About

About

Resource centre connecting people with one another to impact our multicultural communities.

Who We Are

In 2006 a group of individuals and organizations committed to loving and reaching the nations among us, began to find each other and network together for the sake of the Kingdom. There was a commitment to extend Christ’s love across the cultures and ethnicities of the Greater Toronto Area. However, the resources, the collective knowledge, and the experience of people with a similar focus had been difficult to find and access.

Beginning in early 2006 individuals representing a broad spectrum of Christian denominations, mission agencies, backgrounds and ethnicities came together to address these concerns. This led to the progressive development of a strategy and structure for those with a passion to reach the “nations” living among us. These discussions came to fulfillment with the creation of UReachToronto (Urban Resources Assisting Churches in Toronto). To provide ongoing leadership, the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries (TIM) Centre was asked to maintain and guide the use and functioning of the website (Learn more about the TIM Centre).

Mission & Goal

Our Vision

We seek to provide an accessible online portal for receiving and sharing tools, information, expertise, and resources related to engaging and embracing the diverse peoples of Canada.

Our Goal

The goal of UReachToronto is to provide an accessible vehicle for receiving and sharing tools, information, expertise, and resources related to engaging and embracing the diverse peoples of the Greater Toronto Area. We aim to be a comprehensive resource centre for Christians engaged in intercultural ministry. Its objective is to connect people with one another to collectively develop a strategic vision and to learn skills necessary to reach our multicultural communities.

Our Activities

Our activities are organized around four key values:

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Unity in Christ

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Celebrating Ethno-Cultural Diversity

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Mutual Respect and Understanding

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Partnership for Kingdom Outcomes

A Collaborative Future

UReachToronto is a critical initiative that has grown out of this collaboration. This website has become a valuable tool in our collective effort to connect people and share resources that will facilitate Christian ministry and mission among the diverse peoples of the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

In late 2010 the UReachToronto website transitioned to a new technology that enabled it to respond quickly to the changing needs of ministry. This new website is more interactive, provides more opportunities for networking, and is a better platform for aggregating and organizing an increasing volume of ministry and demographic resources related to the Greater Toronto Area.

However, UReachToronto is only as strong as the collective commitment of those who are willing to partner with and contribute to this developing initiative. Every person and organization that has contributed to the development of UReachToronto has done it on top of their already full work and ministry schedules.

The heart and soul of this website come from those like you who are engaged in this dimension of Kingdom work. The expanding data, the tools and the resources for reaching across the cultures and the stories of what God is doing from many different perspectives are our collective contributions to the kingdom of God in the Greater Toronto area.

The contributions of many people, churches, denominations, and mission agencies are welcomed. Please contact us if you would like to make a contribution of time, money or resources to help develop UReachToronto in its goal to provide resources for intercultural ministry in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Our Team

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REV. DR. TIM TANG

Director of TIM Centre

ttang@tyndale.ca

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tang was born in Toronto where he now lives with his wife Joanne, who is a high school teacher in the York Board of Education. They have two sons and a daughter, Tobin, Mathis, and Breylin. Pastor Tim was the English pastor at the East Toronto Chinese Baptist Church from 2001-2018. After studying at Upper Canada College, he went on to the University of Waterloo where he completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology. Though Tim planned a career in healthcare, God called him to full-time ministry during a short-term missions trip to Asia in 1996, after which he finished his M.Div. in Youth and Family Ministry at Tyndale Seminary. Since that time, Tim has been involved with John424, a worship ministry; the Tribe of Issachar, a leadership training ministry; and completed a 2-year program called Arrow Leadership. Tim has also recently completed a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.

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DR. ROBERT COUSINS

Intercultural Consultant

rcousins@tyndale.ca
(416) 226-6620 ext. 2708

A former director of the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre (TIM Centre), Robert seeks to engage and encourage multicultural leaders in global missions. A graduate of Ontario Bible College (BTh) and Wheaton Graduate School (MA in Intercultural Studies), Robert and his wife Sheila have served in theological education and leadership development with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) in Kenya and Tanzania for the past 12 years. Robert has also served as personnel director of AIM (Canada) for 5 years and was seconded from AIM to MissionPrep, an inter-mission cross-cultural training partnership, where he served as Director for 8 years. Robert is an adjunct professor at Tyndale Seminary, a facilitator for MissionPREP, Perspectives and The School for Urban Biblical Studies (SUBS).

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DR. MARK CHAPMAN

Lead Research Consultant at TIM Centre, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program & Associate Professor of Research Methods at Tyndale Seminary

mchapman@tyndale.ca
(416) 226-6620 ext. 2208

Mark has wide experience in social science research and teaching at the graduate level. His current research examines the role of churches in immigrant integration and settlement and networks among Canadians who are trying to start new churches. His other involvements include participation in the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion and the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education, project supervision for doctoral students, co-chairing the Tyndale Research Ethics board and an active role as lay leader at Hazelglen Alliance Church in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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DR. JAMES WATSON

Chair of UReachToronto

james_watson@can.salvationarmy.org
(416) 425-2111 ext. 2209

James Watson is the chair of UReachToronto. He is a consultant for Church Planting and Congregational Revitalization for The Salvation Army and a recent doctrinal graduate in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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BRIAN YU

New Canadian Church Planters Coordinator

byu@tyndale.ca

Brian has been serving in pastoral ministry for over 9 years. He was a youth pastor at Greenhills Christian Fellowship in the Philippines, a pastor at Chinese Gospel Church in Scarborough, and he currently serves as a church planter in the diverse city of Toronto, Canada.

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VIVIAN LABIB

Administrative Assistant

vlabib@tyndale.ca
(416) 226-6620 ext. 2708

Vivian was born and raised in Egypt. She moved to Canada in 2006 with her husband Emad, and their son Shaddy and their daughter Sandy. Being interested in serving immigrants from different cultures, Vivian worked at Catholic Cross Cultural Services for two years.  This is where she gained a lot of experience in dealing with and understanding people from different cultures. Vivian is graduated from the Faculty of Arts with a major in English Literature.  She also completed her Human Recourses certificate from Ryerson University. Vivian joined the TIM Centre in 2017.

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ALBERT WAI

Coordinator of Diaspora Missional Churches Network

awai@tyndale.ca
(416) 226-6620 ext. 6756

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Albert came to Toronto in 1982 with wife Daisy and daughter Ada, amidst those recession years of Canada. Though he already had an expatriate background with one of the largest banks in the world, he still had to go through the struggles of an average immigrant in establishing lives for the family and spiritual pursuit nonetheless. However, the Lord also used this background of his to call him and Daisy to commit to foreign missions in 1986. When his home church Richmond Hill Christian Community Church began thinking of building their own premises in 1988, the Lord inspired Albert to join the church staff as Administrative Secretary. After the building construction was done, the Lord led him to serve in leadership in 3 Chinese parachurches before joining SEND International of Canada in 2001 to round up his passions on missions. In 2015, Dr. Cousins brought to him the equipping and mission needs of immigrants particularly after their influx into Toronto in the past 10 years. Thus, Albert was seconded from SEND to TIM Centre for that purpose. He graduated from Tyndale Seminary his MTS with emphasis on missions in 2001, part-timing since 1990. Now, Albert and Daisy have 3 children, named alphabetically Beatrice, Cedric and Dudon; and 4 grandchildren from their two daughters. Albert has been an active member of the Chinese Alumni Committee in Tyndale Seminary, founder of Perspectives Course in Chinese, founding board member of MissionFest Toronto, longest standing board member of Lausanne Canada, and boards of other parachurches.

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JOSHUA SHUM

Content Developer & Website Support

jshum@tyndale.ca

Joshua was born and raised in Toronto, to parents who emigrated from Hong Kong. Growing up in a multicultural society, and completing an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science, he developed an interest in studying the concept of multiculturalism in a Canadian and international context, and the intersectional struggle of minorities in a Canadian multicultural environment — and will continue his studies in the Master of Information (Library and Information Science) program at the University of Toronto, in order to further study the role that information ethics, accessibility, and outreach, play in aiding (or hampering) the access of public resources by minority groups, such as immigrants and refugees. Joining the TIM Centre in 2017 as a summer Research Assistant, Joshua has since returned to work with the TIM Centre to develop the UReachToronto and UReachCanada resource databases.