The members of our church are well-known for their warmth, hospitality, generosity and desire to meet new people.
Shane Wiebe MDiv, DMin
Shane has been on staff at Southwest since June of 2003 and graduated with his doctorate degree in the spring of 2015. June of 2016 will mark his 25th wedding anniversary to his wife, Carlene; his kids Jorja and Jace, are growing up way too fast; and Sugar, the family weimaraner, keeps everyone fit.
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Best wisdom for today
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Kamloops--a Westsyde kid--an alumnus of the David Thompson Elementary, Westyde Secondary, and Thompson Rivers University.
Who are your heroes in this world?
Anyone who demonstrates compassion for another and is reluctant to talk much about it.
Best wisdom for today?
When it’s time to rest, rest well.
When I was a kid I wanted to be…
an Olympic decathlete.
My all-time dream vehicle:
a suped-up yellow and black Jeep Wrangler with a lift kit.
Favorite indulgence at a coffee shop:
Fruity tea and cheesecake.
Favorite works of fiction:
Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, JM Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians, and Susan Howach’s Glittering Images.
Most meaningful books I’m currently digesting:
The Emotionally Healthy Leader, by Peter Scazzero; The Bible Tells me So, by Peter Enns; Working the Angles, by Eugene Peterson; and Out of Sorts, by Sarah Bessey.
my mornings at the track, the smells of new cologne and the fresh pages of a new book, the sound of a good pipe organ at Christmas time, the feel of a well-worn t-shirt, and the taste of pepper jack cheese, Mennonite sausage, and a smooth, oaky red wine, with friends.
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.
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.
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Who is your favorite Superhero?
Always & Forever.
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 😉
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!
I'm just shy of 20 years of calling Southwest my home church. This family has seen me through Sunday School, High School and Bible school, and they still welcome me back with loving arms. I've learned so much! It's been so awesome to now work together in ministry alongside MY old youth pastor.
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-cordinaters of our Children’s Ministry, she loves working with our kids.
Carolyn is a Brit and travelled across the sea in 2005 to make her home in Kamloops. She has been Southwest’s administrator since 2011. “God spoke to me at a time when I needed Him most.”
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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.
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, tending babies and toddlers, inspiring young adults, leading leaders, and serving on New Life Community’s board. 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 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’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. She moved to Kamloops three years ago and together with her chocolate Lab Toby, is discovering 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 is an avid snow shoveller which helps him navigate his Aberdeen driveway and make it to church, albeit rarely on time :-). With his wife Pam they share a passion for Christian education and have enjoyed being part of the SWCC family. And with 4 kids, 3 grand kids, brothers, sisters, throw in a contingency of Brazilian friends, etc. we are a THAT big happy family.
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, and he and his wife Lee-Ann regularly host the youth and the 18/30’s groups at their home. Neil has also served as a member of Pastoral Team and home group leader, and is currently the 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 email@example.com.