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Sjon Deters

Sjon Deters set up Greenhouse Ministries a Christian youth drop in coffee house in Mississauga in 1984, a music concert house called Lighthouse North in Norval, Ontario, organized two Christian music festivals at Bingemans Park in Kitchener called GreenFest in 1985 and 1986. Sjon was also a co-producer with Skip Prokop of the radio program "Rock in the Hard Place" broadcast on Sunday evenings on CFNY-FM 102.5 FM from their Kennedy Road studio in Brampton in 1986.

"After moving from Brampton to the north side of Rice Lake -- south of Peterborough and north of Port Hope -- Sjon continued in ministry in a variety of situations, some owing to his Reformed roots, and others more decidedly Charismatic; doing guest speaking in both. He participated in the ministry of Mercy of God, a downtown Peterborough street church, and a Biker's Fellowship also based in Peterborough.

His big passion was apologetics and prophecy and established a modest video and audio duplicating facility in his home so he could get messages by Ray Comfort, Hal Lindsay and others into the hands of people, and also enjoyed distributing tracts, books and Bibles. But he was also a fan of Gene Scott, able to separate the eccentricities of the man from some of his more academic pronouncements. Sjon occasionally visited the Christian Bookstore in Cobourg, where owner Paul Wilkinson remembers, "There was never a day we didn't get into a lively, challenging, theological discussion." - Paul Wilkinson, October 27, 2008


Watch the video interview of Sjon Deters from the "The New Music" a MuchMusic production produced a television documentary video on GreenFest in 1986. The lead reporting journalist was Daniel_Richler.