Rev Trevor Brisbin approached us with the desire to return to ministry and was recognized by our board as an Ordained Minister with Clergy Support Memorial Church on December 7th, 2018. He brings to the Church a dedication to share his knowledge of pastoral care and outreach including the conviction for inclusivity for those who realize that the faith and tradition in which they once thrived, no longer works for them.
At present, he is the co-founder/co-facilitator of the Progressive Faith Collective organization who hold monthly gatherings for those who no longer feel connected to or welcomed in their faith tradition. This safe haven allows Trevor to continue to share and educate enthusiasts, allowing them to express their beliefs in a non-judgmental environment.
- Doctor of Ministry – Claremont School of Theology (2017)
- Master of Divinity – Tyndale Seminary (2010)
- Bachelor of Religious Education – Tyndale College (1998)
Trevor has officiated and celebrated dozens of wedding ceremonies in which in he prepared and enriched couples through premarital preparation counseling. He is comfortable in offering a pastoral counselling setting where he utilizes his training in short-term solution focused counselling and narrative therapy.
Rev Trevor was the Lead/Teaching Minister with the Chartwell Baptist Church in Oakville, Ontario for fifteen years. His many accomplishments included growing his congregation from fifty to four hundred and getting the opportunity to lead creative weekly worship services. Developing and providing theological/spiritual direction was foundational to Trevor and is the essential core of who he is and what is offered as part of his ministry. Trevor continues to make himself available to speak and lead in various Christian worship settings including acting as a guest minister leading worship services at Roncesvalles United Church.
Along with his many skills, Trevor enjoys teaching and sharing his education and extensive experience. Some of his most significant spiritual moments of insight and opportunities to grow and learn have occurred while preparing sermons, bible study and teaching others. Rev Trevor participates in and has led different study groups. Intentional nurturing of his soul and his being is an important part longevity in pastoral ministry. He also leads bible study class at Roncesvalles United Church, where they have been studying the concept of Christian practices as socio/political subversion. Previous to this he was a Bible study leader offering guidance to youthful offenders at the Syl Apps Youth Centre in Oakville.
For over ten years now, he has offered his service as response clergy with Halton Health Care. Trevor has also offered his skills in leading spiritual and leadership retreats as well as being a keynote speaker for the Muskoka Woods Retreat staff training.
Community involvement has always been very important to Trevor as he has coached Little League, Hockey and Toronto Girls Baseball. With three young children, he is very involved in school activities as well as being engaged in many community initiatives from food drives, to international disaster relief and humanitarian projects.
He has travelled to Africa on multiple occasions to work with street children in Uganda and train local leaders. He is a board member of SoChange.ca which has the explicit mandate to inspire individuals and organizations to work towards tangible quality of life improvements for those who are currently disenfranchised. If Trevor is not finding joy in engaging with the needs he sees around him, he is sharing it while coaching youth hockey, baseball and t-ball.
Family time is very important to Trevor and during winter months, the family loves to downhill ski and snowboard. You can often find him at the hockey rink with his children, where he coaches, cheers and endlessly ties skates.
To keep fit and focused, he does recreational boxing three days a week and, in the summer months, he enjoys paddle-boarding at the cottage.
Reading especially the love of reading theology and would recommend the following books How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere – Andrew M. Davis & Philip Clayton, The Uncontrolling Love of God – Thomas Jay Oord and She Who Changes – Carol P. Christ.