Meet Our Team

Reverend Deb Stanbury, Executive Director

Rev. Deb Stanbury, MDiv, MTh

Executive Director, ARISE Ministry

Rev. Deb Stanbury is Community Chaplain and Executive Director of ARISE Ministry. She is a minister in The Presbyterian Church in Canada and has been engaged in ministry with street-involved youth and individuals involved in the sex trade since 2007.

Rev. Stanbury has been director of ARISE Ministry since its formation in 2013, her passionate leadership have contributed to the ministry’s growth and vision for the future.

Driven by social justice and inclusive embrace, Rev. Stanbury leads the staff and volunteers of ARISE in fostering hope and empowering individuals involved in the sex trade.

Rev. Stanbury holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from the Vancouver School of Theology, and a Master of Theology (ThM) from Knox College, University of Toronto. Her Master of Theology is in Pastoral Theology and her thesis was titled “A Pastoral Approach to Juvenile Prostitution in Canada.”

Erin Stone, Administrator

Erin Stone is delighted to join the team as administrator at ARISE Ministry. Erin studied music at the University of Western Ontario where she received a Masters in Music specializing in opera. Erin currently works as an administrator at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church and is delighted to share her skills and enthusiasm with ARISE. Erin’s passion for music is only matched by her passion for people. In her spare time, Erin enjoys running in charity races, practicing/instructing yoga, and performing for diverse audiences across the city.

Bethany Declercq-Gomez, Case Manager and Outreach Worker

Bethany Declercq-Gomez, Case Manager and Outreach Worker at ARISE Ministry.

Bethany is a Registered Social Worker acting as a Case Manager and Street Outreach Worker for ARISE Ministry. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work and Minor in Psychology at Ryerson University in 2018, after completing her senior practicum with ARISE. Bethany works from a spiritual approach integrated with anti-oppressive practice frameworks. She also works in the community as a Doula where she is able to pursue her passion for maternal and infant health and wellbeing.

Jennifer Boldt, Case Manager and Outreach Worker

Jennifer Boldt is Case Manager and Outreach Worker at ARISE Ministry. Jennifer has served in a variety of ministry settings and has experience in counselling, urban ministry, and ministry with those who are marginalized. She has a Master of Theological Studies and Urban/International Development and currently completing her Masters of Divinity in Clinical Counselling. Jennifer has a passion for hope, a commitment to justice, and a love for God’s people she brings to her ministry with ARISE.

Angel Power, Peer Support Worker

Angel Power, Peer Support Worker at ARISE Ministry.

Angel Power is a passionate advocate and accomplished poet. Angel is the author of “The Darkness and The Light,” a book of poetry in which she shares her lived experiences. Having overcome her own story of survival, she is committed to the empowerment of others and to preventative programs for at-risk youth. Angel serves as ARISE Ministry’s Peer Support Worker where she uses her experiences to inspire, encourage and empower others.