Leadership

Local Leadership

Jon Ryttersgaard

Jon Ryttersgaard

Lead Pastor

Jon is a dual citizen of Canada and Barbados. He was born in Canada and received his Bajan citizenship in 2017. His wife Mel is also a dual citizen, born and raised in Barbados and a citizen of Canada since 2016. Jon and Mel met at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada in 2006. They were married in 2011 and have two sons, Maddox (born in 2013) and Wade (born in 2016). Jon served as a pastor in Peterborough, Canada for four years before moving to Covenant Baptist Church in Toronto in 2015 with a view toward starting a Reformed Baptist church here in Barbados. Jon earned a Master of Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto in 2013.

 

Overseas Leadership

Covenant Reformed Baptist Church (CRBC) is presently sponsored by and accountable to Covenant Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada as part of the process of helping CRBC get firmly established in Barbados. Therefore, the pastors and deacons of Covenant Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada also serve as the pastors and deacons of Covenant Reformed Baptist Church here in Barbados.

Chris Powell

Chris Powell

Pastor

Chris has been the Lead Pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in Toronto since 2008, after graduating from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Prior to his seminary studies, Chris had trained as a schoolteacher, receiving a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Chris also has work experience in IT and project management. Prior to moving to the US for his seminary studies, Chris also served as a Deacon of Covenant Baptist Church. Chris married Val in 1998 and they have four children: Hannah, Noah, Abby, and Ben.

Leigh Powell

Leigh Powell

Pastor

Leigh is the founding Pastor of Covenant Baptist Church. Leigh was converted under the ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel in England in 1959. He married Miriam in 1963 and immigrated to North America where he studied at Westminster Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity in 1971 before settling in Toronto, Canada and starting Covenant Baptist Church in 1974. Leigh continues to serve at Covenant Baptist Church as he is able, though his capacity has been diminished in recent years due to health issues.

Riley Albu

Riley Albu

Deacon

Riley is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S.A. He and Christina have been married since 2012 and are expecting their first child, due in November. Riley has been serving as a Deacon of Covenant Baptist Church since 2016 and was just recently hired as an Assistant to the Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network.

Ron Santos

Ron Santos

Deacon

Ron was born and raised in the Philippines. He was converted in 1988 and was a member of Moonwalk Community Bible Church in the Philippines before immigrating to Canada in 2002, where he joined Covenant Baptist Church. Ron has been a great help to the church since his arrival, and has been serving as a Deacon since 2016.

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