Meet The Team
Our purpose and desire as a lead team is to care for you the leader. Please feel free to connect with us or any of the district representatives if you need support, resources, or ideas. We would love to hear from you!
Capital Section Rep.
Eileen lives in Ottawa with her husband Derek and their 3 awesome girls.
She has over 15 years of local Children's ministry, as well as background working with young offenders, kids and adults with exceptionalities and overseas missions. Eileen is passionate about kids and guiding them towards a personal experience with God. She loves to lead volunteers, intentional in helping them put their God given gifts into action. Eileen is also passionate about coffee and really great chocolate!
Kawartha Section Rep.
Barb Rothenbush recently retired from the Children’s Ministry Director position at Calvary Church in Peterborough where she served for over 20 years. She has been sharing Jesus with children for over 42 years in Day Care, camp settings, parks, mission trips and in the church environment! She counts it a great privilege to work together with children, youth and children’s ministry leaders sharing the Good News.
She enjoys the outdoors, the beauty of nature, art/painting/creating, her kids, her fabulous husband…and the Grandkids!! They are the best ever.
Ottawa Valley Section Rep.
Carolyn has a wonderful husband, beautiful daughter and loves to travel. Carolyn has obtained a credential with the PAOC and is a pastor of Children's Ministry at Calvary Pentecostal Church, Renfrew. She is enthusiastic about children's ministry and has been involved in various ways for over 30 years.
Carolyn is a puppet ministry director and has trained in Canada and the United States for puppets, blacklight, dowel rods, sign and white glove ministry.Carolyn has a heart for the north and dreams of taking puppets and kids ministry, on another mission trip.
Quinte-Rideau Section Rep.
Darlene lives in Stirling with her husband and 2 children on her husband's family farm.
She has been volunteering in Children's ministry for about 15 years, organizing midweek programs, teaching Sunday School and organizing specials events.
Darlene is the Children's Ministry Director at Marmora Pentecostal Church. She is also an Early Childhood Educator and works in a before and after school program. Her passion is planting seeds for Jesus wherever he guides her.
Toronto Section Rep.
Merissa is the Children’s Ministries Director at Malvern Christian Assembly, in Scarborough Ontario.
After God called her out of her comfort zone in 2015, an international trip marked the beginning of living a spirit-filled life. Having studied Psychology at UofT and attending Charis bible college, she felt called into ministry after moving back to Toronto in 2017.
Working with children directly to effect change in their lives is a prayer she prayed long before she knew where God was calling her. She loves the word and is enrolling in Master’s College and Seminary to further her studies this upcoming semester.
Member at Large
Pastor Shelley graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in Educational Ministry. After graduating, she ministered for three years in the Ottawa Valley as Christian Education Pastor, as well as, Director of Pastoral Care. Shelley is Married to Clive Good. Shelley has been Woodvale's pastor of Children's Ministries since September 2002.
As Children's Pastor, she is dedicated to leading all children in the footsteps of Jesus and to disciple them to become genuine followers of Christ. Pastor Shelley believes that children are a vital part of the body of Christ and it is her vision to see them living in the fullness of their potential as His disciples.
Member at Large
Rev. Patrice Wheeler is an ordained minister with PAOC. She currently serves as the Children's pastor and the Next generation lead at Global Kingdom ministries in Toronto.
Her passion is to see children's lives changed for eternity and to ignite others to do the same. She especially enjoys doing ministry alongside children by taking kids on missions’ teams around the world and learning from the Next generation of leaders in Children's ministry, as Adjunct faculty at Masters Bible College in Toronto.
Since August 2021, Emily’s been living in Oshawa with her amazing, smart, handsome and insanely funny husband Kent (he definitely wasn’t looking over my shoulder as I wrote this…) but grew up in Kitchener her whole life. She graduated from Master’s College & Seminary in 2020 with her Bachelor of Theology majoring in Children’s Ministry. Shortly after, she began serving at The Embassy Church in May of 2021 as the Kids & Parent Networking Pastor.
Emily is an avid believer in decorating way TOO early for Christmas, drinking slushies even when its -0 outside and dancing/singing way too loud to her music while she cleans. As the youngest of 4, she definitely knows how to hold her own and fight for what she cares and believes in. She is most passionate about creating spaces for both kids and parents to grow their love and faith in Jesus in tangible ways. Emily LOVES connecting with like-minded leaders who want to see the next generation make a lasting impact in our community and world.
Candace joined the EOND team in the Specialized Ministry Department to assist the Children's, Women's and Men's departments.
Candace is also employed as a teacher in the Durham District School Board, after completing her undergrad in Psychology and Bachelor's of Education at Queen's University. She has a passion to help others achieve their goals, and looks forward to connecting with Leaders across the district.
Candace appreciates a cozy scarf, dark chocolate and a good cup of coffee, especially if had in the company of a good friend.