Meet our Team

John Van Sloten - Lead Pastor

John has been an ordained pastor for the past 25 years and leads our team here at Marda Loop Church. His passions are preaching and writing about God’s everywhere presence. He and Fran have been married for 35 years and have three adult children. John has been awarded four John Templeton Foundation sub-grants over the past ten years and is currently part of a two-year multi-faith-based fellowship in NYC that will be exploring the intersection of faith and science. In his spare time, he loves to walk, take photos and occasionally sketch.



Carly Jefferies - Youth Coordinator

Carly has been married to her husband Jason for just over a year. She is a caring pet mom to their fur and claw babies. Currently, Carly is a student at Reeves College where she is studying in the Addictions & Community Support Worker program. Carly has passionately spent years volunteering in children and youth programming, outreach for at-risk individuals, and addiction support. She is a creative person that enjoys music, art, and any chance to go for a hike.

Daniel - Worship coordinator

 Daniel is a student at Ambrose University, studying the behavioural sciences so that he may better understand and see God in and through his relationships and interactions with others. As a musician, he has been playing guitar and bass for the past eight years, initially learning from his father who studied music at Humber College before going on to become a minister in the Alliance Church. Throughout high school and into university Daniel studied under local guitarist and music producer, Cory Bitner. Daniel is passionate about music, people, and worshiping the Lord not only in song, but through every aspect of our daily lives.

Hannah - Administrator

Hannah had recently graduated from Bow Valley College with an Administrative Professional certificate. She is a highly approachable individual who wants to make a positive mark. Hannah loves life and the organic nature of relationships and building community. After being introduced to the Marda loop church and its desire to cultivate its authentic expression of God’s church, Hannah is excited to be a part of our journey. She is also a sprouting plant mom who loves to travel the world and being in nature.

Veeran - Tech

Veeran is a child of Marda Loop Church, joining the Calgary Community Reformed Church at his birth.  He has been active in all areas of church life and has a heart for the global mission of the church.  Veeran is currently studying psychology at the St. Mary’s University.  He is a musician, a photographer, a collector of random facts and a lover of all animals.