Visionary Board of Directors

Stephanie Baker-Collins
Board Co-Chair
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Sandy Flynn
Board Co-Chair
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Amanda Schilstra
Board Communication
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Mark Tardif
Board Treasurer
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Pastoral Staff

Mark DeVos
Interim Pastor
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Joel Galenkamp
Worship Coordinator (Pt-time)
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Hilda VanderKlippe
Community Connections Coordinator (Pt-time)
Shortly after joining The Village, Hilda and her husband Bill sold their farm in Smithville and moved to Thorold to be part of The Village Church. Hilda loves her family; husband Bill, 4 children and 6 grand children. The family loves to play games, hike and go for bike rides.
Hilda is a perfect fit to be our new Community Connections Coordinator! The purpose of this position is to coordinate, develop and promote partnering relationships with community organizations in Thorold/St. Catharines as part of the overall vision and values of The Village Church.
Contact Hilda at hilda@myvillagechurch.ca
Joy Buchkowski
Administrative Assistant (Pt-time)
I grew up in Niagara, and moved back to the area over three years ago after living in Sarnia and Ottawa for 13 years. I have close family in the area, so it’s good to be near them again, and make some new friends!
My degree is from the University of Guelph in Marine Biology, but besides working in a lab, I’ve also worked in hospitality, various reception and administration areas, and currently, education.
I began attending The Village Church in 2014, and have served on the RAKE Committee and with Brock FOCUS, as well as taken part in small groups. I currently co-lead a women’s small group, and am enjoying the learning myself.
Besides a love of being outside and geeky things like Marvel, Star Trek, or Star Wars, I also love serving and encouraging others. As The Village Church’s Administrative Assistant, I look forward to continuing to serve, love, and grow in The Village!
You can contact Joy at villageoffice@myvillagechurch.ca
Hilda Vanderklippe
Small Groups Coordinator (Pt-time)
Hilda VanderKlippe is also our Small Groups Coordinator. This is in addition to her current responsibilities as Community Connections Coordinator at The Village. This is a familiar position for Hilda as she was instrumental in starting small groups at The Village. The purpose of Small Groups at The Village is to provide everyone a place where they feel they belong, can serve and grow in their journey with Jesus.
Contact Hilda at hilda@myvillagechurch.ca.
Christa van Rensburg
I moved from South Africa to Canada, with my family, my husband Nico and two kids, Jaco and Marisa, in November of 2001. I started my career of as a Financial Computer Programmer, but because we moved to a smaller city after we got married, I needed to change my focus to Bookkeeping. I always enjoyed working with finances and have been in the bookkeeping business for most of the 20 years of my marriage life.
I see my position as Treasurer at The Village Church as a way to serve the Lord our God and at the same time be a blessing to others.
I also enjoy gardening, baking, reading, sewing, painting, winter fun activities and spending time with my family.

Prayer Team

Rachel Janecek
Prayer Coordinator
Stay tuned for details on our brand new Prayer Coordinator, Rachel!
Contact Rachel at prayers@myvillagechurch.ca

Team Leaders

Bill Vander Klippe
Stewardship Team, Chair

More details to follow shortly…

Pauline Knibbe
Thorold Love Team

Meet Your Love Thorold Team

More details on Pauline to follow shortly!

Sunday Morning Teams

Joel Galenkamp

Praise Band Leader

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Jeff & Sandy Flynn
Hospitality Team

Meet Your Hospitality Team

Jeff is our Fearless Leader for the Ushering Team! Sandy heads up the Welcome Table Crew!

Details to follow on Jeff & Sandy Flynn!

Kids Village Coordinator


Contact the Team at kidsvillage@myvillagechurch.ca

Karen Schilstra
Food Services Coordinator

Hi my name is Karen Schilstra, I am the Food Service Coordinator at the Village. If you want to enjoy good cup of coffee and great goodies on a Sunday morning, come to the Village! Village members bake up a storm every week for your enjoyment.

My team and I also organize monthly potlucks to encourage community at the Village. Contact me if you would like to join our team.

Contact Karen: karenschilstra@gmail.com

Brandon Schilstra
Facilities Team

Special projects, logistical solutions and teamwork characterize the dynamic of the Village Church Facilities Team. Every Sunday morning the facilities team is doing the heavy lifting behind the scenes building the structure for worship. The team is responsible for setting up equipment, chairs, signage, etc. whether our church meets in the city park, local school or community centre.

Always building relationships while building Christ’s Church!


Staff coming soon.