If you have the time and the inclination you should look up the phrase “pillars of Hercules”. It’s a small British Protected Territory on the southern peninsula of Spain and it’s where I’m from. My family immigrated to Canada in 1977 into the north end of Winnipeg. Needless to say that I like many others learned what it meant to run. Coming from a non-Christian home I had no use for faith growing up. But God has a tendency to change our minds and in 1989 He did just that.
Since ’89 God has moved me towards ministry, giving me opportunities to intern for 2 years in one church, serve 8 years in another, 3 years running an at risk teen drop-in centre, and serving in a church again as a Youth Pastor. All the while God was brewing within me this passion for seeing those far from God come to know life in Christ and in 2010, everything changed. Since then I have been the Lead Pastor of Pathway Community Church and it’s been an awesome adventure.
I’m married to my bride, Janet and we have two amazing blenders without lids. Therone and Morgan, who are our pride and joy. I love car audio, reading and documentaries (Geek-boy is what my wife calls me). My favourite movie is a tossup between Princess Bride and Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Getting to serve Jesus is what I love to do. I have been blessed to serve in a handful of churches around the world including in Utah, Florida and in Ireland. As of April 2019 I started as the Executive Pastor at Pathway and I am enjoying my responsibilities that allow me to work closely with the people and their personal growth within the Kingdom of God and the community. In January 2012 I married my wife, Jackie. We have been blessed with two beautiful little girls; Ada and Esther. I love woodworking and playing music. I read as often as I can, mostly World War Two books.
I enjoy hunting and fishing and my favourite movie is “A River Runs Through It”. You will rarely see me in anything but jeans and a flannel shirt. I guess I was just made for colder weather.
Kid's Ministry Director
Winkler is where I grew up and when I ventured off to Providence college it was not in my plan to return but God has a way of changing our hearts and desires. After my college graduation I worked at Providence and got married to my college sweetheart, the amazing Rob Haslam. God lead us to move back to Winkler and we have two amazing kids that keep me busy and full of love.
If you are looking for me you can usually find me up in the education wing prepping for the upcoming week of Kids Church or capturing moments with my camera. I work half time as the Children’s director for Pathway and run my own photography business. Equipping our teachers/small group leaders so they can connect with the kids that puts a smile on my face. All children every size, every age needs to know they are loved and welcome in the church community so they can grow in faith.
In my down time I do love some British drama like Downton Abby and Call the Midwife, it’s clear the BBC has some good ideas and could explain why I prefer tea. Our family is still waiting for them to solve the mystery of Oak Island and love to laugh and travel together.
If I had to tell you my favorite hobby it would have to be collecting and playing board games. Fun fact: I once spent 8 hours watching online tutorials for the “War of The Ring board game”. In my downtime I enjoy watching the show “The Office” and spending quality time with friends. Serving, and travelling has always been a passion of mine and I have had the opportunity to do mission work in Camboda, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. I have volunteered as a youth worker for about 7 years, and I am currently working as the Youth Director of City Center Youth.
Having grown up in the Winkler area, I have come to know the community, local ministries and the mission field in our back door. I was raised in the bible camp “scene” and spent several years as General Director at Winkler Bible Camp. Creating music, art and visual creation are my passions and working at Pathway allows me to share these gifts in a hands-on way. In my spare time you might find me in the recording studio, working my side hustle as a barber or being uncle”mom” to my niece and nephews.