Senior Leadership Team

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Chris Stevens

Lead Pastor

Chris gives leadership to the WMB congregation and staff team in order to strategically advance the mission and vision of WMB Church as set by the Leadership Board. Chris is also the main Sunday teaching pastor.

chrisstevens@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x238

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Karen West

Associate Lead Pastor

Karen serves on the Executive Team and gives leadership to the WMB congregation and staff team, under the direction of the Lead Pastor, in order to strategically advance WMB’s mission and vision and to see the congregation grow as disciples.

karenwest@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x227

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Greg Reed

Pastor, Generational Ministries

Greg oversees all Generational Ministries to see kids and adults embrace following Jesus through helping them understand the Bible, equipping individuals and families to serve, and developing leaders for the next generation.

gregreed@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x243

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Shawn Branton

Pastor, Worship & Arts

Shawn leads the Worship and Arts Ministry, facilitating corporate and individual expressions of Christ-centred worship during Sunday morning and other church related services.

shawnbranton@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x224

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Kim Knight

Director, Operations

Kim serves on the Executive Team and gives leadership to the WMB congregation and staff team, under the direction of the Lead Pastor. Kim’s role focuses on finance, facilities and Human Resources.

kimknight@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x226

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Paul Chin

Director, Missional Engagement

Paul's focus is overseeing the Missions staff (Barnabas Missions, Global Outreach and Refugee Ministry) as well as giving oversight and direction to WMB's Discover Discipleship series of courses.

paulchin@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x222

Staff Team

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Christie Penner Worden

Director, Kids Ministry

Christie oversees the discipleship of infants to Grade 6, creating spaces for kids to experience God’s love. Kids Ministry resources leaders and partners with parents to help our children learn, discover and be equipped to respond to the invitation to be a disciple of Jesus.

christieworden@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x242

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Brad Sherk

Director, Youth Ministry

Brad oversees Junior (gr 7-8) and Senior (gr 9-12) Youth Ministries, which provides intentional spaces for youth to learn, discover and be equipped as followers of Jesus. Through its leaders, Youth Ministries helps youth follow Jesus in the context of everyday life and to be equipped for serving others.

bradsherk@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x234

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Darren DeMelo

Pastor, Young Adults Ministry

Darren oversees Young Adults, a disciple-making ministry, connecting and equipping young adults (mostly age 18-25) to live gospel-centred lives. With the pastoral staff team, Darren also holds responsibility for congregational pastoral care.

darrendemelo@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x245

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Gareth Goossen

Pastor, Seniors Ministry

Gareth provides overall leadership to WMB’s Seniors Ministry and outreach to retirees (ages 60+), including the equipping of lay leaders for ministry inside and outside the doors of the church.

garethgoossen@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x231

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Sarah Whyte

Director, Home Groups

Sarah leads WMB’s Home Groups Ministry, discipling adults by forming, growing and multiplying WMB Home Groups that embody the gospel of Jesus Christ and centre on WMB's integrated discipleship plan, the characteristics of a 10-Year Disciple and key biblical habits for living as disciples of Jesus in today's contemporary culture.

sarahwhyte@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x223

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Michelle Knowles

Director, Global Outreach

Michelle oversees Global Outreach Missions (GO) which encompasses all of WMB’s globally-oriented mission programs, trips, and partnerships in various parts of the world, by mobilizing people and resources for both short and long term missions.

michelleknowles@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x225

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Mary Ellen Tierney

Director, Barnabas Victoria Hills

Mary Ellen expresses Christ’s love through Barnabas Missions by building relationships with the marginalized in Victoria Hills. Barnabas Victoria Hills offers practical supports, friendship, resources, prayer and spiritual support, and helps to bridge people into the life and faith of the church.

maryellentierney@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x232

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Stefanie MacGregor

Director, Barnabas Local Outreach

Stefanie expresses Christ’s love through Barnabas Missions by building relationships with the marginalized in selected neighbourhoods of Waterloo. Stefanie leads Barnabas teams that offer life-skills training, coaching, friendship, resources, kids programs, prayer and spiritual support, and help to bridge people into the life and faith of the church.

stefaniemacgregor@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x241

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Wayne Porty

Pastor, Barnabas Individual Supports

Wayne expresses Christ’s love through Barnabas Missions by building relationships with the marginalized in our cities, in order to help them move towards long-term well-being. Wayne offers practical supports, life-skills training, coaching, friendship, resources, prayer and spiritual support, and helps to bridge people into the life and faith of the church.

wayneporty@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x240

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Lisa Matthews

Director, Administration

Lisa leads and gives direction to overall office operations and use of the church facility. She provides administrative support to various ministries and is the Executive Assistant to Lead Pastor Chris Stevens.

lisamatthews@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x244

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Ann Jobes

Office Administrator

Ann provides administrative support to various ministries. She is also the friendly face and voice who greets our many weekly visitors and callers.

annjobes@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x221

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Deanna Mann

Director, Communications

Deanna facilitates and oversees our channels of communication within WMB Church and beyond.

deannamann@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x229

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Shirley Wesselson

Finance

Shirley processes the daily bookkeeping and supports our pastors and directors in many ways.

shirleywesselson@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x228

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Shannon Harder

Maintenance

Shannon oversees the repairs and maintenance of our facility, inside and out.

shannonharder@wmbchurch.ca
519-885-5330 x236

Leadership Board

The WMB Leadership Board (LB) serves the church in a governance role to ensure that we fulfill our Mission and Vision statements, adhere to our operating by-laws and policies and to provide accountability on behalf of church members. The LB works co-operatively with the Lead Pastor to ensure we are financially viable, strategically oriented with our goals and striving towards the mission God has given us as a congregation.

Leadership Board members are first nominated by the congregation, then go through a selection process to confirm they have the required attributes. Finally, the LB is elected by members at our annual general meeting. Meet our current Board below. To get in touch with a Board member, contact Terry Shuh, Leadership Board Chair, at btshuh@golden.net.

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Terry Shuh

Leadership Board Chair

Terry’s ministry experiences include ushering, leading small groups, mentoring, church administration, serving on the Board in previous terms, and serving on the provincial MB conference board. Terry recently retired from her full-time vocation and is excited to serve the church in this next season of ministry and mission.

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Paul Atkinson

Leadership Board

Paul’s first career was in education. Upon retirement served at the church in several ways, most recently as Pastor of Administration. Paul has been involved in leading home groups, serving on the GO Team and in short term missions.

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Doris Balcarras

Leadership Board

Doris is a registered nurse and lactation consultant at Grand River Hospital. Over the years, she has served on the Leadership Board, been actively involved on several pastoral search and pastoral support teams, and has participated in Short Term Missions and Home Group ministries. Doris is passionate about outreach ministries at WMB Church and in our community.

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Kathy Bird

Leadership Board

Kathy is a director of underwriting research and innovation for a local insurance company. She is passionate about helping people connect into the WMB community through hospitality at WMB events like Dinner Theatre, Eat Connect + Learn, and summer barbecues. She leads the Bethlehem Baskets ministry each Christmas season.

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Anita Boles

Leadership Board

Anita is the Chief Financial & Operations Officer at Emmanuel Bible College. She and her family have been part of the WMB community for over 20 years. She has served in a variety of ways including teaching Sunday school, leading small groups, leading worship, going on mission trips, and mentoring couples as they prepare for marriage. She has always been passionate about community, but especially since experiencing the “hands and feet of Jesus” through the WMB Church family during her husband, Duane’s journey with brain cancer and since his death. Anita is honoured to be serving on the Board and to be a part of the deeper call that God is stirring among us.

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Shelley Campagnola

Leadership Board Vice Chair

Shelley has worked with a variety of organizations through Board work, in leadership, teaching, and as a ministry consultant and researcher in Canada and internationally. She is passionate about authentic, compassionate, disciple-forming communities and is involved in a number of intentional one-on-one mentoring relationships.

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Phil Chenier

Leadership Board Secretary
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Sospeter Gatobu

Leadership Board

Sospeter has worked with an international development organization as the communication officer for Africa, as well as the resource mobilization director of the Bible Society of Kenya. Presently, Sospeter is a project manager/research associate at the University of Waterloo. Sospeter is passionate about sharing his faith and making the gospel real to people around him.

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Jeff Horst

Leadership Board

God has put a heart for missions in both Jeff and his wife, Bonita Eby. Serving and community began with Dinner Theatre years ago and now he enjoys being on a worship band, doing soccer ministry and volunteering where needed.

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Steve Newman

Leadership Board Treasurer

Steve leads the Estate and Trust Services business in Ontario and Atlantic Canada for a major Canadian bank. Over the years he’s been involved in WMB’s outreach ministries like Dinner Theatre, Community BBQs, From Jesus with Love, Bethlehem Baskets and Eat-Connect-Learn. He is passionate about understanding and pursuing God’s will for his life and being part of a community that actively discerns how God wants them to make “more and better disciples.”

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Paul Thompson

Leadership Board
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Beth Wolf

Leadership Board

Beth is a secondary school teacher. She is passionate about connecting with her students in the classroom or through coaching extracurricular sports. Beth has been involved with Youth Ministry, Home Groups, short-term mission trips and many annual events at WMB. She is excited to grow as a disciple of Jesus in this role.