A Plural Leadership: Elders
The congregation at Rideauview Bible Chapel is led by a team of Elders. They take responsibility for the church’s spiritual oversight, vision and direction. This includes overseeing the teaching, pastoral and evangelism activities. The word ‘elder’ is a New Testament word used to describe the spiritual leadership of the local church. Below are photos of the elders with their wives who support them in this role.
David and Donna Boulard
David and Donna have been active at Rideauview Bible Chapel for over 17 years with various ministries including Sunday School, Awana, Seniors, College & Careers and serving in financial roles. David and Donna obtained business degrees in Toronto and Fredericton respectively and went on to obtain their Chartered Accountant designations. David and Donna were married in 1986 and after moving to Ottawa, Donna remained at home to raise and homeschool their four children. David is employed in the renewable energy industry and takes on many roles within the company. David & Donna continue to seek the Lord’s will for the next phase of their lives now that the children are adults, and seek to be a blessing and encouragement to others as they serve Him at Rideauview.
Tom and Nura Brown
Tom and Nura have been serving the Lord at Rideauview since 1990 in various ministries. Tom has served in Sunday school and as a youth leader. They both worked in Awana for nearly 20 years. They have a shared passion for working with young people and have been involved at Galilee Bible Camp since their children were young. Prior to joining the elders, Tom was a deacon for over 10 years.
Brian and Nancy Foreman
Brian grew up at Rideauview. After graduating from Carleton University in 1973, he studied for two years at Institut Emmaus, a Bible college in Switzerland. From there he served the Lord Jesus Christ in France for over 15 years. Since returning to Canada in November of 1992, Brian has worked in the federal government until his retirement in June 2016. Originally from Chicago, after graduating from Hope College, Nancy studied for one year at Culver City Bible School in Los Angeles before joining Brian in the Lord’s work in France. In addition to being active at Rideauview, Nancy works in federal government as a plain language specialist. Brian and Nancy first met on a summer mission’s trip to France in 1971 with International Teams. They were married in 1979 and have 4 adult children, and 12 grandchildren.
A plural leadership: Deacons
In order to allow the elders to give themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word of God as a priority, (Acts 6:1-4), Rideauview has a team of deacons to manage the material assets of the church, including the distribution of funds to the Lord’s work and those in need, as well as looking after the building.
Our deacons are: Mike Beckwith, Josh Hale, Vaughan Loucks, John Unsworth and George Wilson.
College and Careers
The C&C group is self directed with mentorship from John and Kim Unsworth.
As of September 2019 the leaders are: Rachel Black, Caleb Rodgers and Sebastian Echegoyen-Herrera.
Together, they receive communication from missionaries and put together a monthly digest to inform the church on any missionary news. They also meet together to discuss financial needs and any changes to financial distribution to the missionaries. Current members are: Keith Blair, Benton Willard, Adam Milling and Shirley Finter as well as a number of others who help in various roles.