Capital City Mission is a community of people living the realities of poverty, addictions, and/or mental health issues. Capital City Mission was founded in 2000 as a response to Jesus’s words in Matthew 25.
“I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.”
Jesus explains, “whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it for me.” (MSG)
In response to this call, Capital City Mission commits itself to meeting the needs of Ottawa’s Lowertown community by demonstrating Christ’s love. After 16 years of ministry, we have come to realize that this work is less about service and far more about making a home. Through this incarnational ministry, based on developing lasting relationships, we have become family to one another.
Capital City Mission Staff
Before founding Capital City Mission, Timothy worked as a Pastor in both Ontario and Alberta. While working as a Youth Pastor at Bethel Pentecostal Church, in Ottawa, he had a vision for what would years later would become Capital City Mission. Before starting the mission, Timothy worked as Senior Pastor in Alberta to gain further leadership experience. Timothy began his time there studying the book of Acts, chapter by chapter, with his congregation. This experience helped him learn to be attentive to God’s work in communities. Just as God was active in the early church, God is active today and we are called to participate in this activity. Timothy has always been motivated by Matthew 25 and God’s call to care for the orphan and the widow (James 2). As a young child, Timothy was greatly influenced by his mother, who lived her life as an outworking of this calling.
Keltie began volunteering at CCM just after finishing high school, in the summer of 2005. She left Ottawa and completed her undergraduate degree at Briercrest College, in Saskatchewan, but remained connected with CCM whenever she was back in Ottawa. She moved home to complete an MA in Conflict Studies and volunteered at CCM during this time and began working with us full time upon her graduation in 2012. Since then she has worked to complete a second MA in Theology. While she has always had a deep desire to study theology, this study has always been grounded in the experience of participating within communities such as Capital City Mission.
Living in Lowertown, with her husband Colin, Keltie loves being able to walk to work and meet up with friends from the Drop-In community any time she leaves the house. As a couple, they are committed to living in relationship with their neighbours. Keltie entered this community out of a calling to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with her God (Micah 6:8) but she is keen to make clear that she has remained part of this community for over ten years because she has found a home in the relationships that she has made.