Meet Our Pastors
Rev. Adam Nickell (Bth, Mts) :: Senior Pastor
Hello and welcome to our online "introduction" to Gentle Shepherd Church. I invite to you come and experience in person the real community of faith at Gentle Shepherd. Consider this your invitation to "come and know us better"!
A little about me: I was born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario and I am 40 years old. The love of my life is Amanda and God has blessed us with 4 wonderful kids: Josiah (10 yrs), Jubilee (8 yrs), and Sarah (6 yrs) and Silas (4 yrs). After finishing my undergrad in theology at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener in April of 1994, I launched out into pastoral ministry being called to a summer youth pastorate in Haliburton County where I served the two point charge of West Guilford Baptist and Eagle Lake Community Church . From there in the Fall of 1994, I was called as Minister of Youth to Gentle Shepherd Community Church in Eugenia, Ontario. I served God in and through Gentle Shepherd for 12 years as youth pastor until I accepted a call to the lead pastoral role at Bethel Community Church in Barrie where I enjoyed over 5 years of ministry with a great group of Jesus followers. Most recently now in May of 2011, I have returned to Gentle Shepherd to lead the church as Senior Pastor. There is great joy on the journey!
Just so you know I also completed a Masters of Theological Studies at Tyndale Seminary in May of 2003 and I am also a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program (Canadian Class of 1999). In my spare time I enjoy time with family, a good book, a good movie, or even an evening of bass fishing.
Pastor Paul Lucas :: New Family Ministries Pastor
Hello there! My name is Paul Lucas, and I am the Family Ministries Pastor here at Gentle Shepherd. Our family includes my amazing wife, Payge, our crazy and cute son CJ, and another baby on the way. I am very excited to be serving at my home church of Gentle Shepherd.
I am no stranger here, as I have been attending this church since the age of 10. As soon as we came in and felt the love of this congregation, we knew this church would be our home for a long time. I became involved in the youth ministries through formative years, and from these amazing people I was discipled and shown what it truly means to be a follower of Christ.
I attended Briercrest College in Saskatchewan, and while working at a youth centre out west realized my calling to professional ministry. After marrying my wife, Payge, we moved to Thornbury, Ontario, and took positions in youth and children’s ministry. During this year our amazing little boy, CJ was born. Despite severe health issues our powerful God healed our son and every day we are grateful for this healthy miracle child.
I then took a position of Youth Ministries Apprentice at Owen Sound Alliance Church, where I served up until June 2016 when I accepted the call to work at Gentle Shepherd Community Church. We are so excited to be back home at Gentle Shepherd and can’t wait to see all that God does here.
Rev. David McIntyre
Rev. Ann Gillies
Rev. Shirley Ferris
Rev. Derwyn Docken
Pastor Emeritus: Rev. Don Prince