Pastor Bryan Roller
Rev. Bryan Roller has served as a pastor and church planter in the Church of the Nazarene since 1977. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary, earning his B.Sc. degree in 1981. He later earned his Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City (1989). He has served in a variety of roles on both the District and local church levels, sitting on the Board of Ministry, the Home Mission Board, the Board of Kidztown International, conducting church planting seminars, and serving as a guest speaker at a variety of church and non-church related events.
He pastored the Nazarene Church in Drumheller, AB (1979-85) and served as Youth Pastor in Kansas City from 1985-89, while attending seminary. After graduating from seminary, Bryan and his wife Colleen moved back to Canada in order to launch a new Nazarene congregation in Northwest Calgary. Beginning with no people, the church (now known as Skyview Community Church) became a thriving and self-supporting congregation after only two years. Four years later (1996), they launched another new Nazarene congregation in Northwest Calgary, which continues to thrive to this day.
After pastoring Skyview Church for almost 19 years, Pastor Bryan accepted the Senior Pastor position at First Church of the Nazarene in 2008, and continues in that role to this day. In addition to leading the main congregation, Pastor Bryan also oversees two other ethnic congregations—a Spanish church and the South Sudanese church.
A hallmark of Pastor Bryan’s leadership style is bringing disparate people together, helping them find common ground, and encouraging them to work together harmoniously for the greater good and for the glory of God. He sees himself as a unifier and encourages others to pursue peace, understanding, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Bryan enjoys reading, running, and staying fit. He is also an accomplished guitarist, and enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife Colleen, to whom he has been happily married for over 43 years. They have two adult children and one ten-year-old grandson.
Pastor Blain MacLeod
Soul Care Pastor
Blain MacLeod (BCE, MA, DD), was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. He is the second of eight siblings. He felt the call to ministry at the age of 5 and was ordained in 1974, although he began his first pastorate in Nova Scotia in 1971. Blain and his wife Carol have been married for 48 years. They have two sons, Andrew (Rhonda) and David (Jodi), and 5 grandsons.
After pastoring for 16 years, Blain became the District Director for the Canadian Bible Society for 18 years and then the Fund Development Director for Western Canada with World Relief Canada for 6 years. He is now in his 7th year on staff here at First Church. He has hosted 5 tours to the Holy land and one to Europe. Blain enjoys traveling, having visited every state in the USA and been in every province of Canada multiple times. He is a ventriloquist and loves to do Gospel illusions. Blain has also taught oil painting classes. He does not eat mushrooms and has just learned to eat onions.
Pastor to Families with Children
Jen grew up in Victoria, BC where she and her family attended the Esquimalt Church of the Nazarene and later Victoria First Church of the Nazarene. Upon graduating from high school, Jen attended CNC where she graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Studies. For a short time she worked as the Children’s Pastor at Guildford Church of the Nazarene before continuing her studies at Trinity Western University where she graduated with a Bachelor or Education. Jen currently lives in Calgary with her husband Rob and their three children, Nathan, Maggie & Sophie. She works at Calgary First Church of the Nazarene where she has the privilege of journeying with the children and families who worship there. Jen believes that the Holy Spirit is actively working in the places where we live, work & play and trusts that if we join the Holy Spirit in his work he will use us to bring God’s kingdom to earth!
Pastor to Families with Children
Laurel graduated from Biola University in Southern California with a bachelors degree in Christian Ministries, specializing in Children’s Ministry. Laurel also studied with the Focus Leadership Institute of Focus on the Family in Colorado. She was called to vocational ministry through her passion of outreach to Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). She is married to Steven and has two precious babes - Hannah and Jonathan. Her hobbies and interests include interior design, event planning, raising her children, and anything Disney. She loves coffee, worship music, and taking long walks in her neighbourhood and parks.
Pastor to Families with Youth
Alyssa Wiens grew up in “the hood” of north east Edmonton. She graduated from the school of hard knocks (high school) in 2004 and went on to become a primary care paramedic, working for both Calgary and Edmonton ambulance services. She completed two Discipleship Training Schools with Youth With a Mission. The ﬁrst took place in West Sussex, England where Alyssa competed 3 months of bible school followed by a 2 month mission trip to Indonesia and Malaysia. The second DTS took place in Montana with her husband, Jay and included a 2 month mission trip to Turkey. Since then Alyssa has also led a mission trip to Thailand where she and a team of 8 worked with women aﬀected by the sex traﬃcking industry.
At her core, Alyssa is a missionary. Whether it’s working as a paramedic, owning her own photography business, or working with teens, all she really wants to do is tell people about her saviour and BFFL Jesus Christ.
Alyssa became a youth pastor at First Naz in March of 2017. Her own stories of hard beginnings lend themselves greatly to the role, and she ﬁnds so much joy in leading and discipling teens through the stickiest, toughest, messiest years of life.
When she’s not playing ridiculous games and learning new teenage slang with her youth kids, Alyssa loves spending time with her family. She is the wife to Jay - a junior high science teacher - and a Mama to Sarah - 6 and Josh - 4. Their family of 4 is currently in the process of becoming 5! They are adopting a baby from Thailand! Alyssa loves being creative in any way, shape or form, drinking coﬀee, the smell of rain, and meeting new people.
Moses Chot Jock
Moses served in a leadership capacity from age of 13 to young adult from 1989-1999. From 1999-2001, he began working as an Evangelist in the Presbyterian Church in Punyido Refugees camp. After immigrating to Canada, he became the South Sudanese Pastor at Calgary First Church of the Nazarene in 2011, developed two Bible studies. He became the first South Sudanese ordained pastor for the Church of the Nazarene in Canada in 2017. Moses has completed a Certificate in Health Care Aid in 2010, a Certificate in Christian Foundations in 2012, and a Bachelor of Church Ministry from Ambrose University in 2017.
His personal strengths are: leadership skills, building relationships, problem solving, mentoring, and communication. He enjoys reading and playing soccer. Moses would like to learn about other cultures. He is so grateful to God for blessing him with his wife Nyabile who has faithfully supported and serves with him in the ministry, as well as for his three wonderful children who bring him great joy: Khan, Goy and Kuak.
Director of Operations
Steven is married to Laurel and has two kids, Hannah and Jonathan. He is from Calgary and has attended First Naz since birth. He has completed a BA in Criminal Justice from Mount Royal University and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University in California. Steven has volunteered on our Audio/Visual team for the past 15 years and has been involved as a youth group leader and children’s ministry volunteer. He also enjoys discussing religion, philosophy, and politics.
Cathie has 3 daughters, Shaina, Leah and Erin, and a grandson, Noah. Her educational background is in Medical Administration however she spent 11.5 years in the construction industry as a customer service representative/contractor support. Cathie served as the Office Manager for the Cranbrook Alliance Church for 4 years before returning to Calgary in 2014. She began her position with Calgary First Church in November 2017. Cathie enjoys spending time with family, which is growing with her recent engagement to Jeff Epp. She also enjoys sewing, motorcycles and renovating. Cathie is involved with the DivorceCare ministry as a facilitator.
Audrey Dahl (Ebel), a farm girl, from Schuler, Alberta, graduated from M.M.B.I. in 1970. She was ordained in 2010. Audrey was involved in children’s ministry with CSSM in Lethbridge, AB., then married Larry Dahl in Oct. 1972. She lead the Children’s Ministry at Ft. Garry, Wpg., Grandview, Mo., and Old’s. directing VBS, and serving as a Sunday School teacher. They moved with 3 children (Joel, Laureen, and Arlene) to Toronto Main Street Church, Calgary North Hill, Edmonton First Church, and Sherwood Park. Audrey enjoys piano/organ, trio and choirs. She was the Executive Director of Building Hope Compassionate Center in Edmonton, Alta. And the Domestic Director of NCMC.