Who We ARe

The Staff of Huron Park Baptist Church

Youth Pastor: ethan cassidy

As the youth pastor at HPBC, I have the opportunity to minister in partnership with our youth ministry team to the young men and women of our church community (Ages 11-17).

I spent my early years growing up in Oxford County and was regularly involved in many youth ministries in both Ingersoll and Woodstock. Growing up, I dedicated my life to the study of medicine for local communities and global missions. In my mid-twenties, God redirected my path towards ministry and I re-trained with a Bachelor of Religious Education at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener.

Since then, I have been sharing the Gospel and building into youth at bible camps and churches in northern Saskatchewan. It was there I worked to help youth see the presence and power of Jesus in every area of their life – in everyday interactions, in their classrooms, and even in the darkest situations that the world can throw at them. It is my hope that every youth will be able to experience the transforming work of Jesus and the redemption that can be brought to every moment, overflowing from their lives into the lives of those around them.

I have a deep love of storytelling and love to see how the stories of people and society reflect the grand story that God has been writing through the working of His plan. As I serve the Huron Park youth, I look forward to helping them discover how the stories of their lives fit into God’s story through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Further, I seek to give the youth a safe place to voice and explore concerns about their faith, so that they can become better equipped to be the salt and light of the world.

I enjoy both soccer and hockey, though my favorite outdoors activity is archery. I play piano to keep my mind active and will never turn down a challenger for Smash Bros.

Feel free to contact me anytime: ethan@huronparkchurch.org

Church Phone: 519-421-4722 (ext.22)

office administrator:

Elaine ransom

visitation coordinator: Carol engberts

In September, 2002, I married Gerald and moved to Woodstock from Burlington. We had met a while after the death of our spouses. I entered into the church fellowship here at Huron Park that he and his family had attended. From both marriages, I am blessed with 7 stepchildren; 14 grandchildren; and now some great-grands.

I had retired from The Halton District Board of Education. During my long-time position as Principals’ Secretary at Aldershot High School, I was trained as a member of the Tragic Events Response Team. In Burlington, I attended Compasspoint Bible Church for 20 years, serving in a variety of ministries including the Official Board.

Shortly after joining Huron Park Church and with the leading of the Holy Spirit I volunteered to join with ministry staff in visiting our sick and shut-ins. I am very comfortable in environments like the Woodstock Hospital. In retirement I have pursued the study of the topic of grief and am able to provide grief as well as crisis support if led.  

I love getting to know people and helping their lives grow stronger with the Lord. Sometimes that will involve spiritual coaching. I enjoy participating in the Park Program outreach, listening to musical groups, bible study, reading, crocheting and some gardening.

The life experiences that God brought me through have led me to a beautiful place in Ontario – the countryside of Oxford County and a joyful spiritual community that has a missional vision resulting in folks coming into a relationship with Jesus Christ and in finding Him, enjoying a reason to live and a passion to serve.