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 Ontario camp meeting, to be held on Sabbath, 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.
At the end of camp meeting, all members will be asked to commit to working with five individuals, within our sphere of influence, to lead them to Christ by their example.
Says Edwards, “Let us ignite a fire, anticipating a result reminiscent of Pentecost, to live a life that is filled with and led by the Holy Spirit.”
Significant Change to Afternoon Camp Meeting Program
Camp Meeting Speakers
Camp Meeting 2018 will feature Gene M. Donaldson (adults), Jeff Potts (ordination), Paulo Tenorio (young adults), Gabriela Caballero (teens), Alessandro Coronado (teens), Aaron Dyer (teens), Anastacia Ferguson-Bansie (junior Sabbath school) and Shawn Ellis (junior Sabbath school).
Anastacia Ferguson-Bansie is a native of the Bahamas who has held various ministerial roles including district pastor and school chaplain in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Pastor Ferguson-Bansie is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Andrews University, where she also serves as the children’s ministry director of the Center for Youth Evangelism, 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.
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. Presently, he is a lay preacher and serves as an elder at Shiloh Adventist Church. 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 holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Hampton University, as well as two degrees from Andrews University—a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry. Dr. Donaldson has served as a pastor, evangelist and church planter in Russia, Korea, England, Bermuda, Canada and India, across Africa and in the U.S. He has pastored in the Franklin-Williamsburg district in Virginia and the Capitol Hill Church in Washington, among others. In 2012, he was one of 10 Washington D.C. area pastors to receive the ecumenical award for exceptional pastoral leadership. In 2016, Dr. Donaldson returned to Virginia as area leader and senior pastor of the Ephesus Adventist Church. In 2017, he was elected ministerial director of the Allegheny East Conference. He and his wife, Barbara, a public school administrator, 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.
Aaron Dyer is a member of Apple Creek Adventist Church and is currently studying ministry in his second year at Oakwood University. We are confident God will use these three servants to deliver relevant messages to their peers. They’ll be speaking in Hall 3 in the ‘Youth Hub’.
Alessandro Coronado is a member of Barrie Adventist Church and is currently studying ministry in his first year at Burman University.
Gabriela Caballero is a youth leader and member of Spanish Bet-el Adventist Church.
Pastor Paulo Tenorio was born in Paraguay to missionary parents. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 2000. After high school, he was a missionary in South Korea, during which time he felt God’s call to ministry. In 2009, he graduated from Southern Adventist University with a theology degree; he also completed his Master of Divinity at Andrews University. After two years as an academy chaplain, Pastor Paulo served as an assistant pastor for Austin Spanish First and Kyle Adventist Churches in Texas while being the Central Texas youth area coordinator. Today, he is the Texas Conference’s youth director. He’s happily married to Ana, and they have a beautiful daughter, Miceala Juliet. He’ll be speaking in Hall 4 in the ‘Youth Hub’.
Early Morning Prayer & Praise
Everyone is welcome to attend the 7:30 session of prayer around the buildings at the centre and the Prayer and Praise service at 8:00 a.m. in Hall 5.
Other Prayer Opportunities
As in the past, those seeking special prayer and/or quiet time with the Lord during camp meeting may use the prayer room.
Individuals from the prayer team will be available in and around the facility to pray with you throughout the day. These individuals will wear a smock with the message, “May I pray with you?”
A prayer wall will be located in the north-east area outside Hall 5. Here attendees can attach personal requests (primarily for individual and corporate revival and transformation), as well as notes of praise and thanks. These must not have information that could identify individuals/situations.
Please note, no meals will be provided at the International Centre.
The Centre does not allow any food in any of the halls. All members are asked to picnic by their cars or at one of the local public parks (Wildwood Park, 3430 Derry Road East at the corner of Derry Road and Goreway Drive; Humberwood Park at Rexdale Boulevard and Humberwood Boulevard).
Exiting the Centre by Car
To reduce traffic congestion when exiting the International Centre by car at lunchtime, members are asked to use both exits—one on Airport Road and the other on Derry Road to the north of the parking lot. It is likely that cars will only be able to turn right on Airport Road. Turning left has contributed significantly to long wait times. Cooperation with the parking attendants and the police will demonstrate the kindness and patience of Adventists.
Camp meeting will again be broadcast live via the Internet at www.adventistontario.org in both high and standard definitions. Both adults and young adults’ services will be available for viewing.
The International Centre is located at 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.