Peter - People of Pearson

“My name is Peter and I am the Senior Evangelical Chaplain of the Aviation Interfaith Ministry at Toronto Pearson. People of any faith can come here. I love being at the airport because we’re where the people are. We are the spiritual first responders for Pearson Airport.

The airport is a global village. You have folks here from every nation in the world speaking every language, and they bring with them every kind of need. We are right at the front lines to help and love people of every culture. We minister to them whatever the nature of the crisis or the need.

Many people find traveling stressful or feel lonely. Some are traveling because of bereavement, and some passengers are scared to fly. And we have seen these people come to our services, they’ve talked to us. We have helped find housing for refugees. And we can help transition people to more long-term care.

The chapels are accessible to anyone and are safe. Every day there’s a religious service for different faith groups. And as people who work here work shifts and often cannot get to their church or their place of worship on a particular day, they will come here to the chapel.

We hold memorial services as well as special services at Christmas, Easter and Remembrance Day.

The chapels in Terminals 1 and 3 Domestic Arrivals halls are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They provide a place for people to reflect, pray, and spend some quiet time amid the hustle and bustle of the airport.

The airport is my home. I’ve been here for many years and I love it. At the Inter-faith Centre, we have a passion for helping others meet their spiritual or emotional needs.”

- Peter, Senior Evangelical Chaplain, Toronto Pearson

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