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Rev. Philip Newman, Lead Minister - Worship, Sacraments, Care

About Philip

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.


Simon LeSieur, Minister - Youth & Family Ministry

About Simon

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.

Gerald van Wyck, Director - Music

About Gerald

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 MacKenzie, Coordinator - Adult Ministry

About Madelyne

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.

Susan Senkler, Manager - Administration and Facilities

About Susan

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.’


Dylon Nofziger, Coordinator - Sunday Club Children's Program

About Dylon

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 to Sunday Kids Club.

Rev. John Gouws, Minister Emeritus

About John

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.

Dawn Boddington, Bookkeeper - Finance

About Dawn

We welcomed Dawn to our church staff in 2013 as our bookkeeper. Dawn grew up in sunny South Africa, completing her Commerce degree at Durban University. Dawn and her family arrived in Canada in 2011 to discover the joy of winter snow sports, particularly skiing. She brings so many skills to the office including her great organizational skills, and her sunny optimistic personality.

Andrew Kottmeier, Custodian - Facilities

About Andrew

Andrew grew up in West Vancouver. He spent several years in the restaurant field, but ultimately realized his true passion was to do renovation and home improvements. After many years in this field, he now puts his vast knowledge of residential construction together with his love for people as the custodian and events host at WVUC.

Analyn Rivera, Coordinator - Nursery Program

About Analyn

Analyn Rivera joined our staff in 2012 as our nursery care giver.

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.