The New Testament describes two offices within the church: elder and deacon.
Deacons carry out their ministry under the oversight of the elders and are called upon to carry out the ministries that tend to distract the elders from their God-given calling to devote themselves to the ministry of the Word and to prayer. Deacons are therefore responsible for administering the benevolent concerns of the church along with many of its business affairs. At this time Grace Fellowship Church has three deacons.
Thushara Chandrasena was born and raised in Sri Lanka. He and his wife, Shaida, came to Canada in 2001 and God graciously saved them both using the outreach of godly neighbours. They came to worship at Grace Fellowship Church in February 2007. Now Thushara might just be the first person you meet at Grace Fellowship Church.
Thushara and Shaida have been blessed with three children: Ammiel, Seth and Milca.
Ryan Freeman is a native Torontonian and the oldest of two children. He is a business owner and is active in the local Rexdale community.
Ryan and his wife, Janis, were among the original six people to plant Grace Fellowship Church in April 2000, and he has served in several roles within the church. Ryan has been a deacon since 2012.
God has blessed Ryan and Janis with three children: Wesley, Jaedyn, and Tobias.
Jim Stowe is eldest of ten children. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan but has travelled and lived in many places. His desire to serve the Lord brought him to Toronto Baptist Seminary where he completed a Bachelor of Theological Studies and met his wife Jessica.
Since 2004, Jim has been part of Grace Fellowship Church and has served in various ways, including teaching GraceYouth, playing the keyboard and ministering as a deacon. God has blessed Jim and Jessica with a daughter, Clara, and a son, Jim Jr.