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Our Leadership and Staff

Church Council

The Church Council is made up of officers of the Church - Chair, Recording Secretary and Treasurer, the church Pastors, and representatives from key ministries (House/Small Groups, Senior Deacon, Worship, Outreach, Hospitality, New Facility). There are also elected members at large as determined by Council and elected at the AGM. Any member of the church (see membership course) is welcome to offer input into Council meetings, which are held at least four times a year. Voting is limited to Council members. Dates for Council meetings are posted on this website. If you have any questions for our Church Council, please email or call the church office at 902-423-5068.

Our Staff


Douglas Mott has been our Senior Pastor since 1989. He was ordained in 1979 and pastored in PEI before moving to Halifax in 1982. In 1998 God did a major work in Doug's life. Remembering that his call to ministry came when a pastor asked for missionaries to be sent to India, Doug went on a short term mission to Pakistan and India in 1999. The following year he and others in Halifax who were passionate about missions began “Jesus to the Nations" missions conference, an event he chaired for 12 years. Among Doug's favourite authors are J.I. Packer, John Piper, Eugene Peterson, and A.W.Tozer. Doug’s vision is to impact Halifax with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a Body of committed believers, reaching out to university students and the unchurched. Doug and his wife Ann have two adult daughters, Katie and Sarah. Email Pastor Doug.



Marvin Alarcon is our Youth and Families Pastor. Marvin graduated from Centroamericano School of Theology in Guatemala City with a Theology diploma and a Masters with a major in Pastoral Leadership. These studies complemented his calling to ministry at age 19. He was raised in a Christian family, and since his conversion he served the Lord in the church where he grew up; this is why for Marvin the local church is extremely important for youth. He believes that children and youth are the future of the church. Marvin enjoys spending time with his wife Ana Patricia and their daughters. He likes to write songs in Spanish, his native language, and play his guitar. Marvin likes to read and has started to build a personal library in English. Among his favorite authors are CS Lewis, RC Sproul, John Stott and John Piper. Marvin also enjoys watching movies and soccer. Email Pastor Marvin.

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Jo Wilson is our Youth and University/College Ministry Coordinator. Jo is from Wales and has had extensive experience in church and campus ministry internationally. She has a gift when it comes to overseeing children and preteens, and teaching them about God's love, all while having fun! She met our Deacon Jay here at First Cong, and they fell in love and got married in August 2017! We are blessed to have her with us! Email Jo.



Carl Jobin has been our Worship Leader since March 2010.  Carl has been leading worship and developing worship teams since 1987. He also worked with Pastor Doug, leading worship for "Jesus to the Nations" for many years after it began in 2000. He has worked as a worship leader and coordinator since 2005. Carl's greatest passion is to worship Jesus and see others worship the God he loves. Carl also enjoys camping, walking, canoeing, swimming and reading scripture. He lives in Lower Sackville with his wife Kathy and their children Joshua, Miriam and Charles. Email Carl.



Andrea Levy is our Administrative Assistant. Originally from a small town in New Brunswick, she felt God call her to move to Nova Scotia in 2007. Andrea brings a lot of experience to her role as administrator, as each job she had, gave her skills that ultimately led her to this position at the church in 2016. She lives with her husband in Halifax. Email Andrea