Church, State, and the Future of Liberty

Thank you to everyone who attended the conference!

November 15 2021 | Grimsby, Ontario

Join us this fall for the first-ever Niagara Declaration conference
protecting the liberties of the church for the blessing of the nation

The Niagara Declaration on the Liberties of the Church in Canada begins with these words:
“WHEREAS Jesus Christ claims total authority over the nations as the Creator and Ruler of the kings, judges, and governors of the earth…”
As Canadians lament the ongoing violations of Charter freedoms in our homes, schools, workplaces, and churches, we take heart for two reasons. The first is that Jesus Christ is the Ruler of all the kings of the earth, who will be glorified despite the prideful schemes of men.
The second reason is that we have learned we are not alone. Canadian Christians have been organizing to encourage and support one another as we strive to be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ in an increasingly difficult cultural context.


On November 15, join us for the Niagara Declaration Conference 2021 as we consider the theme of Church, State, and the Future of Liberty.

Conference Details


Ezra Institute Centre for Reformational Culture
76 Ridge Road West
Grimsby, ON
L3M 4E7


9:00 - Doors Open & Registration

10:00 - Welcome, Introductory Address & Opening Hymn Sing

10:30 - Sphere Sovereignty and the Niagara Declaration - Joe Boot

12:00 - Liberty Coalition - Michael Thiessen

12:15 - Lunch and Hymn Sing

1:30 - State of Freedom - Andre Schutten

2:15 - Break

2:45 - TBD - Tim Stephens

3:45 - Break

4:00 - Standing Firm: Liberty, Resistance, and Defiance - Aaron Rock

6:00 - BBQ Dinner

7:00 - Q&A Panel - Joe Boot, Andre Schutten, Tim Stephens, Aaron Rock

8:00 - Closing

Speaker Bios


Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot

M.A., Ph. D.

Joe Boot is a Christian thinker, cultural apologist/philosopher, and founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, a worldview training organization and think-tank in Grimsby, Ontario. He is also the founding pastor of Westminster Chapel and founder of Westminster Classical Christian Academy, both in Toronto. Joe has spoken, debated and guest lectured globally and writes on cultural philosophy and theology exploring the biblical worldview as it relates to the Christian’s mission in the world. His most recent contributions to scriptural cultural philosophy include Mission of God, Gospel Culture and Gospel Witness.


Rev. Tim Stephens


Tim is Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Calgary, Alberta. He started his ministry in January 2014. Tim grew up on a farm in Eastern Ontario and graduated with a Computer Engineering degree from Queen’s University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He is happily married to Raquel and they have seven children. Prior to serving at Fairview, Tim served as an assistant pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Windsor, Ontario.


Rev. Dr. Aaron Rock

M.A., D.Min.

Aaron has ministered as a college professor, denominational leader, chaplain, church planter, teacher, and pastor. He serves as the founding and lead pastor of Harvest Bible Church in Windsor (since 2001), a church that has grown from five people to 1000 in twenty years. He blogs regularly at Aaron lives on a hobby farm in Amherstburg, Ontario. Aaron and his wife Susie have five children.

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Andre Schutten

André is Director of Law & Policy and General Legal Counsel for ARPA Canada, the Association for Reformed Political Action. He researches and writes on public policy, particularly from a Christian perspective, and conducts regular analysis on the impact of different government bills and court judgments. He also acts as a Parliamentary lobbyist. He has represented ARPA Canada in various court interventions, having made written arguments before the Supreme Court of Canada three times and written and oral arguments in three provincial courts of appeal.