Senior Pastor: Reverend Gerry Thornton
Pastor Gerry is a native of the St. John River Valley near Woodstock, New Brunswick. After graduating from Bethany Bible College (Kingswood University), he served as the Assistant Pastor for 8 years in Hartland, NB followed by a 4 year term as youth pastor in Roblin, Ontario. While there, he led a short-term missions team to Colombia, South America and felt God’s call to serve as the High School Bible teacher and later chaplain of El Camino Academy in Bogota.
During those 13 ½ years in Bogota, he was involved in ministry to a small recycling community and led many teams of youth on missions trips to various parts of the country and in ministry to the children of ex-prostitutes in the city. He was also involved regularly in teaching English to Colombians and ex-pats. It was through one of those classes that he met a beautiful young Colombian lady who soon became his favourite student and later his wife. Carina now serves alongside him at the Highland Park Wesleyan Church, using her multiple skills in crafts and ministry to children. They have been serving at Highland Park since 2014 and the church is so blessed and grateful to have them.
Music Director & Church Administrator: Christiane Jastremski
Christiane has been serving at Highland Park for over ten years and became the church administrator in November 2015. She directs the worship team, oversees the children’s ministry and ensures that everything runs smoothly in the day to day operation of the church. She is married to Richard and they have three children between the ages of 6 and 12.
Pastor Emeritus: Reverend George McGarvey
George pastored Highland Park for many years and continues to play a leading role in giving input and direction to the pastoral team. He and his wife, Shirley have been married for over forty years; they have three grown children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.