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The members of our church are well-known for their warmth, hospitality, generosity and desire to meet new people.

Our Staff

Carolyn Bays

Carolyn Bays

Office Administrator

Carolyn is a Brit and travelled across the sea in 2005 to make her home in Kamloops.  She has worked as a secretary in many different industries;  education, civil engineering, air travel, heavy machinery, health care and training.  She has been Southwest’s administrator since 2011.  She also volunteers as a media technician on Southwests sound board and media station.  

Get to know me!

What have you learned from life?
I've learned that nothing is set in this world.  Anything can happen to anyone at any time.  So I try to enjoy life as it comes and live for the day.

When you meet God, what do you want to say to him?
I'd like to ask ... "what was that all about"?

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A dancer - a ballerina to be precise - yes very corny.  I managed to become a dance instructor by night.

Was there a teacher or teachers who had a particularly strong influence on your life?
My college lecturer said to me "find out the answer, when you find it, come and tell me".  That one sentence taught me independence.  I've never forgotten it.

Do you have any siblings? What were they like growing up?
I have a sister in England.  She was bossy but she grew out of that - at least, that's what we tell her.

How do you spend your time when you're not at Southwest?
I ride.  When I ride my Honda 150r, all of life's troubles just float away.  The forest becomes my friend and I'm never alone.

Ruth Juras

Ruth Juras

Children's Ministry Co-ordinator

Ruth has grown up here at Southwest and is grateful to call this church her home and her family. She currently co-ordinates and facilitates Sunday school with Janae, her co-captain, and is an active leader in children and youth ministries. She loves board games, motorcycling, and spending time with her friends.

Colleen

Colleen

Prayer Ministry Coordinator

Colleen has was born into Southwest Community Church, and has been an active member for many years. She is passionate about prayer and is the Prayer Ministry Coordinator at Southwest. As a teacher, Colleen loves interacting with children. She also enjoys a number of outdoor activities like volleyball, hiking and biking. She especially enjoys cuddling with her adorable golden retriever, named Chester.

Hannah Juras

Hannah Juras

Youth Pastor

Hannah has been on staff since October 2014. Previously, she did a year long internship at Southwest as part of her Columbia Bible College degree in Youth Work. From working Vancouver's Downtown East Side, Hannah returned, becoming our "Home Grown Pastor".  She serves on the Youth Leadership Team for our denomination and walks with students in their faith and life journey.

Get to know me!

Who is your favorite Superhero?
Wonder Woman!

Favorite place you’ve traveled too?
Such a hard question, each place is so different! But, I'd probably have to say New Zealand!

Bands most often heard in your car?
U2, Needtobreathe, Ben Rector, Broadway Soundtracks, Amanda Cook, and of course, Taylor Swift.

What do you do when you’re not at Southwest?
I love going to the movies, reading, traveling, drinking coffee with my friends, going to concerts and almost anything water-related!

When I was a kid I wanted to be...
I think I said something mature, like a teacher, but I've always wanted to be a rock star in an all girl band 😉

Why teenagers?
Call me crazy, but I love them. I was blessed enough to have a support team of incredible leaders and mentors in my life during the crazy years of high school and I know that I wouldn't be who I am or where I am today without them. If I can be that support or help for someone, that's where my heart is. I firmly believe that today's young generations have untapped potential and passion, I know God wants to use them! It's crazy awesome to be able to walk with students during the highs, lows, and middles of faith!

Why Southwest?
Southwest has been my home church for 20 years now.  Meaning, this church family has seen me through Sunday School, High School and Bible school and how as the Youth Pastor.  I love the people of Southwest, and the different ways we interact with God and our community.  It is a great place to be encouraged, to learn and to serve.

Janae Johnson

Janae Johnson

Children's Ministry Co-Coordinator

Janae has been at Southwest since 2015 and fell in love with the community and leadership right away. She is very excited for what God is doing in the hearts of His children, young and old, and honored to be used by Him in His work. As a co-coordinator of our Children’s Ministry, she loves working with our kids.

Our Leaders

Lee-Ann Donald, Chair

Born and raised amidst Calgary’s chinooks, Lee-Ann loves autumn in all its splendour. She is not only Southwest’s cupcake “queen” but also loves getting her hands dirty pulling weeds, hosting teenagers, teaching Sunday School, inspiring young adults and leading leaders.  Lee-Ann loves it that she is a friend of God and is absolutely convinced He loves her despite all her foibles and follies.

Ellery Peters

Ellery is a prairie boy who moved to Kamloops together with his wife, Marlene, in 2010. SWCC quickly became home where the vision to, “Live and Love Like Jesus” is a good fit for his commitment to discipleship. Ellery and Marlene have spent their lives working in public education and share a passion for children and youth ministry.  SWCC is a community of faith where they are challenged to live out their faith reflecting Jesus’ love for all of us.  Ellery retired from a life in Education a number of years ago and has since been transitioning from full time to part time work both inside and outside of the church.  This provides time for skiing, biking, paddling and hiking; passions that are slowly replacing the big skies and endless horizon of the prairies.

Barb Fuller

Barb Fuller’s career as a pastor and a missionary has taken her from her home shores of beautiful Nova Scotia to the urban rush of Toronto, then across the ocean to the poverty of a former Soviet nation. Together with her chocolate Lab, Toby, she has discovered the best places to go for walks and dog swims! Barb has three adult children and six grandchildren. She works for RSVP Ministries and feels honoured to be part of the leadership in the caring faith community that is Southwest.

Tyler Robertson

Tyler Robertson is an avid snow shoveller which helps him navigate his long and steep driveway and get to the church he loves, albeit rarely on time!  With his wife Pam he shares a passion for Christian education.  They have enjoyed being part of the Southwest family.  With four kids, three grandkids, brothers, sisters and a contingency of Brazilian friends thrown in, he and Pam are THAT big happy family.

Linda Kennard

Linda was born and raised in Vancouver near Kitsilano beach. She and her husband David and two of their three daughters have lived in Kamloops since 1989. She also has three delightful grandsons.  Southwest has been Linda’s church since moving to Kamloops.  She has been active in various ministries throughout the years.  A retired social worker, she has a strong background working with families and children.  She enjoys serving the Lord in different ways in both the church and the community.  Square dancing and trying to keep up with her active Border Collie keeps her on the move.

Neil Donald

Neil has been an active member of Southwest Community Church since 1982, before we even had a building. A retired secondary school teacher, Neil still loves to be around youth.  He and he and his wife Lee-Ann regularly host the teen group on Wednesday evenings.  Neil is Southwest’s Home Group Coordinator and Church Clerk. He is an avid golfer and loves to cook and try new recipes. If you would like to know more about home groups or find a group, please contact Neil at nldonald@gmail.com.