Jon Pasiuk, Lead Pastor
Where are you from Jon?
Originally from the Fraser Valley, we've been in Whistler since 2014.
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 an 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 it’s for the better if I don't go there too often. I also like to make sawdust in my woodshop when I have the time.
How to contact Jon: jon@whistlerchurch/604.798.3861
David Gibson, Executive Pastor
Previous Lead Pastors
Tim Unruh: 1996-2013
Lamont Schmidt: 1986-1995
Ray Wiens: 1979-1986
Steve Antil, LEadership Team
Where are you from? 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. Both Michelle and I are quite involved at church.
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 is a recently retired Public High School teacher, and I am currently the manager of Whistler's Public Transit System.
How to contact Steve
Ann Spence, Leadership Team
Where are you from? Originally from the big city of Toronto. Came out west to visit a friend “for the summer” &
never went back. Loved Whistler from the moment I arrived! Sound familiar?
How did you get involved with Whistler Community Church/what is your current role? My faithful mother, Stella, prayed for me for 11 years. I started attending WCC since my 2 children were toddlers. It just felt right to bring them but for me it was only about the music. I was finally baptized by former Pastor Tim Unruh in June 1997. I’d attend ladies luncheons, taught Sunday school, became the Service Hosting team leader and supervised our coffee service. Later I stepped up as an emcee & scheduler. Since September 2021, I have become a member of our Leadership Team. Started with communications & now include treasurer role.
Hope and vision for Community Church? With the blessing of a new church building, I am keen to start new outreach programs that offer support of Godly vision/knowledge to our Whistler Community. The hope is to grow our community of believers & church members through outreach & mentorship.
What should people know about you? For 33 years I ran a successful B&B plus property management business. When Covid came along, I couldn’t host in our home. Retiring the B&B was simply the Lord’s good timing for me to step into church leadership& continue to use the gifts He’s given.
Where do you hang out? I love to enjoy our beautiful outdoors! Often I’m being active: either riding my bike, hiking or golfing to downhill or XC skiing. Of course, there’s always something to do in my gardens too!
How can you contact me? Ann@whistlerchurch.ca
Nico Giuriato, leadership team
Where are you from? Originally from Vancouver. My wife and I moved to Whistler in late 2018.
How did you get involved with Whistler Community Church/what is your current role? Before moving to Whistler, we came to a couple services, and we starting attending regularly as soon as we settled here. I currently serve in a variety of ways including helping around our building, leading men's Bible studies and helping with services.
Hope and vision for Community Church? My hope and vision is to see people commit themselves to following God, so that they would find true life, and God would be glorified.
What should people know about you? I'm always keen for a discussion about God, theology, philosophy. I appreciate being able to think deeply, and thinking about different points of view.
Where do you hang out? In the mountains, in the kitchen, or anywhere with good coffee and baking 🙂