Meet the Pastoral Team
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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; email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Arendt - Assistant Children's Minister
Hi, I’m Kim Arendt, the Assistant Children’s Minister at West Portal Church. I began this role in August 2017 after serving in various areas of Children’s Ministry both at West Portal and in other churches and organizations since I was 12 years old. Being a role model and encouraging children in their faith has always been a passion of mine, and it gives me great joy to serve God in this way, using my gifts to build up the Body of Christ. My goal is to help create a safe and engaging environment for the families in our church, working alongside great staff and volunteers who share the same passion.
My husband, Wayne and I, are “on-again-off-again empty nesters”, parents of three adult children—Thomas, Mitchell and Tyrone. We enjoy life on our acreage west of Saskatoon where we are surrounded by the beauty of God’s amazing creation. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing games, learning together (I formerly home-schooled our now-adult children) and growing in our faith together. Some of my hobbies include baking, cooking, writing, and dogs (we have 4 of them!). It is also my privilege to be West Portal’s volunteer Women’s Ministry Facilitator, which gives me the opportunity to use more of my gifts to lead and disciple other women, encouraging them as they grow in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus.
I look ahead in confidence, knowing that God’s plan to grow His kingdom can and will be accomplished through the hands of His people, as we transform within so that we can be an effective light for Jesus in our homes, neighborhoods, and broader community. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.