The story of this church is actually a story in the making. This is essentially chapter one of a book. We haven’t officially “launched” as a church yet because we are in the process of gathering a group of people who want to join in on the journey. In a way you could say, we have a lot of “wants”.
That’s the story of this church. For that to happen, we are praying that God will bring people from all walks of life, from within and outside the city, to join with us and see these “wants” turn into reality…and his story to continue
Pastor Leo Klus
Leo and Kim Klus have been engaged in ministry since 1998 in many ways. Much of that time has seen them serve in churches in London. They have been married for 31 years and have three grown children: Leo, Aaron and Sarah. Pastor Leo, who will be serving as the lead pastor of Sojourn, loves to preach the scriptures, apply them to life and help people see Jesus in every page. His other great joy is to shepherd the people who are struggling to grow as disciples of Christ, whether that’s through counselling, leadership training or simply connecting one on one to strengthen brothers and sisters in Christ. His favourite bible verse for so many reasons is Hebrews 7:25 “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”
Kim has been a critical ministry partner since they both left business roles in the 1990’s to serve vocationally in church ministry. Her ministry passion is connecting people in community especially reaching out to those who feel they are on the margins of the church. She has significant experience in serving and leading women’s ministry. Leo would say that perhaps her most important role is helping make up for the many gaps in his leadership-a role she plays so well due to her own extensive giftedness.
Both Leo and Kim have some hobbies. Kim loves reading, basketball and just bout any sport that keeps her active. There’s really no slowing her down! Leo also loves reading, especially theology, but has honed his “extra curricular” world down to just 2 things he can’t get enough of: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Scuba Diving. Prior to ministry both Kim and Leo worked in the corporate world in different capacities. Kim served as a Legal Administrative Assistant at law firms in London, Brampton and Toronto. After completing his H.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees at Ivey (Western) Leo was a Management Consultant in Toronto. He left that role in 1998 to get his M.Div degree at Reformed Theological Seminary. They both currently work full-time in London and will continue doing so while the church plant is starting.
Sojourn Church is a church plant under the leadership and authority of the Elders at Harvest Barrie. A statement on their website says this: As partners with Acts 29 Canada and with a vision for planting churches in Ontario, Canada, the Harvest Barrie elders are pleased to announce that they will be planting a new church called “Sojourn Church” in London, ON sometime in 2023. After a thorough assessment by Harvest Barrie and in partnership with the assessment team of Acts 29 (currently in process), this church will be started by Pastor Leo Klus under the full accountability of the Harvest Barrie elder team. If you would like to find out more about the elders at Harvest Barrie, visit their website leadership section here: https://www.harvestbarrie.ca/new-to-hbc/#leadership