Sandy was born and raised in Thunder Bay. In the early 90s he attended The Great Commission Bible School in McMinnville, Oregon, and then began working in Eastern Europe for various NGOs working with orphans. Shortly after returning to Canada, he moved to Alberta in 1999 where he started a family with his new wife, Sheila. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 2005 and began working with newcomers and refugees to Canada in 2007. After returning to Thunder Bay with his family in 2010 he began attending Grassroots Church, and has contributed in various capacities ever since.
Sandy is a natural networker who loves making people feel connected and welcome in any situation, whether it’s at church, at work, in a coffee shop or at his home. In his role as Community Connections Coordinator he is working to create a “culture of hospitality” among the congregation, where newcomers are made to feel welcome and connected, and established members of the congregation continually work to practice hospitality in their own lives. By doing so, God’s love for humanity will be reflected more wholly, and our Grassroots community will become more vibrant and have a greater impact!
If you see Sandy around don’t be afraid to say hello – just be prepared to give it more than a few minutes, as he’s sure to have a story for you 😉