Speaker Bios

Paul Carter

Paul Carter attended Moody Bible Institute and is a graduate of York University (B.A.) and McMaster Divinity College (MDiv).  He has been in pastoral ministry since 1994, serving in both Fellowship and Canadian Baptist churches in Oakville, Mississauga and Orillia, Ontario Canada.  He presently serves as the Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church, Orillia, a large multi-staff church with a passion for biblical preaching and local mission.

Along with his friend Marc Bertrand he is the co-founder of the Covenant Life Renewal Association (CLRA) seeking Biblical and Spiritual revival within Canadian Baptist Churches. He also sits on the Executive Committee for TGC Canada.

Paul has written two books and is a frequent blogger on issues of Christian faith and living. You can find his devotional podcast at www.intotheword.ca

Paul is the happy husband of Shauna Lee and the proud papa of 5 beautiful children, Madison, Max, Mikayla, Peyton and Noa.

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Craig Brannan

Dr. Craig Brannan is married to his beautiful wife Rene, and together they have 2 children. Craig is a co-owner of Next Step Counselling and Coaching and is currently establishing a non-profit organisation called Next Step Compassion to work with the iZulu Orphan Project in South Africa.  Craig recently completed his second PhD - he received his first doctorate from North-West University. His current research examines ‘the impact of shame experienced by people who come from homes where their primary caregiver, their mother and father, were often unavailable.'


Adam Brown

Adam is married to Angie and they have a daughter named Selah. He is the lead pastor of Southshore Bible Church in Barrie, Ontario. His passion is to open the Word of God with people to reveal Jesus Christ as the centre and focus of all Scripture and History so that we can be transformed from one degree of glory to another. In addition to ministry, his primary enjoyment comes from spending time with his family. He also amuses himself with Johnny Cash music, board games, the Toronto Blue Jays, and political biographies. Adam has a PhD in Christian Theology with a focus in the Old Testament.

Ben Emery

Benjamin is the Lead Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Gravenhurst. Growing up he didn’t really attend church and knew little of Jesus. In 2000 he joined the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry looking for purpose and meaning. During his eleven years of service he deployed to the Middle East on three tours of duty. It was on his third tour in 2006 that he first heard the Holy Spirit’s still small voice. His life had hit rock bottom after many personal failures. Searching for meaning and some sort of Truth he could hold on to, he turned to the Bible.

In the mountains and desert of Kandahar, Afghanistan, he read words that touched his soul and gave him hope. He read about this Jesus, who was unlike any he had ever heard. Almost a year would pass of Benjamin holding on to the throne of his life until the fall of 2007. There in the basement of his house he cried out for Jesus to save him. Jesus took a lost, confused, mess of a man and made him into a new creation.

He is now married to Rebecca a woman far greater then he deserves. They have 3 wonderful children Estella (15), William (11) and Levi (2). He knows he’s a richly blessed man. Benjamin’s life is a story of forgiveness, salvation, healing and new life in Christ. He believes there is truly hope for everyone, no matter how lost and broken, in Jesus Christ alone. Benjamin lives to preach the word, train the saints, see the captives set free and families built strong on the foundation of Christ!

Jon Miller

Jon Miller has been the National Director, Programs and Volunteer Management at Prison Fellowship Canada since 2014.  He also serves as Pastor of Connections at Burlington Alliance Church.  

Jon grew up in the GTA and holds a B.A. in Economics at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON.  Jon also attended Tyndale Seminary in Toronto before transferring to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill. where he received an M.A. in Religion.  In 2007, Jon was ordained as a minister and served the next 12 years in pastoral ministry at the Harvest Bible Fellowship of churches in Barrie and Oakville, ON.

Jon is married to his amazing wife Adrienne and together they have three sons and one daughter.  His greatest passion is to know Jesus and to make Him known, and that lives would be transformed by Him and for Him.



Tim Nuttall

Tim Nuttall is Lead Pastor at Talbot Creek Community Church in Brechin. Tim is passionate about helping people reach their full potential by discovering a relevant, practical, everyday faith. Hailing originally from England and growing up in Barrie, Tim married his wife Laura and has one beautiful, energetic daughter named Sadie.  

As a pastor, he loves bringing out the best in people and seeing them experience God's freedom in their lives.  Tim has over 12 years of experience in the church and community, and loves teaching the gospel.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing rugby and snowboarding.

Worship Leaders

Jody Cross

Jody has led worship for twenty-seven years in a variety of settings, has released award-winning worship CD's and regularly teaches worship leadership at a variety of Bible Colleges. In his position as Associate Pastor of Worship & Leadership Development, Jody leads worship and mentors worship leaders and interns at First Baptist Church, Orillia. He has produced 2 award winning worship CD's, Forward To Forever, and Rekindle.

Jody's newest project, This Is Our Love, features a book and 16 song compilation CD. 7 Days of Prayer For Worship prayer cards are also available. Jody and his wife Alexandra have four adult children and live in Barrie, Ontario.