Chris Schoon, Lead Pastor
Pastor Chris stepped into the lead pastor role in 2011. In this capacity, Chris serves our church through preaching and worship, providing pastoral leadership with our Council and ministry committees, and participating with our elders and deacons in extending care within the congregation. Chris also mentors people preparing for ministry, engages in our True City and Classis Hamilton partnerships, and occasionally contributes to campus ministry efforts at Redeemer University College and McMaster University.
Alongside his pastoral work, Chris earned a Doctor of Theology (Wycliffe College/University of Toronto), occasionally teaches mission and leadership related courses at Redeemer University College and Calvin Theological Seminary, and is a regular contributor to Reformed Worship's blog. When he can, Chris loves to hop on the Bruce Trail, to fire up the backyard BBQ, or to play a wide range of board games.
Janice Sanderson, Secretary
Janice has been on staff since 2002 and currently serves as our church secretary and book keeper. In these capacities, Janice supports our congregation by attending to day-to-day communication, scheduling, and finances. Janice also coordinates our service opportunity schedules, our weekly ebulletin, and monthly financial reports for Council. She also serves as the first contact with those enquiring about our ministries and facilities.
Rachel Cook, CAP Debt Centre Manager
Rachel took over as the Debt Centre Manager of our Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre in July, 2017. In this role, Rachel and a team of volunteers from our congregation show the love of Jesus by walking alongside those who are struggling with debt as they work their way with our help towards being debt-free. With a background in teaching, a heart for people, and a desire to share God's love, Rachel is thrilled to help our neighbours in this tangible way. When she's not working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her fabulous husband Justin and three children, hiking, gardening, baking, camping, and playing games.
Hayden Regeling, Pastor
Pastor Hayden is the Second Pastor at First Hamilton CRC. He and his wife, Tracey, and son, Auston, joined First Hamilton in September 2018. Hayden serves the church through preaching and worship, providing leadership with council, and helping and caring for families on their journey of faith. Hayden also works closely with equipping leaders within our congregation. When away from his office at the church, Hayden enjoys spending time with his family, hiking the trails of Hamilton, cycling, and drinking good coffee.