In his words: "I always dreamed of living on the west coast. When I married a girl from Victoria, BC, I brought the west coast here. Emma and I were married in 2008, the same year I started working for the church. We have two wonderful, beautiful, tiring children: Alethea and Hunter.
I like playing guitar (badly), gardening (cluelessly), and distance running (slowly). I love being around people who want to investigate the teachings of Jesus, pursue God, and figure out how to live life abundantly."
Born and raised in Kitchener, Mike went to Bishop's University in Quebec, where he met Emma. Back since 2004, he earned a Master's in philosophy (University of Waterloo). He's completing a Master's in theological studies (Conrad Grebel University College).
You can find Mike leading and preaching most Sundays. He also facilitates small groups, leadership development, and anything else Central Church needs.
Sam Vanderwood, Office Administrator
TEL: (226) 338-8565
In his words: "I met my gorgeous wife Emily while working at McDonald's, together we have a beautiful daughter named Penelope and are expecting our second child in Feb. 2018.
I enjoy tinkering with technology, reading historical fiction, volunteering in the community, and spending time with my family. I have a passion for hospitality and all things food, I also enjoy administrative style tasks and working with numbers."
Born in Welland and raised in Grey County, Sam is the middle of 5 boys. Sam worked in the food service industry for 13 years before transitioning to his current position at Central Church in 2016.
You can find Sam running the soundboard, helping with the setup/tear down of our facility, or leading the Jr. Youth on Sunday mornings. Throughout the week, Sam works out of our office, handling the administrative duties, coordinating the various schedules and activities, and leading the Sr. Youth group.