Keynote Speakers

Rev. Dave Hearn

June 5, 2018 – Deeper in Jesus, Further on Mission

Dave Hearn grew up in a godly home. In his early teens, he was confronted in a powerful way to move away from his concern with image and walk towards intimacy with God. Dave surrendered his life to Jesus and was filled with an overwhelming sense of joy.

As he became a passionate follower of Jesus, he began to sense a call into church ministry. His calling was confirmed at Canadian Bible College, where he met his wife Agnes. Dave and Agnes have been married over 30 years and have three daughters, two son-in-laws, and three grandchildren.

They entered into their first ministry in Ontario. From 1984 to 1997, Dave was Senior Pastor at Bramalea Alliance Church in Brampton, Ontario.

Dave then attended Regent College in Vancouver and received a masters of divinity degree. While living in British Columbia, Dave served as Lead Pastor at Lake Country Alliance in Winfield, B.C. from 1999 to 2002. Following this, he served as Assistant District Superintendent in the Canadian Pacific District until 2005, at which time he was elected as District Superintendent.

Dave has also served on the national Board of Directors (1994–2000) and on District Executive Committees in the Canadian Pacific District and Eastern and Central Canadian Districts.

In 2012, General Assembly appointed David Hearn as President of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. He was subsequently appointed to a second term during General Assembly 2016. Dave’s passion is to see the C&MA in Canada as a Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, and Mission-focused movement. A.B. Simpson declared, “This movement stands for a spirit of self-sacrifice, adjustment, adaptation and single-hearted love for people. We are called to a spirit so possessed with one supreme object, to gain men and women for Christ, that it sweeps over every other consideration in its over mastering purpose of love.”

Dr. Ron Walborn

June 6, 2018 – Deeper in Jesus

Dr. Ron Walborn is the Vice President and Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) and the College of Bible and Christian Ministry at Nyack College in Nyack, NY.  He has taught at Nyack ATS since the fall of 1999. Ron serves on the Board of Directors for The Christian and Missionary Alliance and has served on the Theological Issues Committee for the denomination. Ron has pastored C&MA churches in Connecticut and California. He planted Risen King Community Church with Dr. Terry Wardle in Redding, CA in 1989. While living in Redding for 10 years, he also taught part-time at Simpson University.

Ron has spoken at numerous Christian and secular colleges across America, and at churches and conferences internationally.  He has written a book on stewardship, Stewardship & the Kingdom of God, published by the Christian & Missionary Alliance and chaired the committee that wrote the C&MA position on Spiritual Gifts, Expectation Without Agenda. 

Ron has a bachelor of arts in history from Nyack College, a masters of divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Rev. Dr. Rob Reimer

June 7, 2018 – Deeper in Jesus

Rev. Dr. Rob Reimer is Professor of Pastoral Theology at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY and the founding pastor of South Shore Community Church in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he served as lead pastor for 22 years. Under Rob’s leadership, what began as a small group of eight believers mobilized on mission to start a new church, resulting in hundreds of people coming to faith in Christ. Many of the stories in his teachings and books come from the lessons learned planting and leading a church in New England – one of the most unchurched regions in the nation. 

In addition to his role as Professor, Rob is also an accomplished author. His books, Deep Faith, Soul Care, River Dwellers, and Pathways to the King have been sold worldwide.

Rob regularly speaks at pastors’ conferences, leadership conferences, churches, and seminaries in the United States and abroad.

Rob teaches Soul Care at the doctoral level and has taught various classes at the master’s level, including Personal, Professional and Theological Foundations for Ministry; Evangelism; Mentoring; Pastoral Methods; Person in Ministry; Soul Care; Intro to Spiritual Formation; Proclamation and Communication; and Intimacy and Authority.  

Rob was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from King’s College, a masters of divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

Rob and his wife, Jen, live in the Nyack, NY area with their four children, Danielle, Courtney, Darcy, and Craig.

Rev. Vijay Krishnan

June 8, 2018 – Further On Mission

Vijay Krishnan is blessed to be a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jenn, father to Noah, Joel and Gideon, and Lead Pastor at Upper Room Community Church located in Vaughan, Ontario. Planted by Rexdale Alliance in 2005, Upper Room is committed to seeing the de-churched, unchurched and post-everything people of the Greater Toronto Area come to love and follow Jesus. Upper Room is privileged to minister in a growing city with significant ethnic, religious and economic diversity and is actively involved in New Ventures, Global Missions and fighting human trafficking in this area. In his spare time, Vijay loves to play sports with his kids, listen to loud music and snowboard on the mountain-less hills of Ontario. He is busy authoring his life and as such has not authored any books.