Transitions

Half-time student ministries pastor since 2011, Kevin Snyder was installed as lead pastor of Coast Hills Community Church, May 29, 2016. An alumnus of Winkler (Man.) Bible Institute; Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask.; and Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, B.C., Kevin is working on an MACS degree at MB Seminary/ACTS. He previously served as student ministries pastor at Gracepoint Community Church (2001–11) and Fraser Heights Community Church (1998–2000) in Surrey, B.C., and as associate dean of students at Bethany College (1995–98). Kevin and Sharon Petershave 2 children.

Ajay Klassen began as half-time worship arts pastor at Coast Hills Community Church, Surrey, B.C., Aug. 1, 2016. His other half-time role is restorative action facilitator and trainer at the Abbotsford Justice Advocacy Association. Ajay holds a BA in Criminology from the University of the Fraser Valley, and has prviously served as volunteer leader in worship arts at South Abbotsford Church. Ajay is married to Carlee.

Ron Mills became senior pastor at Riverbend Fellowship MB Church, Borden, Sask., Nov. 6, 2016. Ron and Sue have worked with inner-city youth in Saskatoon and been part of the transitional pastoral team at Living Hope Church, Saskatoon. Ron has served as senior pastor at Abundant Grace Fellowship, Saskatoon; Abundant Living Ministries, Pangman, Sask.; and Watson (Sask.) Christian Centre. Ron and Sue have 1 daughter.

After faithfully serving Blaine Lake (Sask.) Gospel Chapel as interim pastor since Jan. 1, 2016, Rick Schellenberg was called as lead pastor Nov. 1, 2016. In addition to half-time pastor, Rick is also half-time volunteer coordinator at Prairie Hospice Society, Saskatoon. He holds an MDiv from Providence Theological Seminary, Otterburne, Man., and a Master of Sacred Theology from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. He has pastored Borden MB Church (1983–88) and worked as dean of students, president and instructor at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask. (1988–2015). Rick and Gwen have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

After 9 years as pastoral elder at Highland Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C., J Janzen left this role at the end of 2016. J was part of pastoral teams that led the congregation through a season of growth. J and Andrea have 4 children. They are exploring new opportunities.

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