Parish Council 2017-07-18T13:04:17+00:00

Parish Council

Ivor Bremner, 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.

Brian Dunn, Parish Council Member

Brian has been attending Open Gate since our beginning – his favourite thing being the community of believers here. Brian was born in Nova Scotia but has spent most of his life here in Victoria. He works as an IT Manager with an educational background in Physics, Astronomy, and Computer Science. Some of the hobbies he enjoys are softball, soccer, hiking, and golf. He is married with 2 wonderful kids. “Although I was not raised in the Lord, I am happy to say that my kids are”. Check out Psalm 22 (one of Brian’s favs).

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.

Dianne Fiege, Parish Council Member

Dianne is from Victoria and has been with us here at Open Gate from the very beginning, her favorite thing about church life here is the people. She enjoys the study of genealogy, running, walking, and learning to quilt. Her favorite food is Mexican cuisine.

David Gibbs, Synod Delegate

David has worked for the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development since 1989. Raised in Anglican home in the Southern California, David moved to Canada to gain his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Trinity Western University (1985). David returned to Anglican membership in 1991 when he and his wife settled in Fort St. John, BC in 1991. He served as People’s Warden in the parish of the North Peace, Fort St. John. David and his wife have been members of The Open Gate Church in Victoria since 2008. He currently supervises a team of child welfare workers on two work sites on southern Vancouver Island.

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

Lindsey Mansfield, Secretary 

Lindsey loves both the colours pink & orange together. One day, she would love to own her own full length pool so she can swim everyday- mornings & evenings. Being a mother of two, she thinks coffee should have a special food group. She was born and raised in Victoria (Metchosin) and left the island for just one year to attend Pacific Life Bible College in Surrey where she received a certificate in Biblical Studies.

Lindsey has been apart of the Open Gate Community since it’s birth, although she considers the people here ‘family’ since long before then when we were gathering at St. Mary’s in Metchosin. She loves that her kids get to experience a multi-generational church where there are many sets of grandparent figures. Her husband, Joshua, is actively involved in the Music and Sound ministry here.

Lindsey currently serves as our secretary alongside “our great leadership team.” Her favourite thing about the Open Gate is “The People.” 

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.