Reverend Jaylynn Byassee

Jaylynn hails from West Texas, land of scorpions, cacti, and high school football. She studied education at Texas Tech University. After spending years teaching children with special needs and elementary education, she then taught English as a Second Language in Budapest, Hungary. She has always seen herself as one who loves people and discovering and learning about new cultures. She followed a call to seminary at Duke Divinity School in 1998, earning her Master of Divinity degree. With over 20 years of experience, Jaylynn has led churches of all size across North Carolina, in the western suburbs of Chicago, as well as the Lower Mainland--serving in urban, rural, and suburban settings. She has also led the Western North Carolina United Methodist Conference as Director of Missions. Jaylynn is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and was thrilled to begin the process of joining the United Church of Canada in 2018. She is grateful for the foundation of the United Church of Canada, for its strength in unity and inclusion, where as followers of Jesus we grow in faith together as we share in Kingdom living with and for all peoples.

Jaylynn and her husband, Jason, met at Duke Divinity school and have three sons: Jack, Sam, and Will. Jason serves as Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at Vancouver School of Theology (VST). They’ve lived in Canada since 2015 and most recently have spent a 7-month sabbatical in Durham, England. She has also traveled for ministry and mission to India, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico. In Hungary, she served as central administrator in Budapest for Educational Services International, overseeing teachers placed throughout Hungary, and collaborating and meeting with their colleagues in each school setting.

Before England, Jaylynn served at both Tenth Church and First Baptist Church of Vancouver, as she helped churches walk alongside the marginalized. She helped revitalize a refugee ministry that encourages welcome and friendship, and has been an advocate for supporting mental health education in the church. Jaylynn enjoys pastoral ministry with persons of all ages, and delights in intergenerational ministry! She can’t imagine her life without preaching and mission working together!

Jaylynn loves to engage in people’s lives, make connections, and in her spare time, soak up all the outdoor life she can get! The Byassees’ favourite go-to place is Lynn Canyon Park and Mt. Seymour ski slopes! They look forward to journeying in faith alongside those at North Lonsdale United Church!

Magdalene Terblanche

Magdalene is our Church Administrator. Her job is to oversee/co-ordinate the many various activities and functions that go with extremely busy congregational life. She is a trained special education teacher from South Africa and holds a Personal Assistance Diploma.

Valerie Belcher

Valerie recently retired from ICBC where she worked for almost 30 years. She is now pleased to job share the Church Administrator position with Magdalene. In her spare time, you may find Valerie at Holy Rosary Cathedral practicing the art of campanology, that is, change ringing, or bell ringing as we call it.

Mariki Bosman

Mariki studied music and has been in management in the Corporate environment for 25 years, of which the last 11 years have been in Canada!

Mariki and her family immigrated from South Africa almost 12 years ago and have been members of NLUC ever since. She lives on the North Shore with her husband and 2 teenage children. Her biggest passion in life is to make a difference in people's lives and she firmly believes that this position has the potential to engage not only members of the congregation, but also the greater neighbourhood and community. She is looking forward to enhancing the delivery of NLUC's Christian message to a variety of groups. Mariki brings a natural, creative spirit and expertise in communications with a desire to help our congregation grow together while apart, while also anticipating coming back together one day!