Who We Are
Our Board is a combination of leaders from local church leadership and Christian ministries leadership, who volunteer their time, giftedness and passion to growing the connectedness, impact, and unity of leadership of the Church in London in order to bless this community and seek to bring honor to the name of Christ.
Executive Director CCNL
Rev. Dr. Barry Slauenwhite has served 44 years in fulltime ministry – 8 years as lead pastor and 36 years as President/CEO of Compassion Canada and continues to serve the mission as President Emeritus. He is past chair of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) and the VIVA Network (Oxford, UK). In his role with Compassion, Barry has worked with churches in 37 countries and has a passion for the local church’s impact and sustainability. He also understands the unique role of Para-Church ministries (Servant Ministries) and how both can work together to fulfill the Great Commission. Barry understands the inner workings of the church and para-church and is committed to CCNL’s vision of “building relationships, leadership and bridges” within the London community. Barry and his wife Sharon have two daughters and two granddaughters and have made London their home for the past 36 years.
CCNL Chairman of the Board
Garry is the Lead Pastor of Royal View Church where he has served for the past fifteen years. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (1977); Central Pentecostal College, Saskatoon (1980); and Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon (1980). Garry was ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in 1982. He has served on numerous denominational boards and committees over the years, and presently serves on the Western Ontario District Executive of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Garry has a passion for London, especially in the areas of prayer, outreach, and discipleship. Garry and his wife Judy have two married children; Andrew (Heather), Michael (Laura); and one daughter Laura who still lives at home. Garry enjoys reading, golfing, and watching people. He loves life!
Matthew Eckert grew up on St. Catharines, Ontario. Both of his parents were involved in education and he enjoyed growing up with three sisters.
After obtaining a BSc in Ag and a Masters in Business from the University of Guelph, Matthew enjoyed a 12-year career in banking, both domestic and international. During that time he married Janice and they have two children, and now a daughter-in-law. In 2004 he made a career change, moving to London to become a pastor at North Park Community Church where he currently is the Executive Lead Pastor. He obtained a Masters of Theological Studies as well as a Doctor of Ministry.
Matthew led a movement at North Park in 2007 that guided the church to engage in the city of London more intentionally. The church currently partners with 8 non-profit organizations with Mission Services being one of those organizations.
Susan Gowan is a 'retired' business owner and teacher, an artist, and a strategic planning consultant - interesting mix. Involved in much Christian and community development in leadership over many years as a native Londoner, she especially delights in developing young leaders. Past chair of Mission Services of London board and currently chair of the Youth for Christ London board.
She and her husband Paul are active at Northpark Community Church. Their two wonderful kids with amazing spouses live in London as well and are doubly blessed with two sets of delightful twin granddaughters.
Sue joined the CCNL board in January 2015 after working with the board over a 6 month period to help refresh CCNL's brand and direction.
Eric is current Past President of The Navigators of Canada, have served as their president from 2004-2014. Eric graduated from Berkshire Christian College with a Bachelors of Arts in Theology in 1973. He joined Navigator staff in 1980 in the U.S. and immigrated to Canada in 1987, moving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan until he moved to London, the headquarters of Navs Canada in 2014. Currently, Eric's primary responsibility is serving on an international Navigator task-force on Poverty, Corruption and Injustice. He is also an active volunteer with both the Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) and the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) having served on both their Board of Directors. He has chaired the CHS Board and is currently serving as VP Finance on the WFH Board. He is married to Marion and they have four adult children and seven grandkids (all boys!).
Junior C. Sorzano
Junior is the Lead Pastor of London First Church of the Nazarene where he has served for the past twenty years. He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with an MA in Religion and Counselling (1993): Canadian Nazarene College, with a Bachelor of Theology (1984) and Caribbean Nazarene College, where he served for eight years as Business Manager and Director of Admissions before leaving Trinidad for Canada. Junior was ordained in 1988 with the Church of the Nazarene and has pastored churches in Trinidad, the USA and Canada. He has served on numerous denominational boards and committees over the years, and presently serves as Multicultural Facilitator for the USA/Canada Region. Junior has a heart and passion for the people of London and serves as a volunteer Hospital and Prison Chaplain. Junior and his wife Rose (who is also an ordained Minister and Associate Pastor) have three children and a loving church family. Junior enjoys Preaching, Golfing, Cars, Flying and is a Master Trainer with Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI).
John came from South Korea to Canada in 1998, then moved to London to study Medical Biophysics at University of Western Ontario (2008). John attended Knox Seminary to receive an M.Div (2011). He later became an Associate Minister at Oakridge Presbyterian Church where he served until April 2018. John is married to Grace, and they have two children, Leo and Esther. The Parks felt a new calling to serve in the East of London area in a hope of seeing God’s Kingdom revealed in the city. He is also currently serving in various roles within his own denomination (The Presbyterian Church in Canada).
Carole has been the director of connections and local outreach at West Park church for the last 5 years. She loves meeting and connecting newcomers into life at West Park where they find a place to belong and grow. She is passionate about seeing West Park church play an active role in our community as we individually and corporately live out the commandment to love our neighbours as ourselves. Together with other churches in the northwest part of London and other community partners, they try to add value and find places where God is at work and join Him there.
Carole received her honours BA from the University of Waterloo in Social Development Studies, and has worked in a variety of fields encouraging, supporting and connecting children and adults. Carole and Alex have 4 grown children and she loves spending time with them, their spouses, friends and children. In her free time she enjoys walks, good coffee, books, exercise and family.