Our People

"One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts."

- Psalm 145:4

Rev. Dr. Joe Boot

Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot (M.A., Ph.D.) is a Christian thinker, cultural apologist/philosopher, founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and founding pastor of Westminster Chapel, Toronto. Proud to call Canada home, Joseph is originally from Great Britain and has worked in the fields of Christian apologetics, worldview education and church leadership for over twenty years on both sides of the Atlantic. He has spoken and guest lectured globally 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 and has publicly debated leading atheistic thinkers and philosophers in Canada and the United States.

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Nathan Oblak

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Nathan Oblak is Director of Operations at the Ezra Institute.

Nathan is on the executive team and is frequently heard on the Institutes’ Podcast for Cultural Reformation. He is engaged in developing and maintaining relationships with pastors, churches, schools, and other institutions and organizations interested in partnering together for the Kingdom through participation in Ezra Institute teaching and training programs.

Ryan Eras

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Ryan Eras is Director of Content and Publishing at the Ezra Institute, and is one of the hosts of the Podcast for Cultural Reformation. 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.

Davie Peter

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Davie Peter is Program Coordinator at the Ezra Institute. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in English from Tyndale University, and is currently working towards a graduate certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University.

Michael Gusche

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Michael is Facilities Manager for the Ezra Institute. He also oversees the building and custodians at Westminster Chapel in Toronto, where he serves as a deacon. He studied Architecture at George Brown College and Engineering at Ryerson University.

Rev. Michael and Helen Boot

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Mike and Helen were both born in Great Britain, although Mike is of Dutch background - his father emigrating from the Netherlands to the UK after WWII. Mike has served in both church-planting and Bible teaching ministry for over 35 years. Mike and Helen were married in 1970 after meeting at Bible college in the UK.

Laura Oldfield

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Laura Oldfield is the Conservation Officer at the Ezra Institute, where she takes responsibility for conservation education and gardening on the farmstead. Laura's favourite place to be is outdoors. Her particular interests are getting to know native and endangered species in the Carolinian forest, growing vegetables in her garden 9 months of the year, collecting rocks, and all things birds. She recently completed the Ontario Master Naturalist program at Lakehead University.

Board of Directors

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

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