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Garry Koop

Garry Koop

Lead Pastor

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I am blessed with the opportunity to join Jesus in His ministry here at SEMC on Main Street and in the community of Steinbach and surrounding area. It is a great joy to carry out the responsibility to preach regularly, provide leadership to an awesome ministry team and vision for the church. I spent many years in Toronto where I worked as a professional in the business community and part-time in church. I also acquired my Master of Divinity degree at Tyndale during that time. I recently graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Contextual Theology from Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. I am grateful to the Lord for my wife Kimberley, and our two wonderful young adult daughters, Raechell and Shantal. I enjoy running, hockey, riding motorcycles, water sports, camping, jazz, strong dark coffee and a good laugh.

Garth Koop

Garth Koop

Associate Pastor

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I spent most of my childhood years in Steinbach and grew up in SEMC. After graduating from high school in 1990, I took a year off before going to Bible College. It was there that I met Carly and we were married in 1993. I graduated from Briercrest Bible College in 1996 with a BA in Youth and Family Ministry and have been serving in full time church ministry ever since. We have two boys, Tysen and Rylen. In addition to coaching the boys hockey teams, I enjoy drinking coffee and reading, listening to music – especially 80’s rock! It’s great being back in Steinbach and serving at SEMC in the role of Associate Pastor. I look forward to seeing and being a part of what God will do at SEMC in the years to come.

Jason Heide

Jason Heide

Youth Pastor

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I was born and raised in Winkler, MB. I have been married to my beautiful wife Paige since 2006 and we have two sons, Logan and Lucas. I love sports, specifically hockey, tennis and golf, playing board games and hanging out with friends. Before coming to Steinbach I spent a total of 9 summers serving at Winkler Bible Camp in various capacities, the final 2 and a half years full-time. In 2006 I graduated from Providence College with a B.A. in Church Ministries. Since 2008 I have enjoyed ministering to our Junior and Senior youth and College & Career. It has been a privilege to see our young people grow in their walks with our Lord Jesus.

Brandon Post

Brandon Post

Worship Arts Director

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Brandon is a musician and leader who brings his original music to many concert venues in Manitoba and in Canada. He earned his Bachelor of the Arts in Business and Music at Providence University College and is pursuing music professionally. Brandon has lead music teams in churches since he was 15 and spent the last 7 years working in churches as an administrator, music leader and vision caster as well as performing original music outside of the church. He is passionate about working with SEMC congregants to advance the Worship Arts Department.

Laura Kehler

Laura Kehler

Director of Children's Ministry

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I have lived in Steinbach area and been a part of SEMC for all of my life, being involved in many areas of ministry including Sunday School, Youth, Christmas programs, and other kids ministries. I am married to Randy and we have 3 terrific boys Colter, Casey and Aiden. One ministry highlight was the opportunity Randy and I had to be part of a missions trip to Mexico when we were youth sponsors. I love spending time with my family and enjoy being outside, especially if it is at a beach! I enjoy being active, reading, baking, cooking, watching my garden grow, and finding new recipes to create. I am very excited to be the Director of Children’s Ministry here at SEMC. I am looking forward to providing vision, excitement and leadership in this new position, creating meaningful ministries which show God’s love to kids!

Angela Brandt

Angela Brandt

Administrative Assistant

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I have attended and been a part of SEMC my whole life, and have been involved in many different ministries in the Church such as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, Youth sponsor, Shine Kids leader, and Deacon. I love spending time with my husband and 2 children. We love to go for family walks and spend the majority of our May thru July evenings and weekends at the softball diamonds. I joined the SEMC Staff Team officially in September of 2019 and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me as I continue to serve those who walk through SEMC’s doors!

Michelle Klassen

Michelle Klassen

Administrative Assistant

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I moved to Steinbach in my late teens after meeting my husband Brennan who grew up attending SEMC. Together we are raising four energetic young men who bring much hilarity to our lives. Some things I really enjoy are fishing with Brennan and the boys, going for a swim, baking and family movie nights! When I have the chance I love volunteering around the community and in church. It is an incredible honour to work as one of the administrative assistants here. Being able to serve others brings me great joy. I hope to grow in character and follow Christ’s leading in all I do. Jesus is my Rock and I want His light to shine through me!

Nordfried Schulze

Nordfried Schulze

Custodian

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I was born in 1978 in Venezuela. In 1987 my family moved to Paraguay where I married my wife Karoline. In 2002, my wife, our son and I moved to Germany where we were blessed with another son in 2003. In 2006 we decided to move to Canada. As we started our life here over the past years we became a part of SEMC. Today we thank God that He gave us the opportunity to serve him as custodians at SEMC.

My inspiration that I want to share with you is: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”