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who we are

The Flourishing Congregations Institute started in 2016. We are an interdisciplinary, ecumenical research centre, currently housed at Ambrose University. We collaborate with scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplinary and theological traditions and institutions, across Canadian regions.


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


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Professor of Sociology,
Ambrose University

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Professor of Practical Theology & Cross Appointment in the School of Education,
Ambrose University

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Assistant Professor of Sociology,
Trinity Western University

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The Rev. Canon Lisa G. Vaughn (Chair)

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.    

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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

Rural and New Ministries Coordinator, Growth and Ministry Development, The United Church of Canada

Bronwyn worked with a congregation in Hamilton before beginning her work in Ministry Recruitment with the Ministry and Employment unit, and then new ministry development with EDGE, at the General Council Office for The United Church of Canada.

Bronwyn now works within the newly formed Growth Department in the Organizational Development and Strategy Unit at The United Church of Canada.


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


Terrel Joseph

Divine Renovation Leadership Coach | Evangelization's Coordinator & Operations Manager @ St Willibrord Catholic Church in Montreal, QC 

Terrel recently began serving full-time at his parish as their Evangelization Coordinator & Operations Manager. For 6 years prior to that, Terrel served as a parish vitality facilitator in the Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal, 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. 


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.


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.


Mike Wood Daly, DMin

President of Sphaera Research, Research Director for the Halo Canada Project, and Community Engagement and Research Associate at the Trinity Centres Foundation 

In addition to joining the Flourishing Congregation’s Institute as a Research Fellow, Mike serves as Community Engagement and Research Associate at the Trinity Centres Foundation.  He is President of  Sphaera Research, Research Director for the Halo Canada Project

A resourceful communicator, educator, and community developer, Mike has more than 35 years brokering conversations between individuals, community non-profits, religious congregations, denominational leaders, and municipalities to help faith communities reimagine their buildings and properties as social assets.

Mike holds a Doctor of Ministry in Community Development from McMaster University.  He is a former congregational minister, founded and served as the Executive Director of Ground Level Youth Ventures and served as Degree Administrator and Research Associate with the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Toronto School of Theology (University of Toronto).


He is author of the recently published book, God Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Decline and Resilience in the Canadian Church.


Mike lives in Toronto with his wife, Jan, daughter, Bethany, and their dog, Tucker.


Founding Members

Bill McAlpine, PhD

Retired Professor Emeritus

Practical Theology,

Ambrose University

Personal & Organizational Leadership,

University of Saskatchewan

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