MEET OUR STAFF

  • Sam Williams . Senior Pastor

    Born and raised in Chennai, India, Samuel came to Canada in 2001. He has served in vocational Christian ministry since 1999 and joined Avenue in 2011 as the Teaching Pastor. Samuel is passionate about journeying with people, drawing their attention to the presence of God and inviting them to an authentic life with the Lord. Samuel is part of the leadership team for 'fluid', a yearly young adults gathering in Eastern Canada. He is married to Angie and has an adorable daughter named Joelle. His interests include the Church, theology, culture, good humor, coffee, movies, cricket and soccer. 

  • John Cho . Lead Pastor

    John is a Canadian-Korean married to his high school sweet heart Tammy and has 4 beautiful children, Mia, Kaiya, Luke and James. John is a tent maker, owning and operating daycare centers and serving as a pastor. He has served as a youth pastor for 9 years and since 2007 has been the lead pastor for the Avenue Community in Toronto. John currently sits on the Board of Directors for Vision X, Cross Community, Zimele Canada and is a licensed pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. John also enjoys playing hockey, watching movies, the outdoors and spending time with his growing family.

  • Darrick Tam . Pastor of Worship and Hospitality

    Darrick, a Canadian born Chinese has been a part of Avenue since 2004 and has been on our pastoral staff since 2007 with a focus in worship. He has been leading worship for 13 years and in addition to serving at ACC, Darrick has recently launched a new online worship ministry called The Worship Project which serves to lead people closer to Jesus through music and stories. Darrick is married to his wife Joy and has a daughter named Aliyah. He graduated from York University majoring in Information Technology and he also completed his M.Div at Tyndale Seminary. Darrick also has a big heart for serving in Mexico leading many missions teams over the last  years. 

  • Joy Tam . Pastor of Children

    Joy is a Canadian-Korean and has been a part of our Avenue community since 2012. She is married to Pastor Darrick Tam and has been serving in children's ministry for over 15 years. Since she was teenager, Joy has always had a strong passion for teaching and building up the younger generation. Joy graduated from the University of Toronto with a major in Human Biology. She also completed her post-graduate teaching degree at York University. Joy currently works full-time at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as an HR Analyst and she also enjoys spending time in nature taking walks, making her own jewelry, and being with family.

  • Ira Carty . Pastor of Prayer and Connections

    Ira was born in Antigua and Barbuda, a beautiful twin island state in the Caribbean. At a tender age of six, Christ captured his heart and in the years that followed, he responded to a call to vocational ministry. Ira has served in pastoral ministry in Canada for the past eight years and his passion for evangelism and missions has taken him to countries such as Kenya, Korea, USA and the Caribbean. He is a graduate of Tyndale University College with a B.A in Religious Studies and is currently doing a M.Div. degree in Ministry at Tyndale Seminary. Ira recently got married to the love of his life, Tricia, whom he is learning to love as Christ loves the Church.  

  • Mike Kang . Pastor of Counselling and Care

    Michael is a Canadian-Korean and has made his way back to the Avenue Community. Before the church became Avenue, Michael was born into the Onnuri family and was an active member. Michael then moved to Mississauga where he became a member at Westside Community Church. It was there that he discovered his love for God, and his call to ministry. He is a graduate of York University (B.Sc., 2008), and McMaster Divinity (M.Div., 2011) and is currently pursuing his M.A. SCP at Wilfrid Laurier University. He enjoys playing hockey, golf and going camping with friends/ family.