Our Team

John Paul and Carolyn Westin


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.


Dave and Shirley Banks


Dave and Shirley have been members of SJV for over 20 years. They were on church leadership for over 10 years then stepped down to enjoy their many passions such as hiking, fishing, their grandchildren, (MacKenzie is pictured with them) canoeing, rebuilding and repairing canoes and opening their home to small groups with a particular emphasis on helping couples grow in their faith and strenthening their marriages. They make a point to reach out and connect with people one on one, offering friendship and support during difficult times.  

Dave and Shirley came back onto Leadership during our transition and continue to support and guide the team with their wisdom, discernment and great humour and their deep love for the Lord. We have been blessed by their willingness to support and guide us and their deep committment and love for Saint John Vineyard.


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.  Paulette brings a calm, gentle strength and a gift of discernment that is appreciated by all.


Wendy Pottle 

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Wendy has been a happy part of our community for over eight years and part of the Vineyard family for 18 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 our Outflow community supper each Monday. 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 five years, but have been connected to the wider Vineyard family for over twenty years. They are also part of the regional team for Vineyard Canada. 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 over 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, Zion and Zephaniah.