- Prince George CA-BC
My family and I are seeking to partner with a church in the mission that God has called them, and us, to accomplish together. My prayer is that this resume will give you a glimpse into my life so that you can begin to seek God with us to ascertain whether or not we are the right fit for you. I am including information about my family in this resume as it is my strong belief that to be successful in ministry we have to be called, and work together, as a family and that we are a stronger and a better asset to the church when working together as a team.Chantal has truly been my partner in ministry, and I hope that you will see her value to the ministry as well.
At this point in our lives we are looking for a church family that we can partner with on God's mission and a community that we can reach out to and raise our family in. I am excited about the coming process of ascertaining, both for your leadership and for our family, whether we are the right fit for your Church!
I was born in Fernie, BC where my family lived a unique life completely off grid about four miles from town. We moved to Invermere, BC when I was nine and my dad took a job at the local college as an ABE Instructor. My parents taught me a lot about compassion and caring for people and a little bit about several different world religions. When I was sixteen I had an encounter with Jesus Christ. After surrendering my life to Him at a summer camp, my life would never be the same. I had always been a "good" kid, but my motivation and outlook on life were radically changed. That fall I went from being a very shy young man who mostly avoided others at school to starting a weekly Bible study at lunch time in the "Great Hall" of my high school. This was my first taste of ministry and public speaking.
After graduating, I followed what I felt God was telling me and abandoned my plans for University and a teaching or counselling career and took a part time job as the Youth and Young Adults Pastor at Radium Christian Fellowship. During this time, I also worked part time as a contractor for my bi-vocational Senior Pastor. After working with the Radium church for about a year and a half I started to consider going to Bible School; however, I didn't find anywhere that it seemed God was leading me to go until I came across a discipleship program in Prince George, BC.
In September of 2001, I came to Gateway Christian Ministries to take a one year ministry training program. Shortly after completing the program I accepted a position at Gateway as the Children's Ministry Pastor. During my first couple of years at Gateway I also worked part time in the Christian School that was run by the church. In 2005 I stopped working at the school and added the responsibilities of Church Administrator to those of Children's Pastor. During my time as Children's Pastor, Gateway grew to have an average of between 70 and 100 children involved weekly in the ministry. I also implemented a Church Management Database that allowed us to keep better records, effectively follow up with people for Pastoral Care, and provided us with a check-in and security system for our Children's Ministry programs.
In 2009 I traded my role as Children's Pastor for that of Family Ministry Pastor. I maintained oversight of the administration and accounting for the church, but hired an assistant to do the bulk of that work. As the Family Ministry Pastor I have had many responsibilities including church wide small groups and campaigns, marriage events, parenting classes, pastoral care, visitation, community outreach events and occasional Sunday Morning preaching. I was also on the board of directors for the church for six years, and the treasurer for four years. Since May 2012, I have also been one of three members of the Executive Leadership Team at Gateway with oversight responsibilities for Sunday services, service teams, worship, tech teams, children's ministry and office staff.
One thing that I have always been passionate about is the influence that a church community can have on the broader community that it is a part of. I have always encouraged people to get involved in making positive changes wherever they are at. Last fall I saw an opportunity to advocate for our city and, with the support of the church, ran for a seat on our city council. I placed ninth out of sixteen, one spot away from council in a race where I was out spent four to one by the competition. The whole process of the election was an amazing opportunity to gain influence in the community and to be able to speak and minister to people who I would have never had contact with otherwise.
One of my greatest joys at Gateway has been seeing the church as a whole take on a passion for both leading people in our community to Christ and doing things to care for them and show love in practical ways. In December Chantal and I lead the church in our third annual Great Toy Giveaway. This has been our biggest and most successful outreach event. Through this event we've made room for over a thousand people to have their whole perspective of God and church changed. Aside from the practical ways that families are cared for through this event, we have also had over 120 people make a first time commitment to Christ and many families become part of our church family.
As of January 10th, 2013 I have officially resigned from my role at Gateway Christian Ministries. Chantal and I believe that God is calling us to something new in ministry. We feel that it is important for us to work with the church here to finish well in the responsibilities that we have been given. We are anticipating that February will be the end of our time here. It has been difficult to say no to what is relatively easy and comfortable for us, but we believe that we are saying yes to God and the future that He has planned for us.
Chantal was born in North Battleford, SK to an RCMP family. Her family (two sisters and a brother) moved to Abbotsford, BC and through several smaller BC communities as the RCMP shuffled her dad through several posts. They landed in Prince George in 1995 when her dad changed careers to become a pastor. When Chantal was 18 her dad left the family and church for a lady that he had been counselling. Everyone in the family handled this differently. For Chantal, it made her question everything that her dad had taught and in the end it drove her to find faith in Christ for herself in a way that she never had before. For both of us, this event in her family is a constant reminder of the responsibility of leadership; when we see the devastation that the choice of one man had on that church and numerous families. For Chantal, this has also shaped her career path. She recognized that for a Christian woman there is often no one to go to for counsel and advice except a male pastor. After graduating high school, Chantal spent a year at Briercrest Bible College. From there she got her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Northern British Columbia and then her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. In addition to her work with me at Gateway, Chantal has run her own counselling practice with most of her referrals coming from local churches; however, her practice has been somewhat limited by our abundance of children.
Jordan and Chantal Team Up
I met Chantal in November of 2007 at a church young adults group. The time line for when we started dating is a little different depending on which one of us you hear it from, but it didn't take long. Both of us were new to this as we had never dated anyone before, but we must have picked it up pretty well, as three months later we were engaged. We were married in June of 2008 and Chantal was pregnant with our first child two months later. We now have four children: Tobin (3), Meira (2), Aden (1) and Aila (0) . Having our children involved in the church is very important to us. We love the church and see doing ministry together as something we GET to do, rather than something we HAVE to do. It is our prayer that our children will pick up on this and love it as much as we do.
Over the last ten years I have worked at Gateway Christian Ministries as the Children's Pastor, School Assistant, Administrator, Family Ministry Pastor and Executive Team member.
Summing up everything I have learned here is difficult. I have had an opportunity to lead in almost every aspect of church leadership. I have worked with staff and volunteer teams on every level. I have been able to walk with people through both difficult and exciting times in their lives, and have learned how to lead them through both.
I have learned a great deal from the other leaders of the church; both what to do and what to do differently.
I am very grateful for the church here, the opportunities we've had, and the church family that we have been a part of.
Nextep Media is a small outdoor media company that I started with a partner. We started this company with the intention of supplementing our ministry incomes. We have had some success, but not what we hoped for as we haven't had the time to invest in really making the business successful.
Along the way I have learned a lot about management and weighing benefits when making decisions.
We are currently in the process of selling our company.
I took this job during a season when Gateway had to lay off some staff. I worked my days off in the accounting office to ease the financial strain on the church.
This job was a good experience in being exposed to accounting principles in greater depth and to some of the corporate culture.
I started this job very hesitantly, thinking I was too young and didn't know enough. I learned that when the call is from God, things like that don't matter.
I left Radium Hot Springs to move to Prince George and join a Ministry Training program.
The best thing about this job was spending most days in the truck with the Senior Pastor learning from him about ministry.
This course is designed for church leaders at every level—from pastors, teachers, interns and elders to Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, and children's and student ministry leaders—who want to explore new and healthy ways of fulfilling their calling.
Pastoral Theology, Fundamentals in the Faith, Biblical Law I & II, Communion with God, Cults & World Religions, Equipping the Saints, Family, Marriage & Home, Galatians, Revivals in History, Work & Finance, Applied Social Work, Covenants I & II, Living in His Sufficiency