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Central Heights is led by a board of elders who oversee the spiritual health and direction of the church.

Mike Woodard


Mike is energized by people and loves to see the dots connected between God and people. His adventurous spirit has taken him to over 40 countries. Cycling and backpacking rank high on his list of favorite activities. He says his four children, three grandchildren and one wife of 40 plus years bring a sweet aroma to his life.

Aron Enns


Aron is a chiropractor and has practiced and lived in Abbotsford for 35 years. He and his wife have four grown children and four grandchildren. He enjoys serving the local church. For fun and exercise, he has played many rounds of disc golf. 

Gord Braun


Gord has spent most of his career in the world of finance. At present and for the past 25 years he has served as the chief financial officer at Baptist Housing, which provides housing and care to seniors across BC. Gord has also served on multiple boards over the years including the Canadian Centre for Christian Charities, Tabor Village, and Abbotsford Christian School. When he is not serving in these capacities Gord enjoys gardening, photography and travel. Gord and Julie have three children Alana, Curtis, and Wes, and also have three grandchildren, who all also attend Central Heights Church. Gord and Julie have attended Central Heights Church since 1990.

Dave Klassen

Dave desires to love and serve God with all his heart. He is the National Director of Athletes in Action and serves as chaplain with the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions and Fraser Valley Bandits. He is passionate about encouraging men to follow Christ, love and lead their families, and use their lives to make a difference in their community. Dave has been married to his beautiful bride, Rushia, for 30+ years. They have 5 children, two daughter-in-laws and 3 grandchildren.

Loren Warkentin

Loren loves Jesus, his family, and his church family. For the past 25 years he has worked as the Registrar and Web Developer at Northwest Seminary – College in Langley. Prior to that he and his wife, Becky, spent 16 years engaged in church and discipleship related ministries among the Dayak people in the interior of West Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia. Loren and Becky have a son and two daughters along with a daughter-in-law and two sons-in-law. They are also the delighted grandparents to three fun-loving grandchildren. Loren’s hobbies include photography, camping, and spending time with family.

Mark Wessner

Mark is passionate about leadership, teaching, and spiritual formation. He is the president of MB Seminary, and has been blessed to also be a pastor, professor, prison chaplain, and business leader. Whenever Mark has a spare moment, he loves to run up and down the trails and mountains of the Fraser Valley. Mark and Jennifer have two young adult daughters, Emily and Ashley.

Rob Griffioen

Rob serves as president of Good News International Ministries (gniministries.ca), a ministry engaged in countering human trafficking among the poor and oppressed in S.E. Asia. His passion is catalyzing holistic life change opportunities through the Good News of Jesus Christ. Rob also enjoys boon-docking, fishing, nature photography, and - most of all - his family: his wife Judy, four adult children (Sherri, Jon, Amanda, Amber) and eight grandchildren.

Tim Buhler

Tim is the proud father of five children and six grandchildren (so far). Three things that make Tim’s heart sing are: celebrating community with his wife, Doreen, and the family that God brings to them; teaching the word of God in informal as well as formal settings; spending time in God's creation, observing the birds with his binoculars.

Brent Nesbitt

Brent is married to Jody, and has two teenage children. He has worked with Power to Change since 1997, first with the Jesus Film Translation Project, and most recently as a Programmer in the IT Department. He recognizes God's love for the Church, and wants to spend his energy building up the Body of Christ. His desire is to learn to read and understand the Bible like Jesus did, when he explained it to the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

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