pastoral Team

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David cheung

Senior Pastor

His name is David, but he is not the king and his wife is Ester, but not the queen, and their son is Matthew, but not the tax-collector. Pastor David’s education has taken him from Hong Kong, to the Philippines and to UK (London and Cambridge), studying Psychology, Biblical Studies, New Testament Studies, Chinese History, Church History and Christian Missions.

Pastor David’s ministry began in 1986 as a Youth Pastor and it has taken him from being a solo Pastor in an inner-city church, a missions executive, a missions mobilizer, a seminary lecturer, a seminary president, an author, a conference speaker and now the senior pastor at Immanuel CRC, where he has been since 2010.

During his down time, Pastor David enjoys guitar music, reading to learn (less, to be entertained), watching a nice movie with his family and performing close-up magic tricks to the kids (and adults) at church!

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Jason Truell

English Pastor

Jason’s passion in ministry is living and dwelling in a community of Christians, to draw them more deeply into their life with Christ, and to equip them for living out that life in the communities, vocations, and context where God has placed them.

Jason grew up in Vermont and met his wife Kristie in Virginia while at college. Their studies and ministry work took them to Taiwan, where all four of their children were born. The family moved to Canada, where they have been serving at Immanuel CRC since 2015.

During his off time Pastor Jason enjoys being in the outdoors of beautiful British Columbia skiing, hiking, camping, and he often bikes to church. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) is currently pursuing a Master of Theology at Regent College.

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David Zhai

Mandarin Pastor

Pastor Zhai and his wife Alice joined Immanuel CRC in 2005 and served as fellowship leaders, teachers and as a Deacon. In 2010, they left to pursue a full-time pastoral ministry and 7 years later, they were called to serve their home church once again, this time as a full-time pastor.

In that time, Pastor Zhai was licensed by The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and he received his Masters of Art in Christian Spiritual Formation and got his license of Christian Spiritual Director at Carey Theological College. Prior to Christian ministry, Pastor Zhai was a Senior Business Manager at Philips, Motorola, Nestle and others. He completed the MBA program of Arizona State University.

He served as an Associate Pastor and Acting Senior Pastor of Vancouver West Alliance Church, and the Preaching & Teaching  Pastor of the Evangelical Chinese Bible Church and he was ordained in 2016 at Vancouver Chinese Tabernacle Baptist Church. He has preached at many Chinese churches in greater Vancouver area, the Far-East Broadcasting Company and its seminary in PRC China.

Pastor Zhai is a dedicated gardener and he can spend hours in his garden under the sun listening to his plants whisper to him! He has seven fish tanks, one boy-cat called KyeKye and two love birds. Along with his two children, Mary and Jason (who are are all plants-lovers!), their family has their family devotion time every Wednesday night and their cat KeyKye always wants to join!

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Nancy Yang

Mandarin Pastor

Pastor Nancy’s ministry began in 2013 where she started in Short Term Mission training while serving as a Sunday school teacher. After her studies at Regent College, she worked as a part-time minister at Granville Chapel, then as a transitional pastor at VCBC and has now been at Immanuel CRC since 2017.

Pastor Nancy is passionate about the women ministry and believes that women play an important role because they are called to educate young kids into following our Lord, and to share the good news.

Pastor Nancy and her family came from mainland China in 2008. Her husband is an artist, and her son just graduated from McGill University. When she gets the chance, Pastor Nancy enjoys reading and cooking.

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Ester Cheung

Children's Ministry

After graduating from Biblical Seminary of the Philippines for Masters in Biblical Studies, Ester served in United Evangelical Church of Pasay beginning in 1989. After she got married, she served in Christ Universal Mission with her husband and then became the coordinator of CCOWE Philippines Resource Center for 5 years as a volunteer.

After their son Matthew was born, she became a full-time mother with volunteer ministries in small group, Bible study, teaching Bible to high school students, Sunday School and VBS. After migrating to Canada, she became full-time church worker involved with Children Ministry at Immanuel CRC where she’s been since 2010.

Coming from a family of 11, with 16 nephews and nieces, Ester knows all about working with children. Her passion is to establish God's people in God's word especially through the Children’s Ministry by nurturing the next generation to grow in faith and serve God. Ester’s hobbies include gardening, listening to music and sewing!

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Markus Arseneault

Youth Pastor

Pastor Markus is the youngest member of the Immanuel CRC pastoral team! His studies took him from St. Mary's University, to McGill University and to Presbyterian College.

His journey started after finishing Sunday school, where he turned around and began to teach the teen Sunday School. He then helped out with his local University Christian society, The Navigators. After finishing his first degree, he went to McGill University and Presbyterian College for ministry studies, even going as far as South Korea for a year to teach, then returning to do his field placement at a Taiwanese Presbyterian church.

After graduating, he went out to seek some more experiences in ministry as he steps closer to full Minister of Word and Sacrament, and is now the Youth Pastor for Immanuel CRC.

Pastor Markus has a great interest in tea culture, as well as exploring the many faces of theology, religion and faith; on the side, he enjoys some more geeky (his words) things like Pokemon.

Pastor Markus, whose family lines come from Arcadian (first French settlers) and Scotland, credits his family as the reason he has stayed with the Faith and are the ones who support him, “No matter where I go, how far I go or what crazy things I do. Love, care and a world of wonder is what my family has provided. My family is the first gift God has given me.”