Leadership Team & Pastoral Team

Our 2019 Erickson Covenant Church Leadership Team includes:

Ken Wiens – Ken and wife Dayle moved to the Valley in 2014 with their family. Upon arrival, the Wiens family took full initiative in ministry, serving and showing true hospitality. Ken is the current chair of the Leadership Team, serving his final of four years. He works as the Principal of Erickson Elementary School.

Karen Riehl – Karen and husband Bernie were born and raised in the Creston Valley. The Riehl family have been actively involved in ECC for many years. While running a dairy farm they raised their children, grandkids and now great grandkids in this church. With a serving heart Karen continues to lead as Christ calls her to, both at ECC and in our community. Karen is in the middle of her 1st term on the LDT and serves as our vice-chair.

Kristen Mitchell – Kristen and husband Brendan, along with their two children, are just one of our thriving families. While working on her own small farm, Kristen blogs at growingwildroots.com, sharing great content for natural living and homestead enthusiasts. Kristen has been serving on the leadership team for 1 year.

Diana Wedge – Diana and husband Dave have been serving in the ECC family for a number of years. Diana shares a passion for the church, using her southern hospitality to love on many people and pets. Diana is one of the newest leadership team members, and she also manages our ECC Prayer Chain. She is the secretary of the LT.

Peter Hambrey – Peter and wife Cheryl recently settled in Wynndel. Born in England, Peter served, along with Cheryl, as a missionary in Pakistan and Kazakhstan. Peter has experience leading Alpha and brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to our community. He is also one of our newest team members.

Amanda Terpstra – Amanda, with husband Bryan and their three young boys, run (along wit other family) a large dairy farm on the flats. While raising her family, Amanda also teaches for Christian Home Education of the Kootenays. Amanda loves the church and serves as one of our worship leaders. She’s one of our new leadership team members.

Bill Plant – Bill and wife Roswitha moved into Canyon last year from Jaffery. BC, whree Bill had retired from pastorate. Bill loves the church and loves to serve. He especially likes taking people out on the Tilikum, a paddle boat of his own design and construction. He is known through the Kootenays as a fine bagpiper, and Bill has served on the LDT for one year.

Dayle Wiens  – Dayle and her husband Ken Wiens moved to the valley with their 3 children in the summer of 2014. Dayle took on various roles in the support of her children. Currently treasurer of the Creston Wave swim team. Dayle’s ability to host people is not to be taken lightly, her home is always open. (Acting Treasurer)

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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,

Tom Greentree

(Pssst… you can learn more about Tom and connect further by following his BLOG.)

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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 counsellor, 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.