Rev Bob Buckley, Lead Pastor
Bob studied Graphic Arts in High School and completed the Ontario School of Art, Marketing and Photography program at Ryerson University. He soon became a very successful commercial photographer that led to an independent career and the creation of his own Photography business called B Creative.
After committing his life to the Lord at the early age of 5 and being baptized in the Holy Spirit at age 8, Bob later met Sue while attending Peoples Church where they were both actively involved in a number of ministries for 25 years and where their passion for people to encounter the Love of God was developed. After a season of prayer, Senior Pastor Paul Smith released them to join the Downtown Vineyard planting team in 1989 and became part of the church’s leadership that included Tony & Lori Romano and Wayne Coombs from the Lunada Bay Vineyard in California as well as David VanEssen and David Gladwell from the Parkdale Neighborhood Church.
Due to the financial success of B. Creative, Bob & Sue were able to be a major supporter of the church in its early years enabling the newly planted church to put on a number of major events that included the bringing in of Christian artists to perform at Nathan Philips Square. This led to regular Sunday meetings at Bishop Marrocco High School at Dundas West & Bloor in 1991. Bob and Sue received their certificate of commissioning from the Association of Vineyard Churches Canada when they assumed their roles as pastors of the church in the fall of 1994. Over the years Bob has served on the Board of Directors for a large number of charities and his passion to see and establish the kingdom of God in the city of Toronto has not diminished.
He enjoys spending time with family having a son Conrad and daughter-in-law Jacklin with granddaughter Inara living in Penticton, British Columbia and a daughter Kristin and son in law Craig living in Edmonton, Alberta.
Some things to know about Bob:
- He still enjoys photography
- Reads voraciously
- Relaxes on his sailboat “Nathaniel”
- Really likes driving his BMW M6
Sue Buckley, Assistant Pastor
Sue was raised in a great Anglican home with wonderful parents. She met Bob at 16 and he took her to Peoples Church. There she learned she needed a personal relationship with Jesus. Bob and Sue were married in 1979 and their exciting journey together began. Every entrepreneur needs a good back-up, follow through person and Sue is that for Bob.
After teaching Sunday School at Peoples Church and being involved there in other ministries, Bob and Sue felt led to be involved in the planting of the Downtown Vineyard. Sue’s heart is to come along side and encourage people to be all God has called them to be. She has a heart to encourage both children and adults in their faith walk. Sue also loves animals and has run her own dog-walking business for the last 12 years. Sue loves to hang out with horses any chance she gets. Sue enjoys her children and is very thankful for “facetime” as son Conrad and daughter-in-law Jacklin with granddaughter Inara live in Penticton, B.C. and daughter Kristin and son-in-law Craig live in Edmonton, Alberta.
John Nicholson, Administrator
John came to Toronto from New Brunswick in 1979 to study electronic engineering at Devry Institute of Technology. He worked as a contract technician, a seafood salesman, a commercial janitorial supervisor and site manager for an American sanitation company. John arrived at the Downtown Vineyard in the fall of 1991 and joined the leadership team in 1996, taking over the administrative duties that same year.
Continually experiencing God’s love in countless ways, John’s passion is to see people encounter Christ’s love and presence and to see it transform lives. He loves to hear people’s stories, tell his own and to pray that all would experience this amazing love of God.
John is also part of the staff at Little Trinity Anglican Church in downtown Toronto and serves as their Operations Manager.
Some things to know about John
- Loves to eat
- Really loves being near water and lives in the Port Credit area in Mississauga
- Was healed of cancer in March of 2013
- Looks forward to travelling to Trenton to spend time with his daughter Melanie and two grandsons Isaiah and Brayden and to travel to Winnipeg to visit his sister and 97 year old mother.