At Calgary First Mennonite Church our ministries are coordinated by our paid pastors and by our volunteer leaders. As Anabaptists we call people to special roles of spiritual leadership in the church.
The purpose of such chosen leaders is not to relieve other believers of responsibility, but to represent Christ and the church in the congregation and on the church’s behalf in the world.
Ed Kauffman, Pastor
Pastor Ed began his term at our church in September 2010. He comes to us from Indiana where he completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology at Valparaiso University. He later studied at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, where he received his M.Div. Pastor Ed has held pastorates in Ontario, Indiana and Nebraska, most recently serving as the Conference Minister for the Central Plains Mennonite Conference from 2001-2010. Pastor Ed and his wife Gay, have two grown sons and 4 grandchildren.
Marguerite Jack, Chairperson
Marguerite is currently the Chairperson at Calgary First Mennonite. In her role as Chairperson, Marguerite facilitates the monthly meetings of the Council of Church Ministries, facilitates congregational meetings, and serves as the lead member of the Executive team.
Paul Bartel, Chair of Deacons
At Calgary First Mennonite Church, deacons exercise leadership through a ministry of caring, visitation and reconciliation. Deacons work closely with the Pastors, in providing spiritual direction for the congregation.
As Chairperson of the Deacons, Paul is ‘first among equals’, and serves as the official representative and coordinator of the deacons’ efforts. Paul encourages us to hear and listen to all voices with open minds and hearts. Paul brings talents in discernment and insight; sharing from history while discussing and imagining our shared future together.
Christine Hansplant, Children’s Worker
Christine began her position as 1/2-time Children’s Worker in 2013. Christine organizes and coordinates monthly Kid’s Club activities for our families with young children, oversees the Children’s Church program, runs the Vacation Bible School program in July, and she also plans activities for our Youth. She is married to Eric and is the mother of three daughters.