Chaplain and Refugee Support Mobilizer

First Christian Reformed Church of Vancouver is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic church community that is committed to loving God and loving our neighbours.  We are located near Victoria Drive and 11th Ave. in East Vancouver.

First CRC of Vancouver, in partnership with churches throughout BC, recently hired Dena Nicolai to be a full time Chaplain and Refugee Support Mobilizer.


Dena Nicolai is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and is currently completing her M.A. in Theological Studies at Regent College. She is a member of First CRC Vancouver, where she spent two years on staff as their Community Connections Coordinator, helping the congregation find ways to connect with their neighbours and neighbourhoods.

Prior to moving to Vancouver she lived for four years in the Middle East, based in Cairo, Egypt, where her work included organizing and facilitating numerous interfaith and intercultural dialogue events between North American university students and people from various countries across the Middle East.Her time in Cairo also involved volunteer work with two different refugee organizations, primarily assisting people seeking refuge from other countries in Africa. She is greatly encouraged by the momentum and excitement of area CRCs for involvement in refugee issues, and hopes this momentum can be sustained and transformed into further growth in our churches as communities of welcome for newcomers to Canada. 

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What will Dena do exactly? 

Dena will be liaising with CRC and other congregations throughout BC who are interested in supporting refugees as they transition to life in Canada. This support will take place both at First CRC, with GARs accessing the services of the ISSofBC Welcome Centre, and once these GARs transition into their new homes in the Vancouver area and the Fraser Valley.

To learn more about the Immigrant Services Society Welcome Centre, click here.

How can I support this position?

This position is funded through grants, church collections and individual donors.  If you would like to support this ministry, please contact your deacons (if you are part of a CRC church congregation) or call the First CRC office at 604.872.2818.

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