Meet Our Board of Elders
The highest functioning authority of our church is the Board of Elders.
Elders are elected by church members. Along with the Lead Pastor, they provide oversight of the ministry and operation of Grande Prairie Alliance Church. Their serve terms are in brackets.
- Chair: Rick Friesen (2020-2023)
- Vice-Chair: Gerald Lux (2018-2021)
- Treasurer: Del Davis (2020-2023)
- Secretary: Shawn Dyrkach (2018-2021)
- Elder: John Mayer (2019-2022)
- Elder: Dan Rigler (2018-2021)
- Elder: Barry Schmidt (2020-2023)
- Elder: Dallas Wooden (2019-2022)
- Elder: Dan Harms (2021-2024)
Get to Know Our Elders
"As we continue on our journey through Church Renewal, my prayer is that GPAC will continue to hear what God is saying to us, and that we all have the courage to do what He asks of us."
Rick has been following Jesus since May 4, 1978, and has been a part of Grande Prairie Alliance Church for over 23 years.
"I pray for the people of GPAC to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying and to have their lives right with God."
Gerald accepted Christ in 1979. Grande Prairie has been his residence for over 60 years and he has attended GPAC for over 40.
Del accepted Jesus on June 11, 1961 and has attended GPAC for over 50 years. He and his wife Phyllis were youth leaders for 10 years and are currently serving the church as life group leaders. His dream for GPAC is to see progressive maturity.
Dan accepted Christ on December 21, 2008 and has attended GPAC for over 13 years. He feels led and called specifically to street ministry.
"My dream for GPAC is that we would be a Spirit-led church, the light on the hill that is continually searching for and reaching the lost, the marginalized, and the least of these in our city, region and world. I dream we would pursue Christ with a passion that always spills into all areas of our lives, while we serve each other and our community in practical and meaningful ways. I would like us to be known for actively mentoring, training, equipping and mobilizing the body. I dream that GPAC would do all this with the love and grace that was given to us from our Saviour, Jesus Christ."
Barry became a follower of Jesus Christ in August of 1979. He has attended Grande Prairie Alliance Church for 41 years. Barry volunteers on Sunday mornings with our First Impressions team.
His dream for GPAC?
"A place where the simple gospel of Jesus Christ alone is preached, believed in and relied upon solely from the start of the Christian life to the end. That GPAC would embrace a culture of Jesus + Nothing = Everything. "
"I have a great desire to see people come to Christ and know Him as their Lord and Saviour and to be discipled to full maturity in Jesus. This will bring honour and glory to Jesus."
John has lived in Grande Prairie all of his life. He is married to Judy, accepted Christ in 1975, and has attended GPAC for over 45 years. His personal ministry callings include leading baptism classes and discipling other men.
"My dream is that we who call GPAC home, would truly find this to be a place of love, hope, healing, encouragement, and unity. That we would be focused on following Jesus, and known for our deep love and care for each other."
Shawn has been a follower of Jesus since a Promise Keeper's conference here in Grande Prairie on October 24, 2002. He was baptized at GPAC in 2004. He serves in Children's Ministry on a weekly basis and has been a table leader at Alpha for many years.
"When I was five years old I realized that if I died I would go to hell. So I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to come and live in my heart. It has been a journey with Him ever since. Some valleys and some mountain tops with key people along the way to encourage and challenge me to continue to walk with Him."
Dallas has lived in Grande Prairie for over 23 years and has attended GPAC for over 20. One of his ministry callings include GPAC Youth, which he has served with weekly for over 19 years.
His dream for GPAC?
"That we continue to be a friendly outreaching church that helps people take one more step closer to Jesus."
Dan has been attending Grande Prairie Alliance Church since 1985 and came to a believing faith of Jesus Christ in the Fall of 1991. Throughout his years at GPAC he has been involved in various ministries, including College and Careers, Faith In Deed, Bible study leader, Alpha, Children's Church, and Greeting.
His dream for GPAC?
"I think of the story of John Harper, a Scottish preacher aboard the RMS Titanic. As it was going down he frantically approached anyone and asked if they would believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. One man said no to his plea and John gave him his life jacket and said, 'You need this more than me.' John Harper died with the saving message of Jesus Christ on his lips and went down with the Titanic. Jesus helps us throw complacency aside and grant us the confidence, passion, and self-sacrifice demonstrated by this man."