Carey NieuwhofCarey Nieuwhof

Connexus Community Church
Barrie and Orillia, Ontario

Carey Nieuwhof is the lead and founding pastor of Connexus Community Church with campuses in Barrie and Orillia, Ontario, north of Toronto. The vision of Connexus is to create a church that unchurched people love to attend and its mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Christ. Connexus is a strategic partner of North Point Ministries and has been “Orange” from the time it launched in 2007.

Prior to starting Connexus, Carey led three mainline congregations through a decade of transition. He began as a student pastor in 1995. The churches sold their historic buildings and merged to form a new church with an outward-focused mission and in the process, grew from an attendance of 50 in 1995 to over 800 a decade later.

Carey holds degrees in history, law and theology. Before moving into fulltime ministry, he worked in law and broadcasting. In addition to pastoring Connexus, blogging, and writing, Carey often speaks to church leaders across North America about families and about leadership. One of his key passions is to see people’s lives changed as they encounter Christ. Carey is co-author with Reggie Joiner of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community (May 2010) from the Orange imprint of David C. Cook.

He and his wife, Toni, live north of Barrie, Ontario, with their sons Jordan and Sam. His family outshines him in skiing, mountain biking, hiking, water skiing and more, but he does everything he can to keep up with them.