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.
Rev. Sue Rodgers, Director, WayPoint Centre for Spiritual Growth
Sue Rodgers has been on a life-long spiritual journey. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and was trained as a Spiritual Director through the Pacific Jubilee program. She has been a dance teacher and fitness trainer. She has been an entrepreneurial leader and she has a business background.
She has extensive experience in helping people grow spiritually and develop a more intimate connection with the Sacred. She is skilled in spiritual mentoring, developing and facilitating small groups, workshops and retreats.
Sue likes to have fun and believes the spiritual journey can be a joy-filled journey.
Lisa Munro, Pastor for Children & Youth
Lisa feels very blessed to be joining the ministry team at Eagle Ridge. This team has helped Lisa grow in faith and recognize her calling to ministry, and she is so excited to be a part of it.
Born in Winnipeg, Lisa is moved to Richmond at 10 and has lived throughout western Canada – Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, Edmonton and finally back to the Lower Mainland in 2011. Lisa found Eagle Ridge that year when searching for a spiritual home with her family.
Lisa has been connected to church her whole life. She comes with a wide variety of church-life experience – musician and choir member, youth group, retreats, Women’s groups, small groups, teaching church school, fellowship and other events, and disciple. Her work life has been equally varied as she pursued careers as a theatre and opera stage manager, then as a television production administrator, and most recently as an administrator for the BC Conference of The United Church of Canada.
In her spare time, Lisa loves tap dancing, reading, sunshine, coffee conversations and most importantly, sharing life with 2 very busy teens. She lives in Port Coquitlam with her husband Lock, and 2 children, Robbie and Sarah (all of whom you will see around the church).
Linda McKenna, Office Administrator
Linda and her daughter Tif with grandkids Trin and Aiden, relocated from the prairies to beautiful BC over a dozen years ago. She met a groovy looking guy named Ken (also a widower) a few years back when he was out walking his dog and agreed to stroll the rest of the journey with him.
She enjoys time with her family, church, likes to listen to music and to curl up with a good book (accompanied by a side of milk and cookies). Linda brings with her years of experience in a plethora of life’s exciting adventures. She feels very blessed and honoured to become part of the lovely congregation that attends Eagle Ridge United who have extended her and her family such a warm welcome. Linda looks forward to becoming an integral part of the team.
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.