Onward is led by a group of Elders who provide the spiritual oversight, pastoral care, and Bible-teaching to the congregation. The men who serve as the elders are …
Pastor Bryan Guinness
Bryan grew up in Montreal and came to know Christ at a young age. He obtained a B.Sc. from McGill University and was heading in the direction of Medicine when God used a number of circumstances to redirect him into full-time ministry. Bryan holds two Masters degrees (M.A. & M.Div) from Acadia University’s Faculté de Théologie Évangélique, and he has a passion to preach God’s Word, showing how Biblical principles intersect with human needs. With fifteen years of pastoral experience, he became the pastor at Onward in March 2014. He and his wife Erin have three children. In his spare time he can be found shooting hoops, playing tennis, or jamming around on his guitar.
Pastor Russell Fisher (Retired)
Russell came to know Christ through the grace of God and the testimony of a friend in 1973 after several years in the hippie/drug culture of the 60s. Observing Russell’s keen interest in knowing and sharing the Word of God, a concerned pastor recommended Bible School and in 1974, he and his beautiful wife, Kathleen, traveled to New Brunswick to attend NBBI (New Brunswick Bible Institute). Upon graduation in 1977 they, along with their two children, moved to the Gaspe Peninsula to pastor Hope Baptist Church where they served for 12 years. In 1989 God called him to shepherd the people of Onward Gospel Church until his retirement in 2012. He continues to serve the Lord as an elder at OGC and along with his wife, enjoys visiting with their 4 grandkids. Russell loves the outdoors (God’s handiwork), including x-country and backcountry skiing, mountain biking and motorcycling.
Ray Lamanque is an Elder and serves as the church Treasurer. He is a business man and is President of Paradigme Mfg Agents. He received Christ Jesus into his life in 1971 and his life has never been the same. He is married to Audrey, his wife of 54 years, and has two daughters and two grandsons. Ray has a passion to share his faith and testimony, and from time to time is called upon to sing to the glory of God. He is a golf and Habs enthusiast.
Peyman has lived in Montreal most of his life. He is married to Sylvie and he is a teacher by profession. Though he grew up without ever hearing the gospel, God used a motorcycle accident to draw him to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since then, he can say like the apostle Paul, that he considers all his secular knowledge as rubbish compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus. Peyman’s creed is simple: “Ruined by the Fall; Redeemed by Christ; Regenerated by the Holy Spirit.” He has served as an Elder for the last couple of years.