OIM staff are committed to seeing the organization’s mission lived out in our community. Each brings us a set of expertise, and a passion for the vulnerable and disenfranchised.
Rev. Ken MacLaren
B.A., M.Div., Th.M.
In May 2003, Rev. Ken MacLaren became the Executive Director of Ottawa Innercity Ministries. Ken has a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario (1979), a M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon (1983), and a Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois (1984). Following his formal education, Ken was the Senior Pastor of three churches in three provinces with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (1986-91). He was a member of the National Social Concerns Committee of the P.A.O.C. and initiated and developed a National Capital Men’s Ministry Network in Ottawa in 2001. Ken has been married for 35 years, and has three grown children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Jelica Zdero
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
After volunteering with OIM in 2007/2008, Jelica responded to God’s call to join the team in October 2008. She is honoured to be working alongside the caring staff and volunteers of OIM who joyfully give of themselves to work alongside our street community. Jelica brings with her a skill-set that includes university teaching, research, and writing as well as a variety of volunteer experiences in her church and community.
Youth Program Coordinator
Moira joined the OIM team in August 2011. She has a BASc in Child, Youth and Family Studies from the University of Guelph. For several years, Moira worked with high-risk youth in the criminal justice system. She also has experience in visual art and music, and she believes that the arts can be a powerful tool when it comes to working with youth. She continues to build relationships with Ottawa’s street-engaged youth by facilitating Innercity Arts and the Spirit of the Streets Choir.
Volunteer & Events Coordinator
Rick Ojala spent thirty years in the high skilled manufacturing industry, the first ten years helping run a medium sized family business. In 2006 he translated his experience, management and leadership gifts into making a difference in ministry. Rick’s heart has always been to serve the most vulnerable of our society. He successfully graduated from a three-year Bible School program at Ottawa School of the Bible. Rick spent five years serving and helping to build a missional outreach church campus at the right hand of the campus pastor. He has served on two Christian Boards and Co-Directed a local food bank. In 2015 Rick took the next step towards ministry by accepting an offer to start up and develop a Bibles for Missions Thrift Store and also received his License to Ministry with OBFF. This has led Rick to OIM. Stepping out of the boat as Peter did is not an unfamiliar thing for Rick as long as he keeps his eyes on Jesus.
Lloyd began volunteering with O.I.M. in 2003 while taking a college ministry course. He continues to volunteer with O.I.M. in the Pastoral Care ministry among our street friends and is a trusted advisor and counselor to O.I.M. staff. Lloyd does so as he responds to the call of Matthew 25:35, 36 on his life to serve others in a practical ministry of caring and sharing the gospel to help others understand how much God loves them.
Board of Directors
The responsibility to govern the policies and direction of OIM is a crucial and vital part of our accountability to the many who share in this work. All elected board members are mature members of Ottawa’s inter-church Christian community, who commit to take time out of their busy lives on a volunteer basis to discern and set the direction for this ministry. Yearly, in the spring, OIM holds an annual meeting which all may attend to hear reports on how OIM is achieving its goals and purposes.
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