Our Team 2017-07-22T07:54:43+00:00

Our Team

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

Rev. Rick Bergh, Pastor to Young Families

Rick Bergh was born in Calgary, AB. His formative years were spent in various communities in Alberta and the North West Territories. Rick attended Camrose Lutheran College in Camrose, AB and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Alberta. He obtained his Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary (Saskatoon, SK). His first wife, Pam, and mother of their four children (Devon, Keeara, Larissa and Landon as well as three grandchildren: Connor, Ella and Jake) died of ovarian cancer in 2008. He married Erica in 2010. Rick loves hockey. He is also a published author, speaker, workshop leader and narrative therapist. As a fun project, Rick and Erica write children’s books together.

Rev. David Fuller, Honourary Assistant Pastor

David is self described as “a man of remarkably GOOD TASTE (just look at my bride)”- he says.  He serves generously and ongoingly as one of our honorary assistant pastors here and has been a part of the Open Gate community since 2005. Born and bred in Victoria, his current hobbies include “keeping to the ‘straight & narrow'” under the careful tutelage of his wife Daphne. Some of his favourite foods include sausage rolls, Nanaimo bars, and Hawkins cheesies – he can often be spotted at the local gym (life is a balancing act). One of his favourite things about the Open Gate is the awesome Lead Pastor we have in Andrew Hewlett.

Lisa Guthrie, Worship Director / Leader

Lisa is passionate about music and feels privileged to serve the church as Music Director.  To experience the presence of God in worship, there is no greater joy. She loves the fellowship at Open Gate. When Lisa isn’t leading and mentoring worship teams she can be found teaching and playing classical piano. She is married to her best friend Dave and has three grown children, Elizabeth, Eric and Emma. Lisa’s favourite place is the beach, especially in the winter storm season, she enjoys camping, hiking and road trips and can’t live without coffee. Lisa is a member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association and delights in promoting and attending musical events in our city.

Joshua Mansfield, Worship Leader

Joshua’s love of music began early in life. Growing up in local churches and surrounded by music, Joshua first took an interest in guitar when he was ten years old. He began formal studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Victoria in 1995 and studied Classical guitar for seven years. He enjoys playing music at church, weddings, and other venues throughout Victoria and the lower mainland. He has a passion for teaching & recording music and working hands on with instruments repairing guitars at Shiloh Music Studios in Metchosin.

Nic Thorne, Youth Ministry Leader

Nic grew up in Langford and currently live in the Westhills. He is an Island guy and always will be. He has attended Open Gate Church since 2008 and has been leading the Youth Program since 2011. Self-admittedly, he is a bit of a geek as he has a love for video games. He also loves sports and music. He is a drummer on our Music team here at Open Gate.

I have a beautiful daughter and the most incredible wife, I could not do all this without her and I thank God every day for bringing us together. I am so very blessed to be a part of this amazing community and even more so to work with the Youth. God has truly allowed me to do more than I could have imagined and I look forward to meeting new youth in future.”

Lucy Hewlett, KidZone Coordinator

Lucy loves directing KidZone – a fun church for Kids at Open Gate Church. She loves serving God by helping children learn that He is good, a God of love, and has a plan for their lives. For if we “Start children off on the way they should go; even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6. She loves her family too! Pastor Andrew, and their children Judith and Jonathan and their dog Tucker, who requires more attention than all of the family put together.

Lucy can’t wait to meet you and introduce your family to KidZone, the teachers and youth workers and the children that join us on Sunday!

Lindsey Mansfield

Lindsey Mansfield, Office Administrator

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.”