Officers, Pastors & People: Our Officers / Pastors
Majors Ron and Toni have been officers/pastors for 35 years and have served in congregational and administrative roles within The Salvation Army.
Their personal values are:
- To Seek After God
- To be Available to God
- To be Passionate for God
- To be Dependent on God
The Cartmell’s understand the essential practices of the church to be Worship, Prayer, God’s Word and Hospitality. Worship that realigns our focus and points us towards God; prayer practices that become a part of community and are more than just monologue; an understanding of God’s Word that guides our daily living; and Hospitality that invites others into our hearts, our lives and our community so that they might experience the transforming power of Jesus.
Their leadership style is shaped by the principle of Mutuality―in that God is present in every encounter we have with another person so that if we are open to the Spirit, we become the recipient of gift as well as the giver. Leadership is about listening and empowering others to use their Spiritual Gifts and abilities.
The Cartmell’s are lifelong learners, and Toni is passionate about prayer, spiritual formation and ministry to children. Ron’s passion is in congregational health and revitalization and strongly believes that Jesus will bring transformation to this world through the ministry of the local church.
Ron and Toni believe that their two greatest accomplishments are their daughter and son, who are both serving the Lord; Adriane as a newly commissioned Salvation Army officer/pastor and Kyle, who works as a therapy assistant. Adriane lives in London, Ontario, while Kyle and his wife Morgan live in Wetaskiwin, Alberta with Toni and Ron’s granddaughter Brooke.
For hobbies, Toni enjoys reading, taking pictures and other forms of artistic expressions. Ron attempts to play golf and enjoys following the Blue Jays and both CFL and NFL football. They enjoy cooking and baking together, going for walks and bike rides as well as kayaking. They play Settlers of Catan and other games but Ron admits Toni wins 90% of the time!