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.
Simon LeSieur, Minister - Youth & Family Ministry
Gerald van Wyck, Director - Music
Madelyne MacKenzie, Coordinator - Adult Ministry
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.’
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.
Rev. John Gouws, Minister Emeritus
Dawn Boddington, Bookkeeper - Finance
Andrew Kottmeier, Custodian - Facilities
Vivian Morley-Senkler, Sunday Custodian
Vivian, from Horseshoe Bay, joined the staff in 2014 as our “Sunday Custodian.” In this capacity she helps to get our facility ready for use each Sunday morning.
Vivian is a student at UBC where she studies biology. Will she pursue medicine? Will she specialize in entomology? In the midst of this dilemma Vivian is a solid Honours Student and has decided to keep all options on her future open.
She is a member of St. John Ambulance, certified in first aid. Not just a student, Vivian is also a ski and snowboard enthusiast.
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.