Deep Water started with the idea of a church that connected with people who aren't into church as usual,


A community where people with little or no religious background could explore what it means to follow Jesus.  In 2007, a group of committed individuals gathered regularly to dream, pray, and plan.  On November 4, 2007 the adventure went live with our first worship gathering in Cineplex 8 Park Lane on Spring Garden Road.

In the time since then, we've continued to grow and develop with ministries like small groups, Upstream (our kids' ministry), ReachOut (our local and international outreach program) and Celebrate Recovery.  We continue to pursue our mission to help people become passionate followers of Jesus Christ.  In 2013 we purchased the old North Street Church, and have since renovated it and moved all our operations there. 



Portraits by Shaeline Faith Photography


AJ Thomas
Lead Pastor

AJ grew up in Sussex, so you won't be surprised to find out that he loves cows.  In 2007, he led the team that planted Deep Water, and with the exception of a 2-year stint in the U.S. has been serving as Lead Pastor.  He's a gifted communicator and leader, and he serves and leads with humility and God-given insight.  He loves hearing people's stories, loves seeing transformation and life change, and loves taking big, risky steps of faith to see God's kingdom move forward in Halifax.  In his free time you'll find him in his woodshop or daydreaming of the day he owns a Jeep and a tiny chihuahua. 


Shaun MacKenzie                       Celebrate Recovery Director

Shaun officially came on staff at Deep Water in 2017, but has been serving as the director for Celebrate Recovery and in many other ministry areas for years.  He's passionate about seeing people find freedom through CR, and is a dedicated Christ-follower with an amazing story of transformation (ask him sometime!)  In addition to the countless hours he puts in at Deep Water, Shaun also serves as the Assistant Coordinator for the Halifax Community Chaplaincy Society.  Shaun is married to Shelley and when they're not being CR superheroes, you can find them off on adventures together.


Bradford Rogers
Assistant Pastor

Bradford hails from Baltimore, Maryland.  He graduated from Kingswood University in 2015 with a BA in pastoral ministry.  Bradford is passionate about seeing people who are far from God experience the beauty of his love and grace through a relationship with Jesus.  Bradford leads our student ministry, Riptide, our Host Team, and Genesis, and brings warmth, love and enthusiasm to everything he does.  Bradford is married to Ashlee, and they have three amazing kids.  Bradford is a faithful Baltimore Ravens fan, and chicken wings are his love language. 


Geoff Fifield
Worship Director

Geoff is a hometown Haligonian and has been on staff at Deep Water since 2009.  He serves as our worship and tech director, and is responsible for pulling together all the awesome stuff that happens on Sunday mornings.  He's not only an incredibly talented musician but is also a fantastic worship leader, and is passionate about raising up other worship leaders as well.  Geoff is married to Carolyn, and they have three fantastic kids and one ridiculously fluffy dog.  When he's not tinkering with sound gear or playing music, he loves to play nerdy board games and walk his fluffball.  I mean dog.


Kelly Thomas                                Assistant Pastor

Kelly grew up in Pennsylvania, but has called the Maritimes home for the last 20 years.  She serves as Pastor of Administration and Communication, and she humbly and consistently makes things happen using her administrative super powers.  Her loving honesty and ability to laugh at herself immediately creates a safe atmosphere which perfectly reflects what the church should be like, mostly while wearing yoga pants and drinking too much coffee.  She's married to AJ, and together they have two teenage boys and an unofficially adopted adult daughter who lets them love her.


Leadership Team

Bryan Wiens
Vice Chair

Suhanya Edwards

Stewart Rand

Hermen Vonkeman

Keltie Cheney

Amy Bain