Lyle Buyer - Senior Lead Team 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!
Jerilyn Bayer - Children's Ministry Pastor
My name is Jerilyn Bayer, and I have been the Children’s Ministry Pastor 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 oversee the Children’s Programs from Nursery – Grade 6, the Friday “Day Break”, and the Parent-Child Dedication Seminars. I have three married daughters, two life-giving granddaughters and two grandsons. I enjoy reading, walking, swimming, storytelling 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).
Mike Bartusek - CONGREGATIONAL LIFE Pastor
As Congregational Life Pastor, Mike is responsible for ministries working with seniors, those going through major life events whether weddings or grief and loss, welcoming newcomers, as well as providing oversight to aspects of our prayer ministry and equipping events.
Being raised on a farm in rural Alberta contributes to Mike’s appreciation of the outdoors, and love of riding anything with two wheels. Mike enjoys quiet early morning times in God’s word and his daily cup of great coffee. Mike is married to Terri, and they have three children, Lauren, Matthew and Landon. Mike joined the staff at McKernan in 2017.
Melissa Chaffee - Congregational Life Pastor
As one of the pastors of Congregational Life, Melissa connects with those new to McKernan and with long times members, providing visitation and care. She also provides oversight for Healing Prayer, weddings, and Women’s Ministry.
Melissa is passionate about seeing the people of God set free by the redeeming work of Christ in order to follow Him in wholeness and abundance in every season of life (Isaiah 61:1-3, Colossians 1:9-14). She and her husband Matt have four energetic sons and a 65-pound lapdog. When not chasing down her boys, Melissa enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and listening to music.
Terry Okken - Lead Team Pastor
As a member of the Lead Team, Pastor Terry provides supervision to and evaluation of the administrative office, daycare, facilities, and youth ministry. In addition, Pastor Terry gives leadership to men’s ministry, communications, financial processes, information technology, and human resources for McKernan Baptist Church.
Pastor Terry joined the staff in 2005. He and his wife Christine have three children – Emily, Ethan & Noah. Pastor Terry loves spicy food, good coffee, riding his motorcycle and cheering for the Elks, Oilers, Raiders and the University of Sioux Falls.
Dave Schneider - Youth and worship Pastor
Hey! My name is Dave Schneider and I have been the Full-time Youth Pastor since August 2014. I’ve grown up attending McKernan and have been a part of the Youth Ministry in a number of different roles since 2006. I also added Worship Pastor to my title in August 2021. McKernan is definitely home for me, and I’m so excited to be a part of what God is doing here.
One of my favourite parts 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. I also love leading worship and creating environments where people can enter into worship and connect with Jesus. In my spare time you can find me running trails in the city or in the mountains, connecting with friends over a good meal at one of the awesome restaurants around, or trying to find the best chai latte in town.
Dan Schroth - lead team Pastor
After 18 years of serving in civic service I answered God’s call to full-time ministry, pastored in Winnipeg, attained my M.Div at Taylor Seminary (’05), and have served since then as a Pastor at McKernan Baptist Church. My current role includes the supervision of our Children’s Ministries Director, Congregational Life Pastor and Young Adults Ministries Pastor. I also lead the Missions and Outreach ministry, Equipping Ministry, and Leadership Ministry.
I'm thrilled to be married to Andrea (‘94). Together we have three vigorous sons (’97, ’99, and ’02), one enthralling daughter (’06), and recently, one captivating daughter-in-law! As a family, we are trying to keep up with how the Spirit is leading in our lives. We are actively involved in local and global missions. We are a very active family, participating in many sports and outdoor pursuits.
I’m hard pressed to find something that causes me more satisfaction than when I can join with other followers of Jesus 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.
Nathanael Trinh - Young Adults Pastor