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DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT   
Rev. Henry Poitras

Bro. H. Poitras has been a pastor for over 30 years.  He counts it a privilege of his to have always been working with churches as they developed into experiencing notable growth, through developing outreach minded teams, ministries and community outreach projects.  He has taught hundreds of home Bible studies and developed two levels of very practical Bible study workshops on how to effectively share the gospel, and develop others to do the same.  He has taught these materials in numerous churches, in Bible College settings, in several districts and overseas.

Bro. Poitras’ district office experience includes having been a sectional presbyter/district board member, Home Missions Director, Sunday School Director, and District Secretary.  He also served as Instructor, then Chairman of the Board, and Principal with Canada’s longest established United Pentecostal Bible College. This was the Bible College program he himself graduated from in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1984.  

Bro. Poitras has been a lifelong learner.  In earlier ministry years he went back to school full-time to learn French, starting from scratch, and from this was able to lead the church he pastored then into much recognized growth with French speaking people.  Later, mainly to strengthen himself in French further, he enrolled in an international business diploma program at a local French college.  He graduated from this leading the class, and now has two other diplomas supporting international business professionalism.  With his work in Alberta with the Federal government, he has studied and advanced even further with the French language; has completed a Harvard business management program of study, and is currently in the last half of an extensive learning path toward PMP (Project Management Professional) designation. He is recognised at work as a bilingual management professional who chooses to be a constant student at work for the sake of not-for-profit capacity building, and for helping not-for-profits successfully accomplish their community project dreams. 

Bro. Poitras is happy to serve in the Canadian Plains District.  He is also the pastor of The Pentecostals of Calgary.  He and his wife Sis. Roseanne Poitras have two grown children.



DISTRICT SECRETARY                                               
Rev. Edward McGreer

 Edward (Ted) McGreer is an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church International. He started in the ministry in 1992 under his father-in-law, the late Rev. Elmar Samuel Neil, as an Assistant Pastor of Shiloh Pentecostal Church in St. Albert and continued to minister in the church until he became the founding pastor of New Life Pentecostal Church of Edmonton in 2001. His election as Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Plains District in 2016 marks the second time in the office, after being elected to fill an unfulfilled term in 2013-14. Ted holds a B.Sc. (Mathematics) and an M.A. (Economics) from the University of Alberta and is currently enrolled at Taylor Seminary working towards a Master in Theological Studies. He lectured in economics at Concordia University of Edmonton and worked as an economist for the federal government before moving into management. His management experience includes program evaluation, strategic planning, the development of data warehouses, and economic and statistical analysis and modelling. He is currently a Director leading business intelligence and analytics initiatives for the Government of Alberta department of Human Services. Ted is married to Marilyn with three adult children, Priscilla, Sarah and Sebastian, and one grandchild, Marcus.




SECTION I PRESBYTER                                              
Rev. Philip Robe-From

Philip Robe-From has pastored since 2005 in Grande Prairie, Alberta at Abundant Life Church. This is where he was baptized by the late Rev. Ken M. Brown as a teenager.  He has previously served as Canadian Plains District Youth President for five years and as a presbyter for most of the time since 2006.  Rev. Robe-From attended Grande Prairie Regional College and has received undergraduate degrees from Athabasca University and the University of Alberta.  Having completed coursework at Apostolic School of Theology in Sacramento, he also is currently enrolled in Harvard University’s Divine Philosophy Distance Education Program.  Married to his wife Gwendolynn, he has six children, and resides in the Grande Prairie area.  He enjoys playing basketball with his children, snowboarding in the mountains, and white-water rafting.










SECTION II PRESBYTER                                             
Rev. Ricardo Zabala






SECTION III PRESBYTER                                            
Rev. Floyd Covill