Rev. Dr. Joe Boot
Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot (M.A., Ph.D.) is a cultural theologian, leading Christian apologist, founding pastor of Westminster Chapel in Toronto and founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity (EICC). Originally from Great Britain, he served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries for seven years as an apologist based in England and Canada. Joe has spoken all over the world in 25 countries at numerous universities, seminaries, churches, colleges, and conferences from Eton College and Oxford University, to Forman University in Lahore, Pakistan. He regularly addresses medical, legal, and business professionals in North America, Britain, and the Middle East and has publicly debated leading atheistic thinkers and philosophers in Canada and the United States.
Joe did his undergraduate studies in Theology (Birmingham Christian College, U.K), earned his Master’s degree in Mission Theology (University of Manchester U.K), and holds a Ph.D. in Christian Intellectual Thought (WTS, Florida USA). A contributing author to Thomas Nelson’s major Christian apologetics volume, Beyond Opinion. Joe’s other apologetic works include Searching for Truth (Crossway), Why I Still Believe (Baker), and How Then Shall We Answer (New Wine) which have been published in Europe and North America. His most recent work, The Mission of God (Freedom Press) is a systematic work of cultural theology exploring the Christian's mission in the world. Joe is Senior Fellow of the cultural and apologetics think-tank truthXchange in Southern California and in 2011 was recognized by Toronto’s Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection as ‘Best Preacher Apologist’ for his contribution to apologetic and expository preaching. Joe is general editor of the Ezra Institute’s Journal, Jubilee, serves as chancellor for Westminster Classical Christian Academies, and can be regularly heard on the John Oakley Culture Clash radio program or seen on Sun News Network’s The Arena. Joe lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife, Jenny, and their three children: Naomi, Hannah, and Isaac.
Jennifer Forbes, Director of Development
Jennifer spent her early years as a missionary kid in Zambia and then grew up in London, Ontario. She moved to Toronto for university, earning a BA in International Development at York University with a focus on political economy and politics, governance, and policy. She has lived abroad, studying Spanish in Guatemala and working with two orphan-care ministries: Kids Alive International in Zambia and Peru, and the Casa Viva Initiative in Costa Rica.
In 2010, Jennifer launched the Safe Families for Children ministry at Westminster Chapel in Toronto and shortly thereafter joined the staff team as the Director of Justice and Compassion ministries. Safe Families Canada is now an incorporated entity providing local churches and Christian families with a platform to serve families-in-crisis in their communities through the practice of biblical hospitality.
In October of 2012, Jenny joined the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity part-time as the Director of Development. She is committed to the belief that every part of our lives is to come under the Lordship of Christ and his Word, by the power of his Spirit.
Jenny is an avid reader, and loves the outdoors especially when camping, canoeing, hiking, boating or surfing. She is a classical pianist and a lifelong soccer player. Her favourite art form is cooking and her dream hobby is to learn to fly small airplanes.
Board of Trustees
The Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity operates as a charitable trust and is overseen by the following trustees.
Randall S. Currie
Dr. Scott Masson
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