Our People

"One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts."

- Psalm 145:4

Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot


Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot (M.A., Ph.D.) is a Christian thinker & cultural apologist/philosopher, Founder and President of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. He also served as founding pastor of Westminster Chapel, Toronto for 14 years.   Now resident home in Great Britain, Joseph has worked in the fields of Christian apologetics, worldview education and church leadership for over twenty-five years on both sides of the Atlantic. He has spoken and guest lectured globally at numerous university events, seminaries, churches, colleges, and conferences. He regularly addresses pastors and Christian leaders as well as academic, medical, legal, and political professionals and has publicly debated leading atheistic thinkers and philosophers in Canada and the United States.

Bart DeVries

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Bart DeVries has served on the boards of Christian organisations and schools in the evangelical reformed community for many years. He is the president of Kingdom Consulting, providing management consulting services to the Ezra Institute.   In this capacity, he advises, strategizes and makes recommendations to the leadership team on the corporate administrative and executive affairs of the ministry internationally, and on the development and growth of the ministry in the USA.   In addition to a Master's degree from the University of Toronto, he is certified in project management (PMP) and in Lean methodologies.   Residing in Tennessee, USA, he is married to Daniella and they have seven children.

Ryan Eras


Ryan Eras is Director of Content and Publishing at the Ezra Institute, and is one of the hosts of the Podcast for Cultural Reformation. He holds an undergraduate degree in History from Tyndale University, and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto, with a focus on bibliographic control and the history of censorship.

Ken Stel


Ken is Director of Development at the Ezra Institute. Ken has a Bachelor of Business Administration (TWU) and is completing an MBA (AIB).   He has served in the Canadian Army as a communications specialist. He has worked in IT and programming, Customer Service, International Sales Management, Operations Management, Plant Management and currently runs his own Management Consulting Firm, specializing in teaching and coaching Lean Six Sigma business transformation techniques.

Reagan Underwood


Reagan Underwood is the Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator at the Ezra Institute. She holds an undergraduate degree in Discipleship Ministry from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Biblical and Theological Studies with a Theological Emphasis from Lee University.

Laura Oldfield


Laura Oldfield is the Conservation Officer at the Ezra Institute, where she takes responsibility for conservation education and gardening on the farmstead. Laura's favourite place to be is outdoors. Her particular interests are getting to know native and endangered species in the Carolinian forest, growing vegetables in her garden 9 months of the year, collecting rocks, and all things birds. She recently completed the Ontario Master Naturalist program at Lakehead University.

Board of Directors

The Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity operates as a charitable corporation and is overseen by the following directors:

Bart DeVries

William Ravensbergen

Mark Oldfield

Joseph Boot (Ex Officio)

Trevor Bertenshaw

Brian Semkiw

Wilf Wikkerink

To contact our directors please use the  Contact Form.