Meet our Pastoral Team

We asked the team a few questions.  This is what they said about themselves and each other:

Nathan RiegerNKRieger

Pastoral Executive

Words that best describe Nathan:
• Passionate, Visionary, Compassionate, Vulnerable, Humble, Thoughtful, Creative

Strengths:
• Idea guy, musician, counselling.

Most influential books:
• “The Different Drum” by Scott Peck, “Power Evangelism” by John Wimber,

Where did you grow up (assuming you did)?
• Steinbach, Manitoba & Abbotsford, BC

How do you spend your days off?
• Wandering forgotten paths of Winnipeg, canoeing, fixing stuff.

Areas of leadership in the Vineyard:
• Pastor, Worship Community, Flatlanders Studio, Sound, Team facilitation, Counselling, Preaching.

Areas of leadership beyond WCV:
• Regional Leadership Team co-leader, Vineyard Global Missions Task-force.

Kendra Rieger

Words that best describe Kendra:
• Focussed, Fun, Intentional, Energetic, Vibrant, Intellectual

Strengths:
• Kendra is a great teacher, communicator and thinker.  She teaches nursing at the Red River College and she is heavily involved in research through the University of Manitoba.

Areas of leadership in the Vineyard:
• Pastoral elder

 

Andy Wood

Andy & Beckie Wood

Pastoral Executive

Words that best describe Andy:
• Wise, Listener, Teacher, Thoughtful, Analytical, Caring, Anchored, Creative, Dream-oriented, Metis

Strengths:
• Teaching, listening to and encouraging people, interpreting culture and society, refining and synthesizing ideas, critical thinking.

Most influential books:
• “Tattoos on the Heart” by Gregory Boyle, “My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok, “St. Bernard of Clairvaux – selected works”, “A Severe Mercy” by Sheldon Vanauken, “Winnie the Pooh” (the original stories) by A.A. Milne

Where did you grow up (assuming you did)?
• Swan River, Manitoba & Stettler, Alberta

How do you spend your days off?
• On my motorcycle in the summer, cross-country skiing in the winter, making and / or fixing all manner of things, exploring, Ultimate frisbee.

What are your dreams for Winnipeg Centre Vineyard?
• I dream that we would become a community that fully welcomes God, and fully welcomes each other – a place where God is both known and worshipped, and where those who are currently marginalized find their place in the community and Kingdom.

Areas of leadership in the Vineyard:
• Pastor, Administration, Flatlanders Inn, Missions, Communications & Media, House Groups, Prayer & Prophetic, Preaching

Areas of leadership beyond WCV:
• Developing Community Among the Poor (National Justice task force), Mobile Bible School (Himalayan Region Vineyards)

Beckie Wood

Words that best describe Beckie:
• Fun-loving, Carefree, Spontaneous, Self-disclosing, Convivial, Effervescent

Strengths:
• Beckie’s strength is building relationships. She is great at asking questions and loves to get to know people. Beckie is also a midwife, and midwifery educator where her strength is caring and helping new moms feel confident.

Most influential books:
• “Simply Christian”, by N.T. Wright.  “Hold on to Your Kids”, by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate.  “Theirs is the Kingdom”, by Robert Lupton

Where did you grow up (assuming you did)?
• A little town called New Dundee south of Kitchener, Ontario

How do you spend your days off?
• Days off? We have four wonderful children and I am on call as a midwife. I love to watch the kids’ sports, go for a bike ride, and play at the park. I also love to go hiking, be outside, play ultimate frisbee, and have a cup of tea with friends.

What are your dreams for Winnipeg Centre Vineyard?
• My dream is that WCV would be a place where people feel loved (by God and others), find friends and community, experience the freedom of forgiveness and grace, and have the joy that comes with seeing the presence of our Creator and Spirit in the everyday of our lives.

Areas of leadership in the Vineyard:
• Pastoral elder

 

John RademakerJVRademaker

Words that best describe John:
• Practical, Pioneer, Driven, Goal-oriented, Fun, People lover

Strengths:
• Visionary, pioneer, analytical thinker, logistics unfolder, mentor to passionate wanna be leaders, financial manager.

Most influential books:
• “Theirs is the Kingdom” by Robert Lupton, “Power Evangelism” by John Wimber.

Where did you grow up (assuming you did)?
• Gordon Ave. in Elmwood (Winnipeg)

How do you spend your days off?
• Relaxing (believe it), planning for the future, projects at the lake, financial projections, dreaming of new ideas, listening to music.

What are your dreams for Winnipeg Centre Vineyard?
• Strengthening the community commitment to higher level of ownership of the vision and participation, completing the 4th floor (last capital project at 782 Main) seeing a deeper expression of a passionate spiritual commitment to the supernatural and presence of the power of the Holy Spirit, becoming financially stronger with less stress on cash flow.

Areas of leadership in the Vineyard:
• Pastor, Board of Directors, Building Management, Drop-in, the Farm

Areas of leadership beyond WCV:
• Winnipeg Symphony committee, Himalayan Region Vineyard churches’ advisor.

 Violet Rademaker

Words that best describe Violet:
• Caring, Servant-hearted, Wise, Calm, Devoted, Nurturing

Strengths:
• People person, love worship, love prayer.

Most influential books:
• “A Severe Mercy” by Sheldon Vanauken, “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austin,

Where did you grow up (assuming you did)?
• Winkler area & Arnaud, Manitoba

How do you spend your days off?
• Quilting, Playing piano, reading

Areas of leadership in the Vineyard:
• Pastor, Prayer & Prophetic, Drop-in

 

Jodi LabunMJLabun

Generations Pastor

Words that best describe Jodi:
• Energetic, Passionate, Determined, Heart for the vulnerable, Faithful, Fun

Strengths:
• Love people – young and old and in the middle. Love creating a dream. Love vision, love worship, love God. Love to learn. Love working with a team.

Most influential books:
• “The Orphaned Generation” by Scott Wilcher, “AHA: The God moment that changes everything” by Kyle Idelman, “Spiritual Parenting” by Michelle Anthony, “Parenting Beyond Your Capacity” by Reggie Joiner, All books by John Maxwell.

Where did you grow up (assuming you did)?
• Winnipeg

How do you spend your days off?
• Power walking and coffee with friends. Listening to inspiration as I walk…bible, sermons, worship. Going out for a date with the love of my life – Mike and the four kids we love.

What are your dreams for Winnipeg Centre Vineyard?
• I dream we would be a community that invites children, youth and families to encounter Jesus in powerful ways. I dream that these encounters would be life-transforming and that they would release families to impact those around them as they bring God’s kingdom to their circles.  I dream that youth would find their love in Jesus and that they would sense the urgency and call to live for God now in this time. I want all those who have no voice to find their voice in the safety of our community at WCV.  I dream for marriages to be restored, and kids to rise up and love God as He becomes their best friend.  I dream that we could become family to those who are without.

Areas of leadership in the Vineyard:
• Pastor, Children’s Ministry, Youth

Areas of leadership beyond WCV:
• Children’s Development Group (national task force)

Michael Labun

Words that best describe Mike:
• Happy, Tigger, Thoughtful, Considerate, listener, Compassionate, Reflective

Strengths:
• I’m one of a few pastors on staff who doesn’t work for the church, thus, I’m in touch with what work life is like for the rest of the congregation. In fact, I travel across the country and assist workers in communication and conflict resolution.

Most influential books:
• The bible,  “39 Clues” series (many authors for this kid’s series), “How We Decide” by Jonah Lehrer, “Getting to Yes” by Rodger Fisher and William Ury, “Organic Church” by Neil Cole.

Where did you grow up (assuming you did)?
• WINNIPEG!

How do you spend your days off?
• Taking my kids to things. Fixing things around the house (which involves first making them even more broken than they are, then patching things together). Going for long walks along the river with Jodi.

What are your dreams for Winnipeg Centre Vineyard?
• That everyone would experience the presence of God.

Areas of leadership in the Vineyard:
• Pastoral elder

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