WHO WE ARE
Don and his wife Marie-José (MJ) are Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Global Workers and live in Pretoria, South Africa. Responding to a call from National leaders, they encourage, equip, and empower leaders to finish strong and become agents of change in their local church and community. They are parents of two grown children, Stephanie, Jonathan and his wife, Julia.
Don also travels within Canada and other parts of the world, conducting leadership seminars, and speaking in churches, camps, and conferences. His journey includes pastoring Evangel Pentecostal Church in downtown Montreal for thirteen years, Church Ministries Director for the Eastern Ontario and Quebec District, terms on the executives of both the Eastern Ontario and Quebec districts as well as Master’s College & Seminary Board of Governors. He has also served on the General Executive of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity (CLI) addresses the corruption across Africa that some African leaders have suggested is as deadly as the AIDS virus. Through small group discipleship called CLI Cohorts, Don and his ministry partner Bill Pipke believe that within a seven year period, 1,000,000 men and women from every sphere of influence can become part of a movement of integrity in countries where CLI is present.
After 39 years of pastoral leadership, God called Bill and Shirley Pipke to become global workers. It was no surprise as the Lord had been grooming them for this new direction. However, it still took real faith to leave a church they deeply loved and move into a new ministry.
Shirley and Bill have had 21 students live as part of their family. If you know Shirley, she is an amazing cook, ESL teacher, card-maker extraordinaire, dog-lover, genealogy researcher, worshipper and gardener. And that is just a glimpse of this complex lady. Bill is a teacher, strategic thinker, writer, golfer, fisherman, reader, sports fan, intercessor and chocolate addict.
Presently, Bill and Shirley Pipke are Canadian-based Global Workers with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. They make their home in Mitchell, Manitoba where they can provide care for their elderly mothers. Some people assume a global worker can only do missions work when they are in another country. Bill has also discovered significant influence, leadership and fruitfulness through the use of internet platforms. Almost every day, Bill is in a one-on-one or leadership team meeting somewhere outside of Canada via the internet. It’s an amazing day! This new technology maximizes effectiveness with minimal expense. The Pipke’s spend approximately half of the year travelling for missions. A combination of regular visits and internet meetings is a benefit to each individual as well as National leadership.
As Canadian-based Global Workers, they are committed to assisting the Canadian church to equip leaders and to plant churches at home and around the world. The Pipke’s are helping shift the question of “what can the church do for missions?” by helping discover “what missions can do for the local church”.