Dale Mackness, Elder

I did not become a Christian until age 24, so I missed the joy and wonderful experience of growing up in an evangelical church. Janet and I were married just a few months after my conversion and I felt called to return to school to study theology a year later. I graduated from Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener at age 29 and became a pastor in Hamilton for 12 years followed by 9 years in London. We were blessed with 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

After our daughter Heather died in a motorcycle accident at age 21 in 1997 God provided work in business from a Christian employer which was a big help during this difficult transition time for our family. Some of my work involved community service including service with Promise Keepers. I also was able to start back part-time pastoring for 7 years as an English Ministry Pastor in a Chinese Alliance Church prior to coming to Village Green in 2009. I still have my ordination credentials with the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

I appreciate the inter-denominational flavour of our church as I have always enjoyed fellowship with pastors and leaders from many denominations. I believe that God has gifted me with the gifts of help, pastoring, hospitality and giving. I am involved in the Prayer Ministry, Men’s Breakfasts, Men’s Tuesday morning Bible Study, Soup Sunday, Benevolence Ministry, Community Care, Ark Aid, and Life Groups. My favourite recreational sport is golf and currently, I am volunteering at Arthur Ford Public School leading a weekly Chess Club. I have been happily retired for 6 years now.