David is originally from Campbellton, NL. In the winter of 1981 he moved to Edmonton, Alberta to train for pastoral ministry at Northwest Bible College (now Vanguard). In 1983 he married Elaine Paddock who was also a student at the college, and originally from his home town. David graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology in 1985 and then proceeded to get an M. Div. degree at the Baptist Seminary which was also located in Edmonton, he graduated in 1988.
Following graduation, David and Elaine returned to Newfoundland to begin their pastoral journey. In 1988 David and his wife had a son Andrew, who has since settled in Labrador City, married a beautiful girl (Meaghan) and has given David and Elaine one grandchild (Gracen). David and Elaine pastored in several communities in Newfoundland and during that time David completed a D. Min. program from Providence College in Otterburn, Manitoba. In 2004 David was invited to be the Lead Pastor of Glad Tidings Church in Labrador City, and has held that position to this present day.
Shannon grew up in Port aux Basques, NL where he was very active in his local church. At the age of 16 he felt the call of God to pursue full time ministry; specifically to youth and children. Upon graduating from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in 1997, he fulfilled that calling and has been working with Next Gen Ministries for 20 years. Shannon transitioned out of Next Gen Ministries and into an Assistant role at Glad Tidings as of August of 2017. He is married to Lisa (Children and Family Pastor) and they have two amazing teenagers, Matthew and Emma. Shannon enjoys riding snowmobile and motorcycle, playing golf, but more importantly spending time with family.
Lisa grew up on the West Coast of Newfoundland, in Rocky Harbour until she moved to Ontario in 1993 to attend Eastern Pentecostal Bible College. She graduated in 1996 and entered ministry with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland with her husband in 1997. She is married to Shannon Meade who is the Assistant Pastor at our church. Together they have two amazing teenagers, Matthew and Emma. Lisa enjoys scrapbooking, reading, camping, riding motorcycle with her husband and spending time with her family. As the Children and Family Ministry Pastor, she is passionate about kids knowing and experiencing God, and also seeing God minister within the family unit.
Lucas was born in St. John’s, NL, while his parents were pastors at a church in Mount Pearl. After two years there, he lived for six years in St. Anthony, and then spent nine years in Marystown. At the age of 17, he returned where he started, and spent two years in the city before attending university. Lucas left NL in 2013 and went to Toronto, ON, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Theology.
Lucas’ passion is to see Youth and Young Adults find truth in a world that seems to be looking for everything else. Other than God, and ministry, his greatest loves are his favorite sports teams – Toronto Maple Leafs, New England Patriots, and Toronto Blue Jays. He also loves to spend time doing just about anything outdoors. His favorite place in the world might be his Pop’s cabin in Lewisporte. His least favorite: the Avalon Mall.
Lucas joined the staff at Glad Tidings church first as an intern in January 2017, and as of August 2017 he began as the Youth and Young Adults Pastor.