Matt Tapley has been the Lead Pastor of Lakemount Worship Centre in Grimsby, Ontario since 2008. He is a gifted leader who serves the Church by developing leaders in a culture of dependence on the Spirit with full devotion to the unchanging Word of God. He frequently travels the nation as an insightful preacher, anointed worship leader and a keen contributor to leadership team environments. Matt’s commitment to the Manifest Presence of God and the healing gifts of the Holy Spirit are a catalyst for stirring renewed faith for the “more” of God whereverhe ministers. he ministers.
Matt and His wife Lisa have been happily married since August 1994. Together they have three amazing kids – Abigail (’98), Joey (’99) and Sarah (’01). In November of 2012, their youngest daughter Sarah died after a 3-year battle with cancer. Accordingly, a significant dimension of their life message is declaring the relentless goodness of God even in the midst of tragedy and disappointment. God continues to use their testimony to encourage otherswho are facing trials and challenges of faith. who are facing trials and challenges of faith.
Finally, Matt is a delusional Leafs fan and is convinced that the team is rebuilding(again). He also enjoys riding his Harley whenever and wherever he can. (again). He also enjoys riding his Harley whenever and wherever he can.
His favourite thing about Lakemount: “I love the people! A true spiritual family that loves the Presence of God."
Born in Windsor, but grew up in Paris, ON, Jonathan believes that God has called him to minister to Ontario. Currently at Lakemount, his job as the Executive Pastor is to be Pastor Matt’s ‘right hand man’ and support him in the accomplishment of the church’s mission. Whether it be at work while he is monitoring and communicating the state of ministries to maintain and move direction forward, or at home enjoying his wife’s company, Jonathan meditates upon his favourite verse : 2 Corinthians 3:18. On his personal time, Jonathan ‘bleeds blue and white’. He is a true Leafs fan who loves watching hockey and playing hockey too.
Being the other half of the lead pastor (Matt Tapley), it is only fitting that Lisa Tapley is the Assistant Pastor at Lakemount. Born and raised in Burlington, Lisa’s job is teaming up with Matt and the other Pastors to serve, love, pray and be a spiritual mom to the people of the church. With her huge heart and sincerity, Lisa is one of those people that you know you can always confide in. She truely lives out her God-given destiny which is to love: love God, love her family, and love His family. In her personal life, Lisa secretly loves designing houses, test driving new cars, listening to worship music and watching the movie Thor.
Skateboarding, kite-surfing, para-gliding, Skipbo, and robotics are just a few of the lively hobbies that Ruth Teakle enjoys. During quieter times however, she loves to read, garden, swim, and listen to the tunes of Hillsong and Bethel church. As the Pastor of Church Ministries at Lakemount, Ruth is responsible for helping the body find its place in the church. Whether it is in the small group ministry, giving oversight to pastoral care, training the prayer ministry, overseeing the SOZO ministry, co-ordinating missions teams, serving on the missions committee, and lending support to Women’s ministry. The calling that God has placed on her life is to help others learn to value the process of what God is doing in their lives, welcome His presence and see both their personal destiny and corporate vision with eyes of faith. It’s safe to say that on any regular day, Ruth Teakle is a conqueror, just like it says in her favourite verse (Romans 8:37)”…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
When she’s not chasing around her twins or familiarizing herself with recent Interior Decorating, Becky is hard sending teams and connecting with missionaries around the world. She is the down-to-earth, caring and funny person you will see reciting the announcements on Sunday mornings. Becky was born in Medicine Hat Alberta, was on staff at First Assembly in Calgary for several years and now calls Grimsby home with her husband Tom and their kids. Between home and church, she is inspired by the music of Bethel, Hillsong or Bryan and Katie Torwalt and the verse Psalm 73:28.
Born in sunny Orlando, Florida then raised in Glen Allen, Virginia, Ruth is the kind of woman who likes to travel anywhere. Currently stationed at Lakemount as the Group Life Pastor, she enjoys helping people get connected with others through various groups and events. She takes Jeremiah 29:11 to heart as she works to encourage people to see the plans and purpose God has in store for each one. At home she enjoys watching comedies, eating chocolate, quilting, scrapbooking, baking, being with friends and family, and can’t help but pick up a good book.
Born and raised in the beautiful prairies of Alberta, but later attending college on the west-coast, travelling has become one of Ryan’s favourite hobbies. Whether it’s road-tripping to the mountains or a quick jaunt across the country to see a friend, Ryan has always loved to see and experience new places. It’s no wonder why him and his beautiful wife Jenna love Ontario so much! When Ryan’s not catching up with the latest sports news (specifically, the Oilers and the Packers), you’ll find him playing board games with friends or eating Wendy’s with the students at gateway. Ryan has a true heart for people and loves to take time to get to know anywhere and everyone.
Taylor grew up in Smithville but is now a newly married, and she & her husband reside in Grimsby. Taylor is the Children’s Ministries Pastor at Lakemount, and she finds nothing more rewarding than pouring into the kids. Her heart is to see this generation of kids rise up and walk in their God-given destinies. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and playing games.
As the Pre-school Co-ordinator for Greenlight Kids Ministry at Lakemount, Dave is responsible for co-ordinating the pre-school volunteer team that serve each Sunday. Born and raised in Hamilton, Dave is a true Tiger Cats fan and occasionally enjoys stopping at Hutches for a burger and fries. God has called Dave to minister to the needs of children whether at church or in the community, as well as encouraging the Greenlight volunteers. Dave’s passion for the Greenlight ministry stems a bit further than his job, as green is his favourite colour!
Raising people up into their giftings and releasing them to live them out is the call that God has put on Angela’s life. Working at Lakemount as the Guest Services Coordinator, she is able to fulfill her calling while overseeing the guest services leadership team and head ushers, welcoming guests and members on a Sunday morning, organizing the Newcomers Reception, coordinating the team of baristas for the Cafe and assisting with pastoral care when needed. Angela was born and raised in Hamilton and is a proud mom to her three boys that she is raising to become strong men of God. When she doesn’t have her Guest Services hat on, Angela loves cooking, canning, and camping.
God has called Cathy to serve Him (however He leads) with a spirit of excellence, and she does just that as the Pastor of Administration at Lakemount. Cathy makes sure that everything related to finance and admin is cared for well. She is one of those women who is so graceful and is in such high respect of everyone around her. When she isn’t at Lakemount, Cathy can be found at home reading, gardening, cooking and continually engaged in her fitness and family. She is inspired by the genius moments found in everything from Handel to Hillsong.
Gordie oversees the Property Management at Lakemount.
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