Leadership

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LEADERSHIP
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Jody Cross

Lead Pastor

Jody has been in pastoral ministry for 34 years. In October 2020, Jody began to serve as the Lead Pastor of Southshore Bible Church, Barrie. Prior to this, he served for 10 years as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Leadership Development at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Orillia.

He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.Ed.) and holds an MDiv, and a DMin in Christian Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

His greatest passion is to glorify God by knowing Him and making Him known. As the Lead Pastor of Southshore, Jody seeks to shepherd the flock through preaching, leading worship, prayer and making disciples.

Jody came to faith in Christ at the age of 15 and since 1988 has been married to Alexandra. Jody enjoys hiking, swimming, and playing his guitar. Jody and Alex have four young adult children.


Blair Klinck

Elder Chair

Blair has served as an Elder at Southshore Bible Church since its inception in August 2012. Over the years, Blair has led small groups, taught in Men’s Ministry and served in both Youth and Children’s Ministry.

Blair has degrees in Kinesiology (B.Sc.) from the University of Waterloo and Education (B.Ed.) from the University of Western Ontario. He is a high school Special Education teacher in Innisfil, where he has worked since 2007.

He is committed to the Word of God and the local body, and excited to see how God will challenge and shape us more into His image as individuals and as a community.

Blair grew up in the local church and committed his life to Christ at the age of 17. He married Carolyn in 2002 and has been blessed with 5 children. Blair enjoys camping, most sports (or anything competitive), and making memories with his family.


Duncan Taylor

Elder Vice-Chair

Duncan has been an Elder at Southshore Bible Church since January 2020 and is currently also the steward of Missions. Prior to that, he and his wife, Trish, were the stewards of Children’s Ministry. He also serves on the worship team by helping to lead music.

Duncan has degrees in Systems Design Engineering (B.A.Sc.) and Teaching (B.Ed.). He is a high school science teacher in Innisfil, where he has worked since 2008.

He loves to discover God’s attributes through the study of His Word and the physical universe, to praise and glorify him in song, and to lead others to do the same.

Duncan has been a follower of Christ since grade 11 and has been privileged to serve on a variety of short-term mission trips in Africa and Central America. He and his wife have 5 children.


Glen Surette

Elder

Glen has served in church leadership for over 25 years as both Deacon and Elder. He has served as an Elder at Southshore since its inception in 2012, and his family was one of the original church planting families. He enjoys working with the other SBC Elders, whom he highly respects, to lead the church together, as well as practicing hospitality, hosting men’s events, meeting needs in practical ways and other behind-the-scenes activities. 

Glen is a graduate of George Brown College with a Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering. He has been working for Ontario Process Control Services Ltd. since 1995 where he is a co-owner with his parents.

Glen believes that there should be two doors that our children walk through and find something dramatically different than what they see in the world - the door of their home and the door of their church. As a result, Glen is committed to applying the truths of God’s Word in his marriage, parenting and in his relationships and service within the church.

Glen came to faith in Christ at the age of 17 and since 1995 has been married to Janet. Glen has 3 daughters, Taylor, Avery and Scarlett. He enjoys going to the gym, swimming and driving fast cars, but his favourite pastimes by far are watching his girls play their sports and listening to them fill their house with music.


Peter Brown

Elder Chair (Interim)

Peter has been serving as a Steward at Southshore Bible Church since 2015, and an Elder since 2020.

Peter aspires to vocational pastoral ministry and seeks to contribute to Southshore through preaching, personal discipleship of believers, and leading youth and young adult ministries with his wife Grace.

He has previously completed a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Masters of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is presently working on a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He currently works as a Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology at Georgian College in Barrie.

Peter grew up in the local church and came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as a youth. Peter and Grace have been married since 2016, and have a baby girl, Lucy. They enjoy canoe trip adventures together, time with family and friends, and afternoons reading with large cups of tea.