Oct 2023

Artizo is expanding. We welcome St. Peter’s Fireside, St. John’s Richmond and King’s Cross as our new Artizo Institute training churches. This expansion is vital to our mandate to train and equip people for the ministry of God’s word across the country. They allow us to expand the number of interns we can train at one time, and help us in growing other training bases to widen our scope. This is an exciting time for Artizo.

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Sept 2023

When I started with the Artizo Institute five years ago, I was given a mandate to refresh and renew our curriculum and training methods. We wanted to reinvigorate our ministry and ready ourselves for another twenty years of successful training. To use a building metaphor, this was the work of firming up the foundation that we were building on, and clarifying the blueprints we were working from – making sure our training methods were top notch and our training outcomes were gospel-driven leaders…

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Curriculum progress


The vision of Artizo is “to fill Canada with the sound of God’s word”, and our strategy for accomplishing this is to train gifted young men and women for gospel ministry. But after twenty years of training, it became clear that our program needed to be refreshed and refocused. In particular, our curriculum needed to be developed into a more robust tool that could be more effectively and widely used for training in other churches and ministry contexts.

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October 2021



My name is Fiona Lee. I was born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong. My major is Traditional Chinese Medicine focusing on Herbal study. I researched in related areas for three years after I graduated from the university. Prior to this, I went on several mission trips, to China, Cambodia and Athens, which influenced me a lot concerning the understanding of the gospel and ministries.

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September 2021

September 2021 – UPDATE

Dear Friends of Artizo,

“Be present, O merciful God, and protect us… so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest in your eternal changelessness.”

With the world swirling about us, we can find great solace in the constancy of God. During COVID, Michael and I have so thoroughly enjoyed Morning Prayer and Compline online a few times a week.

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June 2021 Update from the Director of Training

June 2021 – UPDATE

Dear Friends,

This May marks my third full year as the director of training for the Artizo Institute, and the move to refresh and refocus our training program. We’ve pursued this by consolidating our training within St. John’s Vancouver while developing and strengthening our curriculum. After three fantastic years of growth, learning, and experimentation, it’s time to actually articulate what we’ve developed with an eye towards the future growth and sustainability of our program.

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Updates from the Director of Training

November 2020 – UPDATES

We’ve had a fantastic year of training and growth despite the challenges and disruptions of COVID-19. So far, we’ve been able to meet together in-person every week (with appropriate physical distancing measures) which has been invaluable for our cohesion as a cohort and ease of feedback and training exercises.

From a curriculum standpoint, our main focus this Fall has been in-depth work on “Preparing to Preach or Teach” ,

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Message from the Chair

Dear Artizo family,

If you are like me, since the beginning of COVID-19 you’ve heard from almost every organization, business and individual you have ever had contact with. Everyone seemed to want to tell me how they were managing COVID-19. While this note from Artizo may seem a little late, I hope it won’t get lost in the fray of COVID-19 oversharing. But more importantly, I hope this message finds you healthy, safe and well.

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Artizo Hires New Director of Training

Dear Friends of Artizo,

I would like to share with you some exciting news, The Artizo Institute and St. John’s Vancouver wish to announce the appointment of a new Director of Training, Ben Roberts.  This comes after extensive review, consultation and prayer and it represents a strategic fresh start for the Artizo programme.  Ben will be working under the guidance of St. John’s Vancouver and will be responsible for Training Artizo Interns.   Ben begins in his new position August 6th.

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By Grace – Allan Tan

Before I began Artizo, it would be fair to say that I was lost in many ways. I didn’t know it at the time, and neither did those around me. On paper, things looked great. I was 32 years old when I began Artizo, and had received a call to full time ministry at the age of 16. After many years of discernment I had enrolled in theological training, and my community was thrilled for me.

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Eric Thurston – 13 years at Artizo

Eric Thurston has been Director of Training at The Artizo Institute from 2004 – 2017. While a lot has changed in thirteen years, Eric gives four reason for Artizo Canada.

Why does anyone do anything? We all have our reasons, but thirteen years ago, I decided it was time to return to Canada from Australia to take on the challenge of a new ministry. As I reflect on the decision I made in that season of my life,

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Chris Ley – From Curate to Priest

Where are you from? What is your family like? What’s your life like these days?
I am from Vancouver, where I’ve lived essentially my whole life. I grew up at St. John’s, went to UBC, and to Regent after that. I’ve been married for a little over six years. My wife and I have a son, Hudson’s two and he was born right before we started to go to this church. We now have a two month year old daughter,

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Director of Training Update

Dear Friends of Artizo,

I am writing to you to update you on what is happening with The Artizo Institute.

First of all, I am happy to report that we had a very successful “Meet the Interns” Fundraising evening November 6th with twelve of our Artizo Interns in attendance.  We also heard how Artizo is working successfully in many ministries, not only here in the Lower Mainland but also in Ontario and Quebec.

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