Dear FLEFC Congregation Members,
As you know, the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults Search Team began meeting in January and restarted the process of searching for the right person for this position. We conducted a Canada-wide search. Our team has appreciated your prayers as we kept the process moving forward throughout this Covid-19 season.
We ended up interviewing four very good candidates for the position. We moved two of those candidates to a second round of interviews. After conducting those interviews, the team realized that both people were quite strong and suitable for the position so we conducted multiple reference checks on both candidates.
After the references checks were complete, our team met two more times to discuss and pray for God's guidance and wisdom for the decision. We ended up with an unanimous decision, which gave us the confidence of God's leading. We recommended Erwin Van Ramshorst to the board to candidate for the position. The board approved Erwin at its most recent meeting to candidate at the church for our youth and young adults from June 4th to June 7th. This process will occur in person in a socially-distanced manner in small groups (less than 50). There will be an opportunity for parents of youth to meet Erwin and ask him questions. The congregation as a whole will be able to join a larger Zoom meeting Q & A session immediately following the June 7th Sunday online service.
Now a bit about Erwin Van Ramshorst. Erwin was born in the Netherlands and moved to Canada with his family in 2005. They settled in Maple Ridge, where he attended high school, played sports, and was involved in his local church. After high school, Erwin attended Columbia Bible College, while working at camps in Alberta for the summer months. After he graduated from CBC, he got married to Renée and moved to Ontario to work at a church as the youth pastor where he has worked for the past several years. They’ve adopted two dogs and are involved in the rescue organization they adopted them from. Erwin and Renée enjoy sports, both playing and spectating, being outdoors, playing games, and spending time with family and friends.
I want to extend a special thank you to our search team members for all of the many hours they spent to meet together, pray together, interview and discern together for the right person for the position over the past several months. The team members are:
- Pastor Jason
- Kevin Deen (Board member and former youth leader)
- Ruth Leis (Parent of youth)
- Val Beckford (Parent of youth)
- Andrea Marsland (Youth leader and young adult)
- Katie Friesen (youth member)
- Luke Jankowiak (youth member)
Although we cannot be all together right now, please take a quick moment and give these individuals a virtual or real clap for their hard work. A quick call, text or email to any member of the team from members of our congregation would also be appreciated for sure. Thank you.
Chair of the Search Team