Cultivating Gentleness & Self Control


Cultivating Gentleness & Self Control

Cultivating Gentleness and Self-Control is another delightful, powerful, and inspirational devotional in Ruth’s Fruit of the Spirit series. Experience the living power of God through selected Bible passages, prayers, and personal stories. These brief but compelling daily nuggets will encourage you to rely on God’s grace as you choose the freedom of living a surrendered life. Suitable for personal, small group, and corporate use. Group study questions included.

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Davina Boerefyn

Davina Boerefyn

Davina Boerefyn moved to Canada from India in 2004 when she married the love of her life, Timothy. As a pastor’s kid, she grew up reaching the socially disadvantaged and forming mission partnerships. She is an MBA graduate with a background in finance, broadcasting, and journalism in India, Europe, and Canada. Davina actively serves her local church in various
avenues of passion, as a deacon on the board and together with her husband in marriage mentoring. Davina recently opened her new Etsy shop with exceptional original photographs of iconic landmarks, scenic landscapes, cool cityscapes, and seasonal beauty. She is convinced that chocolate, coming from the cocoa plant, counts as a daily serving of vegetables!


Cathy Brown

Cathy Brown is the mother of three adult children and blessed with an expanding family that includes the kids’ amazing spouses and the grandchildren. She and her husband, Stephen, make their home in Grimsby, Ontario, where they enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, boating, and gardening. Cathy is an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and, in the past, spent a number of years partnering with her husband in pastoral ministry. Cathy scores in the ninety-ninth percentile for anything to do with numbers! When Cathy isn’t adding, subtracting, dividing, or multiplying, she’s hanging out with her family or serving as Pastor of Administration at Lakemount Worship Centre, where she has been faithfully engaged in a fulltime staff role for the past seventeen years.

Doneka Casey

Doneka has been married to her wonderful husband, Patrick, for almost twenty-eight years. Together they’ve been blessed to raise an amazing son, Zachary, and in recent years welcomed their daughter-in-love, Rebekah, into their family. Doneka serves in the role of Lead Guesting Chase Producer for the longest-running daily Canadian television broadcast, 100 Huntley Street. Along with her work commitment, Doneka makes family a priority, finding space to love them, whether near or far, connect with friends, bake some favourite treats, and enjoy a good book. Coffee is a mainstay, and Doneka is an avid walker. Doneka thoroughly enjoys worshipping at Lakemount Worship Centre in Grimsby, Ontario and cherishes her personal journey of growing more deeply in love with Jesus every day.


Caleb Courtney

Caleb Courtney is a public secondary school computer engineering teacher. Caleb is also a wellknown worship leader, musician, and ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. He researches and writes on the history of Pentecostalism in Canada and is the co-author of a book titled Canadian Pentecostal Reader: The First Generation of Pentecostal Voices in Canada, 1907 –1925 (CPT Press, 2021). Caleb plays French horn for the International Symphony Orchestra, a cross-border collaboration between musicians in Michigan and Ontario. Caleb enjoys life together with his wife, Stephanie, and their four kids in Sarnia, Ontario.

Misty Duggan

Misty Duggan lives in St. Catharines, Ontario with her husband, Jamie, of twenty-three years. She’s mother to their four children: Kayleigh, Kaleb, Judie, and Lucas. She’s an animal lover, enjoying a dog, cat, and parrot in their home. She and her family recently lived in East Africa for four years, where she helped children in need through education, nutrition, health care, and shelter. She is currently the Finance and Administration Manager at Grimsby Benevolent Fund Community Services, a local non-profit organization that assists individuals and households in meeting their basic needs. She faithfully attends Lakemount Worship Centre in Grimsby, Ontario, where she serves in children’s ministries.

Craig Forbes

Craig Forbes has been serving the Lord since 1966. Following thirty years as a professional bus driver in the city of Toronto, Craig retired with ministry in his heart. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel in December 2022, and in February 2023 began a position with Lakemount Worship Centre as their evangelism pastor. He believes that his best years are ahead of him and is passionate and honoured to serve the Lord and walk in His calling. Although Craig may often be found on a charity ride with other bikers or visiting the migrant workers at a nearby farm, he is best known for cooking up a massive batch of his amazing jerk chicken. Craig is a father of four and grandfather of six. He and his wife, Stacey, and their dogs, Deogi (an Airedale terrier) and Sage (a French bulldog), reside in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

Allan Gallant

Allan Gallant was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He and his wife, Bonnie, have five grown children and eight wonderful grandchildren. Together he and Bonnie founded Agora Network Ministries in 2019, a ministry that provides mental health seminars, presentations, and resources to the faith community. Allan’s story of his journey through a serious health crisis, PTSD, anxiety, and depression, and his road to restoration, are chronicled in his book, The Beautiful Strokes of God. Allan loves to ride his motorbike and equally loves the Toronto Maples Leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays. Bonnie and Allan reside in Thorold, Ontario and attend Northend Church in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Brittany Jeyaseelan

Brittany Jeyaseelan and her husband, Kenneth, are currently based in Ontario, Canada. Starting their married life in a country neither of them were born in, they have embraced their multinational life and are thankful for the opportunity to minister in the United States, Canada, India, and beyond. Brittany’s career skills are presently focused in the areas of marketing and web development management. More importantly, Brittany presently hosts and leads a mentorship and Bible study breakfast life group for ladies, and she serves on the Rapha Healing Prayer team. She is passionate about serving in her local church and being a part of Kingdom advancement around the world.

Kathy Mullen

Kathy Mullen is a retired occupational therapist. She is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of two. Kathy speaks internationally with her husband, Dr. Grant Mullen, about how God wants to heal our hearts and transform the way we think. Her special interest is in forgiveness as a gateway to healing. She’s also involved with small groups, is a church elder, an inner healing prayer minister, and a worship artist with fabric. Kathy is the co-author of Emotionally Free and over twenty teaching DVDs. You can see her ministry at and her worship art at

Shulammite Nasir

Shulammite Nasir is a very passionate young adult with a huge heart for missions all around the world. She carries the burden for young adults and raising up leaders from the next generation. Shulammite helps to coordinate and direct Alpha at Church of Pentecost Pakistan and is working with organizations like Wycliffe Bible Institute for Bible translation in different languages. She’s also working with missions and leadership in additional countries. She’s a second-year intern at Lakemount Worship Centre, where she serves with dedication and commitment. Her heart is to spread the gospel to unreached nations and build the Kingdom of God through raising up passionate, Christ-loving leaders who walk in integrity, vision, and faith.


David Pitcher

David Pitcher was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The eldest son of Salvation Army officer parents, he had the privilege of getting to know much of Canada as a child, as the family ministered across the map from Newfoundland to British Columbia. He accepted the gift of God’s love and the news of salvation at the age of four. He and his wife of over fifty years, Donna, were married in St. Catharines, Ontario, and as Salvation Army officers, they too have served in several appointments throughout Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia. They’ve had the joy of parenting their three children and love to celebrate and cheer on the grandchildren. Since retirement from active Salvation Army Officer service, they’ve lived and volunteered in ministry in the Niagara Region. David has always found strength and assurance in God’s Word, a favourite verse being Proverbs 3:6: “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths” (KJV).

Sunita Ramadeen

Sunita Ramadeen was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana and migrated to Canada in 1989. She is mother to five children—biological twins and three adopted children. She owns a ladies’ dress shop and is a fashion consultant and personal shopper. She loves to travel, especially if it includes time to shop at designer outlets. She has been happily married to her amazing husband, Paul, for almost thirty-one years.

Sunita serves on the Rapha and Prayer teams at Lakemount Worship Centre and has just completed the Year One Ministry Internship. She serves the Lord with passion and grace and has a heart to see the broken find their identity in Christ.


Mark Soppitt

Before emigrating to Canada, Mark Soppitt spent five years as a police officer and seven years as a pastor in the UK, where he was born and raised. In 2005, in response to a call to pastor a church in Niagara Falls, Mark, his wife, Janet, and their five children arrived in Canada. In 2008 Mark, entered a very dark and difficult season of depression and had to step down from his role as pastor in 2012. Mark’s restoration has included work in manufacturing, sales, and personal care. He is currently writing worship songs and bringing healing to others through their ministry LivingWell life coaching. Mark enjoys exercise, long walks with his wife, movies, and music. He serves his home church in trauma healing, worship, and prayer ministries.

Nicole Warden

Nicole Warden was born in Quebec and, after some time in northern Ontario, moved to St. Catharines, where she met and married Bob, her husband of over forty-five years. Her career path has embodied various areas of accounting and personnel management. She has served locally and regionally in altar prayer ministry, women’s prayer initiatives, women’s ministry and youth conference intercessory teams, and building prayer ministry in the local church. She delights in seeing Holy Spirit bring healing and freedom to individuals through the power of prayer. Nicole presently serves on staff as Prayer Pastor at her local church.


" ... timely and relatable illustrations taken from life's journey … expressed with clarity … "
~Rev. Carson Atherley, Senior Staff, IS/IVCF, Barbados
" Instructive, experiential, and engaging … great reminders that Christ is our everything! "
~ Patricia Allison, PRM International, Dunamis Fellowship Canada
" … easy-to-swallow daily “truth nuggets” to live out … a must-read for every Christian. "
~ Steven Stoffelsen, Founder of House of Refuge Street Ministries, Guatemala
" Gentleness and Self-Control does not disappoint. Relatable, scriptural, and practical. "
~Vivian Bright, Training Facilitator, Trauma Healing Institute, School Principal

" … savour the joy and peace that emerge from practising this fruit of the Spirit, enjoying
forgiveness, and relishing a life not governed by strife "

~ Pastor Amenla Cunningham, Women’s Pastor, First AG Church, Bangalore, India