Meet the Staff

CCCC’s staff of accountants, lawyers, and ministry credential holders are plugged in with over 3,300 churches and faith-based ministries from across Canada. We have the privilege of impacting these ministries by sharing our expertise in legal compliance, organizational best practices, human resources, fundraising, and financial management. 

REV. John Pellowe

Chief Executive Officer

John’s passion is to help Christian churches and agencies become exemplary, healthy, and effective. His practical experience and academic background in business (MBA, Wilfrid Laurier) and ministry (MDiv, Tyndale; DMin, Gordon-Conwell) have equipped him well to serve as CEO of CCCC. Since 2003 John has been advancing CCCC’s mission by providing organizational oversight, thought leadership, and strategic direction. John is ordained by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. He has served his church as treasurer, deacon, and elder, and he is currently on the board of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

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James W. Metcalf

Sr. Director, Operations

James joined the CCCC team in February 2015 as Sr. Director of Operations and is responsible for CCCC’s Programs, Services and Operations. He has over 20 years experience with a major financial institution as a senior leader in Project Management and Program and Loyalty Management.  James serves as an elder and bible teacher at his local church and is currently a board member of Gospel Trust Canada. He holds a Masters Project Management certification from Ryerson University and York University.

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Barry W. Bussey

Director, Legal Affairs

Hailing from the island of Newfoundland, Barry serves as general counsel to CCCC, interpreting legal and regulatory environments and representing the Christian charitable sector to the wider Canadian society. Barry has earned advanced degrees in political science (MA, Memorial University of Newfoundland) and law (LLM, Osgoode Hall Law School). He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work to support religious liberty in Canada and abroad. 

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Wayne Kroeker

Manager, Finance

Wayne has over 30 years practical experience in financial management, both in the private and charitable sectors, and holds professional accounting designations (CPA, CGA). Since 2005 Wayne has been serving CCCC members by responding to questions on a broad range of charity topics, speaks at various conferences and seminars, researches and creates content for CCCC’s website and publications. He also manages the CCCC’s finance, budget and audit functions, insurance risks, and provides leadership to the CCCC Group Health Benefits programs. Wayne has served extensively as a volunteer, board member and treasurer in his local church, at the denominational level, and with Christian camps. 

 

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Gil Langerak

Manager, Member Support

With over 25 years of experience in leadership positions in both the for-profit and charitable sectors, Gil serves CCCC by answering technical questions from members, and administering the Community Trust Fund. He has a diploma in business administration from Seneca College and a bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies (business) from Redeemer University College. Gil frequently facilitates workshops and training sessions at CCCC conferences and regional seminars. Gil has served as an elder, a church treasurer, a Christian school adviser, and a treasurer for several non-profit housing corporations.

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Carolyn Innis

Marketing Manager

Carolyn joined the team at CCCC in June 2019, bringing with her 10 years experience in marketing and communications leadership in the charitable sector, along with passion and energy to serve Christian ministries across Canada. In her role as Marketing Manager, Carolyn will draw from her background in content creation, media, public relations, advertising, digital strategies and brand development to help bring attention to the programs and services offered to CCCC members. Carolyn has also worked as a television reporter and writer where she nurtured her inquisitive nature and appreciation for great storytelling. She resides in Waterloo with her husband and two children, who add much joy and laughter to her life.

Steven Plaum

Manager, Human Resources

Steven joined CCCC in August 2018 and brings with him 20 years of human resources experience in the not-for-profit sector including working for two social service agencies. In addition to his studies in the social sciences, Steven completed a business degree specializing in human resources and labour relations. He also recently joined the HRPA as a practitioner member. Steven and his wife are active in their local church and enjoy spending their vacations exploring various parts of Canada!

Curtis Towns

Manager, Certification

Curtis comes to CCCC with significant church ministry experience in the areas of management, finance, human resources, and administration. It is Curtis’ passion for Christian ministries to become exemplary, healthy and effective that has brought him to join the team at CCCC. Curtis' practical and academic experience in ministry (BTh) and business (CPA, CMA) have prepared him to serve CCCC Members in his new role. As Manager, Certification at CCCC Curtis is responsible for the oversight of CCCC’s Seal of Accountability program. He also serves CCCC members by responding to questions on a range of issues and managing the CCCC Pension Plan. Curtis is ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Curtis is married with four children and has moved from Vancouver, BC.

Deina Warren

Associate Director, Legal Affairs

Deina is the Associate Director, Legal Affairs at CCCC. She provides legal support and advice to senior leadership and team members on a broad range of charity, tax and trust law issues. She earned her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa, articled as Judicial Law Clerk at the Superior Court of Justice, and completed her LL.M. at Osgoode Hall. Prior to joining CCCC, Deina’s practice focused largely on constitutional and human rights law, with a strong interest in religious freedom. She has been counsel in interventions in a variety of cases including before the Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western and Wall v Highwood Congregation, and the Ontario Court of Appeal in CMDS v CPSO. Deina serves on several charitable boards, is a member of Christian Legal Fellowship and is actively engaged in her local church.

David Johnson

Coordinator, Certification

David has experience with both secular and Christian charities and has served on a number of church and charity boards. He has a master’s degree (MSW) in policy and administration through Carleton University’s School of Social Work. He has worked in a variety of capacities at CCCC since joining us in 1995. Most recently, he was responsible for the administration and oversight of CCCC’s Seal of Accountability program. He currently serves as the Coordinator, Certification focusing on Certified Member compliance reviews.

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"We have had to call upon your expertise on many occasions covering a wide range of areas, and we have never once had a question that someone on your staff has not been able to answer. Your organization provides excellent service, and in our view, it is one of the most valuable resources we have available."

— John Riley, Vision Ministries Canada