Pastoral Team

A large number of gifted people give generously of their time and abilities to help make Elevation the community it is. In addition, a small group of us work together as part of a Pastoral Team, sharing leadership for the church in a number of significant ways:

  • praying together for the health and growth of the church
  • discerning God’s direction for our church’s future
  • engaging in high-level conversations about vision and values
  • working together to fulfill the mission of the church
  • collaborating on overarching projects and initiatives

Each member of the Pastoral Team has a specific portfolio with corresponding areas of responsibility. Here are some names and faces to help you out:

Helen Kroeker, Care and Connection

Helen is the primary contact person in our office and is most likely the one who will help you find your way into our Elevation community. She provides care and encouragement for people and contributes to the spiritual vitality of our community in diverse ways. Helen is also part-owner of a certain local cafe, so if she’s not at the church, you know where to find her.

Melodie Sherk, Emerging Generations

Melodie provides leadership to the youngest members of our Elevation community, including our Kids’ Quest programs and Youth ministry. She has been a Youth leader in the church for the past couple of years and we’re excited to have her in this new and expanded role. Melodie grew up on a dairy farm, so if you have any questions about that kind of thing, now you know who to ask!

Brandon Malo, Lead Pastor

Brandon and Melissa Malo have been serving Elevation alongside one another since its inception in 2001. Brandon provides spiritual leadership and visionary direction for the church. He is the primary teacher on Sunday mornings and also connects pastorally with members of our congregation, guides the Pastoral Team, and chairs the Steering Committee. And since he wrote these staff bios, he doesn’t get a witty comment.

Melissa Burke, Worship, Justice, and Community

Melissa provides leadership to a number of teams who work together to create a spiritually stimulating atmosphere for our Sunday morning gatherings. She also invests in the health and growth of our church and local community in a number of different ways. Melissa is helping us move toward becoming a more diverse community, but she has no interest in sports of any kind.

Connor Jay, Digital Community

Connor has joined our team to oversee all things digital, including social media, communications, and virtual community. He will be taking the lead at an important time as we continue to position ourselves well to connect with people in a variety of creative ways. Connor is a serious Raptors fan, too, which is just one more reason to like him.

Steering Committee

In addition to our Staff team, Elevation is led by a Steering Committee, which is also known as our Board of Directors. The current members of this senior leadership team are: Sue Winter, Trevor Shantz, Melissa Malo, Chad Lebold, Phil Thompson, Eli Gingerich, and Brenda Prins, with Brandon Malo serving as Chair.

Information about our Steering Committee’s structure and governance can be found here:

Steering Committee Structure and Governance – January 2020