Seeking to function as outlined in New Testament Scripture, our congregation operates under the leadership of elders.  These elders are people of God, elected by our members, who with a great deal of prayer and wisdom and experience provide spiritual leadership and accountability for members of our church and our ministerial staff.

In addition to elders, our church members elect deacons and point leaders who coordinate and work with teams of volunteers.  Together with the elders these individuals form our church board.  The board exists to ensure compliance with government requirements, approve policy or financial decisions for the church, as well as provide a formal channel of records and communication.

Our Sr. Minister is hired by our church members for general leadership and teaching. Other church staff are hired by the Sr. Minister for specific ministerial or administrative duties to assist ministry teams.

 

Serving Here

  • Elders Team

    Elders -

    Currently serving: Duff Crerar, Barry Norris, Frank Fehr, John Murray, Joanne Stewart, Jeff Nutting

  • Church Board

    The Church Board -

    Elders + Point Leaders = the church board.

    Point Leaders: Paul Oostra(Deacons), Shaun Boivin(Benevolence), Mark Scott(Children), Rosina Norris(Community), Mark Larson(Missions), Duncan McNabb(Stewardship), Nathanael Sterr(Worship & Creative Arts), Naomi Scott(Youth & Young Adults)

  • Alan Jones

    Senior Minister & Highland Park Site Minister -

    Alan Jones has served as the Senior Minister of the Grande Prairie Church of Christ since 1983. Alan became a follower of Jesus while a Grade 11 student through the ministry of this congregation.

    Alan was given a number of opportunities over his time with the church to pursue educational goals. He earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Emmanuel School of Religion and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Seminary.

    Alan is passionate about the local church believing the church is intended to be God’s agent of witness and change in the world.

  • Scott Pence

    Site Minister - Mission Heights -

    Scott grew up in the small town of Bethel, Ohio. His father was the minister of the Church of Christ there, and Scott was actively involved in the ministry there from childhood through his high school years. After receiving a degree in mathematics, Scott went to seminary at Emmanuel School of Religion and served for five years as children’s minister in Kingsport, Tennessee. While at Emmanuel, he met Heidi, who was raised in Grande Prairie. Scott and Heidi were married in 1999 and for 4 1/2 years made their home in Calgary.

    Scott joined the staff of the Church of Christ in Grande Prairie in May 2005. He has a heart for people. He is passionate about helping people in their spiritual journey toward Christ and seeing the Spirit of God at work in their lives. Recreationally, Scott is a big sports fan. He likes playing tennis and basketball. He also enjoys laughter, singing, playing the piano, watching movies, and loving his wife and three children.

  • Jason Wood

    Eastside Site Minister -

    Born and raised in the Peace Country, Jason has been involved in many school, music, retail, and ministry areas over the years. He has a background in business management/HR, but also has formal training from both Peace River Bible Institute and Alberta Bible College. He is currently finishing the Leadership & Ministry program through ABC and plans to pursue the counselling track next. Together, Jason and his wife, Christina, enjoy five kids and welcoming people of all walks of life into their home.

    Jason was at one time a staunch atheist who fiercely debated Christians and loved seeing people lose their faith, but Jason experienced a “Saul-to-Paul” conversion when Jesus met him at a men’s retreat he didn’t want to attend. Like Saul, Jesus called Jason to the church he had been trying to destroy: to instead build up the church and invite people into life with Jesus!

    Over the two decades since then, Jason has been serving in the Christian Community of Grande Prairie, leading many to Christ, initiating a variety of ministries from small groups and worship teams to the Saturday Night Supper (for the less fortunate) and discipleship groups (to grow and mature leaders).

    Jason continues a lifelong love for music, the arts, and nature with renewed zeal following a season of burn-out. He gives thanks to God for his recovery and for the healing work of mentors and Refresh Ministries during that time.

    Following this healing, Jason has an even greater desire to see people encounter the living God in all of life and pursues a deep passion for shepherding people in their walk with Christ.
    Isaiah 61:1 has become a life-mission verse for him:

    “The Lord God has put his Spirit in me, because the Lord has appointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts are broken, to tell the captives they are free, and to tell the prisoners they are released.”

  • Ruth Falk

    Director of Children's & Family Ministries -

    Ruth experienced small-town life in South Korea during her formative years. Ruth is the fourth-generation Christian in her family, and they attended a historic church in their community before moving to a bigger centre. In her childhood, Ruth came to know and love the Lord and the Bible, finding 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to be her favourite and most formational verses – a “life motto”. As an adult, she has additionally found great formation and encouragement in verses 19-24.
    In 1999, Ruth and family immigrated to Canada. Through the University of Alberta, Ruth completed a business degree majoring in entrepreneurship and minoring in music. Ruth and Matt met through music classes and were married in 2011. In addition to her professional experiences in business and teaching, Ruth has led Sunday School classes and been involved in other ministry areas such as youth and musical productions for many years. She is excited to share her experience with our church family.

  • Mark Wolfe

    Director of Youth Ministries -

    Mark was raised by Christian parents who put God as the main focus of their lifestyle and taught God’s character though example, but it was after the death of his older brother that he began to truly search for God in his own life. A year of studying and prayer led Mark to a solid faith of his own and hear God’s calling on his life. He fully gave himself to the Lord and was baptized.

    God has given Mark a passion and calling to be involved in the lives of the youth. During his time in Kelowna he was able to serve as an intern under the youth pastor at Willow Park Church and here at Grande Prairie Church of Christ he has served as a volunteer youth leader for our youth ministry. Mark is thrilled to continue his ministry among us and is excited to see what God has in store over the next few years as he pours into the lives of the teens in and around our church.

  • Ryan Duford

    Director of Young Adult & Men's Ministries -

    Ryan graduated with a pastoral degree from Peace River Bible Institute, then pursued further education at Regent College in BC. After completing 3 out of 4 years at the coast, Ryan and his wife, Jen, moved back to the Peace region because they felt called to share the Gospel in Grande Prairie. Ryan is currently working on finishing his Regent training via correspondence, so he can stay “plugged in” in our community.
    Ryan loves learning and sharing knowledge with others both in sermon and small group styles. He is excited for the opportunity to grow with the Young Adults group and develop a relational Men’s ministry here at Church of Christ.
    Ryan and Jen describe their home as a bit of a “zoo”, with three room mates and two small dogs, but they love it that way!

  • Kaitlyn Wilkinson

    Children's Ministry Administrator -

    Kaitlyn joined the Church of Christ staff as our part-time Children’s Ministry Administrator in the autumn of 2015.

    She was born and raised in Grande Prairie and has been very involved at our church as a participant and volunteer for many years in many ministry areas – from Youth Group (participant and then leader for 3 yrs), Worship ministries (started at the age of 12), The Band (a discipleship group for young adults), Coffee house events (live music and lattes), Studio Y? (a mid-week musical theatre club for kids), Summer camps (at Pineridge and off-site trips with youth group), Glory Garden (worked there for 3 years) and she was baptized here in Fall 2002 – Kayte is truly “one of ours”.

    She met her husband, Tristan, a number of years ago through the local music scene here in GP and they have been married since June 2012. Together they take on each day as a new adventure and look forward to what the future brings.

    Kaitlyn is a firm believer that jumping in puddles is something adults need to do more often in order to relieve stress and laugh at themselves.

    A favourite verse of hers is Hebrews 6:19, and serves a great reminder to us all: “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.”

  • Wendy Small

    Financial Admistrator -

    Wendy joined our part-time administrative staff in spring 2015 as our Financial Administrator.

  • Alison Hofstede

    Communications Co-ordinator & Reception -

    You may have encountered Alison at a number of community events over the last few years. You might see her as “one of those tall people”, especially when she insists on wearing high-heeled shoes. She thoroughly enjoys getting to know people and hearing their stories, but considers herself an introvert.

    When Alison and her husband, Steve, began attending Church of Christ they immediately felt like part of the family and wanted to plug in to this rich community. Alison is excited to see how God will work through Church of Christ to serve and transform the community of Grande Prairie!

  • Sheena Jones

    Database / PTP Administrator -

    Sheena’s early years were spent in Edmonton with her parents and three siblings. After graduating high school, she moved to Calgary where she attended Alberta Bible College and SAIT. During this time she met (and later married) Alan. The couple moved to Grande Prairie when Alan was called by the Grande Prairie Church of Christ. In 1984 they were blessed with the birth of their son Andrew.

    When she’s not busy working or volunteering around the church, Sheena likes to spend her time in artistic ways including painting and crafts. Sheena loves children and values a creative learning environment. She strongly believes that children can learn of God’s love from infancy, and her desire is that they would experience church as a safe place to grow, learn and serve!

    Some favourite scriptures are: Isaiah 55:89, Jeremiah 29:11 and the story of Hannah!

  • Eastside Core Team

    The core team that launched our Eastside site -

    Jason, Christina, Kaitlyn, Tristan, Steve, Alison, Paula, Manjit, Brian, Sandy, Lanze, Melissa, Breanna