Annoucing a Campus Pastor for Orillia

I'm so excited to announce that Rich Birch is going to serve as the Campus Pastor at Connexus Orillia. 

In many ways, this is a natural evolution.  Since joining us in August 2007, Rich has spent many weekends already at the Orillia campus, and he will add this to his responsibilities as our Executive Director of Operations, where he oversees our service programming, site development and some areas of finance.  Rich takes over from Nadine Russell, who has served so well as the Interim Campus Director for Orillia.  Nadine will continue to serve full time at Connexus as our Executive Director of Family Ministry and member of our senior leadership team. 

Rich brings a wealth of experience with him, and we think he knows more about multi-site ministry than anyone in Canada. 

Rich is really looking forward to getting to know the Orillia teams better, and he's hosting a town hall style meeting at the Orillia Opera House (small theater) on Tuesday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m..  Everyone who calls the Orillia campus home is invited to attend. 

Rich, his wife Christine, daughter Haley and son Hunter make their home in Orillia.

Some fun facts about Rich:

  • He was the first employee Connexus ever had, joining our team two months before we launched.
  • He is a crazy dancer (just ask him).
  • At restaurants, he often asks the server to surprise him instead of ordering off the menu.

I will continue to serve as lead pastor of Connexus Ministries and as Campus Pastor at Barrie.

Please welcome Rich into this new role!

– Carey Nieuwhof
Lead Pastor


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