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Our  Team

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth."
   
                                            —2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)

We believe the New Testament teaches that God’s pattern for the governance of the local church is a plurality of biblically qualified male elders who serve as the spiritual shepherds or pastors of the flock. The term “pastor,” “elder” and “overseer” are used interchangeably in the New Testament to describe the leaders of God’s church. Paul instructed Titus to appoint not just one elder but multiple elders in every town (Titus 1:5). Paul and Barnabas at the conclusion of their first missionary journey appointed multiple elders—not just one—in all the churches that they planted (Acts 14:23). Elders must be qualified according the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 and have a significant role to play in terms of caring for God’s people. Whether this is in being responsible for finances (Acts 11:30), engaging in theological discussion (Acts 15:2,4,6,22-23), ensuring that God’s Word is properly applied (Acts 16:4), or praying for the sick (James 5:16), they are responsible to God who appointed them to watch over His sheep (Acts 20:28).

Pastors-Elders.

Samuel Chua
Pastor Samuel Chua

Lead Pastor

Samuel Chua

Sam Chua (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the lead pastor. Sam was born and raised in Burnaby and has a heart to see God’s Word faithfully preached from pulpits in every part of the city. He is married to Esther and they have four children. Prior to entering pastoral ministry, Sam worked in industry as a computer engineer and then as a graduate student researcher at The University of British Columbia.

Mike Parsons

Pastor-Elder

Mike Parsons

Mike has served as an elder at Westlynn for many years and has also been involved in pastoral ministry for several decades. Mike and his wife Pearl, have a passion for prayer and can often be found leading times of prayer and encouraging others to pray.

Hamish Buntain

Pastor-Elder (sabbatical)

Hamish Buntain

Hamish has served at Westlynn since 2002 in various different roles. Hamish has served in pastoral ministry for over three decades and is currently working for our denomination as the regional ministry leader for the CNBC Westcoast and loves not only pastoring but also pastoring pastors. He is married to Cindy.

David Gileff

Pastor-Elder

David Gileff

David has served as an elder and in ministry for many years both in Westlynn and in his previous church. By day he works as a lawyer, but he also invests a significant amount of time in serving the Russian Language Ministry of our church as well as using his accordion-playing skills in corporate worship. He is married to Taya and together they have six children.

Markos Fehr

Pastoral Apprentice

Markos Fehr

Markos, not Marcos and not Marcus, has served as a pastoral apprentice at Westlynn since January 2024. He is also currently in the process of finishing his Master of Divinity degree (M.Div). He has a heart for missions and seeing the Gospel go to the unreached, especially in Nepal.

David Gileff
Markos Fehr

Servants of the church at Westlynn.

Janet Campbell
Janet Campbell
Administrator

Janet Campbell

Janet Campbell
Kitchen

Kim Cleland

Janet Campbell
Men's Ministry

Clive Burslem

Janet Campbell
Children's Ministry

Damian Yap

Janet Campbell
Finance

Alex Vergeychik

Janet Campbell
Food Program

Lai W.

Janet Campbell
Building

Casey Cleland

Janet Campbell
Worship

Yuji Stobbe

Janet Campbell
ESL Classes

Scott N.

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