By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

HAMILTON, Ontario — I first met Art Ford back in April when we both stayed at Chuck and Ruth Ann Gibbs’ house in Vienna, W.Va., during the Ohio Valley University Lectureship.

Each night, we ate Ruth Ann’s homemade pie and talked about life and ministry.

A native Canadian, Art preaches for the Fennell Avenue church in Hamilton, a city of 500,000 about 40 miles southwest of Toronto. He’s the former president of Great Lakes Christian College, a residential high school in nearby Beamsville.

Now, I am relatively familiar with Churches of Christ south of the U.S. border, having made eight or nine mission trips to Mexico.

But north of the border is a different story.

I peppered Art with questions about Canada and the church. He invited me to stay with him and his wife, Ruby, if I ever made it up their way.

(Warning: Be careful about making such an offer to a Christian Chronicle writer!)

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