Ministry Team

Ministry Operations, Youth & Family Pastor – 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 his wife and 2 other 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.

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Minister of Music – Gerald van Wyck

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.

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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.

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.