Dr. Paul Ross
Born and raised in Fredericton NB, Paul graduated from Fredericton High School in 1980 and continued his studies at the University of New Brunswick, where he received his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Philosophy & Anthropology. In 1987, he received his Masters of Divinity degree. He completed his doctoral degree in the spring of 2015 at Acadia Divinity College. Paul and his wife, Susan, have two children.
Paul began his ministry in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia, where he was immediately engaged in church growth and building campaign activities. Since returning to Fredericton in 1996, he has worked to develop strong staff teams and lay leaders and has continued to encourage innovation and growth in Kingdom ministries.
A lifelong athlete, Paul continues to enjoy sports and exercise. His love for sports has given him the opportunity to have been a Chaplain to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Hockey Team and the Fredericton Canadiens of the AHL. Paul has also worked with Hockey Ministries International as a dry-land trainer to their summer camps programs. He also developed I Am Sports summer programs which gave youth an opportunity to work with sports personalities in their fields.
The Luke 14 Kingdom Venture came about after an encounter with Chris which led to the development of a ministry which works to enable those living with disabilities to belong, build and believe. In 2018 the YMCA awarded Paul with a Peace Medallion honouring him for his work and impact on the lives of people living with disabilities. The creation of the I Am Able Abilities Store is the next chapter in The Luke 14 Kingdom Venture.
Rev. Darrick Lareva
DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH
Darrick has a powerful testimony of God’s deliverance and healing hand. Despite his handicap Darrick shares the love of Jesus with courage and conviction. He is excited about the ministry God has given to him and is delighted to partner with IAM Ministries.
IAM Ministries Fellows
An IAM Ministries Fellow is selected based on their potential to make a positive long-lasting contribution to the Luke 14 Kingdom Venture and creating a place for those living with disabilities to Belong, Believe and Build.
Dr. John Swinton
IAM Ministries Fellow
John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care and Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. For more than a decade John worked as a registered mental health nurse. He also worked for a number of years as a hospital and community mental health Chaplain alongside of people with severe mental health challenges who were moving from the hospital into the community. In 2004, he founded the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability(http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/centre-for-spirituality-health-and-disability-182.php). He has published widely within the area of mental health, dementia, disability theology, spirituality and healthcare, qualitative research and pastoral care. John is the author of a number of monographs including his new book: Finding Jesus in the Storm: The spiritual lives of people with mental health challenges. (Eerdmans 2020) His book Dementia: Living in the memories of God won the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ramsey Prize for excellence in theological writing .(http://www.michaelramseyprize.org.uk/).
Dr. Cheryl Jones
Cheryl Jones earned her PhD in Music and Health Sciences at the University of Toronto where she was also in the Collaborative Program of Neuroscience. She earned her Master of Music Therapy with a focus on music-centered psychotherapy at Wilfrid Laurier University. Cheryl has taught in the music therapy departments at Wilfrid Laurier University, Concordia University, and the University of Miami. She has been an invited guest lecturer at numerous universities and conferences, including national and international. Cheryl serves on the advisory board for the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. In addition to being an accredited music therapist, Cheryl is also a registered psychotherapist. Her clinical work is focused on music-based cognitive and speech rehabilitation following brain trauma. Cheryl’s clinical work has been featured in several media including 2 national CBC radio documentary and has been published in several journals. Her passion is to support individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury or are living with the effects of a neurodegenerative disorder.