Our Team

John Paul and Carolyn Westin

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The Leadership Team wholeheartedly affirms  the call of John Paul Westin to the role of Lead Pastor of Saint John Vineyard and believes that God has many great things in store for us as a community under the leadership of John Paul and Carolyn Westin.

John Paul brings many years of experience, a heart for the poor,  and a clear call to grow and deepen in both his own ability to walk as a follower of Jesus and to help us to do the same by guiding us in a ways of spiritual renewal that is both practicable and fitting to the challenges and possibilities of our busy lives.

Carolyn and John Paul Westin met and fell in love while studying theology together in Toronto. They were married after graduation and have lived and served in Anglican and Lutheran congregations in three countries, coming to Saint John in 2013 from St. John's NL where they had been for 12 yrs.

Carolyn is a counsellor therapist and John Paul will now co-pastor Saint John Vineyard and St. John's (Stone) Church. They live in the South End, have three grown daughters (Anna, Miriam and Lucia) and a golden doodle (Harry), and are excited to see and be part of what Christ is doing to open the kingdom of God to our city.

 

Paulette Robertson

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Paulette is the newest member of our Leadership Team and has been an active member of SJV for nearly four years. She has led home groups, was active in our Compassion Ministry and now oversees our Prayer Ministry, launching both our Monday morning prayer group and our Tuesday evening prayer group. Paulette is married to Paul and they have three grown children and three wonderful grandchildren. Paulette loves coffee, deep conversations and her passion for prayer is contagious to everyone around her.  

 

 

Wendy Pottle

Pottle, Wendy bwWendy has been a happy part of our community for over seven years and part of the Vineyard family for 17 years. She has a heart for the poor and marginalized and a strong passion for prayer. Wendy works part-time as our Office Administrator coordinating all of the church's communications and behind the scenes operations, while providing support to the Pastor and assisting the ministry leaders of Saint John Vineyard. In addition to her adminstrative role, Wendy serves on the Leadership Team and leads our Compassion Ministry, which includes our Food Pantry and Outflow. Wendy and her husband Andrew, have four amazing children Ben, Sam, Jack and Ella.

 

Kurt & Katie Frank

FranksKurt and Katie have been a part of the SJV community for over four years, but have been connected to the wider Vineyard family for over nineteen years. Besides serving on our Leadership Team, Kurt and Katie are a vital part of our children's ministry and Kurt serves on the Teaching Team and oversees our worship community. The Franks bring gifts of leadership, teaching and administration to the roles they have at SJV. They are a picture of faithful perseverance and love to laugh and make people laugh! Kurt and Katie have three children: Sam, Olive and Lucas.

 

Katie Bestvater

KatieKatie moved to Saint John a few years ago and got connected to SJV shortly afterwards. Katie uses her gifts of teaching, leadership and musical talents as she participates on the Leadership Team, Chairperson of our Board,  worship ministry, children's ministry and as well, often leads a small group. Yup, she pretty much does it all!

 

 

Nathanael & Jade Müller

Muller, Nathanael & Jade edit (2)The Müllers have been attending SJV for nearly five years. Nathanael and Jade use their gifts of faith, leadership, shepherding and prayer as they faithfully serve on the Leadership Team, Nathanael on the Teaching Team and they both participate in the children's ministry. In addition to these more visible roles, the Müllers often meet with people one-on-one to encourage, support and pray for them. Nathanael and Jade have four children: Eleora, Ezra and Zion and new baby boy Zephaniah Silas.