About Pastors in Exile

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Pastors in Exile (PiE) is an Anabaptist-rooted movement that is passionate about connecting young people in Waterloo Region with vibrant faith experiences outside and inside of church walls.


PiE is a registered charitable organization made up of two community based pastors working alongside volunteers and supported by a board of directors. Visit “our team” to learn more about the people of PiE.

The work of PiE includes facilitating groups, hosting retreats, providing pastoral care for young adults in our community, engaging in intergenerational dialogue,  and supporting young adults to find a spiritual home. To learn more about PiE’s current activities go to “what’s happening?”


At PiE We Value:

LOVINGWe live in Jesus’ radical love that overcomes all boundaries, oppression, & fear

BRIDGINGbridging the gap between generations and diverse theological viewpoints

TRANSCENDINGwe believe that faith transcends church walls

HOPINGwe choose to believe that there is hope for church in exile

INCLUDING we are all God’s children in all of our diverse identities – this is messy and beautiful!

CREATINGWe see the Spirit moving in new, creative & exciting ways in this exile

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s with the name?

People often  ask us “what’s with the name? Do you feel like you’ve been exiled by the church?” Actually, we feel that it is church that is in exile and we want to be pastors in that exile space.There’s this part in the book of Jeremiah where Jeremiah is writing a letter to folks who have been exiled to Babylon. Rather than giving them false hope that the exile will end soon and they will all return home to Jerusalem, Jeremiah tells them that exile is the new normal. “Seek the wellbeing of the city where you are exiled!” We believe that church is called to thrive in exile today.

Do I have to be a young adult to connect with PiE?

We value intergenerational relationship building and we welcome people of all ages to attend most of our gatherings, events and groups. That being said, the focus of our work is with younger adults. Many of the people who connect with PiE are in their 20s and 30s.

Where are you located?

We live and do all our work in Waterloo Region. We have an office space donated by Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church, but you will also find us at work in coffee shops, libraries and other community spaces.  If you would like to make a time to meet for coffee with one of us, the best way to track us down is by email.

Are you a church?

We are not a church. We seek to facilitate spaces of meaningful of connection, worship and prayer outside of a traditional Sunday morning context. Many of the folks who engage with PiE also connect regularly with a local congregation, while others are in a space of transition and choose not to connect with a congregation at this point in time. 

Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?

Our roots are in the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition and we continue to have strong points of connection with the Mennonite community. That being said, we are happy to engage with you whatever your background and whatever your spiritual or religious beliefs may be. In our gatherings and groups you will usually find some Mennonites alongside people of diverse denominational backgrounds. One of our board members recently described PiE as “Mennonite-ish”.

Land Acknowledgement

PiE is a community of people living within the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We acknowledge that when European settlers first came to this land, they entered into a sacred treaty, the Two Row Wampum, with the Indigenous nations of this land. This treaty has been, and continues to be, violated, by European/Canadian colonial practices.

As a community committed to sacred justice, we seek to continue learning about the ongoing impact of colonization, to participate in disrupting oppressive systems, and to humbly seek a new way of relationship with the Indigenous nations in this place.

To learn more about Land Acknowledgements, visit: http://www.lspirg.org/knowtheland/