In 2015, Christopher moved back to the Sault, his hometown, after 5 and a half years living, studying, and ministering in Los Angeles. After serving as interim pastor for a period and recognizing the Spirit’s lead, Christopher joined our team as lead pastor. He and his wife Sansaray have the heart to see all people knowing Jesus and living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. They both love the arts, music, story, and creativity in general. Christopher is a teacher, pastor, and counselor at heart. Sansaray is gifted in evangelism and prophecy. Together, they carry a heart for prayer and worship and a deep desire to help others find redemption and new life through a relationship with God.
Family Ministries Coordinator
Marlene is a migrant from Jamaica, who is currently living in Sault Ste Marie. She came from Toronto as a transfer student with a Social Service Worker Diploma Honors from Seneca College. She also completed her undergraduate, Cum Laude in Community Development from Algoma University, then
went on to complete a master’s degree in Theological Studies at Tyndale University and Seminary. In addition, Marlene is a trained chaplain, an accomplished author, speaker, and the co-founder of New Living Wellness Services Inc., a mental health and wellness services provider for the Algoma region. Marlene promotes a holistic approach to wellness through awareness, training, and counseling for individuals, families, youth, and children. She is married to Trevor Smith and is a mother of two beautiful daughters and three adorable grandkids. Marlene believes that discernment is an important practice to embrace to effectively fulfill our Kingdom mandate. Her love of God is contagious and it shows through her acts of service to others. Her favorite bible verses are Luke 4:18-19; and Matthew 25: 35-36.
Ellen hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She’s spent most of her life working either in call centers or in administrative roles. She much prefers the latter. She is a Christian with a degree in screenwriting from Vancouver Film School, and she’s a published author of the Christian-friendly Young Adult novel series The Toby Garrison Chronicles – clean reads which fall into the suspense/drama categories. She also dabbles in video editing for the YouTube channel she produces with her sister. At home, she spends most of her time with her sister, Michelle, her niece, Corrinne, and Tucker, her Maine coon cat – or Norwegian Forest cat, she’s no longer certain which breed he is – as well as her sister’s two Shih Tzus, Mugwi and Delilah, her two cats, Shelly and Luna, and her niece’s cat, Doug. Ellen loves to be creative; she loves people, but most of all she loves Jesus! Her job at Sault Free Methodist Church allows her to thrive in all three of these areas. Now, if she could just swing it so that Tucker could come to work with her every day, her life would be perfect! ::wink::