Kelly Wiebe was commissioned as lead pastor at West Portal Church, Saskatoon, on Apr. 19. He began at West Portal as associate pastor for care groups in 1996, and has served as interim senior pastor since Dwayne Barkman’s resignation in 2008. After prayerful consideration, Kelly applied for senior pastor and received a strong vote of support from the congregation. He is married to Sandie, and they have 2 sons, Bradyn and Levi.
Stephen Philps began serving as associate pastor of youth ministries at Bakerview Church, Abbotsford, B.C., Apr. 15. Stephen has a BA in ministry from Prairie Bible College. During his studies, he served as a youth intern/pastor at Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church, Three Hills, Alta. Shannon Storey completed her role as interim youth ministries director at Bakerview on Apr. 30. Shannon plans to study photojournalism at Loyalist College, Belleville, Ont.
After 80 years of ministry in Grassy Lake, Alta., Westview Community Church closed Oct. 26, 2008 with a service of celebration to remember God’s good work. The church was formally organized in 1927 by Peter Neufeld and David Penner. In 1982, the church moved into a building in town and changed from Grassy Lake MB Church, to the present name. Kris Peters was minister from 2000 until the final service in 2008. Although the church has disbanded, “God hasn’t moved,” writes church reporter Faye Beyer. “He’s still in our community, working in people’s lives and watching over us all.”
The Meeting Place, a 10-year-old congregation especially effective at connecting with those struggling with addictions and feeling disconnected from the church, closed Nov. 30, 2008. The group had been meeting Saturday evenings at Central Heights Church in Abbotsford, B.C. Pastor Korky Neufeld was an active member of the Abbotsford Christian Leaders Network.