Karen Heidebrecht Thiessen
I absolutely love being Lead Pastor at Level Ground. It’s amazing being part of a church family made up of people who come out of such diverse life experiences but who are united by a desire to risk following Jesus with our whole life. I’m married to Richard Thiessen who can tell you anything you ever wanted (or didn’t want) to know about Mennonite history since he’s the Director of the newly opened Mennonite Heritage Museum. We love spending time with our three sons who are moving into “adulting” with grace and courage. I enjoy binge watching TV series, travelling to countries that don’t have Costco and having conversations with people about things that really matter to them. If you ever want to connect, drop me a line at: karen (at) levelgroundchurch.com
Pastor of Worship & Young Adults
I’m the pastor of worship & young adults here at Level Ground Mennonite church. I have been a part of Level Ground since its inception in 2008/09. I previously served as a youth pastor for 14 years. I am married to Crystal and we have two beautiful children Evelyn (7) & Judah (4). I love sports and the outdoors. Gardening and being outdoors are my therapy. A few of my interests include floor hockey, soccer, music, canoe tripping, travelling and camping with my family. I am a pastor at heart and I love to walk alongside people in their journey with God and in life. I also enjoy creating spaces where people can meet with God in worship and in community.
Keith St. Jean
Pastor of Recovery Ministries
I am the Pastor of Recovery Ministries with Level Ground Mennonite Church. I spent a number of years wallowing through the destruction of my own addictive past. Through a connection with a God who loves me exactly as I am I was able to rediscover my own value and through that begin my journey into recovery, redemption, and new life, a journey I continue to this day. I have developed several programs geared at helping people in recovery discover their potential; these programs include “Going Deeper” a series on uncovering our nature as God’s beloved children and “Walking Together” a series that provides training to be in relationship with people in recovery. I make my home on 21 acres in Sumas Prairie where I live with Jennifer (my partner in life and adventure) our two teenage sons; Isaak and Levi and a black cat appropriately named Shadow.
Pastor of Youth
I’m the youth pastor at Level Ground Mennonite Church. A few things you should know about me is that I drink too much coffee, I like hiking, hunting, camping and watching a good T.V. series on Netflix. My favourite sports team is the Vancouver Canucks and I was heartbroken in 2011 as they lost in the finals. But the year was redeemed when I married the coolest and most awesome girl ever – Alisha. Then in 2015 my family grew again when we had Emmett, the happiest little boy. I love Jesus and I am passionate about youth ministry and seeing young people grow in their faith. I also happen to love a good game of dodgeball, so I guess becoming a youth pastor was inevitable. I look forward to seeing you around and would love it if you stopped by the office. Feel free to contact me at josh (at) levelgroundchurch.com.
I have been married to my awesome husband since December 2008. We have 5 children ranging in age from 20-3 years old. So, we rarely sleep because we are up early in the morning with our Littles and up late at night chatting with our older kids. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. I became the office administrator at Level Ground in June 2014. I love being a part of this ministry and working with the amazing staff here. When I get a chance, I love reading, watching Netflix and going for walks with my family and our cute miniature schnauzer, Chevy.