Our 2018 Erickson Covenant Church Leadership Team includes: Ken Wiens, Meme Prier, Karen Riehl, Doris Staggs, Kristen Mitchell and Dayle Wiens as acting Treasurer.
Tom Greentree – Lead Pastor
I’m a farm kid, raised in northern Alberta. I was loved into the kingdom of God as a child, nurtured in an amazing family and church. My early years were a mix of long horseback rides and late-night revival meetings—hands in the dirt and hands in the air and all for the love of God. The God of creation and history, of soil and soul, was alive in our family and our community, vibrant and responsive to us as we sought to follow him.
Tennille and I met in Bible school and married in 1996. I was already working my first ministry posting at the Grande Prairie Church of Christ. Tennille and I grew up together during those years, learning how to serve faithfully as a couple and, when Ethan and Micah came along, as a family. I am so thankful for this flourishing fellowship, particularly my former boss, mentor and friend, Alan Jones, for the ways they shaped me. In 2005, we joined Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship – in Calgary, where I directed staff and campus fellowships throughout Calgary and the surrounding area.
The Creston Valley became our new home in April 2011. We live on a small farm in Canyon, BC, raising chickens, cows, pigs and a lot of vegetables! We teach our kids at home, enjoying the beauty and abundance of this Valley with each new day. In August 2011, I became the pastor of the Erickson Covenant Church, and we have been so encouraged with the work that God is doing among our fellowship. God loves the Creston Valley, longing that each of us would know his unconditional love. My prayer for our church is that we, so deeply convinced of Jesus’ love for us, become a vibrant community of witnesses to the transforming love and power of Jesus.If you are new to the Valley, or just visiting friends during fruit season, be our guest during one of our gathering times. If you have questions about our church, or the Evangelical Covenant family, please feel free to drop us a line. If you are wondering about Jesus, God or anything else, I’d love to have coffee with you and hear your story. Whatever your story, you are welcome here.
Grace and peace,
(Pssst… you can learn more about Tom and connect further by following his BLOG.)
Dana Sproule – Associate Pastor
At my christening, my mother remembers standing in front of the congregation, promising to raise me in a Christian home, thinking to herself, “Geez, I guess we better bring her to Church then!” They brought me every week and I grew up knowing that God loved me and had a plan for my life.After completing my BA in Psychology, I worked for a while with adults and children with developmental disabilities. I loved that work! I learned so much about the sweetness and potential in all kinds of people.
In 2005, I joined the staff of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, to minister to University students. Over the next 12 years, I served all over Ontario and in Halifax Nova Scotia, building teams of staff and students to reach campuses and cities. I learned about missional community, discipleship, leadership, teaching scripture, and building teams. I loved having the chance to help young people become who God made them to be.
In the fall of 2016, I answered a call to come and help pastor in a little town I had never heard of. I fell in love with Creston immediately. I learned how to can fruit, adopted a stray cat, and planted a garden – I think I fit right in! And I just bought a house in town, so I’m definitely here to stay.
In every season of my life – whether as a camp counselor, a support worker, or a ministry leader – God’s consistent call has been, in the words of the apostle Paul, “to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.” In this role, I’m delighted I get to work with toddlers, young families, seniors, singles and everyone in between!
Whether you’re new or you’ve been here forever, I would love to get to know you. I’m looking forward to what God has for us on this journey, together.
Jo-Ann Ewing – Pastor of Children and Family Ministry
Family dynamics has always fascinated me, and being the youngest of 7 children helped prepare me for a lifetime of ministry and service to children. I was raised in a rather traditional Christian home, with a great sense of equality no matter age or gender. As a result of my upbringing I never viewed children as “just” children. I jokingly refer to them as ‘short people’. Their openness, honesty and willingness to profess their love of Jesus is contagious. They always give me a new and rewarding insight into the greatest love any of us can experience.
In 1988, I moved west from Prince Edward Island to attend Alberta Bible College in Calgary. This is where I met my husband to be, Erin, and we were married in 1989. I continued with my studies and graduated with my Bachelor of Religion Education in 1993. The following year we started our family—we have three great kids who have taught me more then I could have ever imagined.
We moved to the Creston Valley just over 6 years ago, where it has been our privilege to attend Erickson Covenant Church. I volunteered as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator for 4 years and at the beginning of 2013 was offered the position of Pastor of Children and Family Ministry. I gladly accepted.
My heart is to partner with parents in the spiritual development of their children. Parents play the most influential role in their child’s life and everything starts at home. Understanding the needs of parents and supporting them in this role is important. I want to see families win!
Though we do have young families in our congregation, Erickson Covenant is a multi-generational church and we are moving forward together. And my hope and prayer is that the people in this fabulous valley see our church as a community who cares deeply about them.