Jaime Ramos, a native of the Philippine Island was born and raised in the City of Manila. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist, with a Red Seal ticket as a Millwrite and Industrial Electrician.
His calling began when he was won to the Lord by his oldest sister in 1982. In 1984 Jaime Ramos became the Church's Youth president and continued to grow spiritually in various ministries; teaching Home Bible Studies became the catalyst to his calling. Migrated to Canada with entry to Toronto in 1998 with his wife and 2 children (Anthony and Angela)then. Together with his wife they served in the music ministry for their local assembly with his wife Bernadette working as the music director. They were also heavily involved with other ministries such as Youth, Sunday School, Evangelism and Fund raising coordinator under the pastorship of Rev. E. Fernan's (Filipino Pentecostal Church). In 2009 Jaime completed the Leadership Training Diploma Course under the mentorship of the Ontario District, UPCI. Feeling a call to reach out to souls in Alberta, Jaime & Bernadette made the decision to move to Calgary, Alberta in the fall of 2009. While there they served as musicians, Youth Pastor, Evangelism Coordinator, Sunday School Coordinator and Assistant Pastor under Rev. R. Zabala of the International Pentecostal Church. With a heart for evangelism and outreach they held many home bible studies in all quadrants of the city of Calgary, did Preaching points, established a Daughter Work and now pastoring an autonomous church the Day of Pentecost Apostolic Church (Calgary). Jaime Ramos, now an Ordained Minister of the UPCI and Apostolic Man Director of the Canadian Plains District, continues serving God side by side with his wife Bernadette, children Anthony James, Angela Jodette, Aaron Jordan and Andrei Joshua Ramos with gifts in singing and playing musical instruments.
GLOBAL MISSIONS Rev. Paul Covill
LADIES MINISTRY Sis. Gwendolyn Robe-From
Gwendolynn Robe-From has served as Canadian Plains District Ladies’ President since 2011. She also has worked alongside her husband, Philip Robe-From, as Business Administrator of Abundant Life Church of Grande Prairie for eleven years. They met in Grande Prairie in the Church. Gwendolynn has a certificate from Grande Prairie Regional College in Business Administration and has a diploma in University Studies (Education). She has six children and enjoys singing, sewing, and traveling.
MULTICULTURAL MINISTRIES Rev. Joseph Ophus
NORTH AMERICAN MISSIONS Rev. Greg Carter
SUNDAY SCHOOL Rev. Albert Thunder
WORLD NETWORK OF PRAYER DIRECTOR Elaine Griffiths
Sister Griffiths was born, raised and educated in Kingston, Jamaica. Serving the Lord was a decision she made as a child and as a result, was active in the ministry including singing in a gospel group that toured the Island of Jamaica and other neighboring islands. She also enjoyed her work as a dental assistant.
Since immigrating to Canada in 1970 she received a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Bachelor of Theology through the Genesis Institute of Theology (January 2010) and diploma in Dressmaking from NAIT (1986).
She is grateful for the plan that the Lord had for her. God led her to a church that taught the oneness message where she received the revelation of the oneness of God and the plan of Salvation. Over the years she has grown spiritually and has dedicated her life to the Lord forever. At present she is helping her husband as he pastors Grace Pentecostal Church Edmonton including in the worship, women, children and evangelism ministries. Additionally, this year, she will be assisting in the prison ministry. She considers it an honour to serve the Canadian Plains District as its prayer coordinator and is excited about what God is doing in this District as a result of the united prayer of the saints.
YOUTH PRESIDENT Rev. Joel Shilling
Joel Shilling is a 2010 graduate of Genesis Institute of Theology with a degree in Christian Education and Systematic Theology. He has filled a variety of ministerial rolls including Youth Secretary of 2013-2014, worked overseas as an Associate in Missions (AIMER) to the beautiful country of Tonga of 2007-2012. There served as an evangelist, principle of the Bible School, teacher, and administrator. Joel currently serves as Pastor of Shiloh Tabernacle Church in Athabasca, AB. He was elected to the position of Canadian Plains Youth President in April of 2015. Joel and Vera are the proud parents of their beautiful daughter Phyllis and handsome son Trevor.
YOUTH SECRETARY Rev. Blaine Covill
Blaine P. Covill is the youth secretary of the
Canadian Plains District, which has a burgeoning youth demographic on the cusp
of revival. He is from Regina,
Saskatchewan, and serves his home church, New Life
TABERNACLE, as the Worship Director. He formerly
served as youth leader for five years from May 2009 to August 2013, as well as the section youth leader in
Saskatchewan for almost four years. He is gloriously single and searching
for the one who will support and complement his mission and ministry. He carries a burden for young people
and loves to see them develop into strong, mature Christians serving the Lord
with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. His favourite verse of Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the thoughts that I think
toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an
Branden O'Donnell was privileged to study under Dr. T. B. Neil in Fort McMurray for his ministerial training. Within the Canadian Plains District, Branden serves as the Communications coordinator as well as being the Section 1 Youth Representative. He is passionate about the Bible Quizzing ministry and serves as the District Bible Quizzing Coordinator as well as a coach in his home church of Athabasca. He is currently serving as Assistant Pastor at Shiloh Tabernacle in Athabasca, Alberta along with his wife Christine and his two children, Isaiah and Ruth.
Trevin and Alyssa count it a privilege to serve on the
Youth Committee of the Canadian Plains District and to work with a great
group of leaders in Section 2 (Southern Alberta). In
addition to serving The Pentecostals of Calgary as Assistant to the
Pastor; Trevin has served Section 2 as Youth Committee Representative
for over five years. He continues to be blessed to witness tremendous
growth in sectional event attendance and sectional SFC giving. He is a
strong believer in the potential of our youth and regularly involves
several young people in various aspects of youth ministry. Trevin and Alyssa reside in Northwest Calgary and have two young children.