Leaders @ Kitsilano Christian Community

When you come to Kits sometimes it is hard to tell who is in leadership because so many people are involved in the life of our community.   There are countless people involved in leadership with Sunday School, Youth Group, Worship, and Community Life.  We are grateful for all who contribute their time and gifts to this community!

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Monica McKinlay (she/her)— Lead Pastor
Rev. Monica McKinlay (she/her)- Lead Pastor

Monica joined Kitsilano Christian Community in November 2018. This was a “return” to Vancouver after adventuring for 4 years in Thailand, Myanmar, Lebanon, UK, France, and Switzerland. Before this she was spiritually and vocationally formed at a Vancouver eastside church for 13 years. She received her MDiv at Regent College in 2004 and spiritual direction training at the Franciscan International Study Centre (UK, 2017). Her joy comes in connecting people to God and offering spaces for all people to encounter God themselves. She also likes summer cycle trips with her husband, silent retreats, East is East chai tea, and washing dishes. 

Jeff VanderKuip (he/him) — Youth Pastor
Jeff VanderKuip (he/him) -Youth Pastor

Jeff and his family joined the Kits community in 2020. Jeff has been in youth and young adult ministry for the last 25 years in both urban and suburban settings in Canada and the USA. He is passionate about young people growing in their faith, understanding their unique gifts and place in God’s plan. Jeff is married to Nadia and they are parents of two amazing daughters.  When not doing youth ministry, he is a craftsman who makes beautiful things with wood, loves to swim, spending time with family, and is always looking for adventure. 

Nadia VanderKuip (she/her) — Church Admin
Nadia VanderKuip (she/her) - Church Admin

A social introvert, Nadia can be lured out of doors to tend gardens of both the literal and figurative nature. She is a pastor at heart, but a nerd in thought. Nadia has spent most of her adult life in urban and international ministry, in Canada, the USA and Africa. She loves her family fiercely, always has a stack of books she is reading, believes in the theology of radical welcome and is reimagining faith all the time. 

In regard to official leadership the governing structure of the church involves the Church Council which is comprised of people who oversee various areas of our life together and with the pastoral staff set the vision and direction of the church.  The Deacons look after pastoral care issues and support the church through prayer and practical care. 

Church Council

Moderator: Mikael Bingham
Vice-Moderator: Vikki Stevenson
Clerk: Nigel Barker
Finance: Jaegen Milley
Deacon Rep: Susan Ferguson
Outreach Rep: Nancy Graham
Member at Large: Hormus Karat

Other Key Leaders

Worship Leader Liaison: Mimosa Bryant
Envelope Secretary: Lee Best
Hospitality Ministry: Nancy Graham
Prayer Chain: Lee Best

Deacons

Chair: Susan Ferguson
Lee Best
Kari Boyle
Karen Lai
Paul Klintworth
Thea Ewert
Liz Charyna
James Tessaro

Click here to read the Deacons’ covenants and email guidelines.