MEET THE STAFF
Mike Klassen | Lead Pastor
Mike has been the Lead Pastor at SunRidge since it started in 1997. Along with his wife Teresa and their four children, Mike has lovedseeing the local church come alive through people discovering why they were born and understanding the transforming power of Jesus in their lives. Mike holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Ministry. Mike loves Harley’s, Water Skiing, or just about anything else that involves going really fast.
Shawn Klassen | Connections Pastor
Shawn joined the SunRidge team in October 2014 as the Connections Pastor. He is thrilled to be a husband to his wonderful wife, Lisa, and father to their exuberant daughter, Mackenzie. A passion for the person and work of Jesus is what drives Shawn to see others impacted with the grace of the Gospel. Making sure people are finding where they belong so they can thrive is what makes him tick. Shawn loves to laugh with friends, meet new people, and find out who will hit the tennis court with him.
Olivia Wark | Children's Programming Leader
Liv joined the Sunridge team as the Children’s Programming Leader in September 2016. She’s always loved kids and loves seeing them grow into who Jesus wants them to be. Her experience goes from working with inner city kids in New York to being the Children’s Director at a summer camp. She loves anything that involves cuddly dog-shaped things, food, traveling, exploring, music and laughing. But most of all she loves to love. Oh, and coffee. She really, really loves coffee.
Kyle Dyck | Student Ministries Pastor
Kyle Dyck started interning at Sunridge in 2010 with children's ministries. In 2011 he began interning for student ministries. Kyle then became the youth pastor in 2012. He has been leading the ministry since. Kyle is a full time carpenter with Pro-edge custom woodwork. He is currently working through his carpentry apprenticeship. Kyle enjoys sports, people, the word awesome, snowboarding, golfing, eating good food, being married, woodwork, playing guitar, a good nights sleep, woodwork, snowball fights, boom beach, wake surfing, swimming, The Office, hunting and eating ice cream.
Walter Blackwood | Out of School Care Director
Walter is a new addition to the OOSC Family, coming on as director at the beginning of May. He is a self professed "10 year old with over 30 years experience" who has a deep rooted love for God, children, and dad jokes... in that order. A loving and devoted husband Walter enjoys video games and finding new active games to play with the kids that help to demonstrate God's character in fun ways.
Mindy Aaserud | Bookkeeper
Mindy has been attending SunRidge since 2005 with her husband Magnus. Both of these two have been instrumental in making sure that all the details of running a Church are taken care of. Magnus and Mindy were married in 2001 and together have two amazing children. If you have any questions regarding anything to do with the Church financials, or Charitable Donation receipts – Mindy is the person to talk to. If you have any questions regarding Norway – Magnus is the person to talk to. Two more fun facts about Mindy: her favourite colour is Green, and she loves “Squeeky Cheese.”
Mikaela Klassen | Communications Director
Mikaela started working for OOSC in June 2017 and became the Communications Director in February 2018. However being Mike Klassen’s daughter, she has been involved in SunRidge since Day 1 setting up chairs, folding programs, and mopping floors. You’ll find Mikaela on The Letter each week, hanging at the Connect Centre on Sundays, or doing any and all administrative task around the church. When she’s not at SunRidge, Mikaela loves playing any kind of team sport, skiing, outdoor adventures, travelling and meeting new people. She is currently going to school at UBCO for political science. Fun fact about Mikaela: she has one (and only one) really good knock-knock joke - ask her about it sometime!
Staff at SunRidge
Mike Klassen (Lead Pastor)
Shawn Klassen (Connections Pastor)
Olivia Wark (Children's Programming Leader)
Walter Blackwood (OOSC Director)
Mindy Aaserud (Bookkeeping)
Mikaela Klassen (Communications Director)