Rev Dan Sheffield | Lead Pastor
Dan came to lead our congregation in 2017, following 15 years serving as part of the National Leadership Team of The Free Methodist Church in Canada. Dan is passionate about equipping disciples and congregations for ministry in our post-Christian society. He has a Masters degree from McMaster University and is an adjunct lecturer at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto.
Dan was born and raised during his early years in the rugged landscape of Northern Ontario, before moving as a teenager to rural eastern Ontario. He completed a BA in Biblical Studies at Providence College, near Winnipeg, before he and his wife Kathy set out to explore the world, specifically Egypt and South Africa. They were involved in theological education, church planting and community development. Since then Dan has spent extensive time in other parts of Africa and Asia providing leadership development and coaching national ministry leaders.
Dan has been married to Kathy for more than 30 years and they have two adult children, Jamila and Jared (& Seanna).
Dan’s academic writing can be found here: https://tyndale.academia.edu/DanSheffield
Grapeview Church is overseen by a governance body that we call our Official Board. Congregational members are elected to serve terms of responsibility by church partners at our annual meeting. They are tasked with vision-casting and oversight of Ministry Teams who act upon the church’s vision and ministry plan. Board leaders are nominated from church partners who demonstrate a spirit of humility and dependence upon God. They are spiritually mature individuals who live exemplary lives in personal and public spheres. Their worldview and lifestyle are in harmony with the Scriptures and the teachings of the Free Methodist Church.
Dale Srigley (Chair)
Dale has been connected to Grapeview for more than 25 years. He is a retired auto industry worker with regular work now as a self-employed house painter and small repairs. Besides serving as the Chair of the Official Board, Dale leads one of our Worship Teams and facilitates a midweek LifeGroup. He says: “I like getting to know different people and learning from all the groups in our church.”
Phil Lawrence (Vice-Chair)
Phil has been an active lay leader at Grapeview since the early 1960s when he first moved to St Catharines.
Diana Owusuaa (Secretary)
Diana has been involved at Grapeview since September 2014, when she came from Ghana to study in St Catharines. She is a PhD student and currently works as a teaching and research assistant at Brock University. Besides her role on our Official Board, Diana is a member of the Welcoming and Worship teams. She says: “I like the multicultural nature of the church and the fact that everyone is welcomed to Grapeview with great smiles.”
Ruth VanderBerg (Treasurer)
Ruth has been involved at Grapeview for more than 18 years. She works at Heritage Village in Vineland as administrator of the recreation clubhouse. Ruth has previous experience as a Business Education instructor/program manager for several colleges. Over the years Ruth has served in many areas of church life – worship ministry, small group leader, communications, children, admin – beside many years on the Official Board. She says: “Grapeview has been a place where I can serve and demonstrate my love for Christ.”
Sarah Amafu (Delegate)
Sarah and her husband Norbert have been involved at Grapeview since she came to study International Relations at Brock University a number of years ago. Sarah worked for CIBC in Niagara Falls before her present maternity leave. She and Norbert have two children, Samantha and Don. Sarah is one of our Worship Team leaders and, with Norbert, leads a LifeGroup study.
Michael Ayerh (Member)
Michael came to Canada to complete a master’s degree in Geography at Brock University and just decided to stay on. Michael is part of our Finance and adds to our worship experience with his conga playing.
Evelyn Lawrence (Member)
Evelyn has been a regular attender at Grapeview since she began her teaching career in St Catharines in 1961. The first pastor, Rev. Carl Chatterton invited her to help with the newly formed congregation. Over the years Evelyn has led small groups, worked with children, served on the Daycare Committee and the Official Board, including as chairperson. She says: “I enjoy the warmth of the people here and the integration of different cultures.”