Ministry Team

Ross 2Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart

Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During Ross’ late teen years he felt God’s call into church leadership and practiced youth ministry in both Winnipeg and Toronto. After completing a Master of Divinity at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto (that included ministry experience in Nova Scotia and Kenya), Ross was ordained and settled to Northern Ontario. While in the north Ross and Laura welcomed Emily into the world and learned what it means to parent on very little sleep. St. Matthew’s United Church in Belleville was the next stop with a rich and rewarding ministry in eastern Ontario. While at St. Matthew’s, the Lockhart’s family grew to include Jack and Ross completed his Doctorate in Preaching at McCormick Theological Seminary on the campus of the University of Chicago. Following a fantastic ministry sabbatical with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Ross and Laura moved to British Columbia in 2009 to begin their new ministry together at West Vancouver United Church.   In early 2013, they celebrated the birth of their third child, Sadie.  Ross is the author of Gen X, Y Faith and co-editor of Three Ways of Grace a collection of essays on the Trinity. Outside of the church, Ross delights in his role as a husband and father as well as being an avid reader, dedicated jogger and lousy golfer. Ross looks forward to meeting you and your loved ones this Sunday at 10 am.

Laura 2Rev. Laura Lockhart

Rev. Laura Lockhart is absolutely delighted to be serving the congregation of West Vancouver United Church. In her capacity as Pastoral Care Minister, Laura enjoys visiting and learning the stories of members and friends of West Van United. Laura grew up in Southern Ontario and has served United Churches in Southern and Northwestern Ontario and New Brunswick. She is the mother of three small children, Emily, Jack and Sadie, and loves reading cook books when not chasing after them!

John GouwsMinister Emeritus – Rev. John Gouws

Rev. John Gouws came to West Vancouver United Church in August 1984 and served as Senior Minister until his retirement in June, 2000. He continued at West Vancouver United in a part time capacity as Minister of Pastoral Care until September, 2004. On Sunday, September 19, 2004, he was inducted as Minister Emeritus of West Vancouver United Church.


Minister of Music – Gerald van WyckGerry 2

Gerald van Wyck has been Minister of Music at our church since February, 1987. He is a passionate believer in music’s ability to create community within and outside the church building. He unites his skills as a national choral adjudicator, a music history lecturer, and an orchestral conductor in his activities at the church, leading both the Church Choir, Pacific Spirit Choir and Orchestra, and accompanying our Worship Services on our beautiful organ and piano.

Madelyne MacKenzieCaring Ministry Co-ordinator – Madelyne MacKenzie

Madelyne MacKenzie has been with West Vancouver United Church since 1994 and joined the pastoral team in 1997 as the coordinator for the Caring Ministry umbrella, including pastoral visiting, care giver volunteers, and outreach in the congregation and community.

Children and Youth Minister – Simon LeSieur

Simon LeSieur joined our ministry team in March, 2010.  He grew up in Quebec City, completed his undergraduate degree at Redeemer University College in Ontario and then moved to Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he did his Master of Divinity. Simon is living in Burnaby with 3 wonderful friends. Together, they are exploring concepts of Christian community, discipleship, and hospitality, hosting people from all over the world. Simon loves meeting people so please make sure to stop and say “hi” on any Sunday or send him an email.

Children’s Programs – Dylon Nofziger

Dylon Nofziger began as Godly Play leader in August 2010. Having completed an undergraduate degree in theology and recreation as well as a Master of Divinity degree, Dylon moved to Vancouver in 2007.

Growing up in rural Alberta with no electricity or running water, he was without our societies ‘props’ that are easily leaned on for entertainment. While many children have television and sports teams, he had a dog and a forest. And so play became a central part of his story as well as his understanding of God.

He loves stories, and the ability that stories have to uncover deeper and simpler realities about our world and about this God who offers us his love–asking only that we come as little children to receive this love. He enjoys working with the Godly Play curriculum as a means to facilitate the spiritual journeys of young theologians and story tellers.

Dylon looks forward to meeting you this coming Sunday as we welcome children aged 4 and up into our Godly Play classroom.


Office Manager – Susan Senkler

Dick SmithCustodian – Dick Smith

Jack of all trades and master of them too! Dick is our trusty Custodian of the Church Building. Be it Wedding, Concert, Memorial, Church Service or the day to day running of the Church, Dick knows the best way to make any event a success.