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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 Pastor

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Anthony Kern

Anthony’s passion is to bring people closer to Jesus with every encounter.

Before serving in Ottawa, he ministered in Edmonton, Airdrie, and Beiseker, Alberta; planting churches and serving a number of cross-cultural and multi-generational communities.


Anthony is married to his high school sweetheart, Cassandra. Together they have three lovely daughters, Lydia, Amelia, and Arwen.


In his free time, Anthony enjoys having fun with his girls, trying out the latest food spots in the city with his spouse, reading, weight training, running, and playing other sports.

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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



Regis Bah


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Robert Remy



Tito Rugamba



Akehil Johnson


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

Nebiu Mekasha

Elder & Personal Ministries Director

Carmen Ayivi

Dione Scott

Children's Ministry Director

Paul Carless

Rachael Nakato

Social Committee Leader

Davol Nugent

Health Ministries Director

Mathieu Sylvain

Education & Home School Director

Robert Remy

Andrew Kerandi

Judith Marwanga

Sabbath School Superintendent

Keisha Maxius

Mike Mitchell

AV Director & Building Committee Chair

Joan Buchanan

Adventurers Club Director

Cassandra Kern

Communications Director

Tito Rugamba

Akehil Johnson

Elder & Pathfinder Club Director

Tristan Mignott

Youth & Young Adult Leader

Lenah Maranga

Family Life Director

Catherine Muhorakaye

Sandra Griffith-Bonaparte

Music Ministry Director

Jennifer Caesar

Prayer Ministries Director

Edil Gordon

Community Services Director

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