West Region – Hamilton
About the family
Maria and I have been married for five years. We have planned to do ministry together since we started dating. Our first few years of marriage consisted of a lot of schooling together in the Hamilton area, and we have fallen in love with the city.
Maria is a marriage and family therapist, and together we want to work toward the restoration of east Hamilton. For Maria that means a private practice across the street. For me that means partnering with a not-for-profit bike shop to use their space creatively for discipleship and worship. We are cyclists and, to be honest, we love sports and adventure in general. We look forward to being parents but up until now school has been our baby.
We are both Canadian through and through, but Maria was born in Argentina and that means “estoy appriendo español.” Distinctives in our ministry include a gravitation toward couples ministry and one-on-one discipleship, but we also like throwing parties and showing hospitality.
About the Church Plant
Restoration Hamilton is a group of cyclists in east Hamilton. In 2014 this group started to dream about ways to create greater community and more opportunities for mentorship among cyclists and their friends. In 2015 this group launched Shop Talks—a church in the bike shop thing.
We work toward the restoration of people through the restoration of bikes and to make bike mechanics and customers into people mechanics and disciples. New Hope Community Bikes is a learning hub for building and repairing bikes. Our hope is to use New Hope Community Bikes as a launching point to discuss God’s restoration plan in culture and in people, moving beyond bikes to the restoration of the human life.
–For synergy between the shop, it’s staff and the R.H. team as we partner with one another.
–For focused, dedicated leaders committed primarily to Restoration Hamilton. There are many disciples but few leaders.
–Against ultra post-modern barriers.
Come by New Hope Community Bikes to volunteer time fixing bikes and building relationships with cyclists as you work. Pray that those who attend Shop Talks will transition from the outreach service to the prayer meetings, small groups and one-on-ones. Share our story, and come ride with us as we engage Hamilton cyclists.
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