Our Team

Meet some of our staff.

Say hello to some of the many people serving Jesus at First Alliance.



Tim Berends

Lead Serving Pastor

c/o kliewer@firstalliancechurch.org

Tim encourages the development of First Alliance as a missional, disciple-making community. He has his DMin in Contextualized Spiritual Formation from Fuller Theological Seminary, his MDiv from Calvin Seminary, and a BA in Missionary Anthropology.

"My calling is to raise up individuals, communities and movements of God to participate in the disciple-making mission of Jesus in the world."

Nicky Laxton-Ward

Pastor of Youth and Adult Formation

ward@firstalliancechurch.org

Nicky leads the youth, young adult, small group, and women’s ministries at First Alliance. She has an MTS from Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), and also has a BEd, and BA and MA degrees in Geography. 

I am passionate about Jesus and helping people encounter Him, particularly through the study of the bible together in community.

Tim Sreedharan

Pastor of Children and Global Ministries

sreedharan@firstalliancechurch.org

Tim gives leadership to our children's ministries as well as Global ministries. He has his MDiv from Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), and a BSW from Ryerson University.

"I love helping emerging generations develop a passion for God's mission in the world and with partnering in what God is doing in the world."

Andrew Stuart

Pastor of Worship Formation and Preaching

astuart@firstalliancechurch.org

Andrew provides oversight and leadership for our worship and preaching ministries. He has his MDiv from Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), and a BA in history from McMaster University.

"I'm passionate about the study and application of Scripture to our lives and helping people encounter Jesus in the Word of God."

Andrea Frith

Pastor of Pastoral Care

frith@firstalliancechurch.org

Andrea leads the Stephen ministry team, Spiritual Freedom ministry, and works closely with the Pastoral Care committee. She has an MDiv with a major in Counselling from Tyndale University College & Seminary.

"My passion is to equip individuals and teams to minister the love of God in ways that lead others to walk in the fullness of their purpose and potential in Christ."

Joy Kwai-Pun

Pastor of Community Outreach

kwai-pun@firstalliancechurch.org

Joy oversees our Bible-ESL ministries and Community events. She has her MDiv from Tyndale Seminary.

"I'm passionate about telling people about Jesus, helping newcomers to Canada learn English, and helping them read and study the Bible for themselves."

Lynda Kliewer

Lead Ministry Administrator

kliewer@firstalliancechurch.org

“I'm deeply committed to joyfully serving the body of Christ through the development and administration of church systems so we can thrive as a church and Jesus can be worshipped in our midst.”

Lucy Liu

Ministry Administration and Finance

office@firstalliancechurch.org

“I'm passionate about serving people by creating a life-giving and ordered environment for ministry to happen and for people to meet Jesus.”