In 1995 Hamilton Conference decided to carry out its Christian programming in a new way: people would be encouraged to gather around common passions, interests or concerns for which they would be willing to take responsibility. A network consists of clergy and lay people from congregations throughout Hamilton Conference who are willing to commit time and energy to this specific ministry.

Following is a brief description of the current networks of Hamilton Conference.

Please consider getting involved in one of these networks by using the contact listed for each network!

Affirm Network – To work toward moving the conversation forward around becoming and being an affirming church.

Contacts: Elaine Graham, email:; Roy Holton, email:

Bearing Faithful Public Witness Network – To co-ordinate, lift up and encourage the social and global justice work within Hamilton Conference.

Contacts: Ed Laksmanis, E-mail:; Barbara Fullerton, E-mail:; Neville Smith, E-mail:; Ian Sloan, E-mail:; Bruce Sweet, E-mail:

Children and Youth Network – To provide support and easily accessible resources to individuals working with children and youth. [See Children and Youth Resources page] Contact: Linda Clark, e-mail:

Resource Distribution Network – To promote resource distribution in all congregations and presbyteries in Hamilton Conference – includes four resource centres and spiritual and educational resources. Contact: Jackie Childerhose, Grand River Bookstore & Video Library (Avel), P.O. Box 553, Paris, ON N3L 3E7; Telephone: 519 442-3366 or 1-888-668-0871; e-mail:

Week of Guided Prayer Network – To enhance the prayer journey of the individual and the church community through Week of Guided Prayer retreats.

Website:; Contact: Heather Leffler, e-mail: