About Dunamis Fellowship Canada

Faith Statement

Dunamis Fellowship Canada’s foundation of faith is articulated in the great creeds of the Christian Church universal especially the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed.

Out of our historic and theological roots in the Reformed tradition and our special calling to work for the extending of the kingdom of God we affirm the following:

Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church

"who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. 18 He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him; 20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross." Colossians 1:15-20

We are Committed to Achieving the "Great Commission"

"18 Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

We are Grounded Upon and are Guided by the Bible as the Word of God

We believe "The holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the word of God, the only rule for faith and obedience." (THE LARGER CATECHISM Q and A Number 3; II Timothy 3:16; Heb. 4:12-14)


This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of humankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.

For purposes of DFC’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is DFC’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application

We Believe that Jesus Christ has Sent the Holy Spirit in Order to Accomplish Four Basic Works for the Glory of God:

  1. That men and women may be born into the Kingdom God. John 1:12-13, 3:1-8.
  2. That those born into the Kingdom are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit dwelling within: their character being transformed to reflect the image of Jesus Christ. II Cor. 3:17-18, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 12:1-2
  3. That Christians may receive power and spiritual gifts to be a witness to Jesus and do the works of Jesus in the world. Acts 1:8. Luke 24:45, I Corinthians 12:4-11, John 14:12-13.
  4. That the people of God may be brought into fellowship (Koinonia) with one another and with the Father Son and Holy Spirit. I John 1:1-4, Ephesians 2:19-22, Acts 2:41-47 

Affirmations Concerning Contemporary Challenges to Biblical Orthodox Christian Faith

Statement affirming that Jesus Christ is the only way of Salvation

We affirm that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and the only way to God the Father. We affirm that there is no other name given under heaven by which humanity must be saved. We stand in opposition to any creed, ideology, practice or rituals that promote any other way to God the Father and to salvation other than in Jesus Christ alone.

We are committed to the work of evangelism and mission that is led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, that brings the good news to all near and far that Jesus Christ is the only way of Salvation. Our commitment is that all people, everywhere will hear the word God and may choose life in Jesus Christ.

For those who die without having heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ or have heard and rejected this way of life, we affirm that they are in the hands of a loving God who knows the depths of the human heart. We recognize that while Christians over the ages have had different opinions over the eternal fate of such people, we affirm that this is in the hands of God the Father and that whatever the outcome, it will be only through the Father’s means of Jesus Christ. If judgment it will be through Christ, if life, forgiveness and redemption also through Christ. As for us, our task is to proclaim Jesus Christ to the world as the only way of Salvation.

Statement on the sanctity of human life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, from conception through natural death. (Ps 139)

We resist as not according to the biblical revelation of the sanctity of human life all ideologies movements and practices that would violate the sanctity of life. We as a ministry and as individuals are committed to the reality that Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life and that his grace, love and forgiveness extends to all those who have in any way failed to live up to the biblical ideal.

Statement on marriage

We affirm that God created human beings as male and female and that together they reflect the image of God. We affirm the biblical definition that Christian marriage is between one man and one woman. We reject all other definitions of Christian marriage as inconsistent with God’s revealed plans for humanity. We affirm also that we live in a fallen world and we take the reality of sin seriously. However, by the grace of God the Father, the love of Jesus Christ and by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit we are more and more reflecting the image of Jesus Christ, a process that will only be completed when we meet Jesus face to face. We stand as witnesses to Jesus Christ and as a ministry and as individuals offer Christian fellowship, the love of God, forgiveness, and the transforming healing power of the Holy Spirit to all who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

Leadership and participation at DFC Events

While everyone is welcome to participate at DFC events, those in leadership in DFC and at our events (whether staff or volunteer) agree to accept and abide by:

  1. our Code of Conduct based on the Ten Tenets of the Dunamis Fellowship International, and
  2. our Statement of Faith, and
  3. these affirmations concerning the three issues facing the Church today (i.e. Jesus Christ as the only way of Salvation; sanctity of human life; and Christian marriage).

Current Statement as adopted by the Board of Directors, January 2016

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit

Dunamis Fellowship Canada (DFC) can help you keep in step with the Holy Spirit!

We use the metaphor of dancing with the Holy Spirit to describe the dynamic of our listening, responding and steping out in obedience to follow God on the dance floor of love to advance his Kingdom.  Our events give opportunity to be grounded in solid biblical teaching on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, and to cultivate practice in listening and responding to the Holy Spirit.

What is Dunamis Fellowship Canada?

DFC is a ministry with charitable status in Canada and members across Canada. It is part of the great wave of the Holy Spirit that is advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ and is a regional expression of PRMI (Presbyterian Reformed Minisitries International).

Although the fellowship’s historic roots are in the Presbyterian and Reformed stream of the Christian faith, it serves people from many denominations.
 

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Board of Trustees

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Rev. Martin Boardman has been the pastor of the Christian Reformed Church in Brooks, Alberta since 2009.  He was a founding board member for Dunamis Fellowship Canada and is currently the Mission Outreach Intercessory Prayer Coordinator with PRMI as well as the PRMI board president.  Martin is married with two sons and enjoys the sport of triathalon in his free time.

 

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Rev. Stephen Dunkin is a graduate of Queen's University and Knox College, University of Toronto. He has served Presbyterian churches in southern Ontario. In 2000 he helped found Barnabas House Christian Ministries, a prayer ministry centre in Kingston and served as its Executive Director. There Stephen and his wife Susan began attending the Dunamis Project in the spring of 2000 and were immediately attracted by the strong Biblical basis and practical nature of the teaching on the Holy Spirit. As well as encouraging others to attend the Dunamis Project in Guelph, Stephen has run the Dunamis Video Courses at Barnabas House. They have four children and two grandchildren. He serves as Pastor at Graceview Presbyterian Church in Etobicoke, ON and as a teacher at DFC events.


Barb2014MedResBarb Ferrier retired as Director of Children's Ministry at Kortright Presbyterian Church after a career in Christian education - from Grade 7/8 classroom teacher, to science curriculum author, and Executive Director of Canadian Christian Education Foundation. Her Dunamis involvement goes back to the 90's when a Dunamis Track was held in Guelph.  Together with her husband, Les, she has led many Dunamis Video Courses, helping equip many people in the empowering work of the Holy Spirit.  Currently she serves DFC as Chair of the Board and Regional Dean for the Dunamis Institute.

LesFerrier

 

Les Ferrier is a retired chemist and was a founding Trustee of DFC.  He has been a member at Kortright Presbyterian Church since 1986, serving on committees and as an elder. Since 2004 Les and his wife Barb led a number of Dunamis Video Courses and they lead the Facilitator Training Courses.  Les was the Track Director for the Ontario Dunamis Project (2009 - 2011). Les and Barb have three grown children and two grandchildren sprinkled across the continent.

 

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Rev. Grant Gunnink is the Minister of Word and Sacrament at Valleyview Community Church Calgary, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.  Since 2007 Rev. G and the leadership of Valleyview have been working to revitalize and renew this congregation. By God’s grace, and the help of Dunamis Fellowship Canada, they have been blessed to see Valleyview growing as a church in the Power of the Holy Spirit in many different ways.  Grant is married to Amoriza Gunnink; they have one daughter, and a dog named Ginger. 

JanetLammers

 

Janet Lammers  has been involved with Dunamis events since 1993 and brings years of experience as a lead intercessor and prayer minister. She's and her husband, Pete, launched four adult children, and live in the Belleville area.

 

AnneVanderHoek

 

Rev. Anne Vander Hoek is the Pastor of Missional and Congregational Life at the Mosaic House Christian Reformed Church, a church plant in Edmonton, since its inception in 2008, working with Pastor Victor Ko.  Her ministry is mainly in the area of emotional healing through prayer. Anne realizes the importance of being empowered and directed by the Holy Spirit in ministry in order for us to have the power to change and bring transformation.  She is happily married to Lawrence and they have three grown children.

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Rev. Luke Vanderkamp loves Jesus, his wife and four girls while pastoring in a Presbyterian church in Trenton ON. He grew up in the Christian Reformed church, spent time in the Pentecostal church but was predestined to land in the Presbyterian Church while studying at Tyndale Seminary. He is passionate about the Word, preaching the whole counsel of God, inviting people into a living relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit and his 1971 Beetle.

 


Staff

Sheila Thomson

photo SheilaSheila Thomson, Ministry Coordinator for DFC, has lived in Guelph since 1983; has two daughters, one married with a son and daughter. She has attended Kortright Presbyterian Church since 1983 and has volunteered in a number of positions there.

Sheila was first introduced to Dunamis through the Video Course at KPC and has attended Video Courses as a participant or small group leader as well as a number of Dunamis Events. She attended the Dunamis Advanced Leadership Course in June 2006 and the Dunamis Fellowship Annual International Meetings. She is on the church’s prayer ministry team, attends a women’s bible study and has been active in the Dunamis Projects held in Guelph. Her passions are to see more people getting to know the Holy Spirit; to see the Dunamis flame spread throughout Canada and being a grandmother.