Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Get to know us!  Some of the key people at Island of Hope.  If you need something, just ask!

Oliver Edwards

Pastor Oliver Edwards and his family have been with us since 2015.  Oliver obtained his Master’s of Divinity from ACTS Seminaries at Trinity Western University and has been planting and growing churches in Western Canada since 2007. He helped found Community of Hope Church…

Cheryl Edwards

Cheryl is the Creative Arts Director for Island of Hope, which means she leads the worship team, manages our music, writes, directs and acts in dramas and skits, and advises on technical issues relating to all of our sound and video equipment.  All this she does as a volunteer,…

Merlyn Solberg

Merlyn is a founding partner and elder at Island of Hope.  He is the current chairman of the board, and by the way: he REALLY loves Jesus. Merlyn is a retired farmer which means he is good at pretty much everything.  Most Sundays you can find him behind the sound board making…

Greg Larson

Greg Larson is an elder and missions director here at Island of Hope.  He keeps us up to date on what God is doing with the organizations we partner with to extend our reach across Canada and around the world.  He also serves on the worship team, and is an integral part of the…

Coreen Thacker

Coreen is a stick of dynamite on wheels.  She is our connections director, which means she coordinates social events of all types.  She also leads the way in practical service, and volunteers with the local victims’ services group.  A retired nurse, she has a heart for the…

Tineke Solberg

Tineke is a treasure of a treasurer.  She faithfully accounts for everything that we do, and we are so grateful for it.  In addition she sings with the worship team, wraps Christmas presents, and co-leads one of our Hope Groups.  The Island of Hope would probably not exist if it…

Marg Vanderspruit

Marg is our board Secretary and a fount of wisdom with perhaps the biggest heart for worship in the church, contributing to our worship team regularly.  She works a day job at the local hospital and serves in Victim’s services…

Davyn Carlson

Davyn is the Pastoral Intern here at Island of Hope. He is 21 years old and grew up in Medicine Hat but has spent his last 2 years serving at Community of Hope Church in Surrey, BC, and has been apart of our family of churches for 8 years. Davyn has served in many different areas…