Assist Church Expansion Canada
Philip and Beth have spent the better part of their lives growing in understanding of God and His Word through different universities, degrees, and positions at different churches. He and Beth became career missionaries with the Grace Brethren in 1997, moving to an area outside of Toronto to serve in the church planting ministry GBCanada USA. Philip served as part of the pastoral team that launched the first Grace Brethren church planted in Canada in September 1998. Several years later, he and Beth helped launch two more churches: Village Community Church in Milton, Ontario (now Renew Milton) and Community of Hope in Surrey, British Columbia. Philip concurrently serves as a member of the Executive Team for Assist Canada with a focus on western Canada.
Nathan has a strong passion to help people learn about Jesus and a desire to expand God’s Kingdom through teaching. He has used numerous opportunities in life to put this passion to work through over 21 international missions projects and numerous missions organizations. The Bryants are currently serving through GBCanada USA (specifically Assist Canada)– a church planting initiative of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) dedicated to cultivating a movement of churches across Canada. Their role is to recruit and raise up leaders who will organize and lead core church planting teams into targeted urban areas to establish Regional Mother Churches. These regional churches will then plant clusters of daughter churches in their surrounding areas. Nathan and Jennifer believe that a true movement can only happen through the churches themselves, so they are committed to the churches and their leaders.