Jon Korkidakis        Pastor, Elder

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Brent Paul        Elder

Brent and his family have attended Village Green since 1979. He retired in 2004 after 30 years as a Teacher of the Deaf. He became an Elder in 2004. He is married to Jennifer and they have three grown children, two daughters-in-law and one granddaughter (Joshua,Vicky and Samiya, Jacob and Leidy and Jason). Brent has served the church in a variety of capacities throughout the years. He currently spends much of his time on pastoral care and visitation, as well as leading a life group. For the past several years he and Jennifer have also had the joy of being able to serve with their other church community in Armenia, Colombia for several months each year.

Ernest Yanful        Elder

Ernest lives in London and is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Western Ontario. He was born in Ghana and immigrated to Canada in 1981. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Windsor. After obtaining a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Western in 1986, he worked for the University, Environment Canada in Saskatoon, and Noranda Technology Centre in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, before returning to London to join the faculty at Western in 1993. Ernest has served at Village Green in different capacities since 1982. He became an Elder in 2004. He is married to Mary and they have four grown children.

Jennifer Charlton       Elder

My name is Jennifer Charlton and I am passionate about the Lord and His working in us! I love His Word and I love His church! I came to know the Lord when I was fifteen and then was baptized a year later. I live happily with two other women in wonderful Mt. Brydges. When I came to London in 1974 to help start a new Christian school, I joined Village Green Community Church. I think I have done just about every job available in the church: Sunday school teacher, Sunday school coordinator, deacon, chair of the deacons’ board, day camp Bible teacher, choir member, soloist, Alpha meals, started the women’s group, usher, helped with janitoring and so on.

It is my belief that the church is God’s main way to help us “Love God, Love Others and Change the World. As elder, I believe I will have opportunities to get to know others better as we help each other along on the journey of faith.

 
Jason Snelgrove

Jason Snelgrove       Elder

I have attended Village Green for close to ten years, recently as Chaplain of Community Care. I sensed the call of God to grow in ministry after serving as Chaplain in Nursing Homes at various locations throughout the city, I knew that God wanted me to continue to grow and do something in Ministry other than caring for the elderly. He wanted to work with the abandoned and forgotten. Working in Community Care I gets to see God at work and join Him in what He was already doing!

I’m proud that Village green has built connections within the Westmount community and developed stronger connections with Ontario Works and Inter-Community Health where we assist in benevolence. I hope to continue to grow the ministry at Village Green with attention to our outreach in the community. I have truly seen God act in miraculous ways, I believe the best is yet to come for us!

I live in the community with my wife Dawn. We met in 2014 and were married by Pastor Jon Korkidakis. Dawn joins me in partnership in ministry, particularly as she teaches our youth at Village Green monthly and also works on check-in downstairs. Dawn teaches Early Childhood Education at Fanshawe College and doubles as a faculty advisor. She occasionally teaches with the school board as an Early Childhood Educator. We both live with my stepdaughter Katherine in London where she attends a Medical Sciences program at UWO. My father (George) is retired and an active member of Village Green. He works on our Maintenance Team.

My life verse is:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”. (Joshua 1:9)

 
Davi Pontes

Davi Pontes       Board

Born in Brazil, Davi immigrated to Canada in 2008, along with his wife Bruna, shortly after getting married in their home country.  He was excited to see what God had in store for them in their new life together. They have two young boys (Nathan and Noah) who share his love for sports and music. They started attending Village Green in 2009, and are glad to call this community home. Davi studied Biology and has an M.Sc. in Cellular Biology, and has developed a career leading Operations and IT in the Health Industry in London. His passions are continuous process improvement, coaching teams and leading projects in a team environment, but the biggest one is music. At Village Green, he’s served by leading our Worship Team and helping with some IT-related activities over the years. Says Davi: “I am always amazed at the work God has done in bringing this vibrant community together to serve, to worship, and to be a light in the world – it’s such a pleasure and an honour to serve here, and to see God’s work happen right in front of your eyes. What a blessing to have people we can call friends, and that truly participate in our lives in a meaningful way, which is very important for us since we don’t have family here. It’s an honour for me to continue to serve and help God touch people’s lives through all of our ministries – loving God, loving others, and changing the world.”

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Don Shirley        Board

I am a retired high school teacher, happily married to Jane, proud father of three grown sons and grandfather of three wonderful grandsons. I came to faith early in life and it has been a fascinating journey through good times and very difficult times knowing that God has been leading me into a closer relationship with Him. I have been a member at Village Green for over thirty years and in that time I have been a deacon, a director, chair of the board, finance committee chair as well as coach of the baseball team. I have been thankful for the opportunity to serve in the various ways over the years and would look forward to offering my experience and abilities on the board again. It is exciting to see what God is doing at Village Green and would like to have the opportunity to be part of expanding His Kingdom here in Westmount and beyond.

Al Vanderlaan        Board Chair

Al’s family began attending Village Green in 2011. He grew up in various locations around Ontario (Ridgetown, Leamington, Port Perry, Seaforth) before settling in London following graduation from Bible College. I have worked at Forest City Fire Protection for the past 13 years. He enjoys playing all types of sports. Says Al: “My late uncle had a saying that he told to his kids before they left the house to head to school, work, party’s, etc.  The saying was “Remember whose you are!” He said it as a reminder that not only were they representing themselves but also their family name, and that as Christians they also were representing Christ. Here at Village Green we need to remember whose we are: the beloved Children of God, adopted as heirs to share in the Glory of God, able to access the very throne of God. We have been given the spirit of God and nothing on earth can separate us from God’s love!”

 

Kim Harrisgreen        Board

Born in London Ontario, Kim is  the youngest of 7 kids. She has been married to Dalton for the past 18 years and has three kids. Kim has worked for Participation House for the past 20 years supporting special needs individuals and loving it! Kim has enjoyed her involvement in the children’s ministry at Village Green over the past few years. She says, ” God has always put me in interesting places with interesting people. I guess this is one of them. I really want to see how my thoughts, ideas and values can impact the church and community and how that will impact me. I know that God has a plan for me on the board.”

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Robert Pereira         Board 

 I​ ​have​ ​lived​ ​in​ ​London​ ​33​ ​years and am​ ​single.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​just​ ​completed​ ​20​ ​years​ ​at​ ​my​ ​current​ ​employer​ ​working​ ​as an ​IT Manager. I​ ​have​ ​been​ ​attending​ ​Village Green​ ​Church​ ​for​ ​a​ ​little​ ​over​ ​7​ ​years.  I​ ​became​ ​a​ ​believer​ ​in Jesus​ ​Christ​ ​in​ ​1997,​ and began​ ​studying​ ​the​ ​Bible. I haven’t​ ​been​ ​able​ ​to​ ​stop​ ​ever​ ​since. ​I​ ​have​ ​​lead​ ​a life​ ​group​ ​at​ ​VG​ ​Church​ ​and​ ​currently​ ​work​ ​on​ ​the sound​ ​team. I​ ​welcome​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​other​ ​believers​ ​in​ ​helping this​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​body​ ​of​ ​Christ​ ​be​ ​salt​ ​and​ ​light.​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​share knowledge​ ​about  ​management​ ​and​ the ​technology​ ​I’ve​ ​gained​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years​, ​and​ ​also​ ​be challenged​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​in​ ​ways​ ​I’ve​ ​not​ ​yet​ ​considered.

 
 

Ashley Zietsma         Board

Hi, my name is Ashley Zietsma and I live on a hobby farm outside of Mount Brydges with my husband Chris, and our three kids Liam, Kylie and Scarlett. I studied Biology, have an M.Sc. in Biotechnology, and have worked for the past 10 years as a Therapeutic Specialist in the pharmaceutical industry. Throughout my time at Village Green I have served in Kids Connection, on the worship team, and as a life group leader.

Growing up in a Christian home I came to faith early in life, but it was after beginning to attend Village Green in 2012 that I really started to feel Jesus working in my life and made the choice to be baptized. Since then I have felt God leading me into a closer relationship with Him, and I am learning to let go and just have faith in all aspects of my life. Our church has played a crucial role in bringing me to where I am in my faith, and re-igniting my passion for God. It will be an honor to serve on the board and help Village Green continue to be a church that touches lives.