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Lead Pastor Update

On May 28, 2023, following a unified Sunday Gathering to celebrate Pentecost, the Membership and attendees gathered to conduct a special Member’s Meeting chaired by

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Members’ Meeting Agenda

Provided by the Eastern Ontario and Nunavut District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.   Special Business Meeting for Election of Pastoral Candidate Chair: Rev.

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Members Meeting

On Sunday, May 28, 2023, we will have one Sunday Gathering at 10:00 AM. Immediately following our gathering, at 11:45 AM, there will be a

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers
(Updated, May 11, 2023)
What’s Next?

On Sunday, May 28, 2023, at a Member’s Meeting, GKM Members will have the opportunity to ratify the candidate interviewed, vetted and presented by the Board as their next Lead Pastor. 

Active Members in good standing, in accordance with GKM’s by-laws, will be eligible to vote. Upon your arrival on May 28, you will check in at the East or West coffee bar to collect your ballot. 

The ballot will ask a single question: “Do you ratify Rev. Ben Johnston to be GKM’s Lead Pastor?” with two choices “Yes” or “No.” Voting is anonymous. A motion to destroy the ballots will be raised after the Member’s Meeting. 

Anyone who has completed our membership process and is listed as active in the church records.

The Board of Directors and our Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) District Superintendant, Rev. Jason Luscombe, will oversee this process and chair the Member’s Meeting. 

The Deacon Council has nominated five scrutineers to collect, count and report to Rev. Luscombe the outcome of the vote. Before voting begins, the scrutineers must be affirmed by a motion.  

From the beginning, Rev. Craig Burton (former District Superintendant) provided counsel to the Board and Succession Committee. 

Per our by-laws, the Board of Directors (elected by the Deacon Council) is responsible to search for, interview and recommend a candidate for Lead Pastor. It is up to the Members to ratify by election any candidate the Board presents. 

According to section 12.02 of our by-laws, “upon approval by at least sixty-seven percent (67%) of the Membership, the Board of Directors shall hire the candidate as Lead Pastor”.  

The ballot will ask a single question: “Do you ratify Rev. Ben Johnston to be GKM’s Lead Pastor?” with two choices “Yes” or “No”. Voting is anonymous. A motion to destroy the ballots will be raised after the Member’s Meeting. 

Under PAOC guidance, only in-person voting will be allowed. The Board of Directors has made a special provision for shut-ins to vote via mail-in ballot. A shut-in is defined as “a person who cannot leave their home due to age, health concerns or disability”.

Mail-in ballots must be received by May 26. Before the vote, the acceptance of mail-in ballots must be passed by special motion by the present members on May 28.

To request a mail-in ballot for yourself or someone else who meets the criteria, please email communications@globalkingdom.ca before May 15 with your full name and address. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote.

The board will form a search committee and begin the process of soliciting candidates for the Lead Pastor position. 

Succession

“Succession is when one senior leader intentionally transitions and hands over leadership to another. Succession planning is creating a plan for what will happen once you need a new leader, something all organizations face.” (Excerpt from Next, by William Vanderblommen & Warren Bird)

  • In December, 2021, Pastor Bob shared his intentions to retire with the Board of Directors. Rev. Craig Burton (former Eastern Ontario & NU District Superintendent) provided information and recommendations on the next steps in accordance with Eastern Ontario & Nunavut District guidelines.
  • A succession committee was formed comprised of Rev. Craig Burton, two Directors, two Deacons and a member at large. Rev. Burton provided guidance and support to the committee.
  • The committee interviewed and vetted Pastor Ben and Pastor Dianne. 
    The committee interviewed the Pastoral staff.
  • In September 2022, the BOD agreed to present Pastor Ben to the members as their recommended candidate for Lead Pastor.

When Pastor Bob informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire, the board explored the possibility of a search or succession. They elected to proceed with succession. 

The Board of Directors believes that we have a strong candidate in our house with the ability, skill, and calling necessary to lead GKM in this next chapter. The BOD has prayed into this matter and believes it would be in the best interest of the Church to move ahead with the plan of succession. 

Succession is an elected process where the membership can elect the presented candidate to be their next Lead Pastor.

Over a couple of years, the Board of Directors met prayerfully, read through and discussed Next by William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird, and was advised by the Eastern Ontario District Office of the PAOC throughout the entire process.

Pastor Bob

Pastor Bob will be staying on staff part-time as a Teaching Pastor and mentoring the staff to assist with the transition. 

Pastor Bob has served in ministry for over 42  years and believes that he doesn’t truly retire from ministry. However, he sees this as moving on from leading GKM to a support and mentorship role.

Pastor Bob’s resignation as Lead Pastor takes effect on May 28. As determined by the Board of Directors, his resignation starts the succession process. 

What can I do now?
  • Click the “Thank You, Pastor Bob” tab to leave your comments and stories.
  • Our previous and current Board of Directors, and staff have prayed about this transition since Pastor Bob signalled his intention to retire in 2021. As a church family, we must continue to pray over this process. 
    • For both Pastor Bob, Pastor Ben and their families during this time of transition. 
    • For the Church family, as they prepare for leadership changes. 
    • Most importantly, pray that the Lord’s will be done in everyone’s lives.

Still have questions? Submit them below.

Bob Johnston

Lead Pastor | Scarboro Gospel Temple/Global Kingdom Ministries

Pastor Bob has impacted and influenced countless people. He has served in ministry for over 42 years and is loved by everyone he has encountered. He began his ministry as the Youth Pastor at Renfrew Pentecostal Church in Renfrew, Ontario. After five years, he planted a church called Cobden Pentecostal Church in Cobden, Ontario. Within a year, that Church grew from 40 people to 100. Pastor Bob saw a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and many were baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor Bob was the Lead Pastor, the Worship Leader, the mid-week Bible study teacher and Youth Pastor all in one. This reflects his servant’s heart and willingness to do anything for those around him. The work of the Lord continues in Cobden to this day.

After five years in Cobden, Pastor Bob became the Lead Pastor at Evangel Pentecostal Church in Kingston, Ontario. He saw great growth in that Church during his leadership and went on to expand the facility. There was an important emphasis on evangelism and outreach. In the summers, Pastor Bob would take two pickup trucks and lay a platform between them to preach the Gospel of Jesus at Kingston City Park. Seeing souls saved has always been of utmost importance to him.  

Pastor Bob then moved to Oshawa, where he was the Lead Pastor at Trinity Pentecostal Church. In his six years at this Church, he brought the needed restoration and healing at that phase in their journey.

Pastor Bob was called to lead at Scarboro Gospel Temple (SGT) in 1996. This was quite a transition for Pastor Bob and his family, but they were easily accepted into this wonderful Church body. It would be their home for the next 27 years. Pastor Bob came when the church was struggling financially and carrying a hefty debt. Not only did he lead the church out of that debt, but he saw numerical growth to the point of physical expansion. SGT could no longer hold the numbers that were coming in. By God’s miraculous grace, the church was able to purchase 1250 Markham Road, now known as Global Kingdom Ministries.

Pastor Bob loves the people at GKM dearly and appreciates how they have journeyed with him through the ups and downs of 27 years. He feels blessed to have been a part of a multicultural Church that has been a gateway into the city. He is honoured to have been the Lead Pastor with spiritual influence in one of the biggest cities in Canada. Pastor Bob has mentored and discipled many leaders who have launched out in various ministry positions in the city and worldwide.

In his 42 years of dedication and ministry, Pastor Bob has served with a servant’s heart. He is always there to do the smallest task. He has led with the utmost grace and love. When asked what he will be doing in this next season of his life, Pastor Bob says he will be riding his motorcycle, spending quality time with family, pouring into young leaders, and travelling to other churches to help however needed.

Undoubtedly, Pastor Bob will be dearly missed, but we are grateful for all he taught us at GKM. He has taught us how to love unconditionally, be gracious always, and never allow the enemy to steal, kill or destroy our faith. Pastor Bob has led us deeper into the Word and shown us how to have a true, enduring relationship with Jesus. His legacy holds great value, and we are truly blessed to have had him as our Lead Pastor. This is not goodbye but a new chapter for us all. 

Thank You Pastor Bob.

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PASTOR BEN JOHNSTON

Pastoral Succession Candidate

Pastor Ben is humbled and honoured at the opportunity and consideration as Lead Pastor. Pastor Ben and Dianne both had the privilege to grow up in GKM and have been a part of this church family for over twenty-seven years. Its history, leaders and ministries have profoundly shaped them. GKM holds a special place in their hearts.

Pastor Ben has been an ordained minister with Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada for nine years and has had the privilege to serve on staff alongside Pastor Bob for seventeen years. During his time on staff, he has served in various ministries. He has pastored the youth and young adult groups, oversaw men’s ministry, led the missions and outreach committee, and has served in his current role as Associate pastor for nine years.

Pastor Ben is a visionary leader that serves with dedication and excellence. He believes in building strong, healthy teams that work together to advance the Kingdom of God. His leadership was instrumental in leading the staff and church through key transitions, including the Pandemic. During his time at GKM, he has been able to grow with the church. He has had to adapt, learn, and be innovative with vision through a variety of challenging and rewarding seasons.

Pastors Ben and Dianne met at GKM and have been married for fifteen years this May. Pastor Dianne has been attending GKM (formerly SGT) for twenty-nine years. She has been on staff for fourteen years and currently serves as the Guest Services Pastor. She has her Masters of Divinity and Clinical Counselling from Tyndale University and is passionate about making everyone feel like they belong. She loves caring for volunteers and creating environments where they can grow and succeed.

Pastor Ben and Dianne’s heart for the lost and love for people is evident in every ministry they’ve led. They have always had an emphasis on local missions from; feeding the homeless, ministering to international students at Centennial College, to street evangelism. They have led missions teams to Guyana, India and Thailand to share the love of Jesus and preach the Gospel. They continue to disciple others to have an outward perspective, caring for the needs and people around them. Their heart echoes Pauls’s when he says, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23). Their desire is to see people transformed by the love of Jesus and connected to life-giving community.

Pastors Ben and Dianne have two children – Emma, who will be 11 in June, and Eli, who just turned 9. They enjoy family vacations, playing board games, watching movies, playing video games, exercising, and walking their dog Jax.

Pastors Ben and Dianne are excited about the future and believe the best days are ahead for GKM. Their heart’s desire is that the Lord’s will be done both in their own lives and at GKM.

Service Time Update

Starting February 4th

ONE SUNDAY GATHERING

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April 2

Palm Sunday

9 & 11:15 AM
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April 7

Good friday

9 & 11:15 AM
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April 9

Easter Sunday

9 & 11:15 AM
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April 2 - APRIL 9

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