Service Times: Sundays at 10 AM and 6 PM

X Close Menu


These are the staff of Community, each bringing their experiences and their skills to the work that they do throughout the week.  Those with email addresses invite you to contact them with whatever questions or suggestions that you might have about Community and, of course, about your place within Community.

 Amanda 1

Amanda Bakale

Pastor - Faith Formation                               Email:   

Amanda Bakale graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2010. Amanda then completed a Masters of Counselling and Spiritual Care from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo, Ontario, in 2011. After serving as an interim pastor, Amanda worked at World Renew in Burlington, Ontario, before accepting the call to join Community CRC as Pastor - Faith Formation in 2015. Amanda and her husband, Brian Bork, campus minister at Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Waterloo, have two little kiddos who keep their lives and home full of laughter, legos, and goldfish crackers. 


Carel 1

Carel Geleynse

Pastor - Pastoral Care/Communities     Email:

Carel Geleynse graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1981 and was ordained as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in October of that year. He has been a pastor in four congregations--Port Perry ON, Charlottetown PEI, Flamborough ON and Chilliwack BC--and has spent 2002 – 2003 in Haiti with his family, where he and his wife, Irene, taught at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince. Carel joined the staff at Community CRC as Pastor/Director of Pastoral Care in January 2011.

John 1a

John Medendorp

Pastor - Preaching and Worship                Email:

John Medendorp grew up in the Dominican Republic, where his parents served as missionairies with the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). He has also lived in the Netherlands, Texas, and Michigan. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He was ordained at Community CRC in 2015 after serving the church for a year as interim pastor. Pastor John and his wife Ashley now live in downtown Kitchener with their family.

 Sherri 1

Sherrie Missel


Sherrie sees to it that Community's facilities and grounds are kept clean and presentable.


Rachel VanHuizen

Worship Coordinator                                    Email:

Rachel is the worship coordinator at Community CRC. She plans service details for each Sunday and coordinates the worship ministry volunteers. Rachel grew up in rural Ontario and graduated from Calvin College in 2011.

Donna 1a

Donna Vandervelde

Office Administrator                                   Email:

When you contact Community, whether by email, telephone, or a visit during the week, chances are that the first person you'll run into is Donna. She’s the person who will cheerfully answer your questions, and does a million behind-the-scenes things that keeps Community administration flowing smoothly.

Diana 1

Diana Wilhelm


Diana keeps our accounts in order. She has been a member of Community CRC her whole life.  She and her husband, Dave, have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter.

Diana was Queen of England for a little while.