The TLN was birthed out of Outreach Canada in 2003 when a need was identified to do pastoral transitions differently. Since then, 100's of people have been through our training and our simple framework has been used in 100's of churches successfully.
We desire to see the church strong, healthy and having significant kingdom impact with all generations. In North America, there is a growing number of churches who need specialized help with their transitions.
We exist to serve leaders working with churches in transition. That includes front line transitional pastors and leaders plus denominational leaders who give oversight and support those churches in transition.
We also help raise the awareness at the local church level for taking time to be intentional during their transition.
The following values define who we want to be as a network and help to guide us on this journey together.
Meet the people who are helping make this network grow and develop.
Cam Taylor is the founder and team leader of the Transitional Leadership Network. He is ordained with the Free Methodist Church and a Professional Certified Coach. He is active as a leadership coach, facilitator, and author of Between Pastors and Detour. He works with churches and community non-profit organizations. He lives with his wife Vicky in Abbotsford, BC.
Hugh Fraser serves on the team as a training facilitator. He is a seasoned transitional pastor who has worked with 17 churches over a span of 18 years. He is ordained with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada and is trained as a coach with the Newfield Network and The Institute for Generative Leadership. He lives with his wife Claire in Cochrane, Alberta.
Garth Borthistle helps facilitate our coaching circles and gives leadership to the network. He has led large teams in the business world and served as a pastor. He has recently discovered coaching as vital for today's church. He is credentialed with the Baptist General Conference, is a Master of Leadership student, and is planning to serve as a transitional leader. He lives with his wife Barb in Surrey, BC.
Jim Toohey helps facilitate our coaching circles and brings proven tools to our available resources. He has served 28 years in full time ministry in the area of missions, pastoring, and leadership development. He has worked in pioneering, repurposing, and revitalizing ministries. Jim is familiar with issues relevant during transition. Jim has a Masters of Christian Leadership and is currently walking alongside churches in transition. Jim lives with his wife Wendy in Chilliwack, BC.
Bob Claxton brings to the network an expertise in leadership development. Bob retired from 30 years of full-time pastoral ministry in 2011 with the Christian and Missionary Alliance to enter the business world as an Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team. In 2015, he returned to ministry as a transition pastor and has worked with four Alliance churches. He lives with his wife Cheryl in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Justin Schwanke is a business strategist and project assistant for the network. He has spent the foundational years of his career working in consulting practices focused on leadership transition, board development and governance, strategic planning, and business transformation and agility. He lives with his wife, Janelle in Abbotsford, BC.