John Van Sloten – Lead Pastor
John has been an ordained pastor for the past 27 years and leads our team here at Marda Loop Church. His passions are preaching, teaching, and writing about God’s everywhere presence. He’s a regular columnist for the Calgary Herald/National Post. He has been married to Fran for 38 years and has three adult children. John has participated in several John Templeton Foundation sub-grants over the past ten years exploring the intersection of faith and science. His newest book, God Speaks Science, will be published in July 2023. In his spare time, he goes on walkabouts, takes photos, and occasionally sketches old Rembrandt etchings.
Kerri Bonk – Administrator
Kerri Bonk has been attending Marda Loop Church since 2020 and is excited to see how God is working through this community. She has been working as an educational assistant for 20 years and has recently joined the staff at the church in an administrative capacity and is looking forward to the new experience! She has been married to Phil for 32 years and together they have two grown sons who have also brought their partners into the family. Phil and Kerri are “empty nesters” but thoroughly enjoy spending any time they can with their family. In her free time, Kerri can be found baking in the kitchen, reading in her favourite chair or working out.
Daniel Lee – Worship Coordinator
Daniel is a graduate of Ambrose University with a Bachelor of Arts in behavioural science that he likes to use as a framework for better understanding and seeing God in and through his relationships and interaction with others. As a musician, he has been playing guitar for over a decade, initially learning from his father. Daniel enjoys meeting with God through song and getting to see how strong of force music is for connection and expression. Here at Marda Loop Church, Daniel loves getting to explore how the music we listen to contains fragments of God’s heart and who God is – in everything from century-old hymns to pop ballads from the 2000s. Daniel is passionate about music, people, and worshiping the Lord in song and every aspect of our daily lives.
Veeran Vrielink – Tech Coordinator
Veeran has been active in many areas of church life since it’s founding, including helping build the current stage and lighting set up. He is passionate about anything having to do with music and live production. Veeran is currently a student of St. Mary’s University completing a BA in Psychology. He is also a trombonist of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment Band. He believes that the arts are God’s universal language that can reach anyone. In his down time, Veeran is either looking for ways to improve his knowledge on music and sound design, or hanging out online with friends.