About Pastors in Exile

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.

We are community pastors outside of church walls, who are seeking God’s blessings for the city and surrounding area of Kitchener-Waterloo. We partner and collaborate with all those who also seek the wellness of this place we call home.

We believe that church is evolving into something beyond just a specific community in a specific place at a specific time. PiE is a network of people that constantly evolves and changes; a network of people who are exploring what it means to love God and love their neighbours in unique, creative and powerful ways. Everyone who seeks to join God’s loving and transforming work in the world is invited to be a pastor in exile with us.

What do we do?

Here are some things we have done:

*Lots of one-on-one “coffee” meetings
*Feminist Bible Study
*”When God’s Not There” email series
*Organize a community blog
*Winter Camp for Grown-Ups
*Leading retreats and workshops
*Preaching in churches
*Partnering with local young adults on events

Curious to learn more about what’s happening now that you can be involved with? Send Tamara (tamara@pastorsinexile.org) an email to find out more!

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?” Not at all! We have been embraced and nurtured by our church communities. 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 Jerusalam, 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.

Where are you located?

We live and do all our work in Waterloo Region, and especially focusing on Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding rural areas. We don’t have a physical location, but rather you will find us at work in coffee shops, libraries and other community spaces.

8 responses to “About Pastors in Exile

    • Hi, Faith. Yes we do, if you would like to continue this conversation further I recommend filling out the contact form at the bottom of the page here. Thanks!


    • Hi, Anita. To this point we have been working on Pastors in Exile without funding. We are working on securing funding from various sources including individual donations, grants, and local church organizations. But we also aim as an organization to keep the overhead as low as we can. Thanks for the question!


  1. Would like to have coffee with one of you to talk about future of “church”, OK? Can meet at Commons on Queen. Thanks, Wally


    • Hi Wally. I would be happy to meet with you. Can you send me your email address so I can contact you directly to arrange at time?


  2. Hi Jessica and Chris, As an administrator at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, a ministry of the church, preparing leaders for the church I’d love to have a conversation with one or both of you. I will be in the Waterloo/Kitchener area the week of February 15-19. My schedule is pretty flexible right now, so let me know what day, time and place works best and I’ll make it happen.



  3. I rarely get to the K-W area but I like the idea of pie. That is what I feel like most of the time since retiring from a prison chaplains role and in corrections for several decades, near the ‘prison capital of Canada. My reference faith community is Wideman Mennonite Church where my credentials of “special minister” are held, while living in Eastern Ontario. I am alumni of Conrad Grebel in Peace and Conflict Studies and have a more ‘Theocentric’ view of life, as I have a strong Multi-faith understanding as a graduate of Queens and with mentors from the Anabaptist perspective.


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