Renewal Day and Annual General Meeting

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Contents current as of March 18, 2017.
Theme: Personal Renewal

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Barrie, Ontario
Sponsored by The Renewal Fellowship
Within the Presbyterian Church in Canada

Theme Speakers

Rev. Douglas Rollwage
Moderator of the 142nd General Assembly
Rev. Matthew Ruttan
Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Barrie, Ontario.
Rev. Dr. Jeff Loach
Pastor of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Nobleton, Ontario.

Rev. Douglas Rollwage
Rev. Douglas Rollwage
Rev. Douglas Rollwage

Rev. Douglas Rollwage is in his 28th year of pastoral ministry in The Presbyterian Church in Canada. A graduate of Queen's Theological College and Knox College, Douglas has served Strathcona Park Presbyterian Church, Kingston, Ontario, Guildwood Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Ontario, and currently Zion Presbyterian Church, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

A deep love of, and respect for Scripture has made Bible study a cornerstone of Douglas' ministry; he regards indepth (and entertaining!) Bible study as a forum for congregational discipleship and leadership development, as well as a strong source of community outreach and church growth.

Douglas has had the privilege of leading many congregants, clergy and students on archaeological, historical, and biblical pilgrimages to Israel, as well as to Greece and Turkey. Encountering the events of the New Testament and words of Jesus, Paul, and others "on site" has proven inspirational and transformational. To see people coming alive to their faith through study, sermon, or pilgrimage is the great motivating joy of Douglas' ministry.

Douglas is indebted to his wife of 33 years, Dana (a public school teacher). They have two adult children, Hannah (a musician), and Jacob (a student).

As Moderator of the last General Assembly, Douglas brings to us today his insight into our theme of "Personal Renewal".

Rev. Matthew Ruttan
Rev. Matthew Ruttan
Rev. Matthew Ruttan

Rev. Matthew Ruttan has a motto these days: "A pulse doesn't mean you're alive." What gets Matthew up in the morning is a desire to help people live out their faith in practical ways today. Oh, and also his alarm clock and three kids! They want breakfast!

What he likes most as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Barrie, Ontario, is seeing the Holy Spirit at work, an openness to try new things, and the healthy evolution of a real church with real and faithful people. He also serves on the national Church Doctrine Committee. In 2015, he served as the Teen Week Chaplain at Glen Mohr Camp, and received an award for "Best Blog" by the Canadian Church Press. You can read his blog at Matthew also writes a daily devotional called "Up!" In 2016, he enjoyed leading a workshop at the Canada Youth conference to young leaders. Plus, he has had a variety of articles published by These Days magazine and The Presbyterian Record.

Matthew believes…

  • In prayer and that humans do have wings (they're called knees)
  • That the castle of your character is built one brick at a time
  • That if you have a life-changing faith your faith should be changing your life
  • And that you can't lead from the middle.

Jesus came that we might have life and have it "abundantly" (John 10:10). So we should live each day like that is actually true.

Contact: Twitter: @MatthewRuttan
Instagram: matthewruttan5
Web page:
E-mail: <>

Talk: The "Up" Daily Devotional – How God is using a daily devotional by a normal, flawed pastor to help people live out their faith in practical ways today. In April 2015, Matthew started "Up", a daily devotional designed to be read in a minute or less. It is published each weekday and is biblical helium meant to help people live out their faith in practical ways today. It now has a readership of 500…and counting, and includes devout Christians, those new to the faith, and even people just curious. This talk will not only tell the story of "Up" but will give you ideas to help you help those you serve as they seek their own personal renewal. The official home of "Up" is

Workshop: The New Hillside – Understanding the pervasiveness of the Internet and leveraging it for discipleship. Why did Jesus spend time on a hillside? Because He met people where they were. Today, "the Internet" isn't a separate category for a ministry or a budget line; it's more like the air we breathe that is a part of everything else. We leverage the Internet because it's meeting people where they are – and this is true for people of all ages. This short workshop will help you better understand Internet use in Canada, the power and presence of the Internet and social media in the church, why it's no longer optional, and provide advice about how to leverage these tools for discipleship today. It will include a visual presentation and social media guide.

Rev. Dr. Jeff Loach
Rev. Dr. Jeff Loach
Rev. Dr. Jeff Loach

Rev. Dr. Jeff Loach is a minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, serving as lead pastor of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Nobleton, Ontario, since January 2009.

Prior to accepting this call, Jeff served as the Central Ontario District Director for the Canadian Bible Society, and in pastorates in Bruce County, downtown Windsor, Ontario, and suburban Toronto, Ontario. Jeff also serves as Clerk of the Presbytery of Oak Ridges, as a certified spiritual director in private practice, and as an adjunct instructor in spiritual theology at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto. He is an Oblate of the Order of St. Benedict, affiliated with St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA.

Jeff's passion for the Word and for the church is only slightly rivaled by his passion for the sport of curling and for his hobby, model railroading. Jeff is building an HO-scale empire in his basement that seeks to replicate the railways of the North Bay area in the era of late September, 1978. Jeff is married to Diana, a curriculum designer and children's ministry consultant. They enjoy railfanning (RFing), and quiet evenings at home.

Jeff's presentation in the afternoon of the conference has two parts: It begins with a talk entitled "Fear Not: Spiritual Direction For Protestants"; followed by a workshop entitled "Understanding Your Sacred Pathway". For the workshop, it is best if participants come prepared, having completed a "sacred pathway inventory", which is available, and can only be done online, through North Point Community Church at

It does not take long to do the inventory online. Participants need to bring their results with them for the workshop to make sense. Internet access will be available at the registration desk during the day for those unable to undertake the inventory beforehand.

The Schedule

9:00 – Registration and Refreshments
9:30 – Welcome and Opening Worship
10:00-10:40 – Presentation by Rev. Douglas Rollwage
10:40-11:00 – Q&A
11:00-11:15 – Stretch and Washroom Break
11:15-12:15 – Presentations by Rev. Matthew Ruttan.
12:15-1:00 – Lunch
1:00-1:20 – Worship and Offering
1:20-2:10 – Renewal Fellowship Annual General Meeting (all are welcome to attend)
1:20-2:10 – Leadership Video (alternate activity for those not attending the AGM)
2.10-3:10 – Presentations by Rev. Dr. Jeff Loach.
3:10-4:00 – Wrap up and dismissal

A Tyndale booktable will be available with books related to today's theme.

Conference Location

Hosted by
Westminster Presbyterian Church,
170 Steel Street,
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Driving Directions

Leave Highway 400 at Exit 102 for Duckworth Street. Proceed south and turn left onto Steel Street. The church is at 170 Steel Street on the left at Varden Avenue.

To Register

Registration is $25 if notification is received by Monday, April 10 by mail, e-mail, online, or telephone. After April 10, the cost increases to $30. The registration fee includes arrival snacks and lunch. You can register online (below) by MasterCard, Visa, or American Express, or you can mail, e-mail, or phone your name, address, phone, e-mail, and congregation to the Renewal Office by April 10 for the rate savings. Only cash and cheques will be accepted at the conference door. Credit cards are accepted only in advance and online.

Make cheques or money orders payable to The Renewal Fellowship and mail to:

    Conference Registrar – The Renewal Fellowship,
    3819 Bloor Street West,
    Etobicoke, Ontario, M9B 1K7
    Office Telephone: 416-233-6581
    E-mail: <>

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