About Anchor Ministerial

Anchor Ministerial Fellowship is a non-profit religious corporation founded in 1970 to provide license and ordination credentials to qualified ministers.

Our vibrant, growing community of ministers are reaching for their full potential, and Anchor wants to help you do the same.

You have a unique call on your life. Anchor is here to strengthen you as you fulfill your calling.

Why We Exist

We are more than a credentialing body. We exist to help people fulfill their ministerial calling through dynamic teaching and genuine fellowship. Building authentic relationships is at the heart of all we do, enabling our members to learn, grow and develop on their ministerial journey.

Why We Do What We Do

Sustainable ministries thrive in community. We act as a place of belonging and mutual cooperation for the benefit of every minister who makes up our membership. Sharing ideas, challenges, resources and encouragement strengthens our members and propels their ministries forward.

Where We Are Going

Stewarding the longevity of our organization means training up leaders who can bring Anchor to the next level. We are reaching out to develop the next generation of ministers through practical training, mentorship, and prayer support.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to help each member successfully fulfill their ministerial call through intentional relationships and fellowship.

Our Vision

Our Vision, as a recognized ordaining body is to provide:
Fellowship with vision and resource sharing through conferences, retreats, and regional meetings.

Personal ministry development and spiritual covering through a network of intentional God-given relationships.

Our Statement of Faith

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Our History

In the 1950s, things were very different for Christian pastors and their ministries. Rev. Ronald Gilliam and his wife, Eleanor, knew this well. In 1957, their tent services in the City of Ingersoll grew into the People’s Revival Centre. Their sister church in Sarnia, Evangel Temple, was founded shortly thereafter by Ronald James Gillam.

But despite thriving congregations, these pastors could not hold the right to marry under Canadian Law until their organization was 25 years old. They recognized the importance of obtaining full legal rights, and began their search for credentials.

Enter the Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association in New Baltimore, Michigan. Having harmony with their tenet of faith and a growing fellowship with their leaders, the organization was introduced in Canada. With their financial support, Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association of Canada was incorporated in 1970, and members gained access to full legal rights as clergy.

The founding Board members – Ronald James Gillam, Heath Gillam, and Laura McKeegan – provided coverage to a handful of ministers operating mainly in southwestern Ontario. However, the organization quickly grew to include ministers across the province.

A new leadership team, including Ken Miles, Fred Morris and John Williamson, came on board in 1992. The focus of the organization was shifting from just credentialing to include an emphasis on fellowship. In 1993, Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association of Canada became Anchor Ministerial Fellowship.

Even now after 50 years of operation, Anchor continues to serve a growing body of diverse ministers who are passionate about fulfilling the call of God in their lives.