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Alice Lee

Finance/HR/Elder's Assistant

Alice Lee

Finance/HR/Elder's Assistant

I have the privilege of working behind the scenes with all things related to numbers.  I enjoy doing the bookkeeping for Creekside Church and I also am the Assistant to the Board and Elder Teams.  I have been on staff since 2007 and look forward to many more years of working with my fellow staffers!

I truly believe God has put me in this role…who would have ever thought that I would be in a finance role when my background includes a Bachelor of Science with a double minor in Chemistry and Math!  I also believe God has a great sense of humour and chuckles when He sees me in this role and not in a lab.

I share life with an amazing husband and two terrific sons.  I love all things peanut butter…peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter icecream, peanut butter balls, peanut butter cups…did I miss anything?

Jeff Austen

Adult & LifeGroups Pastor

Jeff Austen

Adult & LifeGroups Pastor

I'm the LifeGroups and Adult Ministries guy at Creekside.  I get to help people grow their relationship with God and others through LifeGroups and learning more about God and following Jesus through classes.  I also get to help give care to people who are going through difficult times.

I love seeing people take next steps in their walk with Jesus.  This happens best when we're connected with other people who have the same goal.  That's why I'm so fired up about LifeGroups.   LifeGroups are the ideal place to grow as followers of Jesus.   In LifeGroup you learn together about how to live out Jesus' teachings in the Bible and you pray for and encourage each other along the way.  It doesn't get any better than that!

I have a beautiful wife, Merlene, whom I've been married to for 25 years!  We have two fun-loving, energy filled daughters, Bethany and Georgia.  We live on a property in the country about 15 minutes west of Waterloo.  We have a big garden and even have chickens and collect our own eggs!  I love hanging out with Merlene and the girls whenever we can, playing board games, watching movies -  I'm the in house comedian and impromptu singer!   My sweet spot is out on my bike, cycling on the amazing country roads around our home.

Jen Warkentin

Celebrate Recovery Creekside Co-Ministry Leader

Jen Warkentin

Celebrate Recovery Creekside Co-Ministry Leader

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Carolyn Burge

Children's Pastor

Carolyn Burge

Children's Pastor

I am in charge of Kids Ministry at Creekside.  I oversee an amazing team of volunteers who help kids have a great experience while they are at Creekside.  We are all about helping kids Follow Jesus, Love God, and Love People.  I have been a Kids Pastor for 20 years.  I also teach 2 Children’s Ministry Courses at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener.

Investing in Kids is an eternal investment. Being able to teach people about Jesus while they are young energizes me!  I love to see the transformation in kids lives as they learn about Jesus and how much He loves them.

I am married to Chris Burge who is the Executive Pastor at Creekside.  We have 2 amazing teenagers.  I love to visit Disney World as often as possible and work on making quilts in my spare time.

Chris Burge

Executive Pastor

Chris Burge

Executive Pastor

My name is Chris Burge and I am the Executive Pastor.

I am thrilled to help everyone at Creekside accomplish all we are called to be on in the Waterloo region.

I enjoy the opportunity to escape from winter as much as possible and love the Chicago Bears.

Deb Jones

Director of Celebrate Recovery

Deb Jones

Director of Celebrate Recovery

I’m Deb Jones and I get to serve as the Director for Celebrate Recovery here at Creekside.  I was a banker before joining the Creekside staff in 2007.  I still like to play with money, but love investing in people’s lives way more!

I’m married to Rick; we have 2 sons and a grandson.  One of my greatest delights is to be gathered around the table with our family.

Garrett Roussy

Custodian

Garrett Roussy

Custodian

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Hector Pineda

Jr High Pastor

Hector Pineda

Jr High Pastor

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Paul Williams

Communications Pastor

Paul Williams

Communications Pastor

Paul had joined the Creekside family in 2015 as the Communications Pastor.  Which include oversight to many visual graphics, videos and includes our Online Campus.  It his joy to be able to use technology to help advance God's kingdom.

Paul has been married to Kristin since 2007 and so far have one little joyful daughter named Gabi.  They are the joy of his life.  When he's not at work or at home, Paul fills his time playing football or browsing the aisles at high-tech stores.

Jenn Kuenzler

Custodian

Jenn Kuenzler

Custodian

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Ken Taylor

Teaching Pastor

Ken Taylor

Teaching Pastor

Ken has been a part of Creekside since the very beginning.  He’s had the joy of watching God do way more than he ever anticipated in his life and in the life of the church.  Ken’s primary roles at Creekside are teaching and leading.  He also loves mentoring leaders.  Nothing fires him up like seeing God change a life.

So far, he and his wife Carol have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. (The “so far” is about the grandchildren and not the children!)  He is a rabid, engaged, fired up, off-the-charts basketball fan and thinks that all other sports are for sissies.  Go Raptors!  He loves renovating his home and helping his kids reno theirs.  He is also a big bookworm, reading everything from history to biography to theology.

You can listen to him every Thursday evening at 7:30p on Engage Life at Faith FM 93.7.  Check out his personal website at kentaylor.ca.

Laura Moyer

Ministry Support Team Assistant

Laura Moyer

Ministry Support Team Assistant

JOYFUL believer in Jesus Christ who is so blessed to have been able to work at Creekside over the last ten years.  Over those years my responsibilities have changed as the need arises, but have always remained the face people see when coming to reception, the voice they hear when calling, and the one who responds to their email inquiries.

What a place to work!  I love being able to pray at my desk, listen to worship music, and talk about what God is doing with others.  I really love engaging with people.  I love being able to assist with their requests and needs.  I love being able to help staff with their many requests. I love helping and encouraging people (and sometimes use the word “love” too much).

I really enjoy the outdoors. Over the summer you’ll find me off camping in a tent with my husband, taking in God’s awesome creation, going on long walks on the beach, swimming, kayaking, biking, and playing games.  In the winter, I am delighted by vacations in the sun and sand.  We recently we started exploring other parts of Canada and absolutely love the adventure.

If only I could figure out how to move my office outside (or at least get a window)!

Nat Evans

Youth & Young Adults Pastor

Nat Evans

Youth & Young Adults Pastor

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Hilary Hawley

Director of Kid's Outreach

Hilary Hawley

Director of Kid's Outreach

Hilary directs kid’s ministry at Kitchener campus. She leads the playground ministry and special family events, as well as taking care of all aspects of Sunday morning programming.

She loves welcoming new families and helping them find their place. She has been leading in kid’s ministry for 20 years and has been at Creekside since 2016.

She is passionate about giving kids an opportunity to discover Jesus’ love for themselves and is excited to play a part in shaping the next generation of God’s family. Hilary enjoys meeting people and hearing their stories. Stop by and introduce yourself.

When she’s not doing kid’s ministry, you’ll find her reading cookbooks, looking for recipes to try out on her unsuspecting husband and kids. On the top of her bucket list is traveling to every continent.

Rob Gast

Outreach & Welcome

Rob Gast

Outreach & Welcome

Rob Gast has been part of the staff at Creekside since 2004.  For 12 years he led the Worship and Arts teams, before transitioning in 2016 to oversee our Welcome teams as well as Creekside’s Local and Global Outreach.   He’s grateful to have been a part of seeing Creekside grow and change over the years.

Rob loves to see people working together to accomplish great things for Jesus.  He believes each person has a part in helping to make Creekside a great place to be, and when you find that place that is your fit, God uses you in powerful ways to build His Kingdom!

Rob and Carina and their two girls love to travel, love the outdoors, and spending time together with family and friends.  Rob is also known as the Star Wars expert on staff, loves coffee, BBQs, books, and board games of all kinds.  He also loves continuing to discover more about the Bible.

Terri Giilck

Ministry Team Support Assistant

Terri Giilck

Ministry Team Support Assistant

Tim Hyjek

Kitchener Campus Pastor

Tim Hyjek

Kitchener Campus Pastor

I give leadership to the Creekside Kitchener Campus.  Previous to Creekside, I spent 16 years in pastoral leadership at two churches in the Waterloo Region.

All of us need something in life. I’m convinced Jesus is that first and most important thing.  So, it’s a blast to be part of a movement where people realize and experience life change through Jesus.

My wife and two children are the most amazing gifts!  That’s my priority away from church leadership.  I believe sports and food go together anytime all the time, so chances are I’m hanging out watching the big game munching on Smartfood Popcorn whenever I have the opportunity!

Tom Scott

Head Custodian of Campus Operations

Tom Scott

Head Custodian of Campus Operations

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Wendy Authier

Celebrate Recovery Creekside Co-Ministry Leader

Wendy Authier

Celebrate Recovery Creekside Co-Ministry Leader

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Wendy Martin

Care Coordinator & Adult Ministry Assistant

Wendy Martin

Care Coordinator & Adult Ministry Assistant

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Josh Barbour

Worship Pastor

Josh Barbour

Worship Pastor

I am the worship director here at Creekside. I have been in full-time ministry for close to 5 years. Before ministry I played in a christian rock band called hearts in stereo, we played hundreds of shows all across Canada, it was a very important time in my life and allowed me to develop the skills I have today. I’ve always loved music but started a little late, when I was 20 actually, I picked up the guitar to impress girls at bible college, it absolutely did not work, so I would suggest against that. But God uses everything for His glory and here we are today!
I love leading worship, I love the privilege and freedom we have to do it in this amazing church. I love to get excited about what God has done and is doing in our lives. I get so excited when I see people worshipping God on Sunday. What an honour it is to use my abilities to serve and praise God as my full-time job!
I am married and we have 4 kids, 2, 5, 11 &15. We also have 3 cats and a dog. Life can get a bit crazy with the ages spread that far. But we love it and life goes by so fast.
I also once went to the price is right when Bob Barker was still there, so there’s that too.

Shane Pegg

Elder

Shane Pegg

Elder

Deb Snider

Elder Chair

Deb Snider

Elder Chair

Phil Baker

Elder

Phil Baker

Elder

Richard Magnussen

Elder

Richard Magnussen

Elder

Ruth Malinowski

Elder

Ruth Malinowski

Elder

Richard Kat

Elder

Richard Kat

Elder