Bio of Pastor Trevor Whittingham
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Trevor immigrated with his family to Toronto in the middle of a freezing cold January when he was 14. The first thing he did after putting on his new winter coat and snow boots was make snowballs to throw at his brother and little sister.
A fellow Jamaican Canadian, Mr. Allen, offered to drive them to Runnymede Baptist Church in the church bus. Trevor made friends and joined the youth group for floor hockey, volleyball, and teens intense in growing in their faith.
At 17, on a Good Friday, by himself in his bedroom, God broke through his defiant, selfish heart and showed him his need to surrender to the one true God.
After working at Yonge Street Mission in downtown Toronto, Regent Park area. Trevor pursued a career in social service work with Children’s Aid and Griffin Centre. At church, he worked with men, kids, youth and families, to overcome difficulties in their lives and grow in the Lord. At work, he was increasingly frustrated in connecting his Christ centred understanding with secular practice. Through confirmation from trusted leaders and fellow believers, he took up the challenge to study at Tyndale Seminary (MTS) in order to bridge his Christian faith with his work. Through this process Trevor answered the call to service God in full-time ministry.
Trevor’s passion is to serve the church by shepherding, developing, equipping and empowering believers to minister to each other and to broken people through the power of Jesus Christ and his love for us.
Trevor is married to Evaleen, and they are the proud parents of three adult children, Joshua, Hannah and Charissa and daughter-in-law, Gina. Trevor is an avid sports fan who particularly loves the Blue Jays. He will try to get to as many games as he can, in Toronto or Dunedin. He also loves woodworking, reading, walking, and cooking up Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas.
Philippians 1:6 …Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Kiley grew up in the small town of Princeton, Ontario. He attended St. Francis Elementary School and later St. Mary’s High School in Woodstock.
Over the years Kiley developed an interest in music and his parents bought him a ukulele which he taught himself to play. Soon he was accompanying himself while singing Hank Williams Sr. and Ferlin Husky songs. As his musical interests grew, he branched out into playing guitar, however, he soon realized that piano seemed to come natural for him. Kiley started playing publicly at the age of 17.
In 1998, Kiley graduated from the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College with a degree in Recording Engineering, but landed a job in the IT field with the local telecom company, Execulink where he worked for 17 years.
Kiley met his wife, Lindsay in 2005 and they married in 2007. They have two sons, Grayson and Sterling. After the birth of their second child, they decided the time was right for Kiley to resign from Execulink and stay at home to raise their children. As well, Kiley would use this opportunity to more seriously pursue a career in music. Kiley continues to play shows and theatres across Ontario and is very much enjoying his call to serve as Music Director at First Baptist Church in Ingersoll.