Church Staff

Jonathan Stairs - Lead Pastor
Jonathan Stairs

Jonathan is our Lead Pastor and he joined us in September of 2012. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Moody Bible Institute, a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Liberty University. He is also an adjunct professor at Heritage College and Seminary. Jonathan and his wife, Lori, have four children: Jessie, Josiah, Noah and Luke. Jonathan and Lori love packing the kids into the van for long road trips to see God’s creation, and to visit their family scattered throughout North America. Jonathan considers himself a missionary with Christ and His Church. He loves the outdoors, but His overriding passion is to be a multiplier of multipliers for the glory of God!

Galatians 2:20  "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."

Read Jonathan and Lori's blog, www.commissional.wordpress.com

Follow Jonathan on Twitter @jonstairs

Phil Stairs - Associate Teaching Pastor
Phil Stairs

Phil Stairs is our Associate Teaching Pastor at Temple Baptist Church.  He began in this ministry in September of 2012.  He is a graduate of several schools including Moody Bible Institute and received his Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary.  He is married to Lelia, and they have two married children, Jonathan and Stephanie.

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 

Aaron Ottaway - Restoration Church Planter
Aaron Ottaway

Aaron has been the Associate Discipleship Pastor at Temple Baptist Church.  Aaron began his ministry at Temple in June, 2008.  Aaron graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute and New Brunswick Bible Institute.  He is currently taking courses at Heritage College and Seminary. Aaron and his wife, Nikki, were married on May 1, 2010.  They have three little girls, Claire, Rose and Audrey.  Aaron and Nikki have recently been called by God to plant a new church in the Southwood area of Cambridge, Restoration Church.  Aaron is a big sports fan and he loves the Chicago Blackhawks.  His passion is to follow Christ wholeheartedly, and mobilize others to do the same.

1 Corinthians 15:10  "But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I laboured even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me."

Dan Walker - Family Ministries Pastor

Dan is the Family Ministries Pastor at Temple Baptist Church.  He began his ministry at Temple in February of 2018 and he is the pastor to families with much effort given to growing our men, fathers and grandfathers.  Dan graduated from Heritage College & Seminary with a BRE Youth.  Dan and his wife Cara have been married for 25 years and they have four children: Alex, Mikyla, Aiden and Jordan.  Dan loves to read, enjoys the outdoors and being with family.  He especially loves to spend time with family and friends outdoors.  He desires to teach and disciple others to grow deeper in their walk with Christ.

Hebrews 10:35-39  "So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord.  Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God's will.  Then you will receive all that He has promised.  For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.  And my righteous ones will live by faith.  But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.  But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction.  We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved."

Jason Elliotson - Discipleship Pastor

Jason belongs to his wife of eleven years, Kellie, and their slobbery 8-year-old Golden Retriever, Brinkley. He holds an Undergraduate Science Degree from the University of Guelph and is currently working on the back end of a Master of Divinity from Heritage Seminary in Cambridge, ON. Curious about everything and an avid bushman, his interests range from most sports through music and other arts, from philosophy and the humanities through the hard sciences, economics and politics. He loves Jesus and God’s people, and wants to be found making disciples and faithfully caring for the family of God when Jesus returns.  

 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.”  ~ Matthew 10:25  

 “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.”  ~ Romans 12:9-10  

Kyle Rhora - Pastoral Intern
temple baptist church Cambridge,

I am looking forward to learning and working alongside the team here as we seek to serve God by serving His people through His Church. As a general pastoral intern, I hope to meet each and every one of you as I seek to learn what it means to serve vocationally in the local church. We are especially excited to attend a church that we can walk to, getting to serve directly in our neighbourhood. This community has been my family's home for almost 8 years and we are excited for the opportunity to use the gifts and talents that God has given us to serve here at Temple.

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Ed Hodgins - Manager of Operations

Ed is the Manager of Operations at Temple Baptist Church. He graduated from McMaster University with his Bachelor of Commerce, and is a CPA CA. Ed started at Temple in April, 2016, and provides administrative support in the areas of Finance, I.T. and Property. Ed is married to Wendy, and they have three adult children, Lindsay (Andrew), Jonathan, and William (Amanda). Ed enjoys weight training, basketball, hiking, reading and family time. He recently retired from an administrative leadership position in the public education system and plans to pursue theological training at Heritage College and Seminary.

Linda Kenyon - Office Manager
Linda Kenyon

Linda started working in the Church Office in September, 2010.  She graduated from Pensacola Christian College in Florida and taught at Temple Baptist Christian Academy for 10 years before moving into the office.  Linda is currently taking the Graduate Certificate Program in Biblical Care and Counseling at Heritage Seminary.  She enjoys reading and walking, and her desire is to serve the Lord to the fullest where He has called her.

Matthew 5:16  "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Tara Hoyte - Administrative Assistant - Communications & Design
Tara Hoyte

Tara and her family began attending Temple Baptist Church in 2011. She came on staff in May of 2018. She has a passion for the local church and forming connections with the community through various types of creative communication to share the Gospel. Tara holds an Honours Diploma in Graphic Arts from Mohawk College, a certificate in Interior ReDesign, and is a certified branding expert. Tara is married to Adrian and they have three young adults: Aaron, Zoë and Maya. Tara loves to read and spend time on King Lake with the family.

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight."

Linda Morrell - Church Custodian
Susan Losch - Bookkeeper


Darryl Brush

Darryl is married to Cathy and they have 4 children. They have attended Temple for the last 11 years and prior to that they were very involved in the Academy with their children enrolled there. Darryl has served as a Deacon for several years, along with serving in many other areas. He also does a lot of volunteer work around the church. Some of Darryl’s spiritual gifts include teaching, encouragement and hospitality.

Romans 8:1 "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

Robin Hacon

Robin and his wife, Fay have been attending Temple since January 1997. They have three married daughters, Colleen, Alysha and Heather.  Robin is involved in many areas of the church including leading Adult Ministries, Congregational Care, greeting, Bible Study to Chinese neighbours, and Elder.  He desires to live for the Lord and serve Him daily, to reach his neighbours for Christ, and he enjoys working with his hands.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds."

Stephen Limmer

Steve and his wife, Mary have been attending Temple since 1971. Steve has filled numerous roles with the church over the years including Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and chair of Global Outreach. Steve and Mary have three children, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and Marilyn. They have blessed Steve and Mary with eight grandchildren. Spending time with the grandchildren is a favourite activity.

John 3:30 "He must increase, but I must decrease."

Ross Morrell

Ross and his wife Linda have been attending Temple for over 20 years. Ross has served in many areas over those years, including: Deacon, Property, Men's Prayer, Men's Ministries and Seniors’ Ministries. Ross and Linda have 11 children including: Rebecca (deceased), Martha, David (Joanne), Aaron, Daniel, Jesse (Wray), Michael, Edgar, Andrew (Callie), Ruth-Ada and Lena. They have five grandchildren. Ross enjoys the outdoors.

Phil. 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

David Pinkerton - Chairman

David and Frances have been married for 48 years and been attending Temple since 1974. They have two children, Paul and Rachel and seven grandchildren, They have been serving in full time ministry for over forty years with Child Evangelism Fellowship of Ontario. David has served in many capacities at Temple such as: Elder, Deacon, Sunday School, Bus Ministry, Prime Time, and small groups. David and Frances love to volunteer and help others grow in their walk with the Lord.

Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”


Ron Bolender - GO (Global & Outreach) Ministry
Ryan Bolender - Young Adults
Regis Chow - IT Ministry
Kyle Duguay - Student Ministries
Adrian Hoyte - Music & Worship Arts Ministry
George Kalil - Benevolence Ministry
Albert TenBruggencate - Men's Ministry
Greg Watt - Frontline Ministry