Pastoral Team

Pastoral Care


Pastors Joyce and Leigh enjoy working together in ministry. While Joyce takes on the role of Pastoral Ministry, Leigh serves the church as the Administrative Pastor. They share the Pulpit Ministry, each alternating week by week with the other.

As we look forward to continue serving at Meaford Bethany, our prayer is that we will always be in the centre of God’s direction. We pray that Meaford Bethany Nazarenes will continue to be “living object lessons of God’s love” in a community where there are many wounded folk; Our prayer is that God will move in our hearts and lives, transforming and changing and renewing and inspiring us to greater acts of love, just because we call ourselves Christian.

We welcome your call or email to any member of our church staff. Or if you prefer, you may contact us using our online Contact Form.


Rev. Joyce Straiton


Pastor Joyce Straiton is a 2001 Graduate of Tyndale Seminary (Toronto, Ontario) with a Masters of Divinity (Counselling) degree.
She was born and raised in Meaford, the eldest daughter of Wilbert and Edna Mills. Meaford Bethany Church of the Nazarene has been her church home – right from when she was 2 weeks old.

A Note from Pastor Joyce:
This portion of scripture sticks in my mind: “Jesus had compassion on [folks who were hurting, lonely, distressed, struggling] because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:36-38 NIV, emphasis mine)
I continue to have a passionate desire for our church to be able to reach out into the community in even greater ways.


Rev. Leigh Straiton


Pastor Leigh Straiton is a 1999 Graduate of Tyndale College (Toronto, Ontario) with a Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.) degree.
He was born in Red Deer, Alberta, the eldest son of Rev, George and Jean Straiton. Leigh is also a Registered Nurse, graduating from Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology in 1976. He served as a bi-vocational pastor of the Saint John West Church of the Nazarene in Saint John, New Brunswick, and later served as the lead pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Collingwood, Ontario. 

A Note from Pastor Leigh:
“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 be glory in the church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)