Rev. Andrew Hewlett, Lead Pastor

Andrew was born here in Victoria B.C. He attended Mount Doug High School (Ya!) and then worked for a few years with Alberta Southern Exploration Drilling (Drilling, welding and burning around in a 4×4). He attended a DTS (Youth With a Mission) and then completed a BA degree at University of Victoria. Following this time of study he attended University of Toronto (Wycliffe College) where he complete his Master of Divinity degree. He is married to Lucy Hewlett and has two grown kids, Judith and Jonathan. When he is not reading theological stuff he enjoys ham radio, off road motor biking and camping. He also serves as a Canadian Forces Chaplain at the Reserve Unit, HMCS Malahat.

Andrew can be reached at pastorandrew@opengatechurch.ca

Lia Alton, Parish Council Member

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

Christine Havers, People’s Warden

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

Friedhelm Jungclaus, Synod Delegate 

Friedhelm was born in November 1944 in Germany. At 17 years he met Joyce, a Cheshire girl, during a youth summer camp in 1962 in England. After their engagement in 1966 he immigrated to Canada early in 1967 followed by Joyce in September of the same year. One day after her arrival they got married. For the first 16 years they lived in Montreal. After Lufthansa transferred Friedhelm to Alberta in 1983 they enjoyed 6 years in the Calgary area. The final years with the airline were spent in Vancouver where he retired in 2006. Two of their four sons live on the mainland and two here, in Victoria, where Friedhelm and Joyce moved in 2016 from Surrey. It was also the year they joined The Open Gate Church because of its connection to ANiC. Both Friedhelm and Joyce enjoy the close fellowship at the OGC and the opportunities to support and serve in a number of ministries. Blessings.

Earl Mansfield, Assistant Rector’s Warden

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

Debbie Gignac, Parish Council Member 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

Margaret Mercer, Synod Delegate

Margaret has been part of the Open Gate community since 2003 (long before we were officially launched). She loves the worship and the feeling that we are one big family. “You have supported me through working with YWAM, taking mission trips, recovering from a broken leg, fund raising endeavours and generally given me love!” Her passions are travel & missions, which sometimes go together and of course dance. Her Hawaiian dance group has danced at Open Gate in the past during an entertainment night, and she met several members of the OG community through Scottish dancing even before she started attending. Although she is retired from banking, she runs a B & B year round, and hosts international students.

Warren Muttersbach, Parish Council Member

Warren is currently an Investigator with the BC Government in Victoria, B.C. He was born in Harrow, Ontario in 1957 where he attended St. Andrews Anglican Church. He graduated from Harrow High School in 1976 and joined the RCMP in 1978. He served with the RCMP on Vancouver Island, B.C., from 1978 to 2005 (retired). He and his wife Kerry were married in 1981 and have one daughter Paige. Warren’s happy place is spending time with his family and travelling. He has been a member of the Open Gate Church since 2013 and started on the Parish Council in 2016. He loves the feeling of family and acceptance within the Open Gate Church community.

Sherri Pankiewich, Treasurer

Sherri has been with Open Gate Church since its inception in 2008 and has been Treasurer for most of the last 8 years. She retired in 2003 after 30 years in accounting and moved to the Victoria area with husband Bill (retired from the airline industry) from North Vancouver to be closer to 2 of their 5 grandchildren. The main thing that attracted them to this church was the welcoming, caring congregation & clergy and the church’s strong commitment to community. They have come to love Island living and enjoy having the Galloping Goose Trail so close to home for their daily exercise routine.