Rev. Dave Anderson, Lead Pastor
Born in Berkeley, California to a New Testament professor and an early childhood educator, Dave moved to Vancouver before his first birthday. Growing up as a late Baby Boomer, the 60’s and 70’s laid a strong foundation for social justice in his life. While studying psychology, Dave became a disciple of Christ, in part through his involvement in Peace and Justice movement. Not long after, seeking to combine his discipleship with his penchant for justice, Dave was accepted as an intern at The Martin Luther King Jr. Center (thekingcentre.org) in Atlanta,Georgia, where he studied non-violent social change with Coretta Scott King.
After graduating from UBC, Dave married Laura Alden who then supported him through the final three years of his seminary studies at the Vancouver School of Theology (vst.edu). Ordained in 1990, Dave moved with Laura to 100 Mile House, where he was settled as the ordained minister. Very quickly, they fell in love with the community, which became their home for the next dozen years and the birthplace of their two daughters, Moriah and Katrina.
While at 100 Mile House United Church Dave took a call as the B.C. Conference Minister for Lower Mainland Mission Enhancement and the families moved to the Tri-Cities. During his 3 ½ years as Conference Minister, Dave and his family attended Eagle Ridge United Church where, once again, they fell in love with the community and the people. In September 2005, Dave happily took the call to be the ordained minister at Eagle Ridge to lead them through an intentional period of congregational transformation and on into the future.
Sue Rodgers, Pastor of Ministry Development
Sue has been on a life-long spiritual journey. She has worked and volunteered in growing churches for 25 years. Sue has extensive experience in helping people grow spiritually and develop a more intimate connection with the Sacred. She is skilled in spiritual mentoring, leading small groups, workshops and retreats.
When Sue moved to Port Coquitlam from Calgary in 2008 she quickly found a church home at Eagle Ridge. We welcome Sue back to our vibrant faith community with her passion for empowering and equipping people to discover their spiritual gifts and explore how to live a meaningful life using those gifts.
Sue likes to have fun and believes faith can be a joy-filled journey. She is a life-long learner, loves movies, dancing, reading, coffee shop conversations, and travelling.
Sue is married to Grant, and together they have a blended family of 6 children and 5 grandchildren.
Tracy Wallace, Pastor for Children & Youth
Tracy is excited to join the ministry staff team at Eagle Ridge United and to be part of what God has in store for the kids, youth and families here!
Tracy was born and raised in the Tri-Cities and is proud to continue a strong family heritage of children’s ministry and education.
With 10 years experience working with kids, teens and families in church ministry, she is keen to share her love of God and her experiences through this sometimes bumpy road we call our faith journey. After attending several different denominations over the years, Tracy is so grateful to have felt so welcomed and cared for at Eagle Ridge United. She is amazed how after all these years, God has never left her side and constantly surprises her – no matter how much she thinks she has learned in her spiritual life, God always has something new to teach her.
She is passionate about creating engaging and inclusive environments to facilitate great connections and experiences for children of all ages, and believes the best learning is hands on, and when we are free to be the authentic masterpieces we were created to be. Tracy is a curious observer and a firm believer in partnering with families to plant spiritual seeds for children to grow and develop at their pace while encouraged to ask their own great questions about God and His plan to heal the world through his son Jesus.
She loves reading, painting, scrapbooking, anything crafty, and spending time with her incredible husband and two teen daughters.
Anne Sanborg, Office Administrator
Anne Sanborg moved from Vancouver to Coquitlam with her husband Mitch and 1 ½-year old son Michael, in 1982. Having a father who was a United Church minister, Anne was used to moving and settling into new church settings. When she heard the possibility of a brand new United Church starting up close to her home, she and her family were excited and quickly became involved in the process. The date of the first service in 1983 will always be remembered because their daughter Heather was born on that day. 2 ½ years later their daughter Laura was born to the Sanborg family and into the family of Eagle Ridge United. Over the years Anne worked on various committees, taught Sunday School, and sang in the Choir. Anne took on the role of Office Administrator on a volunteer basis in 2004 and was pleased to become permanent staff a year later.
Zoë Sanborn, Office Administrator
Zoë grew up on the Sunshine Coast and graduated with a BFA in theatre production and management from the University of Victoria. She worked as a professional stage manager for many years in Vancouver and across the country with companies such as the Arts Club, Green Thumb Theatre for Young People, and the Firehall Arts Centre. Eventually, she made a switch into marketing and communications for the Arts Club, where she ran their subscriber events, email list, and blog. Since moving to Coquitlam from the West End in 2012, she has been full time caring for her two young kids, Evelyn and Edwin, and enjoying life’s adventures with her English husband, Adrian. She found Eagle Ridge United Church in the summer of 2013 and looks forward to giving back to the community which has given her and her family so much, in such a short time. Zoë enjoys reading (with a cup of tea in a window seat, preferably), knitting socks, thrift stores, and adult beginner ballet.
Roy Sluyter, B. Mus, Music Director
Roy is the Music Minster at Eagle Ridge United Church. Educated at the University of Victoria, Roy is comfortable in both the classical and jazz worlds. A composer, keyboard player and recording engineer, he can be found locally accompanying many of Vancouver’s fine singers, as well as leading the music at Eagle Ridge United Church each Sunday in Coquitlam. However, Roy is happiest at home playing music with friends.