Andrew Hewlett

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

Nic Thorne, 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.

Lin Bremner, People’s Warden

Lin was born in Plymouth, England where she grew up and met her husband, Ivor, a fellow Plymouthian. Lin is a retired Radiation Therapist. After taking her medical training she worked in Plymouth for a couple of years then landed a job in Thunder Bay; so at age 22 she and Ivor started their adventure to Canada. Another job offer moved them next to Calgary but, missing the ocean so much, the next move was to Vancouver Island. Lin has three sons and a beautiful granddaughter, Ivy, who sometimes accompanies her to church. Lin joined our congregation at St. Mary the Virgin in the mid 80’s and has benefited greatly from their love, support and excellent witness. This is her second term on parish council and she is looking forward to participating in our Lords work here in the Westshore.

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, Rector’s Warden

Earl Mansfield was born in Vancouver BC to Christian parents. He accepted our Lord as his Saviour at age 14 at an evangelical church in Nanaimo. A year later he met his future wife Christine at the Cowichan  River Bible Camp. Dr. Mansfield’s educational  background is in the field of education, with a bachelor’s degree from UVic, an MA from UBC, an MED from U of Oregon and a Ph. d from UBC. He was a secondary school teacher for many years and worked on various Ministry of Education curriculum and assessment committees. Dr. Mansfield has previous Church council experience and as assisted in formulating church constitutions. Earl and Christine have lived in Metchosin for more than 20 years and have 4 children and 8 grandchildren, and are God-parents and God-grandparents to numerous others. Earl is committed to serving our Lord The Open Gate Church, and especially loves encouraging the youngest and the oldest members of our wonderful church family.

Joanne Dohmsmidt, 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.

Shelly Morris, Synod Delegate

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

Brian Dunn, 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.

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.

Dave Guthrie

Dave Guthrie, Secretary

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.