Pastor Dan Roukema
Dan and and his wife, Andrea have three boys, and two dogs. In 2004, Dan completed his Masters at Regent College - a seminary on the UBC campus in Vancouver, BC.
Dan’s spiritual journey during these years began in a home that taught him Jesus is Lord of all creation, and will redeem all things. This foundation prepared Dan well for the journey ahead, which would include doubt, apathy, searching, and experiencing the hardships of life where everything is “not as its supposed to be”.
Dan loves the church and believes it exists for the purpose of participating in Christ’s mission of redeeming all creation. His greatest hope - for himself, for the church and for the world - is to be wide awake to what Christ has done, and is doing. And that this wideawakeness would elicit thankfulness, service, joy and a welcomed embrace of our Creator.
Pastor Cari Fydirchuk
On January 3rd, 2018, Cari officially completed her seminary studies through Calvin Theological Seminary. On this same day, she received and accepted the call to serve as Pastor of Pastoral care for Emmanuel CRC.
Cari, her husband Jason and their two girls live in Cochrane, AB, where they love to escape to the mountains to go camping and skiing.
Cari was blessed to grow up in a Christian home where she came to know a loving God; as the One who cares for us, protects us, guides us and invites us to be in relationship with him through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. At a young age her Dad taught her that FAITH stands for Feeling Afraid I Trust Him. These words have always stayed with Cari and she has often repeated them to herself as it is faith, this gift from God that has enabled her to get through some of life's most challenging times.
In the summer of 2015, Cari and her family experienced a deep personal loss. In her time of grieving, Cari's faith was tested as she was pushed to limits beyond her control. It was out of this place that God healed and transformed Cari, teaching her how to be Christ to others - to witness another's experience - another's journey. Henry Nouwen in his book, In the Name of Jesus, writes "God has created us and redeemed us in love and has chosen to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life."
Pastor Cole Mattie
Cole and his wife, Anna, recently moved to Calgary from Edmonton. In 2020, Cole graduated from Vanguard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. He spent four years in the Pastoral Ministry program, where he discovered more about his faith, the redemptive story of the bible, and his calling to pastor in a local church.
Cole is passionate about working with youth. He has spent years working with the nextgeneration at multiple bible camps, kids’ programs, and youth center. Cole loves traveling, adventures, having deep conversations, music, boardgames, skateboarding, and listening to audiobooks.
He desires to establish a prospering youth community by building connections with the youth and integrating the youth with Emmanuel Church. His prayer for the youth here at Emmanuel would be the strengthening of their faith, the desiring to pursue God in every area of their lives, and to prepare them for the Christian journey.
We are excited for the future of Emmanuel Youth with Cole in this new role.
Yvonne Bosgra - Office Manager
Yvonne and her husband Dale have three adult children. Yvonne was raised in a loving and caring Christian home where her faith journey started. She has been a member of 5 different CRC churches in Southern Alberta and Calgary which has helped strengthen her walk with God in good times and bad. In her spare time Yvonne enjoys baking, reading and spending time with her family.
Greta deGroot - Worship Director
Greta has been involved with music and worship ever since she was a teenager. She loves to develop liturgies and worship services that intentionally reflect the voices and heart of Emmanuel.
Greta and her husband Rudy have been part of Emmanuel for over 40 years. They have 3 married children and 10 grand children who all attend Emmanuel. As well as working at Emmanuel, Greta works as a nurse specializing in wound and ostomy care.
Cathy Vanderveen - Book Keeper