Pastor John has been serving as a pastor for over 25 years in a variety of roles: youth pastor, associate pastor, executive pastor, and lead pastor, and often thinks of himself as the "Prairie Pastor." He is married to his beautiful, energetic, humorous, and creative wife Marcy since 1995. Together they have three children--two daughters now living in Vancouver, BC, and one son who is in grade 10.
Pastor John received his Bachelors of Religious Education through Canadian Bible College in Regina (now Ambrose in Calgary); his Masters of Arts in Theological Studies at Prairie Graduate School in Calgary; and his Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership: Organizational Systems at Bethel University Seminary in St. Paul, MN and was awarded the "Dissertation of Distinction" award. He has had the opportunity to write two books on prayer, several faith articles in a local paper, and is currently finishing up a commentary on the book of Revelation to be published.
He loves to collect books, go to the symphony and sports games with his wife, travel and see new things, play the saxophone, collect coins from all over the world, kayak, bike, play racket sports, and spend time reading and writing.
YOUTH PASTOR - Pastor Jacob Enns
Jacob was raised in West Texas but always felt drawn to move to Canada. He was preparing to make the move in 2015, but he put his plans on hold when he met his now wife, Judy. They have been married for almost 3 years, and have moved a total of 5 times. Together they have one rambunctious son, Zion. Jacob and his family finally made the big move to Cochrane in August 2019 where is he currently attending Canadian Southern Baptist College. Jacob has always had a drive to further his education and knowledge for the glory of God, so he is very thankful to be given the opportunity to attend this school. He was elected to be a youth leader in his home church back in Texas, and has had a passion for working with youth ever since. Jacob enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and reading. He also likes playing and watching sports, specifically basketball and football. Snowboarding is his favorite winter sport.
Jay loves Jesus and wants to make Him known. He is married to Megumi and has four beautiful daughters. Grace members have referred to him as a Swiss Army knife due to his variety of abilities for the needed situation (or maybe because he is small).
He grew up in Calgary and received his BA in Sacred Music from Prairie Bible College where he studied organ Performance, voice, and ethnomusicology while playing bass, guitar, drums and trombone in ensembles. He left to Japan as a tent-making missionary for 5 years and returned to Canada to study at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and receive his MDiv. Over the years he has enjoyed ministry in music education, performance, children, youth, pastoral, and outreach in Canada, Japan, and other countries. Before Grace Airdrie , Jay served as the Calgary Manager for Hope Mission and loved leading the city outreach and camp ministry. In his free time, He loves digital photography, balloon twisting, playing chess, learning something new, and spending time with his family.
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 Children's 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.
Deb DeVries is married to Terry since 1990 and they have two grown daughters. She is also, a grandma to a little girl. Deb has been a dedicated volunteer in Children’s Ministry for several years at Grace Airdrie, and assists with Grace Women Tuesday Breakfasts. Before this, she volunteered with children ministries at her previous home church before moving to Airdrie. Deb volunteers at Airdrie Food Bank.
She has a degree in Preschool education and has completed several courses relating to childhood development.
Deb has a desire to share the love of the Lord and His truths in a meaningful and creative way with, not only the children of Grace Airdrie, but to others around her.
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.
+50 GROUP / CUSTODIAN - Mary Rempel
Mary Rempel has attended Grace Airdrie since 2011. Mary is a widow with 4 children & 10 grandchildren. She has volunteered in children's ministries at Grace and in a previous church that she attended. Mary has been Grace's custodian since 2012, volunteered in Connection Cafe on Sunday mornings since 2016, and is presently the coordinator for +50 Group. Mary's hobbies are home improvement projects, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and gardening.
BUILDING & GROUNDS COORDINATOR - Roger Ayriss