career running a scientific consulting company to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry. Shawn has preached both nationally and internationally using multimedia presentations that have won the hearts of both young and old for Christ. Heeding God’s call to serve Him, he has recently completed his Master's in Pastoral Ministry at Andrews University in Michigan.
Dr. Gene M. Donaldson is a native of Washington, D.C. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Hampton University, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry, both from Andrews University. Dr. Donaldson has distinguished himself as a pastor, evangelist and church planter. He has been privileged to preach the gospel in Russia, Korea, England, Bermuda, Canada and India, extensively across Africa and in the United States. Dr. Donaldson has enjoyed pastorates in the Franklin-Williamsburg district in Virginia, Mt. Sinai Seventh-day Adventist Church in Trenton, New Jersey, the historic Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church in Richmond, Virginia and the Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington. In 2012, he was one of 10 Washington D.C. area pastors to receive the prestigious ecumenical award for outstanding pastoral leadership. He also received the Man of Honor award for outstanding community service in 2015. The next year, Dr. Donaldson was asked to return to Virginia as the area leader and senior pastor of the Ephesus Adventist church in Richmond, Virginia. In 2017, he was elected to serve as ministerial director of the Allegheny East Conference. Dr. Donaldson is married to the former Barbara Carter, a public school administrator. They have two children and six grandchildren. Dr. Donaldson’s motto is: “GOD’S WORK, DONE IN GOD’S WAY, WILL NEVER LACK GOD’S PROVISIONS.”
Dr. Jeff Potts is lead pastor of the College Heights Church on the campus of Burman University. Jeff began his pastoral ministry in the Ontario Conference in 1985. Over the years, he has also served in the BC, Man-Sask and Alberta Conferences. Jeff has served the Adventist church as a pastor, departmental director and conference administrator. Jeff believes the local church is the hope of the world. He has a pastor’s heart and is passionate about evangelism and church planting. Jeff and his wife Nancy have four daughters and two granddaughters.
We will provide information on additional speakers and other pertinent details as the date approaches.
We look forward to seeing you all there and being ignited together in two months!