Our People

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

- Psalm 145:4

Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot

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Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot (M.A., Ph.D.) is a Christian thinker and cultural apologist, Founder and President of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. He is adjunct instructor for culture and apologetics at Bryan College, Tennessee. 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.

Nate Wright

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Rev. Nathanael Wright (B.A, MDiv.) is the Canadian Director of the Ezra Institute. He is a Christian leader, theologian and cultural apologist, and has worked in Christian ministry and church leadership in Canada for over fifteen years.

While acquiring a Bachelors degree in English Literature and minoring in Cultural Studies at Western, Ontario, he came to faith in Christ through campus outreach ministry where God birthed in him a great passion for evangelism and apologetics. Nathanael went on to work as a youth pastor while pursuing his theological studies at Emmanuel Bible College and McMaster University. After several years in this role, he was apprenticed at West London Alliance Church in Ontario and then accepted his first senior pastorate at Crossroads Bible Church in Ingersoll, Ontario, in 2013 which has grown to about 1,000 people under his care. He continues to serve at Crossroads in senior leadership.

Jordan Cecile

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Jordan is the Director of Content & Publishing at the Ezra Institute and is a graduate of Western University with a degree in Business. Jordan has worked in Marketing for over 10 years and has run a digital marketing consultancy since 2016. He has a passion for seeing Christ’s Kingdom advance in the world and has been active in street evangelism, apologetics and preaching for over a decade. He lives in Strathroy, Ontario, with his wife Melissa and their four children.

Ken Stel

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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

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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 from Greensboro, NC but is now staying in the Chattanooga area. She is passionate about Christian apologetics and having people see the importance of holding a biblical worldview in an anti-Christian world.

Laura Oldfield

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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.