Rev. Dr. J. Mark Lewis - Lead Minister
The Rev. Dr. J Mark Lewis was born in South Wales and came to Canada as a child when his Father, the Rev. T. J. Lewis was called to a Presbyterian charge in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Mark is a graduate of McMaster University (Philosophy), and Knox College (Theology) at the University of Toronto. He has served as a prison chaplain and a pastoral minister in Ontario and Nova Scotia. During his ministry in Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunnville he was elected "Citizen of the Year" in that community in recognition of his volunteer service to the Fire Department, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian Cancer Society and several other community organizations. In 2014 Knox College at the university of Toronto conferred on Mark the honorary degree Doctor of Divinity.
Mark was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 2002. He has served as Vice-Convener and Convener of the National Assembly Council, Convener of the National Long Range Planning Committee and the National Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee. He continues to serve the National Church as a member of the Canadian Christian-Jewish Consultation and the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission of Canada. In 2013 Mark was elected moderator of the Presbytery of Waterloo-Wellington, the largest Presbytery in Canada.
Mark has traveled in Palestine/Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Africa and Mexico on various human rights initiatives for the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He has a keen interest in the Arab/Israeli conflict and in the effects of NAFTA on the indigenous people of Mexico. Mark loves to create worship that is marked by much joy and punctuated by lots of laughter. The "Children's Story" time in worship has always been important to Mark, and the members of St. Andrew's love to see the children welcomed into the service and engaged in the corporate worship with joy and enthusiasm.
Mark is married to Donna Fitzpatrick; they have three adult children, Ruth, Anna and Samuel. Donna is a Scientific Director and Senior Research Coordinator at McMaster University in Hamilton.
Mark enjoys carpentry, auto mechanics, fishing, singing, impersonating Elvis, song-writing, guitar playing, restoring vintage outboard motors and spending time at his cottage in Nova Scotia on the Atlantic Coast of Canada.
Mark's vision for the future of St. Andrew's is a church overflowing with people of all ages; a church filled with God's Holy Spirit; a church where everyone grows in faith and commitment; a church filled with missionary zeal; a joyful community seeking the will of God!
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The Rev. Greg Smith- Associate Minister of Pastoral Care
Greg was ordained and inducted at St. Andrew's on Sunday, February 14-Valentine's Day-2016, so we know his ministry will be filled with Love! Greg oversees all our ministries of Pastoral Care. To contact Greg call 519-578-4430 ext.216 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Haas - Organist
Douglas Haas studied piano with Earl Moss at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and organ privately with Frederick Geoghegan until 1958. He continued organ training with Fernando Germani at the Academy of St Cecilia in Rome, and served from 1959-60 as organist at All Saints Anglican Church in Rome. Studies followed at the Academy of Music in Stuttgart (where he was organist at the Johanneskirche) and with Anton Heiller at the Haarlem Academy in Holland. Douglas returned to Canada in 1967 as music director at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kitchener, where he has commissioned, composed, and performed many new works, played in weekly noon-hour recitals, and acted as host to an international organists' concert series.
He founded in 1968, and conducted until 1972, the Kitchener Bach Choir. In 1975 he founded at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church the free Wednesday Noon-Hour Concert series, now in its 40th year, and continues as Artistic Director. Haas has performed on tour in Canada, the USA, England, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany, Malta and Switzerland, and has been a guest artist with the Canadian Brass, the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, the Toronto Consort, the London SO (Orchestra London), the Stuttgart Bach Collegium, and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Douglas has recorded and has appeared frequently on radio and TV. He joined the auxiliary faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University in 1976 and of Conrad Grebel College of the University of Waterloo in 1982, teaching organ, harpsichord and fortepiano. He has been accompanist of the Cambridge Girls' Choir and of Kitchener-Waterloo's Renaissance Singers. In 1992 Douglas Haas received the Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Award for musical excellence. In 2011 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (FRCCO), honoris causa, for his significant contribution to expanding the repertoire and appreciation of the pipe organ. In 2012 and 2014, he served as instructor/clinician for the RCCO-sponsored Waterloo Pipe Organ Week, a hands-on summer experience for youth.
Ann-Marie MacDairmid - Assistant Organist
Lauren Wasyluk - Christian Education Coordinator
Lauren Wasyluk is the Christian Education Coordinator at St. Andrew’s Church. Lauren has been a part of the St. Andrew’s family since she was baptized as a baby. She has been a part of various aspects of church life including Sunday School, Camp K, Special Events and Youth Leadership. In 2012 Lauren married Mike Wasyluk (our Youth & Young Adults Leader), and they now live with their two 14-year old tabby cats Bud & Scout. Lauren is passionate about do-it-yourself projects, fitness, and cooking healthy vegan meals. Lauren graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Legal Studies and Business Co-op. Lauren is continuing her education by completing the Lay Certificate Program through Knox College.
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Mike Wasyluk - Youth Leader & Young Adults Leader
Mike Wasyluk is the Youth Leader and Young Adults Leader at St. Andrew's Church. Mike has over 10 years of youth ministry experience. Originally from Niagara Falls, Mike began his ministry carrier at Glengate Alliance Church first as an intern and then as the Youth Pastor for 3 years. Mike began his ministry at St. Andrew's in 2011 after he made the permanent move to Kitchener. Mike has a passion for working with young people, he enjoys helping them grow into faithful and strong Christian role models for our community. Outside of the church, Mike works full time as the owner-operator of Wasyluk Lawn & Garden.
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Tyler Loveman - Assistant Youth Leader
Shelley Wiens - Office Coordinator
Shelley Wiens was baptized and attended Sunday School at St. Andrew's. She has a diploma in Agriculture Business Management. She has worked on many different types of farms. She was a Sunday School teacher for 13 years here at St. Andrew's. Shelley was hired by St. Andrew's in August of 2005. Her duties include administrative assistance and secretarial support to St. Andrews Session and Committees of Session, assistance to the ministers and staff and any other duties in order to ensure that the church office/ community runs smoothly. Shelley enjoys her family, cooking, gardening, exercise, fishing and reading.
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Tina Sawatzky - Book keeper
I was hired as the bookkeeper in September 2006. Some of my duties are; payroll, counting and receipting the weekly givings, also, the pre-authorized withdrawals monthly.
I enjoy working, cooking, exercise, reading and spending time with my husband, children & grandchildren.
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Rosemary Nyamori - Administrator
Most people call me Rose. I love God for without Him I am nothing. I'm very thankful for St. Andrews Presbyterian church family for granting me this opportunity to serve the church.
I have worked in various places and countries including 5 years in Denmark where I attained a bachelor's degree in Architectural Technology Project Management which incorporates strategic planning, accounting and human resource. They gave me a nickname "jack of all trades," because while I enjoyed rolling my sleeves and getting my hands dirty, I also had to manage the operations of the company from dealing with day to day administration work to meeting with clients and assisting in payroll.
During my off days from St. Andrew's I love volunteering serving the young generation by mentoring them to realize their God given destiny. The stories and wisdom I share with them come from spending time with seniors who always remind me "anyone who keeps learning stays young at heart." I love singing as my hobby and reading to increase my knowledge.
I really love working at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church with my colleagues, who are very kind and supportive. I'm excited and look forward to many more years to come, that the Lord will grant me, at St. Andrew's.
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James Sprung - Maintenance Supervisor
James Sprung Joined the St. Andrew's team in July of 2011. James came to St. Andrew's after a decade of service at neighbouring Zion Church. James brings many years of building operations, maintenance and supervisory experience to St. Andrew's.
His favorite hobby is Audio engineering which fills much of his free time. He also does live sound reinforcement on weekends.
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Jeff Berry - Maintenance Team
Jeff Berry has been a long time custodian at St. Andrew's. He is a hard worker and is a member of St. Andrew's Church.Jeffery's hobby is studying bridges all over the world and loves to listen to Jazz music.
Mike Nash - Maintenance Team
Mike Nash has worked in various churches including Trinity United church and St. John's Lutheran as a custodian. He has many years of custodial experience. He is on property committee at St. Peter's Lutheran church. Currently works at St. Andrews as a part time custodian.
As a hobby he loves to make frequent shopping trips to the USA with his wife. He has trailer that he loves to go during his summer.
Sydney Spidell - Camp Kummoniwannago Director
Sydney Spidell - known to camp people as Dorii - was baptized at St Andrew's and has been a part of the church ever since. Sydney began her camp career at the KWYMCA Camps as a Leader in Training and followed that with many years on staff at Camp Ki-Wa-Y and Camp Kummoniwannago as a counsellor, and Fraser Lake Camp as the administrator. After this taste of administration and management, Sydney returned to Camp K in 2015 as Critter Program Coordinator, then Explorer Program Coordinator in 2016. She took over the position of Camp Director from Kailey Haddock who left a wonderful legacy to follow. Sydney is known for singing (even when she should be quiet), dancing (even when she hasn't yet had caffeine), and giving excellent hugs. She believes camp has the power to create strong, loving, and engaged people, and strives to help it along in this mission. When not in a camp t-shirt, Sydney loves to spend her money on shiny things, read books with big words, and look at her cat, Berlioz, because he is the most beautiful creature alive (next to her, of course.)