According to Ephesians 6:10-18, it's time to get equipped with:


of Truth



of Righteousness


which is the Word of God





Worshipping JESUS!

Equipping Men!

Scott Towaij

Worship Leader

Covenant Award Winning Recording Artist, Avid Biker






We're excited to announce that our worship sessions at the Armour Up Workshop will be lead by our friend and brother Scott Towaij. Thank you Scott for serving and leading us into a God honouring place of worship. 


Lynn Saxberg, Music Critic for The Ottawa Citizen has dubbed Scott as "Ottawa's funkiest Christian Rocker" He is a 7 time Covenant award nominee and 1 time winner. Scott and his band have opened for Kirk Franklin, Peter Furler (former Newsboys front man), Building 429 and he has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Christian music during the 25TH anniversary of Kingdom Bound in Buffalo New York. He just played the Ottawa Bluesfest for the 2ND consecutive year joining Downhere, Neworldson, Building 429 and The City Harmonic. His musical influences range from Stevie Wonder to Steely Dan and everything in between. He blends funk, rock, blues and soul to create a unique brand of music that is guaranteed to get you up and grooving. He is a musician, singer / songwriter, worship leader and teacher who loves God and loves people. Scott is one of the worship leaders at both The MET (Metroploitan Bible Church) and Capital City Bikers Church in Ottawa. Yes, he does ride a motorcycle!


Scott’s youth was filled with drugs, alcohol and women. He has survived severe trauma in his life and has been clean and sober for the past 23 years. With his wife Sherri and daughter Cheyenne by his side he is a devout follower of Christ and works hard to shine his light for the Kingdom.


2014 Workshop Recap

Dean Ridings

Make a Mark Ministries Presenter,

One-to-One Materials, Director 






Dean has served with Prison Fellowship, The Navigators, and Focus on the Family in his 25 years of parachurch ministry. He is author of numerous articles, The Pray! Prayer Journal (NavPress), and helps for the PathLight Camper’s Bible (Biblica) and Pastor’s Bible(Group/Zondervan).


"I have a passion to help as many people possible come to know and grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the quickest time possible, that they might become disciple-makers who help others do the same. My heart for making disciples goes back some 25 years when I co-led a class at Reston Bible Church in Virginia on the topic. Soon after, I developed Side-by-Side, an easy, inviting way for believers to pair up for mutual growth, support and encouragement, and accountability. Today, I’m eager to help individuals and church leaders live out and advance the Gospel, building generations of Christ-followers!"


Scott has served as a ministry partner in the Sight and Sound Tech team and Men’s Ministry Leadership Team, on the staff of Woodmen Valley Chapel, launched a fruitful discipleship ministry called Woodmen Knights, and currently serves as a founding member of Make a Mark Ministries.
"I experienced an amazing transformation in 1998. After 35 years of trying to live life without a real roadmap and experiencing deep brokenness after spiraling into workaholism, divorce, and sin, God provided me with a clear path to redemption through my wife, loving church family, an Easter service where Jesus became real, and Christian mentors to disciple me. I have received a great gift of salvation and forgiveness, and it is my passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and equip others so that they can be unleashed into ministry to fulfill the purpose that God has created them for, spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth." 


Scott Ballenger

Make A Mark Ministries Presenter, Materials, Executive Director






Bob Jones

Make a Mark Ministries

Teacher and Presenter, 

Materials, Director






Bob is currently a high school science teacher and teaches a Bible class at his local church. Bob has been a youth pastor and adjunct theology professor at Western Seminary. He has worked in men’s ministry for a decade and every summer works with a church planter in Costa Rica developing a men’s ministry movement in that country.


“I have a deep desire to teach the Word of God and see the Holy Spirit transform people’s lives. I am eternally grateful for godly men who have built into my life for over the past 40 years, and I want to pass on to the next generation a love for God and His Word. The Lord’s commission to disciple others through teaching His Word and building relationships continues to fuel my life, and I am grateful to be part of building His Kingdom.”


Rev. John Counsell

Lead Pastor, Vanier Community Church

Radio host, Ask the Pastor, AM 580 CFRA






Don Hutchinson joined the leadership team at The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada  in 2006. Don was a pastor with The Salvation Army, then established and led its legal department for Canada. He has also served as a consultant with churches and Christian ministries including Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship and World Vision Canada. Don is a regular contributor to ActivateCFPL and has appeared on TVO’s The Agenda, Global National, CBC The National, CTV News, CPAC’s Goldhawk Live, Sun TV’s Byline, CTS’ Michael Coren Show, Faith Journal and others in addition to radio, writing opinion editorials for the National Post and being regularly quoted in a variety of print and electronic media. Don has a B.A. from Queen's University and a J.D. from the University of British Columbia Law School. Married, with one adult daughter, Don is also a grandfather and avid motorcyclist who lives in Ottawa.



Pastor John Counsell was one of the first and natural choices for speakers that the Ottawa PointMen were delighted to invite to speak at this year's Armour Up Workshop. He is truly a passionate and ardent voice for the Lord here in Ottawa and around the world.


John has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years, most recently as the Pastor of the Vanier Community Church, a multi-church ministry (currently City Church and Capital City Biker's Church) here in Ottawa. 


John is also a well known radio host  of  Ask the Pastor and other shows on Ottawa's secular talk station 580 CFRA on the AM dial. He is truly a unique voice on Talk Radio. In fact, there are no full-time pastors anywhere in North America doing talk radio in a non-religious venue other than John. His approach is fresh, honest, direct, inspiring, entertaining, insightful, and when it comes to matters of faith and spirituality, truly a breath of fresh air!


According to Pastor John, he  "pastors the most testosterone-driven church in Ottawa, 'Capital City Biker's Church.'  10% of the congregation does NOT have tatoos.  They're extroverted, aggressive, passionate, they like to make noise, there's nothing subtle about them, and they're not afraid of anything.  No one has as unique a perspective on guys-following-Christ like John does."


"It isn't humble, but it's honest"






Don Hutchinson

The Evangelical Fellowshop of Canada

Vice President and General Legal Counsel,
Director, Centre for Faith and Public Life






This event is sponsored by many organizations and ministries. Thank you and blessings to all of those who have contributed to this workshop. Additionally, we want to give special thanks to the following major sponsors:

 Men. It's with great anticipation that we announce the first annual Ottawa PointMen Armour Up Workshop to be held on  Fri. and Sat., April 4-5 at Chapel Ridge Free Methodist Church, 5660 Flewellyn Rd. in Stittsville.
Start times are as follows:
Friday: registration begins at 6pm, workshop goes from 7pm-10pm
Saturday: Registration begins at 7 am, workshop goes from 8am-4:30pm.
Registration and payment details are located here, as well as above under the Armour Up Workshop subpage menu option.  PLEASE NOTE: For this year, our venue (Chapel Ridge Church) capacity is 150 people. Unfortunately this is going to be our max for this year, SO DON'T WAIT. REGISTER TODAY to reserve your spot at a workshop that we believe that God is going to use in a mighty way to change the hearts and lives of men here in Ottawa for His glory! 
Special thanks and great blessings to Chapel Ridge and Pastors Ken Roth and Luke Haggett for graciously allowing us to use their facility free-of-charge. 

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