Staff

KathyKathy Koop joined the ministerial team at First Mennonite Church in 2002 as Associate Minister. Kathy was ordained in 2004. In 2010 FMC called her into the role of Leading Minister.

Kathy brings many different experiences to her ministry at FMC. She grew up in Germany where she completed a nursing degree and a Certificate in Biblical Studies at Bibelschule Bienenberg in Switzerland. Responding to an increased interest in theological studies she moved to Winnipeg where she graduated with a Bachelor in Theology. She graduated from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and has taken education courses at Goshen College.  Kathy has  worked as a Youth Minister and as a Chaplain in Ontario, taught German at a high school in Goshen, Indiana, and served under Mennonite Central  Committee in Germany for four years. Currently she is serving as a director on the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary board.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys walking, hiking, baking, watching German detective shows, reading a good novel, and spending time with her husband Karl, their four daughters, a son-in-law, and their friends .

 

David Driedger

David Driedger is Associate Minister and joined the ministerial team in 2010 where his main responsibilities lie in preaching and pastoral care. David was ordained in 2011. 

David grew up in the Altona area where his family attended the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church and he was later baptized in the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church. As a young adult, David moved to the West End of Winnipeg where he commuted to Providence College and Seminary completing a BA and MDiv. During this time David met and married Chantal.

In 2005 they moved to Hamilton, Ontario where David studied briefly at McMaster University and began pursuing ministry in Mennonite Church Canada.  David’s first pastorate was on a pastoral team at Hillcrest Mennonite Church in New Hamburg, Ontario. During this time he also finished an MA in spiritual care at Wilfrid Laurier University. 

With the birth of their son Salem, David and Chantal moved back into the West End where David began working at First Mennonite Church.

In addition to his responsibilities at FMC David currently sits on the Christian Formation Council and the General Board of Mennonite Church Canada. David also spoke at the 2014 General Assembly and has published articles in the Canadian Mennonite, Rhubarb, and The Conrad Grebel Review.

 

Mark von Kampen grew up at First Mennonite Church. He joined the pastoral team in 1991 as associate minister and was ordained a year later.  Currently Mark serves the congregation half time, focusing on worship and facilitating young adult involvement.  He also serves part time as the Mennonite chaplain at the University of Manitoba.

Marks interest in biblical and theological reflection were awakened while studying at UofM and taking electives at Canadian Mennonite Bible College, culminating in a masters thesis in Landscape Architecture exploring environmental ethics from a biblical perspective. 

After working with a design consulting firm, Mark attended Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries and graduated with a Master of Divinity.

For recreation, Mark enjoys pursuing musical and creative interests, spending time outdoors and sharing time with friends and family.

 

Erika Enns Rodine grew up south of Winnipeg, in Altona, Manitoba, attending the local Bergthaler Mennonite Church. There she was actively involved in music, and junior high programming. Erika moved to Winnipeg after high school to pursue studies at Canadian Mennonite University, where she took courses in Theology, History, Church and Reformation studies, Mennonite Studies, German and Music. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from CMU in 2010, Erika entered into ministry at First Mennonite Church that summer, as the youth minister. She has been enjoying her work with the young people in this congregation for over five years, and is also involved in worship leading, preaching and teaching Sunday School.

Erika is married to Joshua Rodine, and they have 2 young daughters who keep them very busy! In her spare time, Erika loves to bake, garden, spend time outdoors, play games and watch sports!

 

UntitledJaesook Peters  has been our Church Office Administrator since late 2013. She was born in South Korea and came to Canada in 2002 to study ESL.  This is where she met her husband James.

Jaesook grew up in the Catholic Church in Korea and had never encountered Mennonites in her upbringing. However she has found everyone at First Mennonite to be very friendly and welcoming and she feels at home here.  She, James and their two children attend regularly and are very involved in the Church family.

In her spare time, she likes to bake cookies with her kids and likes to try out Mennonite recipes.

 

Jose SanchezJose Sanchez was born and raised in Colombia and immigrated to Winnipeg at the age of 19. In 2003, he met Christine whom he married in 2005. They headed out to Calgary to work for a time, and then off to B.C. to be with family. In February of 2014, Jose, Christine and their two young children returned to Winnipeg where Jose is the Caretaker at both Sunset House and here at First Mennonite Church.

In his spare time, Jose enjoys the outdoors, going camping, and hunting for meat to fill the freezer. He is also taking a course at CMU this winter.