A church is not a building. It’s people. A community of people built on and around Jesus. These people here, are the foundation of our community.
Brent has been with SouthRidge since time began. Or SouthRidge began… one of those. He and his wife Pam were part of the original church plant in 1996. Now, 4 kids later, he’s coaching the whole team. Brent is known for his down-to-earth style, appreciation of humour and desire to serve God boldly. If he could be any fictional character, he’d be Yoda. “Do or do not, there is no try.”
Pastor of Connection & Community
Wes has been with SouthRidge since 2012, bringing with him a refreshing enthusiasm connecting people into community (And learning names!). He is a Canucks fan and enjoys running, drinking coffee and gardening… maybe not all at the same time. He and his wife Christy have 4 absurdly adorable children. If Wes could be any fictional character, he’d be Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.
Children’s Ministry Director
Jon is our Children’s Ministry Director and has been on staff at SouthRidge since 2012. He started as a lowly intern under the tutelage of Sensei Elizabeth and learned many great skills and lessons. Rumour has it she made him wash and wax her car while chanting “wax on, wax off.” Jon is very passionate about teaching kids and inspiring them to know “Jesus for life.” He is also keen on continuing his own education at Northwest Baptist Seminary. Jon is a husband and father and loves hanging out with his growing family. When asked if he’s got any hidden talents, he said he can hold his breath for a really long time — he was a lifeguard.
Youth and Young Adult Director
Ben joined SouthRidge in September of 2015. He leads our Young Adults and youth (HUB) programs. He is a lover of all sports, but most of all hockey. With his wife Alicia, he enjoys backpacking, better coffee than yours (unless you also prefer single origin small batch roasters) and board games of any kind. Say hello to Ben and Alicia if you get a chance, and if you invite them over, they would love to share their coffee and games with you!
The partners of SouthRidge elect elders to lead us in fulfilling the vision God has given us. Currently serving in this area are:
Rob Brynjolfson, Brent Chapman, Andrew Janzen (chair), Doug Jarvie, Marc Kinna, Cam Keller, Rob Roffel and Larry Perkins.
Kirk has been an Associate Pastor at SouthRidge since August 2014. He’s a Canadian by birth but his prior ministry experience was at churches in Roswell, New Mexico, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s experienced in local and international missions as well as youth ministry. In addition to caring for the church, his heart is for people that are curious about and seeking God, so he’s committed to keeping Jesus at the centre of his relationships and in his own life. Prior to ministry he officiated professional hockey and was even a career Firefighter. Kirk is married to Kim and they have two active boys.
Ruth has been a partner at SouthRidge since 2005, in that time she’s played a key role in the birth of our KidsCare program. A teacher by trade and by temperament, Ruth and her team of dedicated volunteers have engineered special events, offered encouragement, and made church “work” for families who need extra support. Her own experience as a mother of 2, including 1 child on the Autism Spectrum, gives her a depth of understanding that no amount of training can buy. It fits that her favourite quote is the classic: “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Prior to becoming the Worship Coordinator here at SouthRidge, Mason has been on staff as an intern since 2014, and has been at SouthRidge his whole life. He was born shortly after the church was planted in 1996, and has been attending with his family ever since. Mason leads the Worship Ministry here at SouthRidge, and you will often see him on stage on Sunday mornings leading our time of worship. He is married to Joy Kinna as of May 2017, and they enjoy great coffee shops, hiking, and creating art together— be it visual arts or music!
Administration and Facilities staff
Large church event planning, outside rentals
Creative Arts Coordinator
Ministry interns volunteer their time in their area of interest and gifting while receiving personal coaching and leadership development opportunities.
Club 67 Intern