My name is Grant Nelson. I was born and raised in Courtenay, BC on Vancouver Island. I taught French Immersion in Courtenay for the past four years, the same program I did when I was younger. I enjoy playing tennis, going for hikes in the great outdoors and playing the guitar.
I came to Quebec for the first time in 2011 and it is then that I saw the spiritual needs of Quebec up close for the first time. I went back a few years later in 2015 as a participant of JBEQ, a summer program for young adults, which allowed me to grow in my faith and serve many churches all over Quebec. That summer stood out for many reasons. Personally, the program helped me grow in my understanding of God’s love for us and I began to see more clearly that God wanted to show that love to Quebeckers. That summer with JBEQ was so influential in my life that I continued to come back summer after summer. I came back as a participant, as the coordinator of the program in 2017 and then as a volunteer so that I could continue to build into the lives of young people. Throughout these opportunities, God guided me towards eventually moving here to Quebec.
My role this year will be to serve with Église Connexion in the small town of Plessisville as a pastor in training. I will continue to lead a small group, teach Sunday School, preach from time to time, and continue to develop relationships with people in the community. Also, I will be serving with Mouvement Jeunesse (the new name for JBEQ) working as one of the leaders for the summer program and the Academy program, the new yearlong internship program. I am excited to walk alongside young adults to see them resemble Jesus more and more.