Welcome! 

Our Sanctuary is open for in-person, intergenerational worship (Sundays at 10:30 a.m. followed by coffee / tea social). The use of masks is optional and we encourage you to sit safely distanced apart. We ask that if you have symptoms, you remain home until you are feeling healthy.

We hope to engage children in worship and community life however possible.  Part way into the Sunday service, we have nursery space available for parent use with young children, and Sunday School classes for children aged 3 to grade 5.

If you’re not able or ready to join us in person, please feel free to watch our worship services at  First CRC’s YouTube channel with a new service uploaded every Sunday.

 

We seek to be a community committed to following Jesus, growing together, and extending hospitality.

FOLLOWING JESUS: Imagination for what God will do in the future anchors our work in the present. Jesus promised that he’ll make all things new in the New Creation which will include our relationship with God, each other, ourselves and the physical world.  We believe that future reality is the template for how we are to live now in every aspect of our lives.

GROWING TOGETHER: From welcoming little ones to coming alongside seniors in their later years, we recognize that faith formation requires intentionality and community. Alongside specific milestones in life, we seek to support faith for our children in Sunday School, our teens as they make their faith their own. We seek to support adults with messages that apply faith to all of life, and try to foster community that makes space for joys and sorrows in life.

EXTENDING HOSPITALITY: Our church’s cornerstone says, “The Lord has made room for us.” We recognize that this place is God’s gift to us and it moves us to extend that same welcome to others, and also experience God’s hospitality through others in a number of diverse ways on Sundays and throughout the week, in our church building and in the other places we find ourselves.

 

 

Give

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

As stewards of our finances, we encourage those in the First community, and we invite those who support First’s work for shalom in Vancouver, to contribute towards our budget.

Contact

As a part of the Christian Reformed Church, we are a Council-led congregation. Our Elders and Deacons serve as volunteers and oversee the overall work of our church, and discern the long-term vision & planning for our congregation. The elders oversee the spiritual care and faith formation practices in our community, and the deacons steward the work of mercy and justice in our congregation and neighbourhood. We also have a number of other committees and teams that make for some great collaborative work! 

Our current chair of council is Lance.

Email: chair@firstvan.ca

Trevor Vanderveen
Pastor

Email: pastortrev@firstvan.ca

Since coming to serve as pastor at First CRC in 2007, I have sought to come alongside people in their big life moments and their day to day work of integrating their faith in Jesus with every part of their lives. I do most of the Sunday morning preaching, work with our staff and Council, visit with folks in our church & neighbourhood and would love to connect over a coffee or tea with you. I’m married to Julia and we have 3 sons and when I’m not here, I enjoy walking our dog around Trout Lake, reading a good novel, and following the ups and (mostly) downs of the Canucks.

Ashu Biswal
Youth Director + intern

Email: ashu@firstvan.ca

I am originally from India, which is where I did my Masters in Political Science and Master in Business Administration.  Later in life God called me to work at a Highschool as a political science teacher for grades 9- 12.  In the fall of 2019 my wife Sabrina and I  moved to Vancouver directly from India so I could study a Masters of Divinity at Regent College. Currently I am continuing my work on my degree including doing my internship at First Christian Reformed Church of Vancouver, where I am also working part time as the Youth Director.  I am enjoying getting to know the First CRC community better, especially the youth and our church family. I enjoy taking photos and going on nature walks, I love to read and I enjoy cooking. 

Anne Duifhuis
Congregational Admin Assistant

Email: office@firstvan.ca

Working part-time admin for this congregation, as well as 1Life and Resonate, means that there is sometimes amazing overlap (chaos?) in my work. For the church my duties include completing the weekly e-newsletter, collecting parking money, and helping with volunteer scheduling. I also volunteer weekly with the Tea & Conversation for newcomers and belong to the choral group. Other things I enjoy are pickleball, cycling, reading and going on outdoor and cultural adventures with family and friends.  

Sabrina Biswal

Children’s Ministry Director

Email: childrensministry@firstvan.ca

I am originally from Ontario but lived in India for 11 years, which is where I met and married my husband Ashu.  My educational background and training is in social work, but I am currently working full time at Regent College as the Receptionist and Financial clerk for the college.  I am also working part time with First Christian Reformed Church of Vancouver as the Children’s Ministry Director where I am able to use my organizational skills as well  as my creativity to organize and help with our Weekly Children’s Ministry Sunday School time. I am enjoying getting to know all the children and their families in our community. I enjoy reading, baking and crafting.

Avijit Horo

Worship Director

Email: worship@firstvan.ca

I am Avijit Horo, The Worship Director of First CRC church. I was born in India Delhi in a Christian family. I worked as a youth worship pastor and a teacher back home. Well now I am the WORSHIP DIRECTOR it is a heavy title but I’m glad that I have the responsibility of learning and growing through Church worship. I also work as a teacher in Vancouver Christian School. I am also an MBA student in University Canada West. As you can see, I have a lot on my plate. But in all honesty I love working and studying together.

Ashita Batke

Custodian

I joined the staff as a Custodian in 2007. I unlock and lock up the Church premises Sunday mornings; prepare the sanctuary for morning services; monitor the church premises during the service; and greet guests at the welcome table when needed. I enjoy visiting local interests; or small travels like Squamish and Whistler; movies;  with my family, and restaurant dining.

 

Carlos & Carmen Martinez

Custodians

I have been at First CRC for over 25 years where I have been responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the Church building. My passion for helping others has come in many ways including my volunteer work with the Chilean Cultural and Sporting Association which seeks to connect Chileans who recently moved to Vancouver with resources and support, enhance cultural awareness in the community and offer recreational activities. My family is my priority. My wife and I just celebrated our 60th Wedding Anniversary this year and this is by far the most important milestone of my life. Together we have 4 kids, 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandkids. We definitely feel very blessed.