Staff

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Rev. Dr. Axel Schoeber

Lead Pastor

26 years of Lead Pastor experience and 8 years of teaching and mentorship of students training for the ministry at Carey Theological College.

Many years of service to Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC) including: CBWC Board Member (on many committees, often as Chair: Ethics, Personnel, Disciplinary Review, Bylaw, Priorities and Planning, and the Pastoral & Denominational Commission); BC Area Moderator; Secretary, Ordination Examination Council.

Led the CBWC biennial business meetings 2015, 2017.

Board Member, Carey Theological College, where he chaired the committee that developed CBWC’s Pastoral Ethics guidelines.

Education: B.Ed. (UBC), M.A., Ph.D. (UVic), Doctor of Ministry (Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary), Diploma Christian Studies, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology (Regent College).

Personal: Age 62; married to Karen. They have two children, a daughter and a son and three young grandchildren.

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Jane Sidjak

Pastor of Children's Ministry

Jane is responsible for ministry to our elementary age children and their families and offers assistance and direction for our Early Childhood volunteers. She loves to work directly with children on Sunday mornings and to partner with parents to learn and fulfill the needs of children and their families. Jane loves meeting with children where they are at and helping them encounter God in meaningful ways. She desires that whole families can worship, learn about and serve God together.

Jane is a ‘prairie to North Shore transplant’ of 25 years. She loves that her three grown children still live in the lower mainland. She gets back to Alberta on a semi-annual basis to visit her mother and brothers…and get a fix of the expanse of sky and sun.

She loves anything creative, tactile and probably messy! Jane is thankful for the creative gifts God has given her and the pleasure these pursuits bring her. Jane loves the natural world and relationships. She manages to bring both indoors and enjoy them in her little condo called home.

B. Ed., Special Education and Religion. University of Alberta

Stephen Ministry – International Care Giving Ministry. St. Louis, Missouri

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Neil Bell

Worship Leader

Neil cares for, teaches, learns alongside, and oversees worship artists, technicians, prayer teams, hospitality teams, ministers, staff, council, church members, congregants and visitors. Prepares and coordinates all things for Sunday morning worship. He and his wife, Virginia, have 5 grown children, born between 1983 and 1993.

Neil loves to lead the 20/20 Intergenerational Community with his wife, Virginia. Also to lead the Men’s Ministry. Cares for 200 worship pastors as part of Worship Central. Neil is into motorcycle touring, song writing, social time and quiet time. Also movies and reading.

Neil holds a degree from the University of Glamorgan in Wales, and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Hazel Boyd

Pastoral Care

Hazel made West Van Baptist her home church when she moved from Richmond 25 years ago. Fulfilling a desire to be involved in Caring Ministries, Hazel took the year long training to become a Stephen Minister at our church. She currently holds the Referrals position in that program where we place Stephen Ministers with people who are experiencing difficulties and who request someone to walk alongside them for a period of time.

The Pastor asked her to facilitate the Divorce Care 13 week program 17 years ago which has been held at our church twice a year. Hazel was asked by the Pastor to join the Staff 3 years ago to fulfill the role of Pastoral Care Minister which serves in a broader sense the whole congregation. She works in tandem with the Pastor visiting and serving communion to Parishioners in their home when they are unable to attend services as well as follow up with people who need prayer.

Twenty-five years ago Hazel married Peter Zazulak. Their combined families are Hazel’s two sons, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren along with Peter’s 2 daughters and 1 grandson.

Hazel had her own Textile Agency travelling in B.C and Alberta for over 35 years selling to Fabric stores. She developed and conducted Sewing Seminars all over North America as well as authoring 2 Sewing Books, Couture Action Knits and Silks and Satins.

Hazel studied Design, Patternmaking and Haute Couture – 2 yrs. at Vancouver College. She also attended the Leadership Stephen Ministry – 1 week course in Seattle 15 years ago. In 2014 – Intense course called “How to Help a Hurting Friend” led by Rod Wilson – former President of Regent College. A step to deepen her understanding in the field that God has led her in ministry.

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Annelize Greeff

Office Administrator

Annelize joined the in October 2015.

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Toni Pankratz

Office Assisstant

Toni has been volunteering at the office for the past 7 years. It is a delight to have her in the office as part of our staff.

Liz Burnett

Church Member

I am Elisabeth Burnett. My husband Peter and I have been members at West Vancouver Baptist for 10 years. We love hunting, fishing, cooking and bbq’ing with our church family.

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Mary Findlay

Bookeeper

Mary Findlay has joined our team in 2009. We are very grateful to have her as part of our team.