I was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario and grew up attending the General Conference Mennonite Church with my family. I grew up in a very large Mennonite extended family with lots of Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
My Mom’s family comes from long line of Mennonites out of the conservative Amish & Old Order tradition. My Dad’s family comes from English ancestry and did not attend church regularly. My parents actively modeled their faith for my sisters and I and taught us the importance of serving in the church and being an active part of the local and larger church body.
I accepted the Lord at the age of 8 while attending an after school Bible club that our Mennonite church in northern Ontario ran in our church in the community. Over the years I have found myself reflecting on this special time and the generous way my church family, even back then, invested in me and modeled for me how to live this new life of a Christ follower and being a child of God.
After high school I attended a six month YWAM Discipleship Training School in Honolulu and it was a pivotal time in my Christian growth and maturity as a young adult being exposed for the first time to the charismatic movement in the church and actively participating in missions, which I immediately fell in love with. God used this time of intensive teaching to implant on my heart & soul His truths for me as a child of God. In the years since, the Lord has continued to pursue me and strengthened my relationship with Him as I have nervously stepped out in lay ministry and leadership in my local church.
Most recently I have returned to working on land after several years of working internationally for a cruise line on their fleet of ships. My time at sea certainly had its challenges, but it has also strengthened my faith as I was challenged daily to be a witness to the crew members and guests that I was privileged to work with and serve as I looked for opportunities to share my faith and the Gospel message with them.
I’ve lived in the lower mainland since the mid 1990’s and I relocated to Kelowna from Vancouver in November. I am excited for this new chapter and the doors that the Lord is opening up for me in the city; most especially in leading me to KGF and instantly feeling welcomed and encouraged to set my roots down here. I am excited to join KGF as a member and support the direction and mission of this church and I look forward to serving this church body, fulfilling the Great Commission together and getting to know everyone better.