Our Team

Executive Team

AL Andrus

Lead Pastor
When did you start attending Heartland?
February 1, 2004

If you have kids, how many kids do you have?
3 kids, 5 grandkids

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Opening service where 586 showed up

Mike Shellenberg

Executive Pastor
When did you start attending Heartland?
July 2004

What languages do you speak?
1.2 (Bon jour Madame Thibault?)

Funniest church memory:
Scenery collapse on Heartland Kids Christmas Program

PAstoral Staff

Barry Regier

Pastor of Small Groups—Team Lead
When did you start attending Heartland?
July 2004 - the very first service

Funniest church memory:
Eating all three pans of freshly baked cinnamon buns on our way to meeting our families on a small group camping trip but not leaving any for them.

Do you have any unusual or hidden talents?
I can scratch the inside of my throat and sound like a frog.

Craig Cadwell

Pastor of Renewal Ministries
When did you start attending Heartland?
September 2017

Funniest church memory:
Having lunch with Pastor Barry and then someone telling me afterwards, "I think the two of you have the loudest laughs in the entire universe!!"

Do you have any unusual or hidden talents?
Once upon a time I was an excellent bowler.

Danielle Theberge

Pastor of Single Adults
What month and year did you start attending Heartland?
September 2004

Funniest church memory:
Making the craziest service intros when I was the youth director.   Ask me in person for some stories!

Do you have any unusual or hidden talents?
I taught hip hop for a long time :P

Greg Mulligan

Pastor of Men & Small Groups
When did you start attending Heartland?
January 2016

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Holy Spirit Encounter - January 2017

Favourite Bible verse:
Romans 8:1-2

Joy Cadwell

Pastor of Women
When did you start attending Heartland?
September 2017

Favourite Bible character:
Jesus! Haha ... also Peter.

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Anything where I've been able to connect with people! Small groups, women's events, weekend services, Encounter God ... all of it!

Kim Kirk

Pastor of Guest Services & Office Manager
When did you start attending Heartland?
August 2004

What languages do you speak?
English, little French, little sign language (ASL)

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Every Sunday when we are in church! One of them is:  the weekend we moved into our new building - the number of people who showed up to help move, how quickly it went because of that and how fun it was!

Linda Alger

Pastor of Communications
When did you start attending Heartland?
July 2004

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Anytime we are singing together.

Funniest church memory:
When a loud alarm on one of the pastor's phones went off in the middle of a quiet moment while I was leading worship.

Rob Macgillivray

Pastor of Worship Arts - Team Lead
When did you start attending Heartland?
July 2008

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Moving into the new building

What is your go-to Karaoke song?
Don't Stop Believin'

Scott Lasuik

Pastor of Worship—Heartland East Campus
When did you start attending Heartland?
May 2017

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Worship night, singing the song "Open the Eyes of My Heart" and God showing up big time!

Favourite Bible verse or quote:
Luke 5:1-11 (specifically verse 5) "Master we have worked hard all night, but because you say so I will let down the nets".

Tina Waters

Associate Pastor – Small Groups 
When did you start attending Heartland?
First prayer meeting - Spring 2004

What languages do you speak?
English and French

Funniest church memory:
Being nearly startled to death by Pastor Barry's laugh the first time I heard it. Now I don't even flinch and have come to expect it.

Wade Gardiner

Pastor of Kids, Youth & Young Adults—Team Lead
When did you start attending Heartland?
March 2009

What languages do you speak?
English and Youth

Funniest church memory:
1. A giant prop falling on Holly (kids' staff) during a Kids Christmas Service.  2. One of our interns, who was very enthusiastic during his preaching debut at the youth service, fell right off the stage.

Staff

Ashley settingiano

Heartland Kids - Director 
When did you start attending Heartland?
July 2011

Some of the roles you have had at Heartland:
Preschool Intern, Summer Camp Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Associate Director of Kids, Director of Kids, and more.

Favourite Heartland memory:
I have treasured memories of preschoolers praying and worshipping intently.

Austin Norlin

Alex Crawford

Associate Director of Young Adults & Campus Ministries
Administrative Assistant
When did you start attending Heartland?
September 2018

Most embarrassing church memory:
Playing tag in grade three and ran into the women's bathroom by accident

Favourite Bible verse:
Psalm 37:4
When did you start attending Heartland?
November 2004

If you have kids, how many kids do you have?
2 boys

Funniest church memory:
A fly flew into my eyes when I was singing on the worship team and nobody knew why I was swatting my face.

Bailey Alger

Heartland Kids - Ministry Coordinator
When did you start attending Heartland?
2004, the very beginning.

Favourite Heartland memory:
Every worship night seems to top the last. Those are some the best times.  

Go-To Karaoke song:  
Anything from High School musical

Byron Gardiner

Facility Coordinator
bio coming soon!

Blaine Johnston

Heartland Kids - Ministry Coordinator
When did you start attending Heartland?
November 2017

Funniest Church memory:
Make your own movie night at Refuge (youth).

Most Embarrassing Church memory:  Buying 2 kg of baby oil instead of 2 kg of baby powder for an event.

Cole McElheran

Heartland Kids & Youth Worship
Ministry Coordinator
When did you start attending Heartland?
Ooof. I was much too young to remember that!

Favourite Bible verse:
Ephesians 3:20 has always meant a lot to me.

If you are married, what year and month did you get married?
I got married May 2020; we had a COVID Wedding!

Darla Lemke

Small Groups & Guest Services - Ministry Assistant
When did you start attending Heartland?
October 2014

What languages do you speak?
English and German

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Heartland Kids' volunteer picnic

Edith bauer

Worship Arts Administrator
When did you start attending Heartland?
Sometime in 2016

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Any worship night.

What languages do you speak?
German and English

Emily Kirk

JaCQui koop

Heartland Kids - Curriculum Coordinator
Administrative Assistant
When did you start attending Heartland?
August 2004

What languages do you speak?
Sometimes I can’t even speak English ...

If you are married, what year and month did you get married?
April 2027
When did you start attending Heartland?
September 2007

Most embarrassing church memory:
Decades ago, when I was playing piano during the offering, a hymn book fell onto the bass keys of the grand piano.  

What kinds of pets do you have?
Dog (Bud), cat (Tuxedo)

jordan watt

Campus Ministries Team
When did you start attending Heartland?
2012

Favorite Heartland memory:
Where's Wade at West Edmonton Mall.

Favorite Bible Character:
Haggai

karla gautreau

Heartland Kids & Youth - Administrative Coordinator
When did you start attending Heartland?
Sometime in 2010

Favourite Heartland church memory:
One that sticks out right now is the first time I went to a worship night. It was so awesome to sing loudly with all the other voices. I could feel the music reverberate throughout my body. It was a time I felt I could really shout out to God and feel Him close.

What is your go-to Karaoke song?
Anything Disney.

Kaitlyn Dorsey

Heartland Kids - Associate Director
When did you start attending Heartland?
September 2009

If you have kids, how many kids do you have?
1 amazing handsome boy - Judah

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Seeing Heartland Kids learn more about Jesus during weekend services.

Kristy MacGillivray

Special Events Assistant
When did you start attending Heartland?
July 2008

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Making the doughnut wall.  Fun and yummy.

What kinds of pets do you have?
Dog (Lucy), fish (Wilson)

Landon Regier

Youth - Ministry Coordinator
When did you start attending Heartland?
July 2004

Favourite Bible character:
David

Any other interesting facts about you?
I danced Ukrainian for 6 years, a goalie in hockey for 10 years

LynNette Boyden

Bookkeeper
When did you start attending Heartland?
September 2006

Favourite Heartland church memory:
BBQs, picnics, and helping move into our new building.

What's your go-to Karaoke song?
Anything country

Mary Batuwa

Facilities
When did you start attending Heartland?
November 2017

Favourite Bible verse:
Psalm 91

Any other interesting facts that you'd like to share with us?
I have a phobia for caterpillars. I’m glad that I haven’t seen any in Canada yet.

Michele Rypstra

Food Services Coordinator
bio coming soon!

Moriah Erbacker

Family Engagement Coordinator
When did you start attending Heartland?
At the beginning (2004)!

Favourite Heartland church memory:
I just LOVE living life in community.

What kinds of pets do you have?
I wish I had a dog.

Natalie Sanders

Communications - Media Coordinator
When did you start attending Heartland?
June 2019

What are some of the paid roles you have had at Heartland? 
This is my first paid role here, but I've been volunteering with the camera team since November 2019.

Favourite Bible verse:
Matthew 10:16 "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."

Raegan McElheran

Campus Ministries Team
bio coming soon!

Sam Johnston

Heartland Kids - Ministry Coordinator
When did you start attending Heartland?
October 2017

What's your go-to Karaoke song?
Love is an Open Door - Frozen

Do you have any unusual or hidden talents?
I can play 6 musical instruments.  (Not at the same time just to clarify.)
 

Sydney Courville

Youth - Associate Director
When did you start attending Heartland?
Sometime in 2012

What languages do you speak?
English and Spanish

Funniest church memory:
Stacking 5 female youth leaders onto a tube when we went sledding. Definitely one of the most terrifying but hilarious moments of my life.

Will cadwell

Heartland Kids -  Ministry Coordinator
When did you start attending Heartland?
September 2017

Funniest church memory:
Pulling pranks on Wade.

Favorite Heartland memory:
Nights of Worship

Will Wiens

Communications - Chief Storyteller
What are some other jobs you've had outside of church ministry?
Ice Cream Scooper Extraordinaire

Funniest church memory:
Lord Of The Rings Men's Retreat Video

Most embarrassing church memory:
Locking up the church when people were still inside working.

Yolande Tkachyk

Women's Ministry Assistant
When did you start attending Heartland?
July 2004

What languages do you speak?
English and French

Favourite Heartland church memory:
My husband Danny and I led youth when Heartland first started. We had so much fun hanging out with the junior high kids. Planning events and watching the kids learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus and each other.