Jay loves Jesus and to make Him known. He is married to Megumi and they have four beautiful daughters. He grew up in Calgary and received his BA in Sacred Music from Prairie Bible College and an MDiv from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary. He has enjoyed ministry in music education, performance, youth, pastoral, and outreach over the years in Canada and Japan. He currently leads the Calgary Branch of Hope Mission including the Summer Camps and programs. He has played with and led a variety of musical ensembles and worship teams for over 20 years, most recently playing Bass, Acoustic, and Electric Guitar at Centre Street Church. In his free time, Jay loves digital photography, balloon twisting, playing chess, learning something new, and spending time with his family.
Student Youth Pastor - Samuel Bernard
Samuel Bernard is from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is married to Leah. He recently graduated from Millar College of the Bible with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies. He is continuing his studies at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane while serving as Youth Pastor at Grace Baptist Church. He enjoys mentoring youth and his passion is to see others come to know the Lord. Sammy oversees Fusion (kids in grades 4-6) and Ignite (grades 7-12). He also has his own ministry, Inspired2change in Haiti.
Sammy loves soccer and playing his guitar. Pastor Sammy is married to Leah, whom he met at Millar College of the Bible. They have a beautiful baby daughter together.
Wendy joined our team as Office Manager in January 2018. Wendy graduated from Prairie Bible College in 1997 with AARS: Bible & Missions. Wendy completed her Office
Administration Certificate in 1998 from Olds College, and Payroll Compliance Practitioner designation in 2017. She has extensive ministry background, including church & youth ministries, as well as 9 years in Croatia as a missionary.
Wendy is married to Todd and they have 2 daughters.
Nadine started directing our GRACE KIDS ministry since September 2015. Nadine has a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation from the University of Calgary and a background working with children with disabilities, supporting families and teaching in these areas in post-secondary education programs. Nadine is passionate about teaching children that the Word of God is true.
She has been married to Dave since 1994 and they have been blessed with five children.
Debbie Contos has been attending Grace for over 12 years. In that time, she has been a children’s and youth ministry volunteer and a former AWANA Commander.
Debbie is excited to be Co-Director of Childrens Ministries,. The opportunity to share the love of Christ and teaching children/youth that God’s word is truth is something she is passionate about.
Debbie is a homeschool mom and has been married to Peter since 1988 and together
they have been blessed with seven children.