Creating a Congregational Culture of Discipleship
The TrueCity Discipleship Project is led by a team comprised of leaders from a variety of ministries and churches working together to determine how to best facilitate and encourage discipleship within the churches in our TrueCity movement. Join our team for this workshop where we will explore a working definition of discipleship, learn about various discipleship practices in the city and consider how we can work together to create a culture of discipleship in each of our churches in Hamilton.
TrueCity Discipleship Project Team–
Dwayne Cline was raised in rural Ontario. At a young age God changed his life. After graduating from Tyndale College, God called him to pastor Hughson St. Baptist Church, in the heart of Hamilton, in January, 1995. The North End of Hamilton was the third poorest community in Canada when Dwayne started pastoring the church. As the church has a parish model of ministry, a number of families from Hughson St. live within walking distance of the church and Hughson St. offers a variety of ministries in the neighbourhood which cares for over 500 unchurched individuals and families each week. Dwayne serves on boards with various groups and organizations in Hamilton. Dwayne married Aimee in 1998 and they have four children. Dwayne speaks for camps, universities, denominational meetings and conferences across the country and is one of the founding members of TrueCity.
Chris Schoon serves as the Senior Pastor at First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, an urban church rooted in the Durand and Kirkendall neighborhoods. Along with pastoring, Chris has taught mission related courses at Redeemer University College and Calvin Theological Seminary and is a doctoral candidate (ThD) at Wycliffe College with a focus on worship, discipleship, and evangelism within the missional church movement.
Don Corry has served with the Navigators in Hamilton for 32 years, primarily in giving leadership to the McMaster ministry. He is a graduate of Royal Military College and McMaster Divinity College. He currently leads the city ministry with a focus on undergrads and medical students, as well as mentoring young business leaders in the community. He is building a staff team to serve the community. Don and his wife Lynette are elders and home church leaders with the West Hamilton Meeting House. They have three married children and three grandchildren and another imminently ready to join the clan.
Mike Mileski is about as Hamilton as they come: born at St. Joe’s, schooled at Sacred Heart, nourished by the finest lemon meringue pies from Hamilton’s downtown department stores, and entertained by Star Wars toys scored at The Amity. A retired artist and school teacher, Mike is the Associate Pastor at Philpott Memorial Church. His role there has him creating environments in which adults can deepen their faith in Jesus. Mike and Heather have been married since 2001, and have three children: Maggie (8), Stella (5) and Simon-James (2). Mike’s only childhood regret was missing his chance to meet David Hasselhoff in person at the grand opening of Toys R Us in ’84.