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 Meet Our Team 

Serving Christ Together

Ottawa East is led by a team of people with different backgrounds, experiences and passions. Some of us are paid leaders, but most of us are volunteers. We’re honoured to be in the roles we are in, and we have a lot of fun, but our primary focus is to help people take their next step with Jesus.

Our Pastors

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Dr. Kambale Jim Nziwa

Pastor Nziwa is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He migrated to Canada in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Theology from Griggs University (an overseas extension program managed by Andrews University). His love for languages led him to pursue a Master’s in biblical languages from the University of Toronto. Having completed his Master’s, Pr Nziwa Was called to ministry by the Ontario Conference in 2017, and in 2018, he was appointed as Assistant pastor of the Ottawa French church.


In 2020, the Ontario Conference added to his responsibilities the Orleans French Seventh-day Adventist church and the Ottawa Adventist School chaplaincy. He was ordained to the ministry in June 2022 and completed his Ph.D. in Biblical languages (specialist in Old Testament languages and literature) in March 2023 from the University of Toronto.


He is married to Love Kyusa, and God has blessed them with three children. Pastor Nziwa is passionate about the ministries. He loves reading, singing and playing music, hiking, and, of course, preaching. Pr Nziwa’s family is happy to be part of the Ottawa East Seventh’s Day Adventist church and Kanata Seventh-Day Adventist Company.

Lal Mawite

Bio Coming Soon!

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Our Board of Elders

The Board of Elders is comprised of leaders who are called by God and elected by the congregation to serve as spiritual leaders. They provide general oversight for the running of the church and are involved in nurturing members. The Board of Elders works closely with the Pastor and each Elder liaises with at least one department and provides support, input and advice, as needed.

The current objective of the Board of Elders is to serve the congregation. This is done in various ways: coordinating the Wednesday night prayer meetings; visiting the sick; providing communion to the shut-ins; maintaining contact with members; conducting Bible studies; and, assisting the Pastor in following-up with individuals who are interested in learning more about the church.

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Roy Hutagoal

Lead Elder


Nebiu Mekasha



Habtom Berhane

Elder in Training


Regis Bah


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Robert Remy



Micheal Deguire

Elder in Training


Tito Rugamba



Akehil Johnson



Lamar McCormack

Elder in Training

Our Leadership Team

The church board provides a platform for pastoral staff and church members to come together and make decisions to further the mission of the Ottawa East church. Our board members, who have been elected by the church at large, are persons who portray in their personal and corporate life qualities of spirituality, fairness, tact, and good judgment. In addition, our board members are trustees that will operate in the church’s best interest.

Our church board members are responsible for leading and facilitating the activities of the congregation. It is responsible for nurturing and promoting the vision and mission of the congregation/district. The board is responsible for determining congregational policy, developing the annual budget, and determining the goals of the congregation.

Roy Hutagaol

Joan Buchanan

Adventurers Club Director

Dione Scott

Children's Ministry Director

Keisha Maxius

Rose Augustin

Health Ministries Director

Micheal Deguire

Personal Ministries Director

Judith Marwanga

Sabbath School Superintendent

Evette Mitchell

Prayer Ministries Director

Carmen Ayivi

Mike Mitchell

AV Director & Building Committee Chair

Edil Gordon

Community Services Director

Jeffery Padou

Education & Home School Director

Josiane Oscar

Interest Coordinator

Akehil Johnson

Pathfinder Club Director

Ivy Plaisimond

Social Committee Leader

Christine Ndagijimana

Adventist Youth & Young Adult Leader

Kemunto Maranga

Communications Director

Paul Carless

Andy & Indira Williams

Family Life Directors

Simone Delisser

Master Guide Director

Andrew Kerandi

Lamar McCormack

Music Ministry Director

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