Debbie Fortnum is a Wife, Mother of three, Worship Pastor, award-winning Recording Artist, Songwriter and Pianist and former Women’s Ministry Pastor from Chilliwack, BC. She is Food for the Hungry Canada’s longest running Artist Associate and with seven albums, 17 various Canadian Award Nominations (including Female Vocalist of the Year, Inspirational Album of the Year, Children’s Album of the Year) and three Awards (Inspirational Album of the Year - “To Love and to Be Loved”, Instrumental Song of the Year - “Easter Morning Sunrise”, and Female Vocalist of the Year, 2006.) Her songs have been featured on several compilation albums on both sides of the border along with the likes of Steve Bell, Lianna Klassen, Don Fransisco and Steve Camp. Her song, “To Love and to Be Loved” hit #1 on European Inspirational Radio Charts and her song, “I Know The Plans” from Jeremiah 29:11 has become a favourite on 100 Huntley Street TV show. Several songs from her Piano Trilogy CDs are being played on Instrumental Radio Stations across the country.
Debbie has been personally mentored by Brian Doerksen, and was a featured worship artist on his album, “Holy God” where she and Brian recorded a riveting duet of the medley “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Be Unto Your Name”. She has also performed on stage with Brian at the Canadian Covenant Awards, during his CD release concerts, and played worshipful instrumental piano before his concerts.
After a miraculous healing, Debbie began her ministry as a young 13 year old, where she became the full time pianist at her father’s C&MA church in Oregon. After receiving her Diploma of Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Evangelism & Church Planting from Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University in Calgary) she married the love of her life, Rev. Scott Fortnum, a College Pastor at Sevenoaks Alliance Church in Abbotsford, BC. Together they founded a youth / college worship-mentoring movement called Awakenings, where over 30 denominations were represented.
In addition to leading worship and ministering at hundreds of Women’s Retreats and Conferences (including the first Canadian conference to host Beth Moore) Debbie is also an inspirational speaker who shares her testimony of God’s faithfulness throughout her journey as a Pastor’s Daughter, Pastor’s Wife, and Mother of three teenagers. She is a beacon of hope to anyone who has ever gone through a terrifying time of brokenness. While being extremely seeker-sensitive in her message of hope and healing, she also sounds a gentle trumpet call for the Body of Christ to stop ‘attending’ church, and start BEING the Church! She has also been privileged to see radical transformation in the community of Makhai, Uganda where she facilitated the sponsorship of hundreds of AIDS orphans throughout Canada. As a result, this community went from abject poverty to thriving sustainability in less than 10 years! Currently, she is facilitating the purchase of a Mobile Medical Clinic in Haiti with Food for the Hungry Canada, with part of the profits from her Music Ministry, as well as her Missional small business: an online antique store & auction called The Treasure Box www.facebook.com/DebsTreasureBox
Debbie’s ministry keeps expanding in variety and depth, due to her adaptability and vast ministry experience. Whether leading intimate worship with only a piano at her disposal or with a full worship band, she brings life and hope to any table or ministry setting! She will soon be recording her first Modern Worship Album and is looking forward to more ministry opportunities alongside her Pastor-Husband (Scott) who is completing his Master’s Degree in Missional Theology at Regent, in Vancouver.