Youth, arts, leadership skills emphasized
© Justin Crann
Pastors Dave Wicks, Andrew Switzer and Kurt Buchanan are bringing their individual skills and ambitions to the Hillcrest congregation.
Several new pastors are bringing their message to the congregation of Hillcrest Apostolic Church.
“I’m the senior pastor, and my job is to work with the pastoral team,” said Dave Wicks, who came to the church this past April. “I’ve been at a number of different churches, taught in a Bible college and ran a youth program in Edmonton ... my main job is to give (the other pastors) leadership and encouragement.”
Wicks is one of three newcomers to the church, along with Kurt Buchanan and Andrew Switzer, who oversee the worship arts and youth departments, respectively.
All three of the pastors were born in Saskatchewan. Buchanan grew up in Moose Jaw before moving to Ontario, Switzer in Regina, and Wicks in Weyburn. Each brings his own hobbies and ambitions to the table as a means of connecting with the outside community.
“I really love seeing people reach their full potential in any area, but specifically in music, because that’s something that I love,” said Buchanan. “I see the rich potential in people and I want to see that come to life.”
“I want to provide a safe place for youth to be real, for them to share whatever’s on their heart, whatever they’re struggling with, and to have a good time in a safe place,” Switzer said.
“I believe very strongly that everybody has a destiny ... part of that is our choice, and I want to empower youth to begin to make that choice now.”
“I’m a motorcycle enthusiast,” said Wicks. “I’ve already started making connections with guys who like motorcycles.”
Though each of the pastors has his own story, experiences and ambitions, Wicks said the end goal remains the same.
“I think we’re inviting people into a deep relationship with God, and that’s the centre of life from our perspective,” he said.