I was born and raised in Montreal. We were anglophones who belonged to a very conservative Plymouth Brethren assembly. A younger me would tell you all the negative parts of that story. The 40-year-old me is grateful for the good parts: kneeling to invite Jesus to be my Saviour when I was about four, my grandpa baptizing me in a lake, learning the Bible backwards and forwards, the experience of deep and abiding fellowship, watching all kinds of lay leaders (always men, of course) share in the teaching, preaching, and leadership of the church, which had no paid pastors or staff.
After a brief stint as a biochemist, I moved across Canada in 2001 to pursue grad studies at ACTS Seminaries in Langley. For the next four years, I worked my way through my Master of Divinity and interned at Uptown Church, a little congregation in White Rock. After I graduated, I stayed on as half-time associate pastor for nine rich years.
Then I met and married Michael, and became stepmom to his two young sons, Caleb and Ben, who were 6 and 4 at the time. Shortly after that we moved to Abbotsford to be closer to them. Our family is now complete with four boys - Caleb (14), Ben (12), Isaac (7) and Matthew (4). There is much mayhem and very little pink at our house!
Weekdays now find me working full-time as Marketing & Communications Manager at Columbia Bible College, a role I love for the opportunity to use strategic thinking and creative storytelling to help young adults consider Christian higher education. Michael and I found our way to Highland around four years ago. If my childhood church was a tight-knit circle of people huddled inward, Highland is to me a circle of people, shoulder to shoulder, facing outward with welcoming smiles. We’re far from perfect, of course. But there’s a holy balance here, of striving to be the body of Christ - both lovingly interdependent as a community and redemptively active in the world around us. I love how we all minister God’s grace and truth to each other - inspiring, supporting, seeking, spurring each other on to love and good deeds. It’s a privilege for me to serve as an elder, as we learn together how to follow the way of Jesus.
We gather Sundays at 10:00 am:
HIGHLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH 3130 McMillan Road Abbotsford, BC V2S 6A8 T: 604-853-7052