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Rev. Dr. Joe Boot

Joe Boot

Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot (M.A., PhD) is a Christian thinker, cultural theologian, noted Christian apologist, founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity (EICC) and founding pastor of Westminster Chapel in Toronto. Proud to call Canada home, Joseph is originally from Great Britain and has worked in the fields of Christian apologetics and church leadership for over twenty years on both sides of the Atlantic. He has spoken and guest lectured all over the world at numerous university student events, seminaries, churches, colleges, and conferences. He regularly addresses pastors and Christian leaders as well as academic, medical, legal, and political professionals in the English speaking nations 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 with a focus on the philosophy of culture and apologetics (University of Manchester U.K), and holds a PhD in Christian Intellectual Thought (Whitefield Theological Seminary, Florida, USA). A contributing author to Thomas Nelson’s major Christian apologetics volume, Beyond Opinion, Joe’s own apologetic works include Searching for Truth (Crossway), Why I Still Believe (Baker), and How Then Shall We Answer (New Wine). His most noted contribution to Christian thought, The Mission of God (Wilberforce Publications/Ezra Press), is a systematic work of cultural theology/philosophy exploring the biblical worldview as it relates to the Christian’s mission in the world. His latest published volumes, Gospel Culture and Gospel Witness further develop this theme and serve as an introduction to a scriptural worldview and a Christian philosophy of culture.

Joe serves as Senior Fellow for the cultural and apologetics think-tank truthXchange in Southern California; is Senior Fellow of cultural philosophy for the California based Centre for Cultural Leadership; and is director of the annual Wilberforce Academy training program (Christian Concern) in Cambridge U.K, as well as faculty for the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Blackstone Legal Academy in Washington DC. In 2011 he 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, and is founding chancellor of Westminster Classical Christian Academy in Toronto. The Ezra Institute’s new Centre for Reformational Culture is on the Niagara Peninsula in Grimsby, Ontario, where research, publishing and new programs of study are being developed. Joe is married to Jenny and they have three children: Naomi, Hannah, and Isaac.

Suzie Van Seters

 

Suzie is Vice-President of the Ezra Institute and joined the EICC Executive Committee of the Board in 2016. She oversees operations, staffing and strategic planning. She has a background in political engagement, working for federal political parties at the national and riding levels, as well as the National Citizens Coalition.

Suzie has over 18 years of experience in corporate communications and communications planning, including roles as Senior Project & Finance Manager at Flint Learning Solutions in Toronto, Communications Consultant with Trillium Corporate Communications and working with an architectural design company as a project and client manager.

Suzie completed her degree majoring in Political Science with a minor in History at the University of Toronto’s Trinity College, and obtained a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Communications from Seneca College, graduating on the President’s Honours List.

Suzie lives in Woodbridge with her husband Russ Hiebert. They attend Westminster Chapel at High Park, Toronto and have 9 children. 

Steven Martins

Steven Martins

Steven Martins is the Director of Ministry Development & Advancement with the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity (EICC), where he seeks to advance distribution of the resources of the EICC for the benefit of God’s church. He also serves as an itinerant speaker and debater, and has debated several Muslim imams.

Steven graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Human Resource Management, and is completing an MA in Christian Apologetics at Veritas International University. He also oversees the EICC’s Worldview Leadership League, an apologetics and worldview training camp for high school-aged students, and serves on the board for Answers in Genesis Canada.

Steven writes regularly for the Gospel Coalition’s Spanish branch, Coalición por el Evangelio, and is a contributor to the Reforma Siglo XXI Journal of the reformed publishing house Editorial Confraternidad Latinoamericana de Iglesias Reformadas (CLIR), in Costa Rica. He has also traveled on missions to provide apologetic training and Christian literature in Latin America and the Caribbean, speaking at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the University of West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, and at other educational institutions.

Steven lives in Jordan Station, Ontario, with his wife Cindy and their son Matthias.

Ryan Eras

Ryan Eras

Ryan Eras is Director of Content and Publishing at the Ezra Institute. He holds an undergraduate degree in History from Tyndale University, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto, with a focus on bibliographic control and the history of censorship.

Ryan has served in several educational and support roles, providing bibliographic research and critical editorial assistance for several popular and academic publications. He lives in Toronto with his wife Rachel, and their children, Isabelle, Joanna and Simon.

Anita Benedict

Anita serves as student support staff with the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. She holds a B.A.(Hon.) and an M.A. from the University of Toronto and a B.Ed. from Brock University. Anita has also worked in various roles at the University of Toronto, including   Academic Counselor, Director of the Aboriginal Students Services and Programs, and as Coordinator of the Centre of Aboriginal Initiatives in the Aboriginal Studies Program. She also worked as Intergovernmental Relations Advisor at Environment Canada.

Prior to her work at the U. of T., Anita studied and worked in Switzerland in the early 1970s through the early 1980s at L'Abri Fellowship under Francis Schaeffer. Born in upstate New York, she currently lives in Toronto.

Board of Directors

The Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity operates as a charitable corporation and is overseen by the following directors.

Randall S. Currie

Aaron Ferguson

James Glover

Ryan Kidd

Rob Stephenson

Suzie Van Seters

Kevin Young

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