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EMS Canada 2019 


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Mark the Date:

March 8 (Friday), 2019:

Langley, BC Centre
Trinity Western University and ACTS Seminaries

Calgary, AB Centre
Ambrose University

Toronto, ON Centre
 Tyndale University College & Seminary

Register for March 8th


March 15 (Friday), 2019

Otterburne, MB Centre
Providence University College and Theological Seminary Sussex, NB Centre
Kingswood University in Sussex, NB

*More details to follow.

Register for March 15th

Plenary Speakers 


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Sandra Ryan

Sandra Ryan is an ordained pastor with a background in social
development and emergency and disaster management. Sandra served
for twenty-two years in ministry with The Salvation Army. Her first ministry
appointment was in a Nisga’a Village in Northern British Columbia where
she experienced the strength and beauty of real community. After serving
in Russia for almost a decade during the turbulent post-Communist
redevelopment, she returned to Canada where she lived and ministered in
the Regent Park community during its revitalization. She has seen the
power and potential of an engaged church in developing healthy
communities. Presently, Sandra oversees the local and global outreach for
The Peoples Church Toronto. In this role she has the privilege of leading
her international congregation to be gospel-centered, globally-engaged
Christians. As a global church, the mission focus is intentional
engagement in God’s work among the migrating peoples of the world.


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Enoch Wan

Research Professor of Intercultural Studies, Director of Doctor of Intercultural Studies & Director of Doctor of Education Program, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Past President of EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society, two terms). 

National VP-Publications & Editor, Occasional Bulletin (Evangelical Missiological Society). 

Advisor/Founder -

Board Member - Worldwide Bible Society (USA) & Tien Dao Christian Media Association

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Rupen Das 

Rupen Das is Research Professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto and the National Director of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS).

Previously he had been on secondment from the Canadian Baptist Ministries.

He has extensive experience in relief and development, most recently having set up humanitarian responses to refugees and the displaced inside Syria, in Lebanon, Ukraine, and across Europe. Over his career he has worked for World Vision, the Canadian Baptists, and the Navigators. As a consultant he has worked for the Canadian Government, the Canadian CIMIC and DART, Pearson Peacekeeping Center, Plan Canada, Focus Humanitarian (part of the Aga Khan Network), World Vision International, International Development Support Services (IDSS Australia), among others. He was professor and program coordinator at Humber College, and on the faculty at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut and the International Baptist Theological Study Center in Amsterdam, and adjunct faculty at Eastern University in the US. As an analyst he contributed to Oxford Analytica on humanitarian issues.

Rupen has been a 21st Century Fellow in the UK, an Ashoka Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He is the author of Compassion and the Mission of God: Revealing the Hidden Kingdom and Strangers in the Kingdom: Refugees, Migrants and the Stateless.



Paper Presentations



Calgary Centre

The Gospel as Good News for Global Poverty:
A Biblical Theology of God’s Kingdom Justice

Beth M. Stovell



Probing the Implication of the Humanitarian Crisis Wrought By Hurricane Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda) in the Philippines for the Missio Dei: Insights and Lessons from Diaspora Missiology and Other Perspectives for the Global Church

Amador Remigio & Sadiri Joy Tira


Opportunities for Workplace Ministry in Canada

James Bruyn



Read Calgary Abstracts & Brief Bios Here



Langley Centre


A Macarism for the Displaced Person

Kimberly Morrison



A Hidden Population on the Church's Doorstep: A Case Study on Journey Home Community

James Grunau



Bible Translation in Challenging Situations

David Jeffrey



Prayer and the Sequence of New Testament Mission

John Smed



Read Langley Abstracts & Brief Bios Here



Sussex Centre


Missionaries as Kinsman Redeemers

Maria Marcolongo


Read Sussex Abstract & Brief Bio Here



Toronto Centre


The Church in an Era of Record Displaced Peoples: Re-framing the Conversation Away from the Nation-State and toward Being the People of God

Sam Chaise



Mission in our Doorstep: Responding to the Yazidi Crisis in Toronto

Minho Song



Loving the Stranger: God's Biblical Mandate Toward the Refugees and a Chinese Canadian Church's Quest to Sponsor Displaced Syrian Families

Narry F. Santos & Samuel Chan



The Value of a Community-Based Research Approach as Illustrated by a Refugee Crisis Response in Canada

Mark Chapman & James Watson



Suffering and the Missio Dei in the New Testament from a Sociolinguistic Perspective

Hughson T. Ong



The Changing Face of the Intercultural Missions in the Toronto Context

Erin Marshall & Kyla Sinclair Peters



The End of the World as We Know It: New Paradigms for Leadership

Michael Krause



Listening to Their Voices (LTTV): An Exploration of Faith Journeys of Canadian-Born Chinese Christians

Enoch Wong


A Response to Enoch Wong’s “Listening To Their Voices: An Exploration of Faith Journeys of Canadian-Born Chinese Christians”

Bernard Tam, Jonathan Nip & Shu-Ling Lee



Coming Out: A Multilayered, Contextual Approach to Mission to the LGBTQ+ Community

Xenia Chan



The Apostrophe in Christian Mission

Terry Smith


Read Toronto Abstracts & Brief Bios Here

The purpose of the Canada region of the Evangelical Missiological Society is to provide a forum once a year for Canadian missiologists and practitioners to engage each other around relevant topics in missions. This is motivated by a felt need for “dialogue, fellowship, and cooperation among evangelicals devoted to researching, publishing and instructing in areas related to the mission of the Church”


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Thank you for joining us in an ongoing dialogue around missiological issues from a Canadian standpoint!

Canada Vice President

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Narry F. Santos, PhD
Tyndale Seminary