Denise Gillard (BRS 1991) is founder and Executive Artistic Director of HopeWorks Connection and Director of Programming for Frontlines, organizations that are focused on meeting the needs of children in communities throughout the GTA. Previous to her work with these organizations, Denise was part of an urban, storefront church that ministered to the homeless and people dealing with addictions. As the church grew, members of the church decided to move to a safer neighbourhood. After the church moved, the members were no longer involved in its day-to-day activities.
This led her to start HopeWorks. “I intentionally did not start HopeWorks under the church,” Denise says. Her experience as a pastor taught her that most people in the church sought to avoid the change inherent in missional ministry. She warns that, “there is a cost to following the Lord. My advice is that people weigh the cost, and commit to the sacrifice. Obedience is better than sacrifice.” Giving to Tyndale gives people like Denise the foundation to be able to think critically and serve passionately in a complex world.
When you give, leaders like Denise are led by the Spirit to transform the world in new and impactful ways.