First and foremost, we are a community of people who aim to love God, each other, and those around us (Mark 12:29-31). Worship, Community and Justice pretty much sums it up. Our mission statement says it like this:
“We exist to build a safe community that invites all peoples to worship Jesus as they embrace a kingdom lifestyle that extends God’s justice on the earth.”
For a more detailed description of what we mean by this, see our Core Practices.
We believe that everyone has a gift to give the body – a place they can contribute to the Kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 12 outlines many of these gifts and Paul takes care to mention that they are given for the good of the whole body. Leadership is one of the gifts given to encourage, envision and build-up the church.
Here are two attempts to describe our relational and leadership dynamics.
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The Pastoral Elders are responsible for the daily implementation of our vision. They are led by our Pastoral Executive, Nathan Rieger and Andy Wood. You’ll notice our pastoral team is comprised of married couples – however this doesn’t mean that one must be married to be a pastor in the Vineyard. It’s just our current reality. Usually one partner takes a more active role while the other functions as a Lay Elder (on the eldership team).
Meet our pastoral team (roles, responsibilities and some fun stuff too).
The Elders, along with the pastors, care for the vision and direction of the church.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversee all financial and asset-based matters of WCV. Ben Kelly (chair), Andrew Chan, Stephen Fligg, Paul Ansloos, Marlese Hazeu, Cornelius Martens and John Rademaker (ex-officio).
Ministry & Support Staff
Drop-in Pastor & School of Mercy & Justice Director:
Building & Grounds:
Jeffrey Leighton (Building Manager), Shawn Wood (Custodian)
Coordinators & Teams
Sunday Kid’s Church:
- Caterpillars (nursery): Christy Chan
- Butterflies (ages 2 – 4): Tania Martens
- Dragonflies (pre K – Kindergarten): Merv Scott
- Elementary (grades 1 – 4): Gloria Fligg and Jodi Labun
- Sunday AM Grades 5 – 7: Mike Labun, Doug & Rachelle Houlbrook and Kristin Kennedy
- Sunday AM Grades 8 – 12: Jason Eheler
- Club 56 (grades 5 – 6): Jeff Leighton and Kristin Kennedy
- Saturday PM Grades 7 – 8: James & Lynele Ryan and Brent & Stephanie Woelke
- Saturday PM Grades 9 – 12: Mike & Jodi Labun
Ang Falk, Michelle Santschi, Suhail Stephen, Violet Rademaker, Andy Wood
Worship Bands Coordinators:
Krista Heide (coordinator), Deyan Momtchilov and Johanna Giesbrecht (assistant coordinators)
Upstairs Gathering Team:
Ryan & Michelle Santschi, Jon & Sara Epp, Tara Glowacki, Derek & Ashley Bergen, and Nathan Rieger
FL Leadership Team
Amanda Leighton, Naila Janzen and Johanna Giesbrecht