A Short History of DVBC




Our Vision

Our vision is to see the lives of individuals, families, and communities transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ as we live together in community, seek to benefit the neighbourhoods we live in, and network together with like-minded churches to be a continually expanding ‘family of families.’


Our Priorities


Based on the biblical principles that shaped the New Testament paradigm of church and mission.

  • Making disciples
  • Establishing families
  • Developing leaders
  • Benefiting our city
  • Networking to plant and establish churches


Read more about our ministry philosophy and statement of faith, or see our 2016 Annual Report.

We Are a Family of Families

Don Valley Bible Chapel is composed of smaller communities called ‘Gospel Communities’ that are networked together under a family structure of leadership. Our team of elders and leaders work together to shepherd and nurture our expanding family of families. We are also part of a Canadian network of churches that connect us to other church families.  We partner on site with Toronto China Bible Church North York.  



Sunday Mornings


We meet together on Sunday mornings for a church-wide worship and equipping time, as well as community celebrations and other events throughout the year. These gatherings along with First Principle courses are the primary environments where we learn what Jesus has done and commanded for our lives.


Our Sunday gathering (10:30am - 12:00pm) is a semi-casual, inter-cultural, inter-generational, family gathering where we worship through song, prayer, Bible teaching, and communion. A variety of musical styles and instruments are often incorporated into our worship times. Children start off in the service with the adults and then transition into Bible discussions and activities directed at their level. Students and adults are involved in various aspects of our service. 



Children

Prime Time Kids meet on Sunday morning from 11am to 12pm. Children from both church families, TCBC and DVBC, learn together what the gospel is and how to live it out. In the upcoming year we will be developing our curriculum to make it more engaging for the children, to help them grow in their love of God, and to help them make connections with their faith and everyday life. We are always looking for ways to touch base with parents and help them disciple their children.



Gospel Communities

Our Gospel communities are the primary environment where we actually participate in community and learn to obey Christ and live Gospel-shaped lives. It is through these simple households that we are engaging our neighbourhoods with the Gospel.

SOMA Youth and 55+ are support structures that are intended to help connect teens and Seniors to the life and mission of our church family. These focus on addressing issues particular to these groups that hinder vibrant faith and meaningful engagement with the church family.



Our Path of Learning

Key to moving the mission forward is the careful grounding of believers in the Gospel. The Apostles spent a considerable amount of time carefully grounding people in the Kerygma (Message of the Gospel) and the Didaché (the implications of the Gospel for living life).

Members of DVBC are being stepped through a strategic path of learning at various levels that is designed to ground us in Gospel-shaped living and lifelong learning.

Leadership Team and Staff

The elders oversee the spiritual life and administrative functions of the church family, assist and encourage our staff, provide pastoral care, and ensure that DVBC fulfills its legal, financial and other fiduciary responsibilities.

  • Carlton johnson

    Elder (chair)

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  • Paul chow

    elder

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  • Murton cohen

    elder

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  • matt craig

    teaching elder

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  • matt craig

    pastor

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  • sue craig

    family min. dir

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  • marijke dyke

    office manager, prime time kids dir

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  • erica brewster

    finance & admin

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  • sheila brewster

    youth ministry dir

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  • John de los Santos

    youth ministry

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  • lydia mountney

    esl director

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  • Lily magnus

    ESL Teacher

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  • lisa mathieu

    child care dir

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Our Partnerships

  • Vision ministries canada

    We are members of the Vision Ministries Network of Churches, a diverse network of over 130 churches across Canada.


    DVBC is also used as a connecting point for Vision Ministries, for monthly prayer meeting for local pastors, and for special events for the Albanian Church.

  • Toronto china bible church

    Toronto China Bible Church is a Mandaring-speaking network of churches in our city.  We partner onsite with their North York branch.   

  • Antioch school of church planting and leadership development

    Comprehensive theological training and leadership development, including full degree ministry programs, are available through Don Valley Bible Chapel because of our partnership with the Antioch School.


    Pastor Matt is a Certified Leader in the Antioch School and we partner with other local churches in Church-Based Theological Education.

  • FOREIGN Field Workers

    We support Dan Copeland who along with his 3 children serve in Mexico with Medical Missions International. Dan coordinates Teams from Canada and the US to provide medical and dental assistance to those in need.


    We also support the work of James and Jean Gillett in Dublin, Ireland. Through Ireland Outreach they seek “to demonstrate the love of God while preaching the Word of God and making disciples” in both Ireland and Nigeria.


    This year we also sent our beloved Mountney's to Madagascar with African Inland Mission. We love them and miss them. <3