Disciples News Service

Canada names new regional minister

TGarbin photohe Christian Church in Canada welcomes the Rev. Dr. Jen Garbin as the new regional minister. Garbin will begin June 1, 2016. She comes from her current position as senior pastor of one of Canada’s new congregations in formation, Sugarbush Christian Church (DOC), located in Guelph, Ontario.

Garbin has served on area and regional boards and committees as well as the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. She is actively involved in the Ontario Area’s camping program and OCYF as a director and adult advisor.

Ordained 10 years ago, Garbin has served congregations in Nova Scotia and Ontario. She earned her MDiv and DMin from Emmanuel College (Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto).

Garbin says, “I’m a total church nerd and I believe whole-heartedly that although the church in Canada is changing, we are on the edge of something incredible, an opportunity to not only transform the world around us, but be ourselves transformed.”

Garbin is married to Gianni Garbin and they have two children, Rita and Victor.

4 Responses to “Canada names new regional minister”

  1. Praise God! As I hear of this calling, I’m so excited for our Disciples family in Canada! It sounds like Jen’s gifts and experience will be a blessed fit for the needs of the region. Blessings!

  2. From your sisters and brothers in the NIRF regions, welcome, prayers, and blessings!

  3. Janet and Peter Fountain:

    Yay Jen! We are so proud of you. You are so creative and caring, and we know we will be both challenged and blessed by your leadership. (As we were, when you were in your first ministry with us at Milton Christian Church, in Nova Scotia) We offer for you our prayers and our blessings.
    Janet and Peter

  4. Wendelin Galatianos:

    I was honoured to be present for Rev. Jen Garbin’s installation as Regional Minister for Canada in Milton, Nova Scotia at our All-Canada 2016 Convention. It was wonderful to reconnect with Canadian Disciples and to meet new people, and to share through a Mission First! gathering. I look forward to continuing this positive momentum and to being part of it! Thanks to all who helped to organize the convention and the wonderful hospitality shown to us. Guelph looks forward to hosting the All-Canada 2018 Convention!