Charles is the Lead Pastor at WestPark and he and his family are transplants from the country below the border. They’ve lived in London since late 2013 and love it (minus the weather in Feb/March and milk in a bag). He loves to learn and is somewhat a professional student with 4 degrees and contemplating a fifth.
Charles and his wife Sherryl have been married for 39 years and they have three adult children and 2 grandchildren he says are the cutest and smartest grandkids north or south of the border. He loves to read and he and his wife are hooked on the reality TV show Alone. He also loves the reality show The Last Alaskans about people who live off the grid. He repeatedly has asked Sherryl if she’d like to live in a cabin in Alaska or the Yukon one day. She said no.
Corey has been at WestPark since July 2014, and is in
charge of setting up the Sunday morning worship services at West Park. He is so thrilled to be a part of all that God is doing in growing people to become more deeply committed worshipers.
Corey is married to Caitlyn who works at compassion Canada, and they have 2 boys Campbell and Cieran. In his spare time Corey plays golf, and hockey, and loves to read, he is also a huge movie fanatic.
Neil oversees a diverse portfolio which includes all adult age groups, discipleship, small groups, pastoral care and language congregations. He has been here since 2015 and is excited to see what God is doing in the lives of people. Neil loves to see people begin a brand new relationship with God, seeing them grow deeper in Christ and realize their destiny that God has given them. Neil has a Bachelor of Theology in Pastoral Ministry and has pastored in Ottawa, Toronto, England, Whitby and Woodstock in a variety of churches and ministries.
Neil loves spending his free time with his wife & kids, and loves to travel and explore new places.
Joe has been the associate pastor of the Chinese Ministries since March 2013. His primary functions include preaching/teaching, leading, and shepherding among our growing Mandarin-speaking congregation. Joe grew up in an atheistic home in Taiwan and came to the United States for graduate studies in computer science. After a successful career in that field, God graciously saved Joe and eventually called him into vocational ministry. He received a Master of Divinity from Overseas Theological Seminary in San Jose, California in 2004, then pastored for about six years at Monterey Chinese Christian Church in California and Chinese Christian Fellowship Church in Ann Arbor Michigan.
Joe serves alongside his wife Amy, and they have a young adult son. He enjoys exercising, watching sports, and singing/listening to
In addition to her role as Administrative Assistant to our Lead Pastor, Lorraine also focuses on Office Administration, supporting various ministries. Having been on staff since 2010, she is particularly excited about the direction of West Park’s ministry to our four language groups.
Since 2006, three generations of the Dykstra family have called West Park “home”. In the summer months, they enjoy relaxing and entertaining friends and extended family at their mobile home in Sauble Beach on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. In colder weather, the family enjoys cruising and winter travels to Florida and several islands in the Caribbean - especially Jamaica!
Kimberly joined the West Park Staff in May 2012. Kimberly gives solid leadership to our KidsMin Program from birth through grade 5. She has a passion to see kids come to know and love Jesus and grow in their faith and it shows!
Kimberly and her husband Ryan have three amazing kids that are serving Jesus around the world. Kimberly loves to laugh, read, take long walks with her husband and host events in their home.
John is the Associate Pastor of Students ministries and has been on staff since 2015. He works with students from grades 6-12. He is really excited about the difference that youth can make and is very eager to see them live their lives for the glory of God. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Theology program at Emmanuel Bible College. John has always been passionate about working with youth and has done so since grade seven.
John met his wife Rebecca at church and it didn't take long for them to see their future together. John and Rebecca were married in the summer of 2016. John's two favourite hobbies are sports and music although given the choice he will pick hockey.
Alba is the Part-Time Children’s Ministries Administrative Assistant at WestPark Church. She has been volunteering in kids’ ministries for the last 22 years and worked as a teacher, kids’ program coordinator and also a principal of a private Christian School. She has been involved in our KidsWalk ministry for the past few months and is pleased to witness how kid’s lives are impacted and transformed by God’s love. Besides doing the behind the scenes work, Alba enjoys to teach, socialize, meet new people and strengthen relationships within the WestPark family.
Alba loves to spend quality time with her husband Ben, her daughter Shannon and her son Benjamin. She also likes going to the beach and watch movies with her family.
You can call him Mark - his name is Mwaffak Namourh. Mark came to Canada with his family (wife and two kids) as Syrian refugees. But, before that happened, Mark and his wife were praying that the Lord would open the door for them in Canada to serve Him. That’s why they have been here at WestPark since July (2017), because the Lord called them to pastor the Arabic congregation here. Their goal is to convey the knowledge of the glory of God through the Gospel of Christ among Arabic speakers of all backgrounds in London, Ontario.
Mark loves to spend his time reading theological books and visiting countryside places. He has a certificate of art in theology and hopes to continue his study in the future.
Kevin is very excited about his role at West Park and has been part of the church since April 2015. He oversees children/youth/young adult/family ministries as well as local and global outreach. Kevin has a Bachelor of Theology specializing in leadership and has had the privilege of serving in church ministry for 24 years including student ministries, leadership development, preaching and leading worship, as well as leading several mission trips.
In his spare time, Kevin enjoys spending family time with his wife Kylie and their five children, Kaden, Jayla and Mekhi, Caroline, and Ava. One of their favourite things to do is go fishing together, catch big fish, and brag about it on social media :)
Galen Trafford is our Director of Tech Ministries and has been serving at West Park Church since Spring of 2013. Galen studied Audio Engineering at The MetalWorks Institute and spent time working in corporate staging and AV sales. Galen’s position includes managing the AV needs for the church to ensure that all ministries are well equipped. He also leads the Worship Tech team for Sunday mornings and manages IT, maintaining computers, network, phones etc.
Galen is married to Andrea and has 2 sons, Grady and Brychan. He is often called an “old soul” for his appreciation for classic movies and rock n’ roll.
Jackie Shaw has been on staff since 2003. She has held several different roles and is currently the Bookkeeper and Facilities Coordinator. Her bookkeeping responsibilities include the day to day recording of financial transactions, processing donations in preparation for year-end contribution receipts, and maintaining an accurate church family database. Jackie is also responsible for the church calendar bookings and coordinating of events.
Jackie began attending West Park with her family at the age of 8. West Park has been instrumental in her life and walk with the Lord. Jackie and her husband Rob have three children (Lauren, Claire, and Noah). It brings her joy to see them grow in their faith and now serve in the ministries at West Park.
Pastor Mario joined West Park in September 2015. On December 6th of the same year, the Spanish Ministry was launched. Under Pastor Mario’s leadership, the ministry has grown numerically, and spiritually. What excites him the most is the fact that WestPark has become a hub for multicultural integration, and at the same time, the opportunity to grow is endless. Pastor Mario has a Bachelor in Theology from the College of Theology in El Salvador.
Mario is married to Angelica Munguia and has two wonderful children, Angelica Belen and Mario Josue. They enjoy doing ministry together inside and outside of the church.
Carole’s role is director of connections and local outreach. She loves connecting newcomers into life at West Park where they can find a place to belong and grow. She is passionate about seeing WestPark church play an active role in our community as we individually and corporately live out the Great Commandment to love our neighbours as ourselves. Carole and her family have been attending West Park for 20 years and loved being part of the ‘old church’ on Royal York Rd. and the transition to the new. Carole attended the University of Waterloo, receiving an honours BA in Social Development Studies and has worked in a variety of fields encouraging, supporting and connecting children and adults.
Carole and Alex have 4 grown children and she loves spending time with them, their spouses, partners and children. In her free time, she enjoys walks, good coffee, books, exercise and family.
Stephanie is the Part-Time Graphic Communications Specialist at WestPark Church. She has an Advanced Diploma from Fanshawe College in Graphic Design. Stephanie is in charge of web communications, e-news campaigns, sermon and ministry graphics among other things. She has worked at Youth for Christ for three summers and is grateful to be able to witness how God is using her skills and talents to glorify him on her faith and adult journey.
Stephanie dabbles in a little photography here and there, always starts her day off with an iced coffee, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.