Lead Pastor [email protected]
Jeremy Putz 780.466.7461 ext. 233
Crystal and I have been married for 13 years, and we have 4 awesome kids: Nolan, Maeva, Ruby and Jack. I’ve worked at Central since 2000 first as an intern, then as the worship pastor, and the last 9 years in my current role. My primary areas of focus are on leading the teaching ministry and the staff team, developing vision and direction together with the church board, and helping to give shape to prayer nights and retreat weekends. While every job has challenges, I love the fact that I get to put a huge amount of energy everyday into helping others develop deeper relationships with Jesus. That’s where it all begins, and I’m convinced there’s always more for each of us! It’s such a blessing to be a part of a church with an amazing history, a gifted and unified congregation and staff team, and a continuing heart to welcome all kinds of people into following Jesus together.
Executive Pastor [email protected]
Iain McAuliffe 780.466.7461 ext. 232
This year my wife Evelyn and I celebrated 25 years of marriage for which we are really thankful for all that God has taught us through these years. We have two sons, Jonathan aged 22 and Peter 19.
Visitation & Pastor to Seniors [email protected]
Larry Froese 780.466.7461 ext. 227
Hi, my name is Larry Froese. I come from a family of 12 children in Steinbach, Manitoba. I am married to Phyllis for 45 years (in Nov.) and we have two sons and seven grandchildren. I love to spend time with them. I also enjoy running marathons and in preparation I run long distances each week. It is my privilege to work at Central with the seniors. The hope that I have found in Jesus Christ is what I want to share with the seniors and with all that I come into contact with. I am passionate about sharing the love of Christ that we find in the Bible. My goal is to be an example of finishing well and to help the seniors in our church to finish well along with me. The key verse for me is found in 2 Timothy 4:7-8: “ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.”
Site Pastor (Connors Hill) [email protected]
Cory Seibel 780.466.7461 ext. 222
My wife, Teresa, and I recently celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. We have one daughter, who is in her first hear of junior high at Highlands School. As natives of the United States, we’ve called Edmonton home since the summer of 2013.
My work as a Site Pastor keeps me involved in leading our Sunday morning gatherings and connecting relationally with lots of people. I also invest in the development of leaders, mainly by facilitating Central’s ECHELON process. Helping people find practical ways to live out their faith in our community is another key aspect of my role.
I find a lot of joy in developing authentic relationships with people, helping people discover God’s calling in their lives, and seeing the church participate in God’s mission beyond the walls of the church building.
Here’s a verse that motivates me: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (I Peter 2:9).
Emerging Generations Pastor [email protected]
Jud Stade 780.466.7461 ext. 231
Hey there, I'm Jud Stade. You may remember me from such motivational films as "A Day without Cereal," or "Under the Stairway to Heaven." I've been around Central for quite some time, since 2003 in fact. Much of that time was spent working with the students of Central but over the last few years I've been helping to lead our Emerging Generations Team as we work with Kids, Youth and Young Adults! It's exciting for our team to pray and dream about how we as a church can walk well with families through the whole journey from birth to adulthood. We've got a great team and it's an honour to be invited into the lives of so many families that call Central home!
Students & Young Adults Pastor [email protected]
Levi Nigh 780.466.7461
|My name is Levi Nigh and I am the Youth/Young Adult Pastor here at Central! I tried coming up with a funny opening line but I guess I am not very funny because I couldn't think of anything! Oh well… My wife and I moved to Edmonton in July of 2015. We met at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills, Alberta and have been married for a bit over 2 years! Since my wife and I are not native to Edmonton, we have been blown away by the fact that Edmontonians are still loyal to the Edmonton Oilers and haven't made the obvious switch to the Calgary Flames. We are praying for you, Edmonton! In all seriousness though, we have loved being in Edmonton and have loved being involved in Central Student Ministries! Youth Ministry is near and dear to my heart and I love seeing youth come alive and become passionate about Christ and the work that he is doing! Young Christians are so on fire and it is great to get to come alongside that!|
Community Life [email protected]
Logan Henry 780.466.7461 ext. 228
|Hi, I'm Logan, Central's Community Life Coordinator. It is my joy to serve in GROUPS, Welcome, and Community Building ministries, for a third year. The best part of these is seeing people connect and work together to follow Jesus. I love helping people grow into feeling like family within the church. I am passionate about this because we can’t do it alone; we need encouragement and support from each other as we grow in our relationship with Jesus.
My wife, Jasmine, and I began attending Central after we were married in June of 2009. We like to play board games, drink tea, and get outside for a campfire or hike. Also, this is my second year as a student at Taylor Seminary. My favourite verse from this past year is Romans 12:21 "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Kids Ministries [email protected]
Sarah Nordstrom 780.466.7461 ext. 223
|My name was Sarah Black, but as of Sept. 11th 2016 I became Sarah Nordstrom. I am newly married to my wonderful husband Eric Nordstrom. I am involved in Central Kid’s Ministry (CKM) as a Service Coordinator. I have attended Central Baptist Church for almost twelve years now and I have volunteered with CKM for almost eight years—some of that time with the Elementary kids and the rest with the Preschool kids. I am passionate about teaching kids about Jesus and God’s word. I want to help families build a firm foundation of God’s word in the hearts of the kids who come to our church. I love the many different people I get to work with, and the many different aspects of my job keep me on my toes. I have a Bachelor of Education but my end goal has always been to work in ministry or be a missionary sharing and showing God’s love to kids and families.|
Kids Ministries [email protected]
Melinda Daigle 780.466.7461 ext. 223
|Hello there! My name is Melinda and I’m one of the Central Kids Ministry Coordinators. I love working with kids (you just never know what they’re going to say or do!). I also love sharing Jesus with kids and their families. One of the biggest blessings I find when it comes to working with families is supporting parents and children as they grow together in faith. I myself come from a somewhat large family (I’m one of five children) and I was very blessed to be able to learn about God’s love from an early age. A few quick tidbits about me, so that you can feel as though you know me: I love animals, glitter, the Toronto Maple Leafs (please don’t hold that against me!!) and my family. A favourite scripture of mine is Romans 12:8. It says ‘"Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” These are words that I strive to live by as I go about my daily life and as I work with children and their families.|
Site Pastor (Southeast) [email protected]
Jon Putz 780.466.7461 ext. 229
|I’m the Site Pastor at our Southeast site. I love being able to meet new people and walk with those who I’ve known for years. I strongly believe that only when we actually follow Jesus together can we begin to experience the life and growth that He intends for us. I love seeing people take steps in their faith, and I dream of Central becoming more and more a place where people worship Jesus passionately, share their lives selflessly, and love their neighbours practically. I’m encouraged by what Jesus said in the book of Matthew (11:28-30, version: The Message): “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” A few other pieces of info about me… I’ve been married to Jill for 19 years, and we have three great kids: Raegan (12), Max (9), and Graham (7). If you come by the Southeast site, please take a minute to introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you!|