Lyle Buyer - Senior Pastor
I have enjoyed the privilege of serving as Sr. Pastor since 1993. I am married to Jeannie, my most amazing partner in life and ministry, and we have four children; Daunavan (married to Kirsten), Adam (married to Jalene), Katie (married to Cody) and Mitchell. My key roles involve preaching and working with a great staff team and church board in giving leadership to the church. It is my desire that McKernan increasingly become a community of Jesus’ followers who are real with one another in our journey of transformation toward the likeness of Christ. Along the way, I want us to grow in our capacity to engage our community and world as good and godly neighbours. In my spare time, I am often involved in sports of some sort, either as a participant or spectator. I especially enjoy golf and volleyball and I am among those who cheer for the Oilers, convinced that they will be better next year!
Daunavan Buyer - Young adults & Worship Arts Pastor
Hi, my name is Daunavan Buyer and I have the privilege of serving as the Young Adults and Worship Arts Pastor here at McKernan Baptist Church. I was raised here at McKernan and have been on staff for almost 4 years. I am married to Kirsten and we are expecting our first child in September. When I’m not working, I love to fill my time with musical endeavours, sports, golf, and spending time with friends and family.
My favourite part of my job is coming alongside of and empowering others to walk in the fullness of who they were created to be. This is especially poignant in my work with young adults. I am excited for this season at McKernan as I believe God is doing a profound work in the lives of the people here as He deepens our understanding of who He is and how He wants us to make an impact in our communities across the city.
Jerilyn Bayer - Children's Ministry Director
My name is Jerilyn Bayer, and I have been the Children’s Ministry Director at McKernan Baptist Church since July 2014. I like to jokingly say that I am the “underground” pastor since our Children’s Ministry takes place in the basement. I have three married daughters and two life-giving granddaughters and one grandson. I enjoy reading, walking, story telling and chocolate. My background is in Christian Education and I have served in Brazil for 30 years as a missionary, church planter as well as co-founder of the Chain-of-Love homes (Christian homes for street children). I love the “buzz” as the children arrive, the moment of “awe” when the lesson touches the heart, and the “can I stay a bit longer?” when the parents come to pick up.
Moses’ dying words to the Israelites were: “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you – they are your life.” (Deut. 32: 46-47).
Sharon Harewood - CONGREGATIONAL LIFE Pastor (Part-time)
I have been attending McKernan since 2000, but I have been on staff since 2006 as the pastor of Pastoral Care Ministries. In January 2016 Christine Okken joined me to share the pastoral care role. I am responsible for hospital visitation, seniors’ initiatives, short term counselling and referral, care and support for people experiencing grief and loss, and oversight to our Healing Prayer Ministry. This role is very rewarding for a retired social worker called to ministry later in life! I have two married sons and one awesome grandson. I enjoy sharing life with my family, especially cheering at my grandson’s soccer games.
The favourite part of my job is walking with people going through tough times and sharing God’s love and care simply by being present with them. I love our inter-generational church and trust that we will continue to be a place where people of all ages can worship and serve together in the church, in the community and around the world.
Mike Bartusek - CONGREGATIONAL LIFE Pastor
Christine Okken - cONGREGATIONAL lIFE Pastor (Part-time)
I’ve been at McKernan for some time now, previously working as Youth Pastor for almost 10 years, and now in the area of Pastoral Care. I have a real heart to see people experience God walking alongside of them in whatever they are going through. I love helping others find pathways through broken places, and rebuild foundations in their lives so that they can walk with restored purpose and identity in Christ.
I am an Edmonton native, but moved to the US to take my Master's Degree at Seminary. While there I re-met a pretty amazing guy named Terry who became my husband. He is also on the Pastoral staff here at McKernan. We have three great kids, a daughter in University, a son in High School and a son in Junior High. They keep our lives full and full of laughter and blessing. I am also an artist and you will often find my fingers stained with art markers or paint as I create little canvases of love for others.
Terry Okken - Executive Pastor
I first joined the McKernan staff in January 2005 as Youth Pastor working with Junior High, High School and College aged students. Over the years my portfolio has changed and I am currently serving as the Executive Pastor which allows me to use my pastoral heart and my business education.
I grew up in a small town in North Dakota (I know, aren’t all towns in ND small?), and loved the opportunities growning up in a rural setting and in a very supportive church provided. I am married to an amazing lady, Christine, who happens to also serve on staff at McKernan. We have three wonderful children who keep us laughing and busy.
I love organizing and figuring out how we can best do things at McKernan. I love working with my teams and feel very blessed to be able to serve at McKernan.
Dave Schneider - Youth Pastor
Hey! My name is Dave Schneider and I am in my second year of full-time ministry at McKernan. I’ve grown up attending McKernan and have been a part of the Youth Ministry in a number of different roles since 2006. McKernan is definitely home for me, and I’m so excited to be a part of what God is doing in and through the Youth Ministry.
My favourite part of my job is getting to build relationships with the youth, leaders, and families. I am passionate about authentically living life in community, and finding out how we can walk alongside each other as we learn what it looks like to live out our faith and relationship with Jesus. Currently I’m working on my Master's of Divinity at Taylor Seminary, and in my free time you can catch me playing squash, ultimate frisbee, or sitting down at the piano.
Dan Schroth - Adult Ministries Pastor
After 18 years of serving in the civil service, I answered God’s call to full-time ministry; attained my M.Div at Taylor Seminary; and since 2005 have served as the Adult Ministries Pastor at McKernan Baptist Church in Edmonton. In this role, along with supervising Children’s Ministries and Young Adults Ministries, I lead a variety of ministries including Small Groups, Equipping Ministries, and Connecting.
I'm thrilled to be married to Andrea, and together we have three vigorous boys and one enthralling daughter. As a family, we are trying to keep up with how the Spirit is leading in our lives. Andrea and I are involved in global missions, primarily to Cameroon. We are a very active family as we enjoy team and individual sports. February 2016 was especially enjoyable as, for the third time, I was able to cheer the Broncos to a Super Bowl!
There are few things that bring more satisfaction to me than when I am able to join with other followers of Jesus to do far more than acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Saviour, but to treasure Him with their entire life; to follow His daring teachings; and to live with radical grace among one another and toward all those that they are able to influence.