Staff

Howard Sullivan

Howard Sullivan

Interim Moderator

The Rev. Howard Sullivan serves as our Interim Moderator. Howard brings 30+ years of ministry experience to the leadership team at KPC while they search for their new Lead Pastor. Howard was a lay founding member of KPC and by providence God has led Frances and he back to this vibrant Christ centred church.

Howard and Frances were blessed to serve together in three Knox’s: Meaford, Burlington, and Milton before recently retiring to Guelph. During those years ministry was characterized by a heart for the unchurched, a focus on evangelism, and strong biblical preaching. In three decades the most important lesson learned about ministry is that the church does not exist for itself! A healthy church is concerned for others spending its energy, its effort, even its finances on those not presently in the community of faith.

With God’s leading KPC can have a brilliant future with additional mission, additional evangelism and growth in Jesus.

ROOTED in Jesus, GROWING as a community, BECOMING trusted neighbours.

Allison Pinches

Allison Pinches

Pastor of Vision & Staff Development

allison@kortrightchurch.org
519-836-9400 ext. 15

Allison serves as our Pastor of Vision and Staff Development at Kortright and is passionate about helping our congregation to live faith more fully as a community and in each person’s particular context.

Allison worked for over a decade in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Toronto and more broadly across SW Ontario before joining the staff at Kortright. Allison is “bi-vocational” meaning that she keeps one foot in church ministry and another foot in “the marketplace.” Allison works as a researcher for the Apostrophe Podcast Company working on a book and two shows including CBC’s Under the Influence.

Originally from Vancouver, Allison and her husband Jordan and daughter Zoe have lived in Guelph for 7 years. Allison loves to travel and spent a year living in Germany. Closer to home Allison enjoys walking by the river, doing art projects with her daughter and hanging out with her adorable nephew. Her favourite place to be is behind a boat on a waterski and she once got her head stuck in the gates at Buckingham palace.

Justin Sytsma

Justin Sytsma

Pastor of Worship & Outreach

justin@kortrightchurch.org
519-836-9400 ext. 12

Justin has served as Kortright’s Pastor of Worship and Outreach since 2019 and loves focusing on two of his greatest passions: Seeing a church full of vibrancy in our gathered worship, and seeing a church sent out to be the hands and feet of Jesus across our neighbourhood and city.

Justin has previously worked as a pastor in youth ministry, young adult ministry, and as the site pastor at Lakeside Downtown, in Guelph’s downtown core. Justin comes from more Wesleyan theological roots,  with a Master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. However, he is a happy “newbie” Presbyterian. Justin also works part-time as a music teacher.

Justin is married to Lindsay (also a Bible teacher and theologian!) and they have a daughter, Iris. Justin enjoys debating theology on Twitter, cooking outlandish recipes he finds on YouTube, spending summers by the pool, and the occasional video game.

Alyssa Vanderkooy

Alyssa Vanderkooy

Youth Ministries Coordinator

Alyssa has served as Kortright’s Youth Ministries Coordinator on an interim basis since 2021 and has a passion for building relationships with and helping youth develop their walk with Christ and discover what it means to live a Christ-centered life.

Alyssa previously worked at Intervarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario for several years and is still involved in Intervarsity campus ministry at the University of Guelph. She also works part time at Starbucks and is very passionate about coffee.

Alyssa is married to Jacob and they enjoy all of the trails and local gems that downtown Guelph has to offer. Alyssa enjoys camping, being outdoors, and has been known to impulsively buy plane tickets for a last minute vacation.

Dennis Gray

Dennis Gray

Technical Director

Dennis has served as Kortright’s Technical Director for over 15 years, first as a volunteer and then joining KPC staff in 2008.
For nearly five decades he has helped a number of local churches meet their technological challenges. He is passionate about the role of technology in the faith building process believing that if faith comes by hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:17) then someone has to make sure it is heard clearly.
When not making noises at KPC Dennis can be found in the technical booth at a number of community theatres in the area including Guelph Little Theatre and, for the last six years, Backyard Theatre at the John McCrae Museum on Water St.
A founding member of Team Kortright, which represents KPC each year in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, he is also an avid cyclist and he and his wife  Roberta enjoy cycling together, especially during their vacation time each summer in Kincardine, Ontario. 2022 will mark their 40th year together. They have no children.
Sarah Henshaw

Sarah Henshaw

Office Administrator

Sarah Henshaw serves as our current office administrator. Although born and (mainly) raised locally, her family moved to Switzerland, where she spent her high school years. This sparked a love for connecting with people of all backgrounds. She is excited to bring her organizational and communication skills to this role.
 
Sarah has held customer service roles, a social media position, has a strong background in research, and served for several summers at Camp Mini-Yo-We. She recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Psychology.
 
 
 

 

Gabriel Lopez

Gabriel Lopez

Church Custodian