the bridge is thrilled to announce the upcoming Generation Bridge Family Conference, inspired by the unity and fellowship among believers described in Acts 2:42–47. This event is designed to unite and inspire those across generations—from grandparents to those dreaming of starting their own family. 

There will be engaging breakout sessions and teaching, uplifting worship, dedicated prayer times, and endless opportunities to connect with new friends. These moments will help equip you with valuable tools to deepen your relationship with Christ and to lead your family well. 

Embracing the adage “it takes a village”, we’re gathering OUR village together to foster strong, Christ-centred families. 

Join us at the bridge—a markham community church, on Saturday, June 8. Let’s embark on this collective journey, as we work to cultivate families grounded in faith, hope and love.

It takes a village.

Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 9:00am to 4:30pm

Keynote Speaker

Reverend Sunder Krishnan
Senior Pastor at Rexdale Alliance Church (Retired)

Cost

$45: Early Bird (ends May 13)
$55: Later Bird

Payment methods:
Debit, Credit Card, Cheque or Cash (cheques made payable to "The Bridge Church")

What's Included

• Continental Breakfast
• Lunch
• 2 Main Sessions
• 2 Breakout Sessions
• Invaluable moments to connect and fellowship
NOTE: Child care will not be provided during the conference

Conference Schedule

9:00amRegistration & Continental Breakfast
10:00amMain Session 1
11:15amBreak 1
11:30amBreakout 1
12:30pmLunch
1:45pmBreakout 2
2:45pmBreak 2
3:00pmMain Session 2
4:30pmGeneration Bridge Concludes

 

List of Breakout Sessions

Media, Mental Health and the Next Generation

Speaker: Chris Tompkins
CEO of Muskoka Woods

Chris Tompkins is CEO of Muskoka Woods and is responsible for bringing its vision to life. He holds a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph, a teacher’s college degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Youth Development from Clemson University. His experience leading in local community, school, church and camp settings has spanned over 20 years. His current role and expertise generates a demand for him to speak with teens and consult with youth leaders. Chris hosts the Muskoka Woods podcast Shaping Our Worldwhere he speaks with youth development experts. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys an afternoon with a big cup of coffee and a good book. Chris resides in Stouffville, Ontario with his wife and daughter.

Understanding Differences: Foundations of Healthy Marriage/Relationships

Speaker: Helen Noh
Associate Professor of Counselling, Tyndale University

Dr. Noh is the Associate Professor of Counselling at Tyndale University. Her area of specialization in both clinical practice and research is in the area of marriage and family therapy. She completed her internship at Glen Roberts Child Study Center and Verdugo Mental Health in Southern California. Dr. Noh worked with children, adults and families dealing with mental health issues, including depressive and anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as family system issues, such as marriage and parenting. Her areas of research interest include applied psychology and counselling with an emphasis on the integration of psychology, theology and spirituality.

Impacting Your Family Through Your Own Emotional and Spiritual Health

Speaker: Samuel Mills
Senior Executive Pastor, Sanctus Church

Samuel is one of the Senior Pastors of Sanctus Church, a multi-site church in the Durham, Ontario area. Samuel and his family immigrated to Toronto from the tiny island of Sri Lanka when he was five years old after escaping an ethnic civil war, where they narrowly escaped death. In his teenage years, Samuel experienced a call by God that ultimately led him into full-time ministry. He has been pastoring for 25 years, the first 10 in the US and the remaining in Canada.  Samuel has two master’s degrees, an MTS from Tyndale University and a ThM from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. He is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry in Adaptive Leadership from Fuller Seminary. Samuel is passionate about people experiencing the Spirit-empowered gospel that leads to life transformation. He enjoys growing, developing and empowering leaders through coaching, community and creativity. Samuel serves on the boards of Chosen Children, a ministry to vulnerable children in Mozambique, Pickering Christian School and as a Governor at Tyndale University. He is also a certified facilitator with Prepare and Enrich, which helps couples in their marriages and with the Working Genius, which enhances work environments and team dynamics.

Samuel and his wife, Ann, enjoy the privilege of raising their two kids. Samuel enjoys sports (a diehard Red Sox fan), technology (all things Apple), theology (learning more about God), music (discovering the latest hits) and travel (venturing around the globe with Ann and the kids).

How Your Family Can Impact Your Local Community

Speaker: Jason Persaud
Senior Advisor, Alpha Canada

Jason is a Senior Advisor/Envision Team Lead with Alpha Canada, a global evangelism organization. He has the privilege to serve Pastors and churches exploring the Alpha course in cities across Canada. He has been in ministry for over 30 years, serving as a pastor, home missionary and ministry leader. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of two ministries. The first is The Culture Changers, a ministry that creates social media content on cultural issues to engage the Next Generation. Secondly, The Urban Leadership Network, a new ministry initiative of The Culture Changers. The ULN is a relational, resourcing and equipping network for ethnic churches focusing on bi-vocational pastors and leaders. He has been married for 19 years to his wife, Kerri, who is a part of the pastoral team at Hope City Church in Brampton, ON. They have two amazing children, Kaela (16) and Nathan (13).

Helping Your Kids Develop Faith Habits & Discipleship at Home

Speaker: Natalie Frisk
Director of Curriculum Development, RiseUPfaith

Natalie Frisk has worked in ministry for over 15 years. During which time she earned a Masters in Theological Study and began pursuit of her Doctorate in Practical Theology with an emphasis on the spiritual experience of children (in process). While the curriculum pastor for a multisite church, Natalie published Raising Disciples: How to Make Faith Matter for Our Kids (Herald Press, 2019). She is now the Director of Curriculum for RaiseUpFaith. Natalie is married to Sam, mom to Erin, and in a committed relationship with coffee.

Not Alone But Lonely: How To Make Your Friendships Meaningful

Speaker: Jeff Brodie
Lead Pastor, Connexus Church

Jeff is the lead pastor at Connexus Church and he brings oversight and leadership to Connexus’ campuses. After seven years of full-time ministry experience at a multi-site church in Oakville, Jeff joined the team at Connexus in the fall of 2008 as their Executive Director, overseeing Family Ministry and organizational operations. Jeff is passionate about creating churches that unchurched people love to attend, expanding the vision, mission, and visibility of Connexus throughout Ontario, and serving the local communities that surround our campuses. Jeff also enjoys opportunities where he can invest in and encourage next generation leaders. You’ll find him speaking at various conferences and workshops in Canada and the United States throughout the year. He and his wife Leslie live in Barrie with their two boys and, as a family, they are avid sports fans and players of soccer, football, and hockey.