John Bryan - Spiritual Life Director
John is from Stoney Creek, Ontario and joined the SLC team in August 2009 and became the Spiritual Life Director in June of 2014. He attended York University for one year before transferring to Tyndale University College and Seminary where he graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Education in youth ministry. After graduating, John served as the youth pastor at Winona Gospel Church for 13 years in Stoney Creek. He is married and the proud father of two exceptional boys, wildly proud of his Northern Irish heritage, passionate about following Christ, and after meeting Bono of U2 in person, has yet to receive a call to just “hang out”. John is so excited to serve in the Spiritual Life Centre and still believes that when a teen’s path intersects with the life of Jesus, it’s the best thing!
Alicia Janzen - Spiritual Life Associate
Alicia grew up in St. Catharines with her parents and her younger sister. She’s a graduate of Eden. Shortly after high school, during some disillusioned years, Alicia completed the Esthetics program at Sheridan College and worked in a salon. Before long, feeling the need for change and beginning to understand how God and faith fit into her life, she was a part of the Take Flight team for two years as a participant and a leader. Alicia has her BA in Counseling/Caregiving from Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, BC after three years of learning and growing with some of the most amazing people on the planet. Alicia has been in the SLC since 2003 living life with students, planning missions trips and retreats and loving it.
Meghan Plett - Spiritual Life Associate
Meghan grew up in Owen Sound and left to pursue a degree in Secondary English Education. After receiving her BA, she worked in Amsterdam for a year at a Christian Youth Hostel. She then moved to Calgary to complete a MA in Counseling. She worked at the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre with women and couples who were facing unplanned pregnancies or other challenges in their relationships. She also spoke to students and parents in Calgary and the surrounding areas about healthy relationships and sexuality.Meghan loves connecting with students and encouraging them to learn of Christ and live for Christ. (Meghan will be on maternity leave from January 2017 to January 2018.)
Brian Loewen - Spiritual Life Associate
Brian grew up in Niagara on the Lake and is a graduate of Eden High School. He attended Capernwray Bible School in England and Niagara College where he studied Policing and Law. Since attending school, Brian realized he had a passion for other nations, which drove him to travel extensively, backpacking through four different continents. He then completed one year with Canadian Mennonite University's "Outtatown" program- a year long discipleship training program geared towards knowing God, knowing yourself and knowing the world. He then spent two years leading the Outtatown program where he enjoyed mentoring students and travelling the world as a community. Brian loves good coffee, hammocks, and the outdoors. He is excited to get to know the students at Eden and hear their stories!
Jessica Evans - Spiritual Life Associate
Jessica grew up in Niagara on the Lake and is an Eden graduate (2010). Following Eden, she served in the L.I.T. program at Camp Crossroads. It was at camp that her passion for Christ, serving others and adventure was developed. She continued to pursue ministry and adventure through the Outtatown program in 2011/2012 where she spent three months travelling across Canada and three months living in Guatemala. From there, Jessica moved to British Columbia and attended Columbia Bible College for three years, spending summers' serving at Camp Crossroads. She graduated from Columbia with diplomas in Youth Work and Outdoor Leadership. Jessica cares deeply for others and is passionate about using her gifts to love and serve. She loves camping, hiking and BBQ's needing no excuse to be outdoors, spending time with family and friends. She enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures, and trying new things. Jessica is very excited to be back at Eden, serving in the SLC alongside a great team! Along with starting her new position, this year will see Jessica and her fiancé Joshua get married in July!