Who we are.

OUR TEAM

STAFF

Milly

I was born and raised in Hong Kong but fell in love with Vancouver after being an exchange student at SFU in 2010. I came back and finished my masters in biblical languages at Regent College in 2014. During my study, I came to realize the importance of Christian friendships. I decided to do the Campus Missionary Apprenticeship with UCM at SFU and be friends with university students. Ever since I started in Jan 2015, I have enjoyed walking alongside them in their spiritual journey. I feel called to speak truths into their lives. When I get a day off, I enjoy going to the movies with friends or to an art gallery on my own. I also love baking yummy goodies to satisfy my sweet-tooth!

Blake

Originally hailing from Manitoba, I travelled to Edmonton in 2013 to complete my Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Vanguard College, with a major in Intercultural Studies. It was here where I developed a passion for the world, also catching a glimpse of God’s heart for His people. During my degree I was given the amazing opportunity to intern at a university in China, and upon graduation I received yet another incredible opportunity to pastor at a church in the city of Winnipeg, working with youth and young adults. In 2018 the Lord opened the door for me to come on staff with UCM at SFU, getting to come alongside an amazing team focused on seeing the next generation encounter the love of God. When not working, I love spending time with friends and family, going on road trips, playing board games, or simply chatting over a hot cup of coffee.

Katrina

I have spent most of my life living in a hamlet just outside of Edmonton, Alberta but have visited the lower mainland almost every summer since I was a kid. I bounced around for a while after high school, attending the University of Alberta and doing two schools around the world with Youth With a Mission. It was during these years that Jesus captured my heart and I eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Vanguard College in 2020. Majoring in pastoral ministry and minoring in counselling and psychology stirred in me a desire to not only pastor and mentor young adults, but also to empower the Church to be missional in sharing Jesus with the world. Serving as a Student Care Pastor at Vanguard for 2 years grew in me a passion to walk alongside young adults in one of the most formative and challenging seasons of their lives, leading them closer to Jesus, inspiring mental health, and empowering them to be all that God intended them to be. When I have free time, I love playing music, exploring the outdoors, having deep chats with friends, or just watching a good movie with my hubby.

Marissa

I came to SFU from Victoria in 2008 and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and Psychology. During my university years, I was introduced to the gospel and welcomed into the UCM community, where I committed my life to Christ and grew in my relationship with God. My years with UCM shaped my life and time at SFU, as I developed a heart for discipleship and made amazing friends and memories! After graduation, God called me back to SFU for the Campus Missionary Apprenticeship to reach out to students where God reached out to me. When not on campus, you will likely find me outside running, hiking, skiing, or exploring this beautiful city. Either that or curled up with a cup of tea for a chat with a good friend! 

APPRENTICES

Robyn

Coming from a small town on Vancouver Island made the beginning of my studies at SFU in 2016 overwhelming to say the least. I am so thankful that I found UCM in that first semester and was welcomed into a community of students who were also trying to figure out how their faith, academics, and life all fit together. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Mathematics, I was a pretty academic and career focused student. Throughout my degree though, God was calling me to share his love with university students at every opportunity, and I slowly found that I was going to campus more to be a missionary than to go to class. This year I am so ready to do missions at SFU full time through the Campus Missionary Apprenticeship program. Some other things that keep me busy: farm life back on the island, raising my puppy, and coffee dates with my husband.

Paul

I first came to post-secondary while recovering from a severe car accident. I’ve spent five years of my life in Abbotsford, at Summit Pacific College, where I graduated with an arts degree in pastoral theology. My education and my friends at Bible College have had a huge impact on my healing and on my walk with God. On that journey, I received a vision for ministry that recreates this experience, of friendship and of spiritual formation, for other students at universities. After graduation, I joined the campus ministry apprenticeship with UCM at SFU. I’m always down to grab a coffee and listen to people talk about their stories and hobbies. When I’m not reading, I like to produce music, hike, cook, travel, and connect with friends.

Interested in apprenticeship?

Did you really enjoy your time as a student with UCM? Or maybe you have never been involved with UCM as a student, but you love Jesus and students? Consider becoming a Campus Missionary Apprentice! The apprenticeship is a 13 month program in which you will be challenged to grow spiritually, intellectually and practically. We would love to walk alongside you in this journey to discern God’s calling. 

EXEC TEAM

Karina

PRESIDENT

Major: French
Something COVID taught me: I am not in control of my life, but God is! I find my worth in being his daughter, not in the things that I do. Quarantine has also taught me how to rest and how to cook 🙂

Jocelyn

COMMUNICATIONS

Major: English, Publishing Minor
Something COVID taught me: The 145 is underrated. Also, setting aside a good amount of time while I’m feeling awake to talk to God and read his word everyday is a game-changer for groundedness.

Kelsey

INTERNAL RELATIONS

Major: Resource and Environmental Management
Something COVID taught me: I really value being outside and getting out of the house

Austin

WORSHIP COORDINATOR

Major: Psychology
Something COVID taught me: I have come to learn that I am not a very productive person, but through that I have learned ways to keep myself productive and motivated despite not being able to go to campus. Also, B.C. is a sick place to have a staycation. 

Estee

ADMINISTRATION

Major: Biomedical Physiology
Something COVID taught me: I have more time in my hands to explore my faith through bible core study group and prayers! It can be easy to get carried away with our busy lives, so I learned that it is important to set aside devotional time with God everyday in my schedule.

Maddy

PRAYER COORDINATOR

Major: Health Sciences
Something COVID taught me: to enjoy the little things in life like sunshine and friends and stores that give you the good kind of hand sanitizer when you come in.

Sarah

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Major: Business Administration Something COVID taught me: Jackbox Party Pack 3 is truly the best of the best. Also, creating daily intentions and celebrating small wins can help you get out of the quarantine mindset!

Michelle

HOSPITALITY

Major: Biology
Something COVID taught me: you shouldn’t try to bleach your hair at home by yourself

COREFAS

(CORE FACILITATORS)

Fatima

Major: Psychology
Something COVID taught me:
There’s always room for change. God has highlighted aspects in my life that I’ve either been stuck in, or needed improvement. It has been humbling, but also encouraging in knowing that God still speaks in the midst of chaos.

Ina

Major: Business
Something COVID taught me: Patience and time management. I’ve learned to not let the unknown quarantine period length get to me and just trust more in God for the plans he has for me.

Isaac A.

Major: Biological Sciences
Something COVID taught me: that to survive humans need four things: food, shelter, clothing, and of course toilet paper.

Isaac V.

Major: Economics, Business Minor
Something COVID taught me: slowing down can be important

Janet

Major: Business
Something COVID taught me: how to be entertained while stuck at home

Jared M.

Major: Computing science
Something COVID taught me:
Mountain biking is quite fun

Josefa

Monica

Major: Biology, Dialogue Minor
Something COVID taught me: I really enjoy alone time (lol)

Nick

Major: MBB and Chemistry
Something COVID taught me: how much I miss sports when they aren’t there

Sophia

Major: Education
Something COVID taught me: Community and meaningful relationships can still be found (or even strengthened) during the time of COVID, whether it is on a zoom call, a socially distanced picnic or even through a text just to check in on someone.

Sophie

WORSHIP LEADERS

Isaac O.

Major: Psychology
Something COVID taught me: Many things, but one of the things that have really stood out to me is that God is still working in our lives. It can be really easy to think that God is distant during this time when we are not physically around others, but it’s important to remember that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and that is never going to change.

Jared C.

Natalia

Major: Business Administration
Something COVID taught me:
The revival of my love for the Twilight saga and Edward Cullen specifically

Precious

Major: Health Sciences (life sciences)
Something COVID taught me:
Learning to be intentional with things! Quarantine taught me that you can have all the time in the world but if you don’t have intention things won’t happen.

VALUES & BELIEFS

MISSION AND VALUES

OUR MISSION

Making, maturing, and mobilizing Christ followers who will do the same with their peers. We endeavour to create an on campus community where students can meaningfully encounter God.

OUR VISION

Transforming university students, the marketplace and world through Christ. We envision every post-secondary student having opportunity to be reconciled and maturing in Christ.

OUR VALUES

1. On campus hospitable community: We value community marked by a genuine welcome, invitation and inclusion.
2. Experiencing holistic worship: We value worship as a whole mind, body and soul expression to God in both word and deed.
3. Culture of students leading students: We value being a community who reproduces disciples of Jesus in all nations.

BELIEFS

  1. We believe the Bible is God’s message to us. So we seek to understand and obey its truth.
  2. We believe there is one God who is three persons.
    So we yearn to know Him in all of His complexity and beauty.
  3. We believe Jesus is fully God and fully human-born of a virgin. So we rejoice that Christ can be a bridge between us and God.
  4. We believe people, throughout history, have sinned against God. So we are deeply aware that we too are marked by willful disobedience.
  5. We believe God extends forgiveness to us through Christ. So we repent and rejoice in our forgiveness.
  6. We believe God offers freedom from sin’s grasp. So we live lives that are pleasing to God.
  7. We believe followers of Jesus must be empowered by the Holy Spirit. So we expect supernatural power in our daily lives.
  8. We believe in the Church. So we live in this community of faith, inviting others to join us.
  9. We believe God gives leaders as gifts to His Church. So we serve those whom the Lord entrusts to us.
  10. We believe God commands his followers to be water baptized and celebrate communion. So we practice these symbolic actions, reflecting on their significance.
  11. We believe Jesus will return to claim His Church. So we live in expectancy of His coming.
  12. We believe Christ will one day be seen clearly as King on earth. So we live as citizens of His Kingdom now.
  13. We believe God is the ultimate Judge. So we live knowing that our choices will echo through eternity.
  14. We believe in Christ’s resurrection. So we live with hope regardless of our circumstances.

    Sources: UCM: what we believe

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