Hot Topics in the Tabernacle, Mental Health & Suicide, January 29th, Making Visitors Feel Welcome, January 26th, Disability and the Church, April 2nd

This year, we hope to encourage an environment of openness and healthy discussion with a few days dedicated to topics that need to be addressed both in ministry and the church. These topics include Mental Health & Suicide; Making Visitors Feel Welcome; and Disabilities.

Each Saturday will include a speaker or two dedicated to their topic of expertise. The day will begin at 9 am and finish at 3 pm. This is a free event; however, if you would like to donate to the college, there will be an opportunity to do so on the registration page. Each Saturday, we hope to have in-person and online options. However, if we go back into lockdown, we will move to only an online option. Lunch will not be provided, but there will be an hour and a half break for lunch, so you can eat out or bring a bagged lunch.


January 29 / Mental Health & Suicide


Kimberly Whyte

Kimberly Whyte M.A. RP

Counselling Program Manager

Kimberly Whyte is a disciple-maker, Registered Psychotherapist and pastor's wife. An alumna of Emmanuel Bible College, where she studied Intercultural Studies, and then Laurier University, where she studied Theology, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. Kimberly has worked in cross-cultural contexts locally and abroad, seeking to care well for those she is ministering to and helping equip the Church and Church Leaders to care well as we journey with others.
Mark Stromenberg - Advocate and Executive Director - Hashtag Hope

Mark Stromenberg

Hashtag Hope

As someone who battles mental illness himself, Mark is passionate about communicating hope and help to the one-fifth of Canadians who will struggle with a mental illness and those who have a friend or family member who is hurting. Through his own lived experiences, training, professional experience, and scripture, Mark seeks to bring Jesus’ light of hope to those struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts in a holistic and practical way. Mark is the Executive Director of Hashtag Hope and the outgoing Community Director of Youth Unlimited | YFC Guelph.

Postponed to the Fall / Making Visitors Feel Welcome


Mike and Lauren Wasyluk

Mike & Lauren Wasyluk

Church Helper

Postponed to the Fall
This practical workshop about making visitors feel welcome before, during and after their visit will provide you with digital and in-person strategies you can implement in your church right away - no matter the size of your staff or congregation.

Postponed to the Fall / Disability and the Church


In their workshop “Disability and the Church,” you will hear first-hand perspectives on barriers and blessings faced by individuals and families who experience disability in the midst of the pandemic and beyond. This workshop will familiarize you with free tools and strategies you can use to address specific barriers or develop manageable action plans to enhance accessibility for all. You will have the opportunity to reflect on various kinds of barriers in your context, share successes and challenges that you have had in addressing them and develop new strategies. You will also gain insight into ways that you can promote accessibility, inclusion and belonging in churches and communities worldwide.

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Chantal Huinink

MSW, RSW, MDiv
Chantal Huinink is a motivational speaker, author and social justice advocate who serves as the Coordinator of Organizational and Spiritual Life for Christian Horizons and recently founded Faith and Wheelpower Ministries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Guelph and her Masters of Divinity and Social Work from Martin Luther University College. Chantal is a Christian Reformed Chaplain who is working towards her designation as a spiritual care practitioner. Her education and experience as a woman with a physical disability have made her keenly aware of the need for holistic care, including consideration of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs.

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Mark Wallace


Mark Wallace is the Executive Director of Organizational Culture and International Partnerships for Christian Horizons. Mark came to Christian Horizons as a member of the Spiritual Life team in 2007. For the past nine years, he has been leading and overseeing the work of Christian Horizons internationally in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti and Nicaragua. Mark, his wife Eva and their three children have also been involved in the Christian Horizons family camps in various ways since they began offering them for families affected by disability. Mark is passionate about how persons with disabilities can be contributing members of communities in which they belong. He also desires to see all who serve, serve out of fullness and give generously. He often speaks against burnout and compassion fatigue.


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