Meet the Pastoral Team
Say hello to the pastoral team at West Portal Church. Got questions for the team at West Portal Church? Contact us by clicking here.
Andrew Klassen - Lead Pastor
I’m Andrew Klassen and I have a confession. I’m an accidental pastor. I like to joke that I’m the stray dog that wandered into the West Portal farmyard back in the fall of 1997, got fed once and never left. Not many churches allow the 23-year-old music pastor they hired at 30% to grow up and become a teaching pastor and leader of the ministry staff—things he promised he would never do (did God know something I didn’t :) ).
I’m grateful I get to be a part of a gracious faith family, thankful I get to serve alongside such a great ministry staff team, and I’m excited to be a part of the ongoing adventure of learning what it means to love and follow Jesus in an ever-changing world and culture.
1 Cor. 10:31 – Do everything for the honor and glory of God…
I’ve been privileged to be married to same wonderful girl (Shawna) for the past 22 years. This has much to do with her patience and forgiveness. She says it has to do with mine. What can I say? Marriage is full of disagreements. We’ve been blessed with 2 wonderful children—Sarah & Joshua who insist on growing up faster than we wish.
When I’m not in the office you can often find me enjoying a novel in our backyard, disc-golfing, playing guitar or cheering for the Vancouver Canucks (a life-long addiction which has involved different forms of therapy).
Jeff Siemens - Associate Pastor
I am Jeff Siemens, one of the Associate Pastor’s here at West Portal. I have the privilege of working with our small groups (LIFE groups) ministry, newcomers to the church, and our support staff. I am very excited about contributing to the health of our congregation through small groups and integrating new people into fellowship and community. I am passionate about seeing growth in the lives around me as followers of and into the likeness of Christ. We are called to discipleship and it is such a blessing to work with disciples who are actively creating other disciples. With fellowship in the church we can inspire, encourage, empower, and support one another to have transformed lives that transform community. I am very grateful to be in a position that fosters this value and vision.
I am married to my lovely wife Jennifer and have three wonderful children named Maelle, Brody and Jada. I enjoy sports and coffee and when the two come together, it is a good day. My true joy is found in my family and in my service to the church for the good of God’s Kingdom.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” – Ephesians 2:8
God bless you today through His gift of life in Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved in a LIFE group please email me; firstname.lastname@example.org
James Wittenberg - Associate Pastor
Hi! I’m James and I’m the Associate Pastor of Care at West Portal. My wife, Rosanna, and I, along with our two children, Katie and Samuel, are excited to follow Jesus together with West Portal Church. We are passionate about loving God with all our heart and mind, seeing people grow closer to Jesus, and living as a blessing to our neighbours.
When I am not in the office, I love going on outings with my family, getting breakfast with my wife, reading a good book, and having a good laugh. I also enjoy a good barbeque any time of year.
I am confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6
If you would like to talk about life, Jesus, or grilling, drop me a line at email@example.com.
Terry Friesen - Youth Minister
Hey, how’s it goin’? My name is Terry and I’m the Youth Minister at West Portal. I have been involved with Youth Ministry since 1991 and became part of the West Portal staff in 1996. I love to see teens growing closer to Jesus as they continue to trust him with their lives, and really this is why I continue in Youth Ministry.
One of my hobbies is writing and playing music for the GUITAR. I love to play and sing (especially in the style of heavy metal!). A few of my other interests are Star Wars, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Cherry Coke!
I am married and have 3 awesome kids (of course a STAR WARS fan would have a TRILOGY!) Well, I hope that you have found the promise of Jesus for your own life as I have…
“I have come to give you a full and meaningful life.” John 10:10
If you have any more questions or comments, I would be happy to talk with you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Aimee Meinema - Children's Minister
My name is Aimee Meinema, I have had the privilege of working on staff in Children’s Ministry since August 2012. It is a great joy to partner together with parents and volunteers to guide children towards a heart for God. My prayer is that all parents would know the amazing gift and great responsibility they have been entrusted with by God. That they would not only strive to grow in their own walk with God, but that they would share God’s Grand Redemptive story with their children in their day to day routines.
I am married to my wonderful husband Jeremy and together we have three great children; Isaiah, Tahlia and Khyra.
A few things I enjoy doing: decorating, gardening, baking, working on diy projects and hanging out with family and friends.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
If you have any questions or would like to connect, email me at email@example.com.
Rosanna Wittenberg - Assistant Children's Minister
I am Rosanna Wittenberg and I am filling a 9 month term as the Assistant Children’s Minister. You may have noticed I share the same last name as one of the pastors, that’s my husband. I am passionate about Jesus and want to help children see and know Him. It is an honour to come alongside West Portal families as they disciple their children.
I love eating chocolate, drinking coffee, watching Hallmark movies and walking through Winners or Home Sense.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43: 1
If you have any questions or would like to connect, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.