LEADERSHIP

Jon Pasiuk, Lead Pastor

Where are you from Jon?

Born and raised in B.C., I spent most of the last decade in Chilliwack.

What brought you to Whistler?

By the time I finished High School I began to feel that God was calling me to work in the church. That took me to Briercrest and Trinity Western (shout out to all General Studies Undergrads!), then eventually on to an M.A. (Liberty Theological Seminary) and a M.Div (Briercrest Seminary). I learned a lot in my first few years of pastoral ministry and was mentored by some very fine people at The Life Centre and Northview Community Church in Abbotsford. In October 2014, God brought Stephanie, Natalia and myself to Whistler to serve his kingdom here and make this our new home.

What are you about?

I want people to know Jesus- not to just believe that He exists or that He really did everything that the Bible says He did, but to know that everything Jesus is about is good news for us. I want people to know that every time we gather, worship, give, serve and say yes to Him and no to sin, we are doing what we were made to do. When Jesus is our master, we are in good hands and He will look after us far better than we ever can trying to manage on our own.

What should people know about you?

I am a glutton for facts and information. I hate feeling ignorant and I would really like to have an encyclopedic knowledge of everything.

Where do you hang out?

I live in Cheakamus, so I can often be found at Camp Coffee. I also enjoy Purebread, but maybe a bit too much and its for the better if I don’t go there too often.  I also like to make sawdust in my wood shop when I have the time.

How to contact Jon:

jon@whistlerchurch.ca / (604) 798-3861

 

Our History:

Tim Unruh: Lead Pastor 1996-2013

Lamont Schmidt: Lead Pastor 1986-1995

Ray Wiens: Lead Pastor 1979-1986

 

Leadership Team 

Craig Smith

Where are you from Craig?

I am from Vancouver and I moved to Whistler in 1986 to teach at Myrtle Philip Community School.

How did you get involved with Whistler Community Church/ What is your current role?

My wife, Linda, and I are so thankful that we were able to raise our three wonderful children in Whistler. Our desire to have our family be connected to a loving church community brought us to WCC. Currently I serve on the board and as a member of the service host team.

Hope and vision for Whistler Community Church?

The word community provides such a vital description of who and what WCC is about and continually aspires to be. Our core group ebbs and flows through each season and this presents opportunities and challenges for us. My hope and vision for our church is that we continue to develop solid relationships ministering to people within our church, our many visitors, and to those in the larger Whistler community.

What should people know about you?

Linda and I are recently retired teachers and we are excited about what God has ahead for us! We look forward to continuing to serve others here and in other parts of the world.

Where do you hang out?

Outdoors with Linda, friends, and family as much as possible! Over the years, I have been involved in almost every outdoor activity BC has to offer. My involvement in sports and recreation allows me to follow my outdoor pursuits passion with others.

How to contact Craig:

clmemsmith@shaw.ca / 604 932 5566

 

Steve Antil

Where are you from Steve?

I’m originally from Abbotsford BC, my parents were from Minnesota, and they moved to Canada in 1969.Michelle and I joined the WCC shortly after moving to Whistler in 1996.

How did you get involved with Whistler Community Church/What is your current role?

We were new to the faith when we arrived here, and were looking for a solid Bible believing Church. Our first Pastor was Tim Unruh. Currently on the Leadership Team I am the moderator and both Michelle and I are quite involved in the Church out reach.

Hope and vision for Whistler Community Church? 

We have many hope and dreams for the WCC, but currently our desire is to see the Church reaching deeper into the greater community of Whistler both organically and through programs such as the Alpha Course. We desire to see Jesus made known to the people of Whistler.

What should people know about you?

In addition to the Church Michelle and I are very involved in the Whistler Community through our professional work. Michelle has been a Public High School teacher for the last 20 years, and I am currently the manager of Whistler’s Public Transit System.

How to contact Steve:

antil.steve@gmail.com

 

Bryan Reimer

Where are you from Bryan?

I grew up in the Vancouver area and moved to Whistler in 1999 to start a business and enjoy the many sports Whistler has to offer.

How did you get involved with Whistler Community Church/What is your current role?

After attending Whistler Church for a number of years he started serving on the leadership team in 2008 and as treasurer in 2012.

What should people know about you?

Bryan is married to the love of his life, Tanya and they have two children – Dustin and Megan. They enjoy opening up their home to share life, fellowship and meals with others. Their family loves to spend time in the outdoors snowboarding, mountain biking and RVing.

How to contact Bryan:

bryan@whistlerretreats.com

 

Nico Giuriato

Where are you from Nico?

I am from Vancouver and I moved to Whistler in 2018.

How did you get involved with Whistler Community Church/ What is your current role?

My wife, Kiersten, and I had thought about moving to Whistler, but we wanted to make sure there was a solid church we could get involved in. We were encouraged when we visit Whistler Church both times before moving here, and we quickly got involved once we moved. I currently serve on the church’s leadership team as a Deacon.

Hope and vision for Whistler Community Church?

My hope and vision for our church is simply that we would all walk with God as we were created to do, and show everyone around us how great God is by the way we live. This plays out in many ways, but the principle is uncomplicated.

What should people know about you?

I’m a type ‘A’ personality. In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, biking and cooking. I’m always willing to engage in deep discussion, especially around God and the Bible.

Where do you hang out?

Anywhere and everywhere! I mostly work from home, so I make an effort to get outside in the trails and on the slopes.

How to contact Nico:

nicogiuriato@gmail.com

 

Ann Spence

Where are you from Ann?

Born in Ontario.  Spent my childhood/teenage years in Etobicoke/Toronto.

What brought you to Whistler?

Drove my empty car out to BC/Whistler to visit my one friend living out west, initially just for the summer of 1982. Never went back to Ontario!  This is common trait amongst us long time locals, who landed in whistler, fell in love with the beauty and lifestyle plus could find a way to afford to live here. That still happens today!

What are you about?

From an early age, I’ve always been independent & an entrepreneur.  Golden Dreams B&B has been my lifestyle business here since 1987.  It is a natural fit with my gifts of hospitality, and serving.
I enjoy a range of friendship circles & am very active, partaking in many seasonal sports & activities. Also love traveling & adventures!
We now have 2 independent adult children , who we raised here in Whistler.
As I edge closer to retirement, this will now allow me more time to use in serving the Lord here in WCC.

What should people know about you?

Most recently I’ve been honoured& humbled to be accepted onto the WCC leadership team.  (Oct2020). I look forward to contributing my administration skills & organizational talents.   I am very excited about the opportunities that our new permanent church building will offer WCC & to use my natural gifts to grow our church community, as well as continue to personally grow in a closer relationship with Jesus.
With God’s leading & through prayer, I look forward to serving to further His kingdom here in Whistler.

Where do you hang out?

I’m a homebody!  I can usually be found puttering in house or my gardens – flower & vegetable – either here in Whistler or in HalfmoonBay crafting, sewing and exploring by kayak. Alternately, I am often out and about exploring on my bike or running errands with bike & basket.

How to contact Ann:

ann@whistlerchurch.ca