2020 Summer Preaching Series

YPBC is pleased to announce our line-up of summer speakers for the 2020 season. Don't miss this exciting, thought-provoking, and inspirational summer ministry. Join us live online.

July 5
The Rev. Canon Cheryl C. Palmer

On January 1st, 2018, The Rev. Canon Cheryl Palmer began her incumbency as the Rector of Christ Church Deer Park in Mid-town Toronto.

Immediately prior to the commencement of that appointment she was the Director of Cemetery Ministries at the Anglican Church of St. John's Norway in the Beach for over five years. Most of Cheryl's ministry as parish priest was lived out as rector of St. Clement's Anglican Church in North Toronto for ten years, and Associate priest there for the six previous years. Cheryl's priestly ministry to the people of God has been in a number of interesting settings, including the Hospital for Sick Children, where she was the Anglican Chaplain, during which time she was an Honorary Assistant at Christ Church, Deer Park. She has also served as Associate Priest at St Stephen's, Downsview, and as Assistant Curate at St John's Church, Ancaster (Diocese of Niagara). Canon Palmer received her undergraduate degree from Queens University and her Masters of Divinity from Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Born in Jamaica, Canon Palmer moved to Canada with her family in 1975. Though she was ordained deacon (1985) and priest (1986) in the Diocese of Niagara, most of her priestly ministry has been served in the Diocese of Toronto. She is married to Danylo Dzwonyk.

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July 12
Rev. Dale Rose

Dale Rose began his ministry at Yorkminster Park in the fall of 2012. Prior to coming to Yorkminster Park, he served as the Senior Pastor of Lorne Park Baptist Church in Mississauga for 16 years. Earlier in his ministry he pastored churches on the west island of Montreal (Lakeside Heights Baptist) and in picturesque Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, where he was ordained in 1985.

Dale is a graduate of Acadia University (B.A. in English), and received his Master of Divinity degree from Wycliffe College, a seminary at the university of Toronto, in 1984. During his time at seminary, Dale served part-time on the pastoral staff of Blythwood Road Baptist Church in north Toronto, where he met his wife, Donna. They were married in 1983, and have three grown children.

Dale has given leadership in various roles with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec, Canadian Baptist Ministries and various ecumenical associations. He enjoys meeting people and loves to be involved in the local community. His life statement is: "The joy has been the journey," based on the words of Philippians 3:13-14: "But this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus."

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July 19
Rev. John Torrance

Rev. John R. Torrance, B.A., M.Div., graduated from McMaster Divinity College in 1972 and served as pastor in five churches in Ontario before retiring from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church as Associate Minister, Pastoral Care, in February of 2009. At that time, the church honoured John by publishing A Year In Prayer, a collection of his pastoral prayers. He was a member of several committees of Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec, and filled a one year term as President and six months as Interim Executive Minister. Since retirement he has served as Interim Pastor at several churches and in 2016 was appointed Minister Emeritus, Pastoral Care. He and his late wife Margaret have three sons and two granddaughters.


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July 26
Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson

The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson is Professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology, where he teaches at the basic and doctoral levels.

Paul is the son of a minister, ordained in the United Church of Canada. He has served several churches in both full-time and interim capacity and has a long involvement with youth ministry.

Paul is a past president of the Academy of Homiletics, and the author of numerous books. He lectures and preaches widely throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada. Paul is married to Deanna, who is also an ordained minister. They have three grown children.

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August 2
Rev. Leanne Friesen

Rev. Leanne Friesen has served as the Lead Pastor of Mount Hamilton Baptist Church in Hamilton for the last fifteen years. She is also a frequent guest speaker and teacher at conferences and special events in Ontario and Canada. She writes about life and ministry at her blog leannefriesen.com


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August 9
Rev. Dale Rose

See biography above.

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August 16
Rev. Dale Rose

See biography above.

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August 23
Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris

Dr. Farris received his Doctor of Ministry and Masters of Theology from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, followed by his PhD from Cambridge University, England. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Kingston in 1981 and served as Minister for five years at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Amherstview, Ontario. Since then he has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches where he was charged with negotiating the repudiation of apartheid by the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa and its readmission to the Alliance. He was the Moderator of the 140th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. And until 2016 served as the Dean of St. Andrew's Hall and as a Professor of Homiletics and New Testament at the Vancouver School of Theology. Dr. Farris is the author of several books and has contributed to many other books, articles and resources. He has lectured and preached across North America and around the world. 

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August 30
Rev. Paula Willis

Paula Willis is a Chaplain at the Toronto Grace Health Centre in downtown Toronto. She is a graduate of York University (B.A.) and Trinity College, University of Toronto (MDiv) and was ordained at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in January 2015. On Sunday mornings at Yorkminster she conducts a Bible study, the current subject being an Introduction to the New Testament. Paula is a contributor to and editor of Yorkminster Park's, Walking Together, an online weekday devotional. She is currently assisting the team as the Interim Pastoral Care Associate.

Paula grew up in Thornhill and her early life was filled with music. From attending the Royal Conservatory of Music (singing) from the age of 6 until early adulthood, to joining the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus and both Mendelssohn Youth and Mendelssohn Choirs her world sang and she with it. She is an avid reader, researcher and writer in her spare time and mother of two, Philip and Colette, both of whom she considers the greatest of teachers.

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September 6
Rev. Dale Rose

See biography above.

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