LEAD PASTOR SCOTT GAGLARDI
Scott is married to Naomi and they have three children, Mercedes (22), Emerson (20) and Hudson (17). Scott and Naomi first met at a Port Moody Pentecostal church youth retreat (he was 13 and she was 12, but don’t tell their daughter). They got married in 1991 after Scott’s first year at Western Pentecostal Bible College, and he graduated from Western in 1993. Prior to moving to Chilliwack in November 2014, they lived in the Comox Valley for 18 years, pastoring a local church. From 2012-2014 Scott was involved with the Courtenay Volunteer Fire department and he is looking forward to doing the same here in Chilliwack.
Scott and Naomi love the local Church and have a passion to see people grow in a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus so they can express the life and love of Jesus to the community around them. They have a desire to lead the Church, and live in such a way, that the statement of Acts 8:8 ‘and there was great joy in the city’ would be realized in Chilliwack.
Youth & Young Adults Pastor Jesse Leimer
Jesse is married to Erin, and they are new to Chilliwack as of November 2016. Jesse and Erin have quite the story about how God brought them together, something you should surely ask them about when you meet either one of them. At an early age, Jesse felt called to be a pastor and in 2010 he began attending Summit Pacific College, where he spent four years. Soon after his graduation, Jesse moved back to Calgary to work at a church in the student ministries department, where he ministered to everyone from preteens to young adults. During this season, Erin and Jesse were married on May 9, 2015. If you want to get Jesse excited, ask him about Jesus, coffee, books, or his wife, Erin.
Jesse has a strong calling for seeing the next generation reach their full potential in Christ. He wants to see students living their best life in Christ throughout their school, relationships, families, and communities. The next generation has a passion and drive to see a movement of Jesus in their cities, and Jesse make it his purpose to encourage, inspire and empower them to be that movement here in Chilliwack.
children & FAMILY PASTOR Erin hall
Erin moved to Chilliwack after finishing her studies at the University in Calgary in the spring of 2017. There she received her BA with Distinction in International Relations. Erin's passion for children and families, the world around her, and the marginalized are ignited by her volunteer, education, and work experiences. Before joining the team in January 2018, Erin served alongside her husband Jesse in the Youth and Young Adult ministries.
Erin has a passion to partner with parents to raise disciples and help children reach their fullest potential by encouraging and supporting them in their walk with Jesus. She fundamentally believes our kids at First Ave have the ability to change our city and global community through their infectious personalities and natural leadership.
Office Administrator Jennifer Oldendorf