Robin Pifer has come to Cedarview as lead pastor after being a national denominational leader developing networks and strategy for leadership development, church multiplication and church health which included coaching and church consultation. Robin and his wife Gwen have been married for 25 years and met at Tyndale University College (Ontario Bible College). They have four children who are very involved in local church ministry. They served together as the lead pastoral couple in Guelph Ontario, Maple Ridge B.C. and Winnipeg Manitoba. Along with his Bachelor of Theology, Robin has an MBA in Leadership studies which has enabled him to coach leaders and consult a variety of organizations so that they can be healthy in their vision and mission. Robin loves reading, hiking, biking and hockey. He is a Montreal Canadiens’ fan and enjoys hanging out with his musical family and walking his dog Seth. He has been accused of being a news and sports junkie along with watching too many documentaries on historic leaders. His desire is to be “Courageous for His (Christ’s) Mission” and to leave a legacy of spiritual, servant, sacrificial, leadership.
Daniel Tjoe-A-Long immigrated with His family from Surinam, South America back in the early 70’s. After graduating from Canadian Bible College, he went back home to help his family with their business and served at the Surinam Chinese Alliance Church. He returned to Canada where God led him to continue his education at Canadian Theological Seminary. There he met his lovely wife, Audrey, got married and began their ministry serving as the English Pastor at the Windsor Chinese Alliance Church for six and a half years. God then led him to serve as the English Pastor at the Ottawa Chinese Alliance for thirteen years. In November of 2011 God led him and his family to Cedarview as the Congregational Care Pastor. Audrey and Daniel has two daughters, Charity and Faith. He enjoys fishing and a good laugh. His passion is to see the broken-hearted healed, restored, the captives set free and lives transformed by Jesus Christ.
Worship & Creative Arts
Nate was born in Washington D.C. and attended university in the US. He attended Liberty University for his undergraduate studies in Worship and Music Ministry and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary for his Master’s in Student Ministry. Also during his time at Liberty Nate had the opportunity to travel with the YouthQuest ministry team for 3 years, where he served as a member, team leader and graduate assistant during his time on the team. Through this ministry, Nate’s love for music and his desire to see the church united was fueled. During this time, he met his best friend and partner in life and ministry Natalie. They were recently married in December 2011 and are excited about growing together in marriage, life, and ministry. Nate has been involved in leading worship since his years in high school. After his years of traveling ministry, he served with the Worship Ministry at Bedrock Community Church in Bedford, Virginia in 2010, and in December 2011 joined the Cedarview staff. Nate has a passion for connecting generations and uniting people through corporate worship. From youth, Nate’s life verse has been Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.”
Dan Guther – Student Ministries
Dan has loved and served Jesus since he was a youth. His passion is to see other people love and serve Jesus as well, especially the next generation. As a young person and throughout his 25 years in ministry he has participated in and led short term mission trips with students and young adults. After being the solo pastor of three churches he is excited to be part of a team while focusing on student ministries. Dan is a car geek who has a sizable Hot Wheels collection, is working on a classic beetle convertible in his garage, and regularly volunteers at the Canadian War Museum restoring tanks.
Born in the USA and raised in Canada, Lena calls Ottawa ‘home’. After spending 10 years in Hong Kong working in commerce, and where she began a path for ministry with Bible Study Fellowship, Lena graduated from Teacher’s College at U Ottawa and was called into full-time ministry, serving at Cedarview as Director and Pastor of Children’s ministries since Dec 1999. Her passion is to help children know and receive God’s Love, and respond by making wise choices for living as God’s children. Her desire is to support children and families, in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, based on the foundation of God’s Word. She is thankful for the opportunity and adventure, working with staff and many volunteer children’s leaders, serving during these early childhood and elementary years! Lena enjoys time and activities with her two teen daughters, Melissa and Melinna, including: movies, shopping, swimming, cooking, and travelling. Lena is also currently enrolled in Bethel Seminary’s In-Ministry program, completing an MA in Children’s and Family Ministries.
Elementary Education & Finance
Kerri grew up always on the move as part of a military family, but eventually came to call Ottawa home during her high school years. After graduating from EPBC in 1989, she entered ministry with her husband, Dan, volunteering 1 year at a church in Ontario and then serving 16 years in three churches in the Maritimes. It was there their two children, Ben and Jenna were born. Upon returning to the Ottawa area in January 2006, Kerri was the Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at Knox Presbyterian Church, Manotick. At Cedarview since October of 2008, God has deepened her passion for seeing families living out their faith in Christ while living together in community. In 2010, finance support was added to her portfolio. She continues to walk with the Lord on whatever path He leads. Throughout the seasons of ministry, Lamentations 3:22-23 remains a life verse of great encouragement, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
Executive Communications Administrator
Evelyn Lemoine hails from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia where she grew up on a family farm. It was in that community that she gave her heart to the Lord. Being brought up with four brothers taught her a lot about sports, especially hockey where she had to join in on a team when the boys requested it. After high school she took a two-year business course which prepared her for her job in the office at Cedarview. She worked as a Credit Manager for a large retail chain for five years before marrying her husband Mike. They were transferred around Eastern Canada frequently because of Mike’s job and consequently their three children went to school in various locations throughout the East. Evelyn loves family life and especially having sleepovers with their six grandchildren (not at the same time!) Her interests are researching family ancestry, planning Bible Quiz Tournaments, baking and eating desserts, and doing crossword puzzles. Evelyn is the Quizzing Coordinator for the Eastern Canadian District of the C&MA where she loves to see youth’s lives transformed by knowing God through his powerful Word.
Executive Ministry Operations Administrator
John has a BSc from the University of Guelph and has worked in the private sector for several years. He has held positions in Corp Engrg, Enterprise Finance and Marketing. Married with two adult children, John and his wife Lee enjoy hiking, skiing and walking their two Labrador retrievers. He is passionate about seeing the church fulfill the purpose God has for it in the lives of the people of this community.
Jen grew up in ‘the sticks’ of Ottawa, also known as Manotick. After high school, she ventured out of the city, and attended Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough to pursue Early Childhood Education. While in school, she worked as a part-time photographer. She quickly learned that photography was more than just a hobby and part-time job, and decided to pursue it on a full-time basis. In 2005, Jen took over an Ottawa-based photography studio, and continues to run the studio today. God led her to a wonderful position at Cedarview in 2011, and she has enjoyed ‘branching out’ from behind the camera. Jen married the love of her life Chris in 2009, and they are expecting their first child in June. When Jen is not at Cedarview or with a camera, she enjoys playing her piano, singing, and cooking (the trickier the recipe, the better). Throughout the years, God has revealed Himself continually through her life verse: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.’ Proverbs 3:5-6
Jeff grew up in Southwestern Ontario and attended Niagara College for Broadcasting. Upon graduating he married Anita and moved to Hamilton to begin a career in Telecommunications. Jeff moved to Ottawa, like most of us do, when Anita landed a job with the federal government. After being laid off in 2004 he began his next career as a stay-at-home Dad. He was approached later that year to start working in the facilities at Cedarview and has been juggling the facilities and his three children Ella, Jack and Kylah ever since.