Staff

Ben Elliott - Lead Pastor

Ben Elliott - Lead Pastor

Ben grew up on the prairies and attended Canadian Bible College in Regina, but comes to Deer Park with his family having lived outside the country -- in the United States, Scotland, and Indonesia -- for the majority of the last fifteen years.  Ben and Kari have two children, Blaise (2005) and Flora (2007), and most recently served as Alliance International Workers in the Asian Spice region.  Ben is a graduate of Canadian Bible College, Wesley Biblical Seminary, and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. His passion is Biblical preaching, church unity, vibrant Christian thought, and living the Christian life joyfully, together in community.

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Don Tjart - Worship Arts & Communications

Don Tjart - Worship Arts & Communications

Don grew up in Edmonton, AB but has spent the last 27 years living and working in Toronto, ON. Don has worked in church music and arts for 17 years and in the film and TV industry as an actor and in production for 10 years. Don joined the staff of Deer Park Church in June of 2013 and oversees worship arts and communications.

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Jon Van Koughnett - Children & Family Ministries

Jon Van Koughnett - Children & Family Ministries

Regan Fossen - Youth and Young Adults

Regan Fossen - Youth and Young Adults

Ryan Keehn - Care and Community

Ryan Keehn - Care and Community

 Jon was hired on at Deer Park Church in November of 2014. He has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and has worked as a Director of a Christian Daycare. He and his wife Amy have lived together in Red Deer for the past 6 years and are recently proud parents of their first child in February of 2015. Jon is passionate about seeing children “trained up in the way they should go” and seeing them open their lives to Christ.

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Regan grew up in Airdrie, Alberta. He graduated from Ambrose University with a Bachelor of Ministry degree and a Major in Youth Ministry. Previously, Regan completed a 16 month internship in Caledonia, Ontario where he worked with youth and young adults in various capacities. Regan has also been volunteering in youth ministry since 2009, where he gained experience working with youth and developed his passion for youth ministry. Regan joined the staff of Deer Park Church in July of 2017.

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Ryan came to have faith in Jesus while attending a little church plant in Sicamous, BC back in 2008. Fast forward a few years and he and his wife Serica, along with their five kids, (Conner, Parker, Kylee, Cody, and Colter) find themselves in Ponoka, AB planting a church. Ryan has a heart for evangelism and loves to see the church on mission. In his free time, he enjoys playing baseball, coaching his kids, playing drums, snowmobiling, horse back riding with his wife and waking up super early in the morning to enjoy the Bible with a strong cup of coffee while the house is still quiet.

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Board of Elders

Gordie Barker - Elders Board

Gordie Barker - Elders Board

Dave Misener - Elders Board

Dave Misener - Elders Board

Barry Archer - Elders Board

Barry Archer - Elders Board

Josh Deschenes - Elders Board

Josh Deschenes - Elders Board

Jeff Leedholm - Elders Board

Jeff Leedholm - Elders Board

Steve Friesen - Elders Board

Steve Friesen - Elders Board