Majors Owen and Sandra Budden.

We have recently returned from Papua New Guinea where we served as School Administrator (Major Owen) and School Chaplain (Major Sandra). The Salvation Army Lae Primary School is a private school for preschool to grade eight students. It is a valuable educational ministry of The Salvation Army Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Territory. We served there for two years. We previously served in Papua New Guinea in 2000-2004, with our three daughters, as Training Principal and Education Officer of the Officer Training College. We are the proud parents of three adult daughters, Rebekah (Troy), a high school math and science teacher; Heather, a Registered Practical Nurse; and Tailtha, continuing to work on her BA at Booth University College. We have one precious granddaughter, Jersey, who will be heading off to kindergarten in September.

We have been happily married for 33 years and are thankful to God for his faithfulness on our journey together. Prior to Salvation Army Officership Owen was a high school English Teacher for ten years and Sandra was a Registered Nurse for seven. We answered the call for full-time ministry in 1993 and were commissioned with the Messengers of Hope Session in 1995 out of St. John’s NL. We have served as Corps Officers in Markham, On (1995-2000); Halifax Citadel Community Church, NS (2004-2008); Woodstock, ON (2008-2012) and Heritage Park Temple, MB (2012-2018). We love the pastoral ministry. We come to you with Pastor’s heart amid these challenging and unprecedented days of COVID-19. We look forward to when we can gather for corporate worship in the building. We are excited about this new chapter in our lives and about joining the ministry team at Meadowlands. We have committed ourselves to what God wants to do in and through us as your Pastors. Over the coming days and weeks, we hope to connect with you, our Meadowlands Church Family, via phone, email, zoom and or social-distancing visits. If you would like a personal social-distancing visit please contact us at the office (905-304-0602) and arrange a suitable time.

This is our prayer for our Meadowlands Church Family.

“For this reason we kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. We pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And we pray that you, being tooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him to glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! AMEN (Ephesians 4:14-21)

Lord, may it be so!

In Christ’s Service,

Owen and Sandra Budden