SPECIAL GUESTS

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Rev. Dr. Sophia Pringle

Lead Pastor of The Spring Community Church

The Rev. Dr. Sophia Pringle is a committed Christian who has dedicated her life to the Lord from the tender age of eleven. Growing up in her hometown of Palmers Cross Clarendon, Jamaica, her dedication and giftedness for spiritual service soon became evident and led to her serving in several capacities including local Church Youth Director, Parish Youth Director and National Youth Director for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

With a strong affinity for ministry, Sophia has served on pastoral teams for the church in Montego Bay Jamaica and Victory Tabernacle in the Cayman Islands. She also served as the Caribbean Liaison to the International Youth Council of the Church of God of Prophecy and founding Director of Caribbean Youth Conference 2002 to 2008.

A pharmacist by profession, Sophia Pringle holds a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Technology, Jamaica. She is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP), and a Certified Diabetes Educator.  Rev. Pringle also holds a Diploma in Practical Theology from the International Seminary, Florida and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Church Ministries with the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee.

As Lead Pastor of The Spring Community Church in Toronto, Pastor Pringle has a passion for growth within the Kingdom of God. Dr. Pringle is an itinerant speaker who has ministered at conventions, conferences, retreats and seminars in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, USA, Canada and across the Caribbean. She is married to the love of her life, Rodney, who is her friend, companion and confidant.

 
 

Pastors Karl & Colleen Lewis

Foundation For Life Family Church

Karl Lewis is a Pastor, Bible teacher, author, TV host and consultant to pastors. He founded Foundation For Life Christian Ministries and Foundation For Life Family Church with his wife Pastor Colleen.  He works with pastors and church leaders locally and globally to build and establish healthy local churches through healing evangelistic ministry, leadership seminars and teaching ministry. 

Karl and his family reside in Ontario, Canada. 

 

Pastor Karl Lewis

Foundation For Life Family Church

416.614.1220; karllewis@foundationforlife.ca

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Gwyneth Chapman

Senior Advisor

Economic Empowerment

Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Brampton

 

 

 

Ms. Chapman did not pigeon-hole herself by simply focusing on one area of journalism. She took all aspects of journalism seriously, studying and honing her skills as a print and photo journalist, television host, reporter, producer, executive producer and editor of television current affairs programs, documentaries and radio programs.

In television, print and radio she stands out as a `go-getter.' Her work has appeared in several programs on community and national television network stations. Her diverse background in print media, radio and television includes directing, producing, writing, hosting, reporting, researching and editing programs and documentaries for mixed aged audiences.

 

Some of Chapman's credits include: Community Producer, Daytime, - Rogers TV; Executive producer, Host, Inspiring Youth TV - Rogers TV, Executive producer, host , All About You - City TV, Story Producer, Reporter, Canadian Living TV - CTV; Documentary Host and Producer, Positive Images - Vision TV and Rogers TV; Host and Producer, Callaloo, Mc Clains TV; Reporter - Black on Black, - Community Magazine - Rogers TV; Interviewer, The Black Experience - Graham Cable; Producer and Host , Positive Vibes - Laurentian Cable, Hull, Quebec, Producer, Host, Education for the Future - Skyline Cable, Ottawa, Host, Caribbean Pepperpot - City TV. Intern-ships - The Dini Show, CFTO News, Canada AM, CTV; Associate producer to Radio Host Cecil Foster CFRB AM 1010; Photo Journalist, Writer and Columnist for Share Newspaper, Legacy Magazine, Vox Paper, Pride Magazine and Sway Magazine,Writer and Media Director for the late Dr. Rubin Hurricane Carter, Photo Journalist and Writer, The Caribbean Camera.

In 2006, she started a production company to create quality shows for television programming. Ms. Chapman hosted and produced a weekly tv series `All About You`, on City TV. The goal of this program was to present a more positive image of the African Canadian community by featuring outstanding individuals, and to inspire youth to go after their goals with confidence.

After what Toronto called, “the summer of the gun”,  in an attempt to lift up the spirit of youth in the community, and to remind them of their legacy, in 2006, she produced the `Inspiring Youth Awards`- Passing on the Torch, honouring African-Canadian icons and achievers.  This event brings together living Canadian “Legends” and young achievers, allowing iconic figures to “Pass on the torch” symbolizing the path to success.  Toronto Star called it the, “Most inspiring event of the year.”

In the summer of 2008, Ms. Chapman created the very successful, 'Inspiring Youth Leadership Summer Camp'. She utilized her resourceful network of community contacts to participate as role models and mentors to the young people . The mission of the Leadership camp was to assist youth in developing their self-confidence, teach the importance of political participation, generate an interest in media production and explore various career possibilities.

 

While building her career in television broadcasting, she continued to work tirelessly as a community organizer and volunteer. A strong advocate for youth, the idea that ‘no child’ should be left behind has motivated her to develop youth focused projects which includes quality tv programs, which empower youth.

Ms. Chapman has a long community focused working relationship with Mayor John Tory which started in 2003 and to the present day. In 2003 she worked as co-chair of his mayoral campaign and played an important role in his 2014 Mayoral campaign as a community and local media strategist, community mobilizer and organiser, among other things.  For her impactful contribution to the campaign, the Caribbean Camera, referred to her as “John Tory's - Not So Secret Caribbean Weapon.”  She assumed the role of, Special Advisor, Youth Engagement and Development for Mayor John Tory in 2015 and continues to be a volunteer advisor for issues concerning Toronto's black community.

 

 
 

Timothy Quek, PhD

Pastor, Teacher, Counsellor

Dr. Timothy Quek received his PhD in Psychology at York University, Toronto, Ontario, and currently runs a practice in counselling in Toronto.

 

Dr. Quek has held teaching positions at the following schools:

  • McMaster University (Hamilton)

  • Glendon College (York University, Toronto)

  • Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University College & Seminary) in Ontario, Canada

  • Ambrose University College, Toronto

 

Dr. Quek regularly speak at conferences and seminars including those hosted by the Children’s Aid Society, Foster Parent’s Associations, Intercultural Ministries (with SIM International) and the Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse Network.

 

Dr. Quek had the privilege of holding various elected positions, including being Chair of the Board of Elders at his church, President of the Board of Directors of a non-profit charitable organization offering day care and counselling to the community. Dr. Quek has also been the Pastor to seniors at a church in Scarborough, Ontario, and Senior Interim Pastor to another congregation, also in Scarborough. Currently, Dr. Quek serves as an ordained minister and a senior pastor at a church in Scarborough.

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Bishop Fritz Manning

Pastor

Bishop G. Fritz Manning migrated to Canada at the age of twenty-one years old, three months later the Lord saved and called him, to a call he could not resist.                    

 

He is married to his wife Rachael of 48 years, they have three children Anthony, Floyd and Janice and eleven grandchildren. He has been involved in Christian ministry for over 40 years, his ministerial services include: serving as Youth Minister, Sunday School Superintendent, Director of Pastoral Care Ministry and thirty-four years as lead Pastor. During this time, he has led many to Christ and has mentored many including three candidates who are now serving as Pastors.                                                                                                                                                    

In June of 2000 he was ordained as a Bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy.  Bishop Manning did his Bachelor of Religious Studies (BRE) studies at Tyndale College & Seminary and his Master of Arts in Religion at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His passions are teaching, talking/counselling with young people helping them to shape their lives and plan their future by transmitting Godly values to them.

Bishop Manning's vision for the future is to continue to pour into the lives of others and to be an effective counsellor, counselling younger men and women in the path of righteousness. He sees a great future for the Church of God of Prophecy (In Eastern Canada) and believes that the youth of the church are the natural resources. Therefore, all diligence must be taken in order to maximize our natural resources. Although he is currently retired from frontline pastoral ministry, he still enjoys serving as an instructor in the Ministry Development Training program and on the National Ministerial Review Board.

 
 

Dave McLaughlin

Dave McLaughlin is an international saxophonist, recording artist, and a world class humanitarian who has played for world leaders, including Prime Ministers of Canada and Mayors of Toronto. He was also chosen to play at the reception of the late Rob Ford, former mayor of Toronto. His audiences have numbered up to 20,000 people and he is a favourite entertainer at weddings and at many Golf and Country Clubs, including the President’s Ball at the Granite Club.

His feature article in the Toronto Sun and his television interview both highlighted his work as a musician and also as a philanthropist, supporting many community projects.

Dave is Rita Marley’s favourite saxophonist. He’s also opened for Ray Charles, as well as played for the Presidents of Sony Canada, Pepsi Canada, Royal Bank, CIBC, Mazda Canada and Scotiabank. He has also performed for NBA players, baseball players, PGA winner Ernie Els, talk show host Jerry Springer as well as other celebrities .

Whether playing solo, or as part of his own band, he is considered to have one of the best bands in the country, and to be one of the best Gospel saxophonists around. Dave is sure to be a crowd favourite.

World-Class Canadian Saxophonist