Over a period of 26 years a group of dedicated believers from the Sault Ste. Marie area hosted an annual children’s World Changers Missions Conference in the fall. That vision was expanded in 2017 and 2018 to include the entire Church family through a mission conference event held in Sault Ste. Marie called “SOO Mission Expo”.
A “Concert of Prayer”, an evening of prayer focused on missions around the world was held in 2019.
In March 2020 SOO Mission Expo will return to the two-day mission conference where we will provide something for everyone from children through teens to adults which will include general sessions, children’s program, workshops, and exhibitors from local, national and international organizations.
What We Do
Interact with missional experts who work around the world.
Develop strategic partnerships and meet spiritual and physical needs for wherever God is calling you.
SOO Mission Expo is a conference to assist the Church in Sault Ste. Marie and area to:
DEEPEN their passion for reaching the world.
INFORM Christians about the opportunities to serve in missions.
PREPARE, send, and support missionaries.
EQUIP Christians to reach out cross-culturally to their communities and beyond.
This two-day gathering on March, 26- 27, 2020 will include compelling teaching in our general sessions, children’s program, workshops and exhibitors from local, national and international organizations.
Sandy and Jim Snell
Jim and Sandy have a keen and active Interest in missions here at home and internationally. Although originally planning to serve in West Africa as missionaries, God redirected their steps and brought them back to Canada where they served with SIM Canada in Toronto for 32 years in recruitment, training and other support roles in the Canadian office. Based in Sault Ste. Marie they served nine years with One Hope Canada prior to retirement.
Alice McLeod is the daughter of missionaries who led her to Jesus, and lived out their love for Jesus in church planting and Bible teaching ministries here in Canada. She grew up being mentored in faith and ministry and after graduating from Bible College she married Rick and they served together as he taught for nine years at a Bible College. They later ministered in a cross-cultural setting in western Canada for a number of years. She enjoys teaching Bible studies, discipling women and children and music ministry.
Howard McLeod was a teacher and school administrator in Sault Ste Marie before serving with One Hope Canada as a director of Galilean Bible Camp and Ontario Field Director. Retirement hasn’t stopped him from fulfilling his desire to serve God. Howard is very well known in the area and continues to provide help from his many years of faith and knowledge of the community through serving on committees, preaching and volunteering in numerous capacities
Mary Hill credits her experience with volunteering as summer camp staff as being foundational in her desire to serve in missions. Equipped with a nursing background, she did two short term medical trips in the Dominican Republic then served in the Middle East with Operation Mobilization for nine years. For several years Mary shared her passion for missions with children at the World Changer Children’s Missionary Conference. Besides serving on the Soo Mission Expo Committee, Mary enjoys leading home Bible studies, teaching Sunday school and caring for shut-ins..
Marc J. Laporte
Marc J. Laporte has been very active in serving the Sault area from the start of his journey with Christ and always had a missional heart to use his giftings for God’s glory. He has helped bring Christian organizations to the area, as well spearheading a city-wide youth ministry with others in the area. He is in the process of developing an organization to provide graphics and media resources for churches and organizations around the world.
Werner Peters was born in Germany, grew up in Winnipeg, but lived all his adult life in Ontario. He is married to an artist (Carole), has 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren. He was ordained to the ministry under the Associated Gospel Churches of Canada at Calvary Gospel Church in Blind River. He spent one term in Austria and pastored a Baptist Church there in the German language. Upon his return to Canada, he has pastored churches in Dunnville, Etobicoke and most recently in an English speaking Chinese Church in downtown Toronto (Chinese Gospel Church). Encouraging Christians towards maturity is his passion. Although he is currently retired from formal pastoral ministry, he wants everyone to know that he is eager to help pastors and churches wherever and whenever he can.