who we are

The Flourishing Congregations Institute started in 2016. We are an interdisciplinary and ecumenical research centre, embedded at Ambrose University and Seminary. We collaborate with scholars and practitioners across theological traditions and Canadian regions.


Our mission is to gather, curate, and share Canadian data, theological reflection, and practical application on the Canadian Church for the Canadian Church.


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Professor of Sociology and

Director of Flourishing Congregations Institute,
Ambrose University

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Professor of Practical Theology & Cross Appointment in the School of Education and
Associate Director of
Flourishing Congregations Institute
Ambrose University

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Assistant Professor of Sociology,
Trinity Western University

partnership council

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Don Moore

Executive Director of The Canadian Christian Business Federation

Rev Dr Don Moore serves as the Executive Director of The Canadian Christian Business Federation which supports business leaders “Connect their Sunday Faith with their Monday Work.”


Previously, as the National Church Ambassador with World Vision Canada, as the Executive Director of Vision 2000 Canada under the auspices of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and as the Dean of Briercrest Biblical Seminary.


He received his PhD from Michigan State University in education studying innovation and change in Christian higher educational institutions. He has been a professor, pastor, author, public speaker consultant, coach and international development leader.

Don is married to Dr Bonnie Mallard who is a University of Guelph professor in immunogenetics. She received the Governor General’s 2017 Award for Innovation at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Together they have 4 adult children, 8 grandchildren, and an adorable baby kitten and handsome grand puppy. They live near Guelph, ON.

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The Reverend Wilbert Chin Jon

Vicar General, Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary

Reverend Wilbert Chin Jon is one of the two Vicars General in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary and the Moderator of the Curia.


Fr. Chin Jon was born in the Philippines and ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary in 2004.  He has an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from the Ateneo de Davao University (a Jesuit university in the Philippines) and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario.  

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The Reverend Bronwyn Corlett

New Ministry Animator, Network and Coaches Coordinator for EDGE at the United Church of Canada

Bronwyn worked with a congregation in Hamilton until beginning her work in Ministry Recruitment with Ministry and Employment at the General Council Office of The United Church of Canada.

Bronwyn now works with EDGE, a network of ministry development.


David Eagle

Research Associate at Duke University

David Eagle received his PhD in sociology at Duke University studying the social organization of congregations in North America. He is presently a researcher with Duke Divinity School's Clergy Health Initiative where he is part of the largest data collection ever done with clergy, a 10-year project to understand the challenges that United Methodist pastors face in terms of their mental and physical health. 
He is keenly interested in how religious adherence and belief is changing in congregations in North American and how these changes are impacting the shape of pastoral ministry and theological education. He has published on factors that influence clergy health, megachurches, and trends in religious adherence and attendance in Canada.  His website is at www.davideagle.org.

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The Rev. Canon Lisa G. Vaughn

Parish Vitality Coordinator - Diocese of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island

The Rev’d. Canon Lisa G. Vaughn is a cradle Anglican with more than 22 years' experience in church leadership. She is a mission-focused priest and congregational development coordinator who possesses a strong commitment to revitalize parishes, empower leadership and foster discipleship. She serves in the Diocese of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island and lives in Halifax.    


Robb Warren

Co-Executive Director of Global Leadership Network Canada

Robb is married to Lois and together they have three amazing daughters.  Living in Ottawa, Robb and Lois lead Global Leadership Network Canada.  Together, they work with churches and leaders across the country to provide leadership resources that equip Christians by building their skill and inspiring their faith.


Terrel Joseph

Parish Vitality Facilitator – The Pillars Trust Fund, Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal and Divine Renovation Leadership Coach

Terrel Joseph currently serves as a parish vitality facilitator in Montreal, QC. For the last 5+ years he has been mainly helping Catholic parishes in Montreal move from maintenance model to an intentionally missionary model of church. Since the fall of 2021, Terrel has also been serving as Leadership Coach with Divine Renovation Ministries, coaching pastors internationally through their flagship group coaching program called “Kickstart”.


Prior to his work in parish vitality and leadership coaching, Terrel served as the Campus Minister at the Newman Centre of McGill University from 2011 to 2017.In January 2023, Terrel will be transitioning back into full-time parish ministry at St Willibrord’s Catholic Church in Montreal as their Coordinator of Evangelization, where he is currently serving in this role on a volunteer basis.


Terrel holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal where he majored in economics and minored in finance.

Founding Members

Bill McAlpine, PhD

Retired Professor Emeritus

Practical Theology

Ambrose University

Personal & Organizational Leadership

Member at Large
University of Saskatchewan