A tangible display of God's renewing power

Rev. Andrew Beunk

IMG_1116Andrew and his wife Kim have three children: Colleen, Andrea, and Jake.  Their family moved to Burnaby in September 2009 when Andrew accepted a call to serve as our Lead Pastor. Before coming to Burnaby, the Beunks served a congregation in Hamilton, ON, and with the exception of one of the children who was born in the U.S., all were born and raised in Southern Ontario. Andrew enjoys reading, woodworking, golfing, skiing, and restoring his VW Cabriolet–before becoming a pastor he was a Mechanical Engineer. His wife Kim teaches Kindergarten at a local Christian school and their three children are attending university and high school. In the fall of 2014, Andrew and Kim began leading a Missional Community in their neighbourhood. Together with several other families from the congregation they are striving to live in intentional Christian community with the goal of tangibly displaying the renewing power of Christ in their neighbourhood.

I continue to feel very blessed to serve and be part of the New West family. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is living in this community; there is a hunger for His Word, a reliance on prayer, a passion to serve others, a desire to share Christ’s love in tangible ways, and a growing sense that God is leading us to more intentionally reflect the ethnic diversity of the community God has placed us in. It’s exciting to see how God is at work among His people here at New West Church in Burnaby (I’m sure that our name and location confuses people!).

As a servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I long for His people to tangibly display God’s great love for the world He has made and God’s power to conquer evil, to rebuild what is broken, reconcile what is divided, and renew what is decaying. Through His suffering, death, and resurrection, Jesus opened up for all who follow Him forgiveness that frees us from guilt and shame, and new life through the power of the Holy Spirit that brings strength in the midst of weakness, courage in the face of suffering, comfort, peace, and the ability to face death unafraid. That is Good News, indeed! And I praise the Lord that at New West Church we are striving to submit ourselves to this new life that Christ has opened up. If you are looking for a Gospel centered community to belong to, you are most welcome here.   Pastor Andrew

 

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