About Us

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.

Click on the image to zoom in.


Pastoral Elders

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).

Nathan (Pastoral Executive) & Kendra Rieger, Andy (Pastoral Executive) & Beckie Wood, Jodi (Generations Pastor) & Michael Labun and John & Violet Rademaker.


Meet our pastoral team (roles, responsibilities and some fun stuff too).


Lay Elders

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: 

Suhail Stephen



Lillian Poetker (Bookkeeper), Vanessa Lewis (Administrator)


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 Youth 

  • Sunday AM Grades 5 – 7: Mike Labun, Doug & Rachelle Houlbrook and Kristin Kennedy
  • Sunday AM Grades 8 – 12: Jason Eheler


Youth Groups

  • 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


Prayer Oversight:

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


Flatlanders Inn 

FL Leadership Team

FL Administrator



Amanda Leighton, Naila Janzen and Johanna Giesbrecht