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.
Peace & Grace,
(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 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.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
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. He brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to our community. Peter has been elected as the chair of the team.
Kristen and her husband, Brendan, have two young children. Consequently, mothering and homeschooling keep her busy most of the time. Kristen also teaches cooking classes, writes an occasional article, and works on a small-scale farm at her home. She enjoys connecting with the community around her through conversation, food, and laughter. Kristen is both an avid traveller and a dedicated introvert who enjoys good books and grand adventures.
Doug served as pastor at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian in Creston from 1994-2002, also pastoring in various denominations in Canada, U.S. and Germany. Doug, and his wife Yvonne, relocated back to Creston in June 2018 and are “blessed to call Erickson Covenant ‘home’. It is our kind of church. We truly appreciate the teaching, music, and fellowship. We truly believe ECC is positioned to serve Jesus in a powerful way, impacting the Creston Valley with Kingdom of God influence for years to come.”
Amanda and husband, Bryan have been attending Erickson Covenant Church since 2012 and love being part of this faith community. Amanda serves as one of our worship team leaders and enjoys the opportunity to help the church worship God. She has a background in Christian education and is raising three young boys while being a part-time online math teacher from home.
Valerie is the youngest of five sisters born to a farming Shantyman missionary couple in Manitoba. She’s been married to Jim for almost 40 years, and they’ve been blessed with two children who’ve passed on the blessing with four adorable grandgirls. Over the years, she’s been active in the churches they’ve attended in a variety of capacities. In their spare time, they enjoy exploring the Kootenays in their truck and camping trailer, kayaking, hiking, and taking photos. Valerie is an award-winning author of over 30 Christian romance novels and actively mentors beginning writers.
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 manages our ECC Prayer Chain and she is the secretary of the team.