Carl Heppner

Lead Pastor

Carl has been serving as Lead Pastor at FGMB since November 2013.  Carl and Kathy were married in 1999 and have four fantastic children.  Prior to coming to FGMB, Carl worked with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in an HR role supporting International personnel.  Carl and Kathy also previously served internationally with MCC in Bolivia for several years.

Carl is a passionate teacher who loves mentoring young leaders. He always has a stack of books on the go and loves spending time working on renovating their family’s 100 yr. old home.

Kevin Dyck

Interim Worship Coordinator

Bio and photo coming soon!

Kristen Nikkel


Being a Worship Arts Pastor at Fort Garry allows Kristen to work with people’s gifts in music and the arts. She is the point person for Worship Ministries to facilitate our community gatherings with God and each other. Kristen has been in this position since 2007 and holds a music degree with a concentration in piano.

With her husband Matt, they lead worship together and drink coffee. With their two young boys Andrew & Zachary, this family likes music, camping & the Blue Jays!

Tyson Gross

Youth and Young Adults (Interim)

Tyson has served as a volunteer youth and young adults leader at FGMB for a number of years and has taken on these pastoral responsibilities for a one year term.


Janessa Giesbrecht is currently on leave until October 2019.  She has been serving as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults since June 2013. She grew up at Fort Garry MB and spent 7 years volunteering with the youth before taking on a pastoral role.

Janessa’s passions in ministry include mentorship of youth and leaders, relationship building, and preaching. Her vision for the youth and young adults is to see each of their lives transformed as they learn to recognize, live into, and share their God-given identities in Jesus Christ.

Janessa is married to Andrew and enjoys reading, cycling, listening to CBC radio 2, and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens. She holds a BA in International Development Studies and is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at Canadian Mennonite University.

Ruth Schellenberg


Ruth has been on staff at FGMB since July 2006 in the role of Children’s Pastor. She loves walking alongside children and their families in our community; encouraging them in their faith.

She has been married to David for 30 years and they have 2 sons, Jordan and Caleb. Ruth and David love to travel, hike, cycle and take walks in their neighbourhood. They also love to watch NFL football.

Ruth has degrees in Criminology and in Family Studies, plus several Master’s level courses in Theology. Prior to coming on staff at Fort Garry she worked for 15 years with Youth for Christ in Winnipeg serving with Teen Moms and the drop-in ministry.

Brooklyn Friesen

Office Administrator

Brooklyn has been serving in a pastoral internship role at FGMB since August 2018, and has come on board as staff as of February 2019! She loves connecting with new people and helping others feel known. She is passionate about the church and plans to pursue pastoral ministry in the future.

She enjoys anything that gives her the opportunity to be creative; be it posters, painting, or powerpoint, she loves it all! When not in the office, Brooklyn would like to be biking, hiking, doing embroidery, and is probably singing while doing it.

Brooklyn has graduated from Canadian Mennonite University with a General Batchelor of Arts degree, having studied music, history, and theology primarily. She has plans to continue her schooling, slowing chipping away at her Masters of Divinity.

Darryl Wylie

Facility Manager

Darryl and his wife Candace have been attending Fort Garry since roughly 2008, and Darryl has been Facility Manager here since late 2011.  They have been blessed with three children.

Darryl loves to be active which fits well with his current position at FGMB. Sports have always been a passion for him, and leading the Men’s Night Out here at church has been rewarding!

Prior to FGMB, Darryl worked for 22 years in the hotel industry and is dedicated to working for those around him.  Whether it is a wedding, funeral, or a meeting that the church is rented for, he truly enjoys making that event “special”

Kelsey Hildebrand

Summer Ministries Intern

Kelsey is currently our Summer Ministries Intern and has been attending Fort Gary since September 2018. She has a passion for ministry with children and youth and loves connecting with people and encouraging others.

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with friends, do anything creative, watch baseball and spend time at the cabin with her family.

Kelsey has graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors of Science degree and in Fall 2019 is going into the Faculty of Education to teach High School math and chemistry.