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February 2018

Pastors John and Helen Burns planted our church in January 1986. For thirty-two years they have led with generosity, wisdom and faithfulness. They are passionate about the local church and this drive to see people flourish in relationship with God and with people has only grown over time. With their vision and direction they have led Relate Church to be a multi-generational house, a place where many are empowered to lead and speak and where value is placed on the combined contribution of many. Pastors John and Helen are also dedicated to the Church - local churches across our nation and the globe. Their ministry has grown far beyond our platform as they have travelled to minister to many churches and conferences, mentoring pastors and helping people develop healthy relationships. Our church is unique in that we are very much a local family church with a worldwide reach because of the wide influence of our pastors.

Pastors John and Helen made a big announcement on Vision Weekend 2018 in our February 3 and 4 services. As Pastor John prepares to celebrate his 65th birthday this year, he announced that he and Helen will transition into the roles of Founding and Teaching Pastors. Pastor Angela Doell will step into the role of Lead Pastor from her current role as Executive Pastor. The transition to new leadership will take place gradually over the course of this year, as Angela takes on increased responsibility with the coaching of our senior pastors. There has been much prayer, many conversations, and great care put into this decision and Angela leans into this role with the support of our board and staff. 
Pastor Angela has served on staff at Relate Church for twenty-five years in various roles, growing in capacity and calling. As John and Helen's oldest child she is family and part of the fabric of our church. For the last several years she has handled the oversight of services and ministry and has been instrumental in directing our staff and leaders with clarity and unity. She and her husband Rod are committed to doing whatever it takes to continue to build and empower leaders to rise. Their decision to take on this responsibility is the result of a long prayerful season of seeking the very best future for the church family that has their heart. 

Pastors John and Helen are staying firmly planted within the heart and soil of Relate Church as they are forever invested right here.  They are excited about the future, and though they will continue to travel and minister, mentoring pastors and building the Church across Canada and globally, their roots remain here at Relate Church. They will continue to coach, teach and pastor here while allowing the next generation to lead, because their heart is always for the Church family and the generations to come.