Meet the VanderVeens!

The Pastoral Search Team and the Elders are pleased to announce that we have invited Mr. James VanderVeen to candidate for the Lead Pastor position here at Salem Church.

James and his wife Jayme currently live in BC with their two children, and they are expecting a third child a little later this month. James currently serves as a Pastor at Willingdon church in Burnaby, BC. Through the time we have spent interacting with James, we see a young man who loves the Lord, and has a gifting and a passion for teaching and preaching God’s Word.

To help you get to know James and his family a little more, a short bio from James follows below.

We have also included some links to sermons that James has preached. Please take some time to watch those sermons. We trust they will be a blessing to you!

James and Jayme VanderVeen
James and Jayme VanderVeen

Hello Salem Church!

We are the VanderVeens (James, Jayme, Karter, Kenzie, and baby to come). We are looking forward to getting to know you more over the next few weeks and want you to get to know us as well. Here is a little bit of our story.

The VanderVeens
The VanderVeens

I (James) grew up in the small town of Schomberg, Ontario in a loving Christian family. My parents taught me and my siblings to love and serve the Lord. I cannot remember a time that I did not believe that God loved me and that Jesus died for my sins. However, it was not until I was a teenager at a Christian camp that I really embraced the faith my parents had instilled in me. It was also in my teen years that I sensed a call of God on my life to go into pastoral ministry. So, after graduating high school I made the journey out west to Saskatchewan to attend Briercrest Bible College.

My years at Briercrest were some of the most impactful years of my life. My classes equipped me for a lifetime of studying and teaching God’s Word. The friends I made helped me to grow in my faith and character. But best of all, Briercrest is also the place I met Jayme. After we graduated from Briercrest and got married, our journey together took us west to Willingdon Church in Burnaby, British Columbia where I had been accepted into a one-year pastoral internship program.

The one-year pastoral internship turned into seven years of fruitful pastoral ministry at Willingdon Church. After my internship, I spent three years as a youth pastor. And now, for the past three years I have had the privilege of doing more teaching and preaching as one of the teaching pastors at the church. This has been a great joy as one of my greatest passions is toteach the Bible so that people can understand and apply its message to their daily lives.

These last seven years have also been a great adventure for our family. Our son Karter will be turning five years old this summer. Our daughter Kenzie just turned three. In addition, we our expecting our third child any day now. Our house is full of excitement to say the least. As a family, we enjoy walks around our local lake, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends.

We are excited for this next chapter of our lives. The more we hear about and experience Waldheim and Salem church, the more we feel as though it would be a great fit both for our family and in ministry. We look forward to the candidating process and hope that we can get to know you all as you get to know us.

Thanks for taking the time to hear our story. God Bless.

The VanderVeens

The VanderVeens
March 15, 2020

If you do a quick search online about anger and how to deal with anger, you’ll find tons of results. There are all kinds of suggestions and techniques from all sorts of philosophical and religious backgrounds.

Today we are going to look at what the Bible has to say about anger. Is it sinful? What makes it sinful? Can humans experience righteous anger? What do we do with anger when we experience it?

October 20, 2019
Spiritual Gifts
1 Corinthians 12

Today we take a turning point in our sermon series. Over the next number of weeks, we will be looking at the spiritual gifts that God gives to the church. A spiritual gift is a special attribute or special skill given by the Holy Spirit to every member of the Body of Christ that is used to build up the Body of Christ and to carry on the mission Jesus has entrusted to us. There are all sorts of spiritual gifts listed in Scripture.

We will get into many of the specific gifts in the coming weeks, but this week we will take a broader view and talk about how all the gifts are meant to function in the church.

August 11, 2019
Do Not Bear False Testimony
Truth and Justice

The ninth commandment says that we should not bear false witness against our neighbor. Often this commandment is summarized as a command not to lie. That is helpful, but the commandment is about more than that. Like all the commandments in Scripture, this one reflects the character of God and is for our good. Today we’ll spend some time exploring what the ninth commandment says and how it applies to us today.

April 14, 2019
Do You Really Want a King?
Matthew 21)

Actions speak louder than words. In Matthew 21:1-17, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey. This is something that many people have done with no particular significance attached to it – but not this time. Jesus is using a symbolic action to make a statement about who He is and why He has come to Jerusalem. So, let’s take a closer look and see what He’s trying to say.

December 16, 2018
Hard Decisions

The book of Matthew begins with a genealogy. When most of us read Matthew 1:1-17 we see only a list of names. But, behind these names is an incredible story. It’s the story of God and His people that spans the centuries before Jesus came. One of the people in this story is Ruth. Today we’ll look at her journey and learn from the choices she made.

March 11, 2018
Whom do you Seek?
John 18:1-27

People respond to Jesus in all sorts of ways. Some read the gospels and embrace Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Others read the gospels and conclude that Jesus was just a person, maybe a great teacher, a great moralist, but just a person. People look at Jesus’ life and draw their own conclusions. In today’s text, we’ll see how a person’s perspective radically changes the way they see things.