A note on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees:  We feel called to support refugees in whatever ways we can, but unfortunately Private Sponsorship is currently beyond our capacity, as our focus is to assist refugees who are already in Canada to integrate here. At this link you can find a list of organizations in Canada who might be able to assist you with specific requests for sponsorship. Thank you. 

Trevor Vanderveen | Pastor

My wife Julia and I have 3 sons and I have been pastoring at First CRC for over 10 years.  Our church is blessed with people from different generations and various ethnicities and I love journeying with them. I'm particularly excited about making connections between people in our church and in our Trout Lake neighbourhood.

Email: | Twitter: @trevvanderveen



Trixie Ling | Community Connections Coordinator

I currently serve as the Community Connections Coordinator where I oversee our weekly Wednesday meals at Community Night, coordinate East Van Talks, and serve as a bridge between our church and our neighbours. 




Yvonne Bennik | Worship and Children's Ministries Director
Originally from Alberta, I have been part of the First CRC community for the last 9 years.  I work 3-5 year olds as an ECE daycare teacher at UBC and at First CRC part-time. As Worship Director, I support and facilitate many of the details for our Sunday services, recruit and train participants, and encourage the entire congregation in their daily worship and participation within our community in worship and the arts.
As Children's Ministries Director, I facilitate a safe environment of inspiring  learning for our kids as well as encourage our entire congregation in valuing and being involved in children's worship and discipleship.

Carlos and Carmen Martinez | Custodians

Originally from Chile, we came to First CRC in the 90's from the invite of "Mr. Ron" Donkersloot who was principal of Vancouver Christian School where we still work.  We have been married over 50 years and we love our family--our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and even great-great grandchildren.  We work to keep the church clean and tidy.  When everyone does their part, it makes it a lot easier.

Ashita Singh | Sunday Superstar

I immigrated to Canada from India and I came to First CRC in 2002.  I currently work as a leasing representative but on Sunday mornings I prepare our church building for the worship services --arranging parking signs, unlocking doors, stocking the pews and attending to any other detail that needs doing.



Anne Duifhuis | Congregational Administrative Assistant 

  As Congregational Administrative Assistant, I prepare the bulletin and First Glance, and perform other administrative tasks that help to keep things running smoothly around the church.






Staff associated with First in partnership with other CRC churches 

Dena Nicolai  Chaplain and Refugee Support Mobilizer (CRSM)

I am currently completing a thesis for my MA in Theological Studies at Regent College and am originally from Edmonton, Alberta. Prior to moving to Vancouver I lived for four years in the Middle East, based in Cairo, Egypt, where my 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. My time in Cairo also involved volunteer work with two different refugee organizations. In my position as Chaplain and Refugee Support Mobilizer, I seek to offer a ministry of presence for refugees new to Canada, and provide a bridge between churches in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and newcomers. I am grateful for the financial and other support for this position from grants and offerings from churches across BC.