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
(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
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,
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.