Team Leaders Nathan and Charis Rousu Nathan and Charis have been married since 1996 and have 3 teenage children. They are passionate about the health and growth of our Harvest family as well as the community of our church neighbourhood. Both of them have a high value for worship, the Word of God, prayer, outreach at home and abroad and discipleship.
On full-time staff at Harvest since 1997, Nathan has been a long-term faithful servant to this body of believers. Nathan is a gifted leader, teacher, worshipper and musician who has broad influence throughout the Body of Christ. He has a passion to serve and equip other leaders in the city, the region, and across the nation. He has a heart to disciple and encourage others to follow in God's leading for their lives. Nathan is a man of wisdom, integrity and love for the Word of God.
Charis is passionate about outreach at home and abroad, children and youth, as well as worshipping God and discipling others to do so as well. A woman of spiritual wisdom and discernment she loves to love those that God puts in front of her whether that be during church services, in our Beverly neighbourhood, in the counselling office, or the grocery store!
Nathan and Charis stepped into the senior pastoral role in 2013, becoming the Team Leaders of Harvest. They also serve Vineyard Canada as the Regional Leaders for the Prairies and as part of the Vineyard Worship Canada Team.
Associate Leaders Don and Ruth Rousu Don and Ruth have been married since 1967 and have 4 children and 13 grandchildren. Senior Pastors of Harvest Vineyard from 1995 - 2013, they have built a foundation of theological grounding while also seeking the presence of God in our midst.
The theme of Don's ministry has been "to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry." Having now reached the age when most people retire, Don is hoping to spend the latter years of his life doing less adminstration to focus on the mentoring of the next generation of leaders. Ruth is a mother and grandmother not only to her natural offspring, but also to many in the body of Christ. A gifted counsellor and prophetic intercessor, she "sees" what is on people and helps bring people's true identity and destiny in Christ to birth. She is a gifted teacher and mentor as well. Ruth feels called to passionately pursue the Lord in prayer to see His Kingdom come. She continues to lead the Vineyard Worship and Prayer Summit every year to invite Vineyard Canada and the greater body of Christ into this passion as well.
Don and Ruth served for several years on the Regional Leadership Team for the Prairies and on the National Team for Vineyard Canada. Don also headed up the Theological Development Group for Vineyard Canada and still serves in an advisory capacity and intensive seminar teacher.
Youth and Children's Ministry Katie Schenk
Katie is our energetic children and youth co-ordinator! She demonstrates a loving and compassionate heart towards all the different children and youth that come through our doors. Katie also carries a desire to impart her knowledge and experience of Jesus and does so through both teaching and practical experiences. Katie and her husband Eric have 3 very handsome sons. We are incredibly proud to have Katie as a valued member of our team!