Our Council

Faith Community Church is governed by a council made up of the lead pastor, four elected elders and three elected deacons.  Videos, definitions, and Biblical rationale for the role of Elder and Deacon are located on the Christian Reformed Church website.

 Church Council, above from left to right: Brandon Verboom (Deacon, 2018-2021), Doug Stone (Deacon, 2015-2018), Sandra McQuillan (Deacon, 2016-2019), Pastor Paul Vanderkooy, Donald Bokma (Elder, 2017-2020), Ann Tennapel (Deacon, 2017-2020), Tyler Mattheis (Elder, 2015-2018), Pam Taylor (Elder, 2018-2021), Andy Bokma (Elder, 2016-2019), Gerrit Damsteegt (Elder, 2016-2019)

Church Council, above from left to right: Brandon Verboom (Deacon, 2018-2021), Doug Stone (Deacon, 2015-2018), Sandra McQuillan (Deacon, 2016-2019), Pastor Paul Vanderkooy, Donald Bokma (Elder, 2017-2020), Ann Tennapel (Deacon, 2017-2020), Tyler Mattheis (Elder, 2015-2018), Pam Taylor (Elder, 2018-2021), Andy Bokma (Elder, 2016-2019), Gerrit Damsteegt (Elder, 2016-2019)

Gerrit Damsteegt | Elder & COuncil Chair

Gerrit is an Elder and the chair of Church Council. He lives with his wife Susan and four children in North Salem where they operate an dairy farm. He has been a member of Faith Community Church for over 30 years. He is grateful to be part of this congregation and the community as a whole.

Andy bokma | Elder

Andy John Bokma, 58, married only 31 years to Constance, loved by God forever, took Him up on His offer at 18 and l know He is looking for you. A kayak, good book, backpack and camera are essential tools for exploring life. Really like Job 38 for the sense of the bigness of God. Are you coming yet?

donald bokma | Elder

Donald is an Elder.

pam taylor | Elder

Pam was born August 13, 1953 and is a retired wife (Doug), mother of Alanna, Allison and Evan and proud grandmother of Erik, Nate, Keylor, Lenna, Brody, Lexi and Cooper. Life is good and God has richly blessed her with a wonderful family.

Brought up in a loving Christian family, she made my commitment to the Lord when she was 9.  Through her teenage years, she sang with the Good News Singers, travelling all over the Maritimes to churches spreading God’s love through song.

Her desire is to show people God loves them and cares for them and one way is through my music.

The scriptures that inspire me through my Christian growth are found in the book of Philippians.  There are many verses that help me each day but I keep going back to Philippians 4:13 which says: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

sandra mcquillan | Deacon

Sandra is a Deacon.

ann tennapel | Deacon

Ann Louise TenNapel, 55, is wife of Henry, mother of Jonathan, Adrianna, Lydia and mother-in-law to Steven. She is an employee of Eastern Dairy Services.  She is enjoys walking, hiking, travelling, reading, singing in community choir and a good cup of coffee!  She loves for people to know about the love and hope we have in Jesus and to encourage each other in this journey of faith.

Her favourite Bible verse is: Lamentations. 3:21-21 (NIV) "Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

brandon verboom | Deacon

Brandon, 25, is a husband (of Renae) and works for the government. He tries hard to connect with people of all ages, but has a particular desire to bring youth closer to God while also working on his personal relationship. He joined Faith Community Church in 2016 after attending John Calvin CRC in Truro for the previous 24 years. He is a volunteer firefighter, works as a youth leader within the church, while also serving as a Deacon on church council until 2021. Brandon loves to explore Nova Scotia and strongly believes in experiencing God's glory first hand by spending time with him in nature. 

Favorite verse: Isiah 40:28 "Don't you know anything? Haven't you been listening? God doesn't come and go. God lasts. He's Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out."