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 intro's when I was the youth direction. 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

Jordan Regier

Pastor of Young Adults
When did you start attending Heartland?
I was too young to remember.

Most embarrassing church memory:
When I said, "Be ... gone?" because my mind went blank when dismissing the service in the East.

If you have kids, how many kids do you have?
Just one, due in March.

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 & Worship Arts
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 Children, 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

Austin Norlin

Refuge Off-Campus Ministries Coordinator
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

Alex Crawford

Administrative Assistant

Byron Gardiner

Facility Coordinator
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.
bio coming soon!

Cole McElheran

Ministry Coordinator - Kids & Youth Worship

Darla Lemke

Small Groups & Guest Services - Ministry Assistant

Emily Kirk

Heartland Kids - Curriculum 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!
When did you start attending Heartland?
October 2014

What languages do you speak?
English and German

Favourite Heartland church memory:
Heartland Kids' volunteer picnic
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

JaCQui koop

Administrative Assistant
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)

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 - Coordinator
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

Campus Ministries Team
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

Michele Rypstra

Moriah Erbacker

Facilities
Food Services Coordinator
Kids, Youth and Family Engagement Coordinator
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.
bio coming soon!
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.

Raegan McElheran

Campus Ministries Team
bio coming soon!

Sydney Courville

Associate Director of Youth
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 Wiens

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

Ministry Assistant—Women
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.