Chris Pullenayegem

Chris Pullenayegem

Director, Congregational Vitality Through Community Engagement Initiative

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Chris is a ministry practitioner committed to a holistic approach to ministry, integrating faith, justice, and compassion in contextualized, incarnational ways. He has held senior positions in private, government and not-for-profit sectors. He also has decades of experience working in the areas of church renewal, new ministry and migrant church development and discipleship/faith formation. Thriving in challenges he is familiar with leading start-ups/new initiatives and brings passion, innovation, people skills and sound strategy to help them grow. As a kingdom strategist, he believes that the future expansion of the Church is directly linked to how well we equip, empower, and mobilize the body of Christ to be the Church in the world. He was Faith Formation and Mission Program Coordinator for the United Church of Canada, where he facilitated discipleship and mission with established and immigrant faith communities (2013-2020).

Chris has an academic background in law (specializing in refugee and Immigration law and policy), psychology, leading change and innovation and adult education. He grew up in a multi-religious and multi-ethic context among communities fractured along these lines. An immigrant from Sri Lanka, Chris lives in Ontario, loves working collaboratively and has a keen interest in peace and reconciliation. He is a trainer in cross-cultural competencies and multi-faith awareness and is a keen observer of people movements. Chris finds recreation in music, wood-working and outdoor activities.