We are pleased to welcome Brennan Rabbets to YP. Brennan has been appointed to serve as Interim Director of Youth at Yorkminster Park. Brennan was born and raised in Aylmer, Ontario where he grew up worshipping with his family in the local United Church. In his final year of high school Brennan was making plans to enter an engineering program when he was strangely and unexpectedly drawn to enrol at Tyndale University. It was there he obtained a B.A. in Religious Studies and from there that he went on to complete a Master of Divinity degree from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. Since graduating a year ago he has served a one year internship in Youth Ministry at the Toronto Chinese Baptist Church on Beverley Street. He had previously served at TCBC as an assistant leader.
During his years of service at TCBC he was one of the primary leaders of a program called The Barnabas Fellowship. It was a youth gathering each Friday evening with the goal of mentorship and discipleship in the Christian faith. The program each week included worship, small group study and prayer. During the first two years the group averaged an attendance of five, but in year three there was significant growth to the point where they were averaging between thirty and forty young people each Friday evening with a group of approximately one hundred youth. Brennan is excited about the number of young people who graduated from the program and have gone on to enter exciting avenues of ministry and fellowship. He hopes and prays he can see the Lord work in the lives of young people at YP through the ministry and service he offers.
Of course there were other activities he was involved with at TCBC including an annual five day youth camping trip, youth social events and a summer children's day camp in which he mentored youth involved in the leadership. Brennan has also been very active with CBOQ Youth activities and has served as registrar of both Blizzard and Avalanche youth retreats for several years. One of the things that impressed all of us who were involved in the interview process with Brennan was that not only does he share the ministry philosophy Miriam and Sam have so carefully crafted which seeks to holistically involve the congregation and ministry team in the discipleship and mentorship of the family unit, but he seemed able to articulate it more clearly than any of us.
Brennan is a real person who will hit the ground running or perhaps even skating since he loves to play hockey recreationally. And don't be surprised if he takes the youth to a Jays game or two as he sports two of the Toronto Star passes for Jays games and he is still going to as many games as he can though the team is now well out of the playoff picture. I admire him as someone who can hang in and not give up. He also loves to play board games and can sometimes be found hanging out at the well known Snakes and Lattes Coffee Shop. I can already imagine Brennan and the youth inviting us all to an evening of board games and perhaps music in a coffee shop atmosphere.
Brennan is married to Jenny and a month ago they had the joy of welcoming their firstborn, Tobias. Imagine, another 'Toby' in our midst. We continue to be sad about Sam leaving us, but we thank God for Brennan who begins at Yorkminster Park on September 2. Please keep Brennan and our youth in your prayers.