AJ Thomas - Lead Pastor

 AJ grew up in Sussex, New Brunswick, and therefore you won't be shocked to find out that he loves cows.

In 2007, he led the team that planted Deep Water, and with the exception of a two-year stint in the U.S.of A. has been serving as Lead Pastor.  He's a gifted communicator and leader, and he serves and leads with humility and God-given wisdom and insight.  He loves hearing people's stories, seeing people become followers of Jesus, taking big risky steps of faith and seeing God's kingdom move forward in Halifax.

AJ is married to Kelly, and if you're looking for him on his day off, you'll find him in his wood shop -- making something awesome, drinking anything other than coffee (preferably a cold Coke Zero), listening to an audiobook and daydreaming about the day he owns a tiny old chihuahua.


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 far from God experience the beauty of God's love and grace through a relationship with Jesus.  He leads our youth ministry, Riptide, our Host Team, coordinates Life Groups and Genesis, and brings incredible warmth and exuberance to everything he does.

According to one of the Riptide students, "Bradford is great at connecting with people, gives fantastic hugs and it is virtually impossible not to love him."  

He's married to Ashlee, and together they've got three awesome kids.  He's a faithful Baltimore Ravens fan, and chicken wings are his love language. 


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 humbly and consistently makes things happen using her administrative superpowers.  Her loving honesty and ability to laugh at herself immediately creates a safe atmosphere which perfectly reflects what the church should be like.  

In her spare time, you'll find her trying new hobbies like knitting or watercolour, while also creating a home where her friends and family can find rest.  She is slowly warming up to the fact that she's a coffee snob, and is convinced everything is better in yoga pants.  She and AJ have two teenage boys and one grown-up and unofficially adopted daughter who lets them love her and mostly humours them.


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 the awesome stuff that happens on Sunday morning.  He's not only an incredibly talented musician and a fantastic worship leader, but is passionate about raising up other worship leaders as well.

Geoff is married to Carolyn, and together they have three kids and one ridiculously fluffy dog.  In his spare time, you'll most likely find him tinkering with sound gear, playing nerdy board games, or taking a walk in the woods with his fluffball.  I mean dog.


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 many years.  He's passionate about seeing people freed from their hurts, habits and hang ups, and is a dedicated Christ-Follower with an incredible testimony of transformation (ask him sometime!).  In addition to the countless hours he puts in at Deep Water, he also serves as the Assistant Coordinator for the Halifax Community Chaplaincy Society.

Shaun married his sweetheart, Shelley, in 2016 and if you can't find them, they're probably off on an adventure somewhere, taking in the waves or hitting golf balls long distances.  

                                                                                           Special thanks to  Shaeline Faith Photography  for the beautiful staff photos!

                                                                                          Special thanks to Shaeline Faith Photography for the beautiful staff photos!