About

About

Resource centre connecting people with one another to impact our multicultural communities.

Who We Are

In 2006 a group of individuals and organizations committed to loving and reaching the nations among us, began to find each other and network together for the sake of the Kingdom. There was a commitment to extend Christ’s love across the cultures and ethnicities of the Greater Toronto Area. However, the resources, the collective knowledge, and the experience of people with a similar focus had been difficult to find and access.

Beginning in early 2006 individuals representing a broad spectrum of Christian denominations, mission agencies, backgrounds and ethnicities came together to address these concerns. This led to the progressive development of a strategy and structure for those with a passion to reach the “nations” living among us. These discussions came to fulfillment with the creation of UReachToronto (Urban Resources Assisting Churches in Toronto). To provide ongoing leadership, the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries (TIM) Centre was asked to maintain and guide the use and functioning of the website (Learn more about the TIM Centre).

In 2018, the UReach initiative branched out to create the new UReachCanada and its sister websites — expanding to a national level.

Mission & Vision

Our Vision

UReachCanada and TIM Centre will become a Canadian hub for Diaspora ministry (mostly people groups new in Canada), known for its excellence in applied research and advocacy. We seek to become a primary facilitator of dialogue, exchange, and training for churches, organizations, and individuals engaged in this expression of God’s Kingdom.

Our Mission

The goal of UReachCanada and its sister sites is to provide an accessible vehicle for receiving and sharing tools, information, expertise, and resources related to engaging and embracing the diverse peoples of Canada. We aim to be a comprehensive resource centre for Christians engaged in intercultural ministry. Its objective is to connect people with one another to collectively develop a strategic vision and to learn skills necessary to reach our multicultural communities.

What We Do

We seek to provide an accessible online portal for receiving and sharing tools, information, expertise, and resources related to engaging and embracing the diverse peoples of Canada.

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Our Team

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REV. DR. TIMOTHY TANG

 

Director of TIM Centre

ttang@tyndale.ca

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tang was born in Toronto where he now lives with his wife Joanne, who is a high school teacher in the York Board of Education. They have two sons and a daughter, Tobin, Mathis, and Breylin. Pastor Tim was the English pastor at the East Toronto Chinese Baptist Church from 2001-2018. After studying at Upper Canada College, he went on to the University of Waterloo where he completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology. Though Tim planned a career in healthcare, God called him to full-time ministry during a short-term missions trip to Asia in 1996, after which he finished his M.Div. in Youth and Family Ministry at Tyndale Seminary. Since that time, Tim has been involved with John424, a worship ministry; the Tribe of Issachar, a leadership training ministry; and completed a 2-year program called Arrow Leadership. Tim has also recently completed a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.

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DR. ROBERT COUSINS

Intercultural Consultant

rcousins@tyndale.ca
(416) 226-6620 ext. 2708

A former director of the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre (TIM Centre), Robert seeks to engage and encourage multicultural leaders in global missions. A graduate of Ontario Bible College (BTh) and Wheaton Graduate School (MA in Intercultural Studies), Robert and his wife Sheila have served in theological education and leadership development with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) in Kenya and Tanzania for the past 12 years. Robert has also served as personnel director of AIM (Canada) for 5 years and was seconded from AIM to MissionPrep, an inter-mission cross-cultural training partnership, where he served as Director for 8 years. Robert is an adjunct professor at Tyndale Seminary, a facilitator for MissionPREP, Perspectives and The School for Urban Biblical Studies (SUBS).

Joshua Shum

JOSHUA SHUM

Content Developer & Website Support

jshum@tyndale.ca

Joshua was born and raised in Toronto, to parents who emigrated from Hong Kong. Growing up in a multicultural society, and completing an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science, he developed an interest in studying the concept of multiculturalism in a Canadian and international context, and the intersectional struggle of minorities in a Canadian multicultural environment — and will continue his studies in the Master of Information (Library and Information Science) program at the University of Toronto, in order to further study the role that information ethics, accessibility, and outreach, play in aiding (or hampering) the access of public resources by minority groups, such as immigrants and refugees. Joining the TIM Centre in 2017 as a summer Research Assistant, Joshua has since returned to work with the TIM Centre to develop the UReachToronto and UReachCanada resource databases.