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Paul and Julie Olson  |  Lead Executive Pastor

 Pastor Paul Olson received his Bachelor of Religious Education at Northwest Baptist Theological College and his ministry started here at Burnett in 1997.

With Paul’s strengths in leadership, administration and shepherding, he gives direction to the staff and the day-to-day operations of our church.  He sincerely cares about Burnett and builds into equipping our leaders; from our staff and volunteers to many of our Ministry Team Leaders.  With the many ‘hats’ he wears here at Burnett, his love for others is one that sticks out.  While Paul is overseeing the functionality of Burnett, he is also integrating Burnett with many of our community events.  Such as, Christmas in the Park, Earth Day, Summer Kids Club and Starfish Packs are just some of the ways that help Burnett be a beacon in our community. 

Together with his wife, Julie, and their five kids, Rebecca, Zack, Alina, Elijah and Tyler, they have been passionately serving at Burnett most of their lives.  With no close relatives around, Burnett is truly - family!  With their kids going to three of the different schools in our community and being involved with many extra-curricular activities, their ‘interests’ would be too numerous to list!  The range of their likes varies from music and theater to track and field and hunting.

 

Todd and Amanda Gallahar  |  Lead Teaching Pastor

Pastor Todd Gallahar received a Masters of Arts in Ministry Leadership at Cornerstone University and a Bachelor of Music at Grace Bible College, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Todd served, for many years, as the associate pastor at Kalamazoo Community Church, Michigan (yes, there really is a place called "Kalamazoo").  

Todd’s gifts lie in creativity, leadership, teaching and innovation.  Todd’s abilities to creatively give us God-led sermons each weekend, helps to motivate a deep passion in God’s people.  In addition to preaching and teaching, Todd also oversees the LifeGroup Ministry and the Creative Arts Ministry.  Todd’s care for others, his great sense of humour and character make him not just a pastor but also a friend.

Together with his wife, Amanda (who is even more musically talented) and two teenaged sons (Zach and Logan), they have loved getting to know Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Partaking in all we offer; fishing, hiking, running, mountain biking, etc. they are now full-fledged ‘Ridge-Meadowsians’.

 

Helen Haughton  |  Director of Administration

Helen is a ‘lifer’ and part of the backbone that makes Burnett their church home.  She has been on staff at Burnett for over 33 years, starting part time in the office, working in the preschool and janitorial and then full time in the office for the last 28 years.

Her spiritual gifts are administration, faith, serving, and intercession. Helen enjoys learning and being challenged in new areas of ministry as well as in her role of administration. She has a passion for prayer, and helping others in their journey of discovering a life that is dependent on our Lord.  Her knowledge, warm hearted nature, acceptance and positive spirit keep her very busy as everyone wants to talk with Helen!

  

Glory Destura  |  Children’s Pastor

Glory has her Masters of Divinity through the Immerse program at Northwest Seminary.  In the past she has worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher in South Surrey and as a missionary in Cape Town, South Africa.

Glory runs our children’s programming full time and is endlessly pouring God’s love into our children!  Her drive and leadership keep our children’s programs thriving; from weekly Sunday school classes (infant to Grade 4) to our Summer Kids Club.  Glory is always seeking to find ways to impress on the children how much God loves them and how we need to show that same love to the world. Her zest for life, creative teaching and laughing don’t hold a candle to her love of the Lord.  She’s one in a million and all “for the Kingdom!”

 

Christina Kamlade  |  Grade 5-7 & Young Adult

Christina has been on staff since the middle of 2013 and has attended Burnett most of her life.  She also volunteered at Burnett for many years before working as an employee.

Christina primarily works with the Grade 5 – 7 Ministry, but also heads up the Young Adult Ministry.

Christina loves the Burnett family and she loves the church’s vision. Her passion to share Christ with others and help them to discover and live their lives for Jesus is what sets her apart.  Don’t let her calm, vegan ways trick you – she can get a little crazy, we have pictures!  Christina’s attention to detail, authentic personality and genuine love help guide and support our preteens and Young Adults.

 

Derek Van Leenen  |  Grade 8-12

Derek has his Bachelors in Christian Ministry from Briercrest College, Saskatchewan and is currently working towards his Masters of Divinity through the Immerse Program at Northwest Seminary.  Derek has also spent a significant amount of time at Camp Qwanoes on Vancouver Island (10+ summers!).

Derek’s manages a group of ‘youth leaders’ to organize memorable and entertaining events.  The diversity spans from, Cinco de Star Wars and Duct Tape Wars to Karaoke and The Destination Unknown.  He is a true ‘youth pastor’. 

Besides events, Derek’s methods of communicating and his ability to relate to the Gr. 8-12 group enables the teens to see Christ within a multitude of situations.  Through Derek’s caring investment in their lives and his knack for connecting with different individuals, we truly can’t wait to see what Christ is going to do with the students who go through his programs.

 

Aaron Spence  |  Creative Arts Director

 

Barry Waterman  |  Outreach Staff (volunteer)

 

Tara Mellander  |  Receptionist (Part-Time)

 

Teresa Federici  |  Receptionist (Volunteer)

 

Shawneen Kamlade  |  Janitorial

 

Dave Robb  |  Facility/Maintenance (Volunteer)