André is General Legal Counsel and Ontario Director for ARPA (Association for Reformed Political Action) Canada. Based in ARPA Canada’s Ottawa office, he has the mandate of equipping the Reformed community, especially in Ontario, for political action on a broad range of issues. He conducts regular analysis on the impact of different government bills and court judgments and also acts as ARPA’s chief Parliamentary lobbyist.
Since the spring of 2010, he has worked as an intern for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and for the Centre for Faith and Public Life, where he covered freedom of religion issues, wrote legal opinions on abortion legislation, and prepared written arguments for the Supreme Court of Canada. He was called to the Ontario Bar on June 21, 2011. In January of 2012 André started part-time studies for a Master’s degree in Constitutional Law through Osgoode Hall Law School, completing the degree in the summer of 2013. He has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada for three constitutional cases.
He and his wife Karyn and their son Gabriel, live in Gatineau Québec and are members of Jubilee Church, a Canadian Reformed Church in Ottawa. In his spare time, André trains in the army reserve as a corporal with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. He enjoys running and outdoor sports.
Colt Charlebois is a successful real estate agent in his early 30’s who is no stranger to overcoming financial adversity. In his mid-20 Colt endeavoured to launch a business flipping houses which led him to over $100,000 in consumer debt. As a new real estate agent, having made little to no income some months, he barely had enough to survive let alone pay the ever growing monthly interest payments from his house flips gone bad.
In 2010, Colt found himself at a rock bottom in his life and through a series of events, surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Through biblical teachings on stewardship, tithing, giving, servant leadership and God’s infinite grace, Colt is now in the top 10% of Real Estate agents in Ottawa and through coaching and mentorship is leading many others in his office to do the same.
“When I gave my life to the Lord, it totally changed my view on the world, I went from focusing on my own needs and desires to putting others first and serving my relationships like Christ would. In this alone, I found the greatest reason for living.” -Colt
Parliament Hill Staffer, Preaching Intern, Evangelist
Daniel Gilman has been a preaching intern at Church of the Messiah for the last two years. This includes public preaching every second week at Church on Wednesday, at the campus of the University of Ottawa. “This is the highlight of my week”, he says. Daniel also serves on the board of National Campus Life Network, which trains prolife students to be effective advocates for preborn babies on university campuses across Canada.
Daniel works as a Parliamentary Assistant for a Member of Parliament, is the Director of Parliament Hill Christian Fellowship and serves on the board of The National Prayer Breakfast which annually brings together Senators, Members of Parliament and Christian leaders from across Canada for prayer.
Daniel also works with Voice Found which equips parents to protect kids from sexual abuse. He is a passionate advocate against human trafficking – the equivalent of modern day slavery. He was actively involved in organizing one of the largest Canadian conferences against human trafficking- The Justice Summit. He sees a definite link between pornography, abortion and human trafficking. He recently founded another organization called ‘Strength To Fight’, to offer help for young people dealing with pornography addiction.
You can find him practicing lifestyle evangelism, living among the homeless and urban poor in Ottawa with a ministry called MoveIn, His vision is to see his neighbours grow in life-transforming love for Jesus Christ, and to walk in strength and courage as they follow Him through every adventure.
Rutledge (Rut) E. Etheridge III is Chaplain of Geneva College in Western Pennsylvania. This position provides for the spiritual needs of the college community. In this role, Etheridge assists students, faculty and staff in understanding events as they relate to spiritual and emotional well-being, preaches in and oversees Geneva’s chapel program, and collaborates with the college’s church relations program and Center for Faith and Practice (CFP).
As Chaplain, Rut also teaches part-time in the Department of Bible, Christian Ministries and Philosophy, a duty for which he is well qualified. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) in Pittsburgh since 2007 and from 1999-2004 he taught Bible at Heritage Christian High School, a non-denominational college-prep school in Indianapolis.
Rut earned a Master of Divinity at RPTS and a Bachelor of Arts in Comprehensive Bible, with an emphasis on pastoral studies and a minor in the philosophy of religion, at Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio. Upon graduating from RPTS in 2006, he served until 2013 as the pastor of Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.
Rut speaks regularly to a variety of groups and conferences, ranging from academically oriented gatherings such as the annual Westminster Confession of Faith Into the 21st Century Conference to college retreats, high school youth groups and church family camps. He’s been interviewed frequently on Bibleburgh, a radio talk show on 101.5 WORD FM. Rut enjoys the outdoors, especially the ocean, and is a black belt in karate.
Rut says: “The best part of my life is my wife Evelyn and our four children—Isaiah, Caroline, Calvin, and Josiah.”