As we mentioned in our last post, we have invited two new pastors and two new prospective elder couples to join us in leading WCV for this upcoming season! To help us get to know one another, we invited each of them to share a bit about themselves.
Let’s continue to pray for these new leaders, as well as the existing Leadership team of Winnipeg Centre Vineyard.
Mauritz will join our community as lead pastor, as soon as immigration gives them the green light to come to Winnipeg!
Mauritz has been involved with the Vineyard in South Africa since 1996.
Throughout the years, he has served as a youth pastor, administrator, lead pastor and itinerant preacher within the Vineyard South Africa movement .
Estelle is a teacher, who served with Mercy Ships in West Africa, shortly before meeting Mauritz and serving alongside him. They share a passion for missions, both having been part of mission work within Africa and abroad.
Throughout the years they have found themselves involved with ministry to the poor and vulnerable.
As a family they value hospitality, friendship and lots of laughter. With their son, Benjamin, they look forward to being part of the Winnipeg Centre Vineyard church family.
Krista and Cliff have been part of the Winnipeg Centre Vineyard since 2003, and have raised their three kids in this community.
Over the past many years Krista has served in various ministry roles inside and outside of WCV, including worship leading, creative arts, preaching, eldering, house group and mission work. She carries a deep love for involving creativity and trauma informed care into pastoral care and spiritual formation.
Krista is a spiritual director and is completing her last course of her Masters of Ministry Program.
Krista is currently serving as our Interim Pastor, and will step into a more focused pastoral role once Mauritz arrives.
Dave and Barb are new prospective elders and have enjoyed being with the Vineyard tribe since 1999. They’ve loved the heart and cry to call the kingdom to come right in our midst both through worship and engaging each other and those in our neighbourhood.
Dave was drawn to the Vineyard initially through the music and finds a place some Sundays playing the harmonica. But it was also a place that had a refreshing view of Jesus that kept him coming back. He has a deep heart to see the first Nations served in a culturally relevant way and has been a part of the community outreach.
Barb’s heart rests solidly in the desire to see people engage more deeply with God. She has served broadly through the prayer ministry and prophetic avenues. She is a spiritual director and is currently apprenticing to guide others in the Ignatian exercises.
Deyan and Deanna have been part of the Winnipeg Centre Vineyard for over 20 years and continue to consider it home. They first met through one of the church’s house groups and got to know each other while serving the community together.
Over the years, they have completed the church’s internship program, helped out in kids’ ministry and led a house group. Deyan has enjoyed contributing to the creative community and Deanna has loved being involved for many years in Breathe, our mom’s group.
On top of being prospective elders, Deyan is currently serving on the BOD and Deanna is looking forward to continuing to find ways to lend her support to the women and families in our community.
Deyan and Deanna have four children, Simeon, Esther, Kaloyana and Gavrail, and live in the Scotia Heights neighbourhood of the city.