Rev. Philip Newman, Lead Minister - Worship, Sacraments, Care
Rev. Philip Newman joined the staff of West Vancouver United Church as Lead Minister in August 2015.
Philip was raised on a small farm in Southwestern Ontario from which he commuted to the local university in the border city of Windsor where he received his BA in Developmental Psychology. He then pursued his Master of Divinity at the Toronto School of Theology and has since served congregations in New Brunswick, Ontario and now British Columbia. Philip sees The United Church of Canada as the place where people are called to think for themselves and to ponder theological questions about how God works in their lives and in the world.
A basic question Philip asks himself and invites others to engage is “What difference does it make in your life or in your community to be part of a faith community or to be a follower of Jesus?" Philip loves working with people as they discover the grace of God in everyday life. He believes that the community of faith is called to share God’s word of healing and hope and that we are called to put that word into action as we share life with the community around us.
Philip is grateful for the opportunity to serve with such an active and vital congregation on the North Shore.
Many years ago Philip and his wife, Kim Logan, met at a United Church Camp, and to this day both Kim and Philip enjoy camping with family and friends. They reside in Ambleside where walks along the seawall and jaunts in their kayaks are made all the more fun.
Rev. Simon LeSieur, Minister - Youth & Family Ministry
Rev. 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 and his wife have been living in intentional community for over 10 years, and recently welcomed their daughter into their community. It is with that passion and commitment to sharing meaningful life with others that Simon follows Jesus and strives to invite others into God's movements on the North Shore and beyond.
Gerald van Wyck, Minister - Music
Susan Senkler, Manager - Administration and Facilities
Susan was born and raised in Eagle Harbour, West Vancouver. She found her way to West Vancouver United Church when she was looking for a volunteer opportunity. With an Honours Business Degree from SFU and experience running an office in downtown Vancouver, and later managing the raising her two children, Susan started as a volunteer in the church office under the direction of the Office Manager. A few short years later Susan herself became the Office Manager.
"One never knows what new adventure will present itself each day," she says. This is a variety she loves!
Susan enjoys biking and swimming and is an enthusiastic sailor of 'Wingaway.’
Rev. Dal McCrindle
Dal grew up in Vancouver attending Knox United Church in Kerrisdale, after being introduced to the Sunday School by his neighbour. He attended UBC earnings degree in Mathematics before attending Union College on the Campus, a forerunner to the Vancouver School of Theology.
He met his wife Helen at church through her family who had moved to Kerrisdale from Regina.
After Ordination, he was transferred by the United Church to Manitoba to a pastoral charge of 5 churches. Since, he has served congregations in Northern B.C. and around the Greater Vancouver area, finishing in Maple Ridge from where he retired. After retirement he was called back into service at West Vancouver United Church when a vacancy occurred and continues assisting whenever needed. In addition he also serves as Chaplain to the Royal Canadian Legion in West Vancouver.
While in the North he was adopted by the First Nations Community of Lax Kw’alaams and is proud to be a member of the “wolf” clan of that community.
Having been introduced to the United Church by a friend, he sees the importance of individual evangelism (gently speaking of one’s faith with those one knows).
He and Helen live in Horseshoe Bay, have two married children and three grandchildren.
Dylon Nofziger, Coordinator - Sunday Club Children's Program
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 to Sunday Kids Club.
Dawn Boddington, Bookkeeper - Finance
Andrew Kottmeier, Custodian - Facilities
Analyn Rivera, Coordinator - Nursery Program
Analyn grew up in the Philippines and is a mother of two girls.
With many years of experience as a nanny for young children and babies Analyn brings a gentle and caring spirit to our nursery.