GRASSROOTS STAFF

We are so thankful that God has been with us throughout this time of searching and waiting for an Interim Pastor. Steve Mills is the interim pastor at Grassroots church, and we are thankful for his heart for Jesus, his heart for all people, and his continued desire to keep learning and growing!
 
Having spent almost 40 years in pastoral ministry in Ontario and Quebec, Steve and Annette Mills relocated from southern Ontario to Thunder Bay in April 2021 to be closer to some of their family! They have 4 adult, married sons with 7 grandchildren. Steve loves to be with people (particularly over dark roast coffee). His greatest joy is to teach the Bible in such a way that it answers the question “So what?“. The Mills particularly enjoy canoe camping and gardening. Steve is a diehard fan of the Boston Bruins and the Dallas Cowboys.
 
A big welcome to Steve and Annette as they join Grassroots! Steve can be reached at steve.m@grassroots.church.
 

Emily Polci
Connections Minister

Emily serves as the part-time Connections Minister at Grassroots Church, as well as being an accomplished full-time wife and mother, and a tender-hearted people person. She will be investing time to discover and help new people make a difference in our church community, as well as helping to keep our current volunteer teams feeling connected, valued, and supported. She intends to keep a gentle hand on the pulse of the needs of the church community pertaining to the church’s callings of love, hospitality, and service. 

Em is an artistic entrepreneur and small business owner with a heart for designing communal spaces that allow for both the comforts of home as well as an efficient work environment to foster community and creativity.

Contact her at admin@grassroots.church to find out how to get connected and involved.

Sound tech

Abel Brown
Co-Director of Sunday Mornings

Abel Brown serves as our Co-Director of Sunday Mornings and runs our technical operations; overseeing our stage, sound system, music result, as well as our microphone set-up for speakers. He also is responsible for the newsletter, various graphics and infographics, overseeing and implementing musical lyrics in a thoughtful form, and implementing pastoral messages into our presentation system as well as monitoring the technical side of our service during Sunday mornings.

Abel enjoys photography, film, music, cinematography, making videos, screenplay writing, and getting to know God and is often found thinking of a new story to tell.

Jacob Zavitz
Co-Director of Sunday Mornings

Jacob works for Grassroots Church as a Co-Director of Sunday mornings. He is one of the staff members who arrives early Sunday morning to open the building and prepare its spaces for use during the service and Sunday school. Jacob also checks in with the various Sunday morning volunteers, and assists where help is needed. He is hardworking, positive minded, and likes to engage in games and activities with the church’s children and youth. 

 

In his spare time, Jacob enjoys mountain biking and exploring in God’s beautiful creation around Northwestern Ontario!

Steve Mills
Interim Pastor

We are so thankful that God has been with us throughout this time of searching and waiting for an Interim Pastor. Steve Mills is the interim pastor at Grassroots church, and we are thankful for his heart for Jesus, his heart for all people, and his continued desire to keep learning and growing!
 
Having spent almost 40 years in pastoral ministry in Ontario and Quebec, Steve and Annette Mills relocated from southern Ontario to Thunder Bay in April 2021 to be closer to some of their family! They have 4 adult, married sons with 7 grandchildren. Steve loves to be with people (particularly over dark roast coffee). His greatest joy is to teach the Bible in such a way that it answers the question “So what?“. The Mills particularly enjoy canoe camping and gardening. Steve is a diehard fan of the Boston Bruins and the Dallas Cowboys.
 
A big welcome to Steve and Annette as they join Grassroots! Steve can be reached at steve.m@grassroots.church.
 

Amy Baker
Roots and Shoots Director (Children's Ministry):

When Amy was growing up she had an impression that God was the principal and Jesus was the vice-principal, and you really only met either of them if you were in trouble. She always tried to do everything she could to be a good person and follow instructions and be a nice Christian girl. And yet  it never really ‘fit’. As she aged and grew into herself, she began to realize that the pseudo-faith that she had been trying to force herself to wear was never going to work for her. She craved authenticity, genuine love, and freedom to be her imperfect self while resting in the knowledge that she was loved unconditionally by her true Father. As the children’s minister at Grassroots Church, Amy pours herself into nurturing an environment where the kids can explore the Bible and really get to know Jesus intimately. Our children are not just the next generation of the church waiting in the wings to join our congregation when they are old enough. They are a lively, inspiring, cherished part of our community and we are to embrace them as they are every day! 

When she is not elbows deep in children’s ministry materials, Amy is usually elbow deep in family life, a good book, or a sewing project.

Isaac Veurink
Youth Group Director

Isaac serves as our Youth Group Director. He runs our Monday Night GYG, oversees our volunteer leaders, plans our outings and youth service opportunities, and keeps our kids fit in mind and spirit. Isaac enjoys connecting with young people and encouraging them to walk in step with Jesus. His name means laughter and it runs true in his life as jokes and fun are a common occurrence. 

Isaac is married to Ashley who is also involved in the youth ministry at Grassroots. They are both passionate about exploring the outdoors and can regularly be found canoeing on waterways surrounding the city!

Paul Henri
Custodian