Jim Whitehead has just finished a term as interim pastor at Community Mennonite Fellowship in Drayton, Ontario, ending July 31, 2016. He is married to Dawna and they have 2 children, Michael and Anna. They live in New Hamburg, Ontario. Jim did his seminary education at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Conrad Grebel College, McMaster Divinity College, Emmanuel Bible College and Heritage Seminary. He has also served at Community Mennonite Fellowship (Drayton), Brussels Mennonite Fellowship, Cassel Mennonite Church, Maple View Mennonite Church (Wellesley), Hillcrest Mennonite Church (New Hamburg), Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church (Kitchener).
He defines himself as an Evangelical Anabaptist where the common thread is Anabaptist and Mennonite theology and the Biblical vision is to live out Jesus’ Great Commission to make and grow disciples.
Dawna does a lot of volunteer work in the community. She is site co-ordinator for the Strong Start early literacy program at Forest Glen Public School. Wilmot Township’s Citizen of the Year in 2013, Dawna also received the Youth Mentorship Award in 2016 from the Volunteer Action Centre of Waterloo Region. She loves making cards and doing many kinds of crafts
Michael, 20, is in his second year of studies Wilfrid Laurier University this fall studying political science and history. He loves drama, reading, yard work, watching sports, and eating.
Anna, 17, entered grade 12 this fall. She loves reading, writing stories, and music. She sings in two choirs and plays clarinet in W-O’s junior band.
The whole family loves holidaying at the family cottage near Dorset.
In 2003, Tim worked as an intern and later a site supervisor at Urban Promise Toronto. This is also where he met his future wife Suzi who was an intern from Australia. Tim & Suzi were married in the summer of 2005 and in 2006 felt that God was moving them on from there. From September of 2006 to March 2007 they attended a Torchbearers school in Germany after which, they returned to Canada and worked with the youth at their church.
In 2009, they discerned that God was calling them to cross cultural missions. They joined Crossworld and accepted an invitation to go to Bosnia. For nearly 5 years, Tim & Suzi served the Bosnian Muslims through humanitarian efforts and other activities. In March 2014, they returned to Canada to have their second child and during this time, God seemed to shut the door on Bosnia. However, while that door was shutting, God was opening the door for ministry here in Canada. Tim accepted the call to the Youth Pastor role at Living Water Fellowship in December 2014. Tim & Suzi, along with Noah and Ava, began their ministry here in January 2015. Since beginning their time here Elijah has joined their family and Tim is now full time.