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Monique Desorcy

Monique Desorcy

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Monique is the Pastor of Children’s Ministry grades K-4 at Southland Church and has been enjoying kids ministry since she was a kid herself. She has two great passions; seeing broken lives being restored to wholeheartedness and spurring on leaders of any age to pour into the lives of others. She and her husband adopted two children who are now grown and have children of their own. Ministry & family life have given her a great variety of experiences to grow in God!

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LaDawn Duerksen

LaDawn Duerksen

LaDawn is the mother of 4 kids herself and is right there in the trenches with the young moms of Selah. She understands what the moms of her generation are facing and she is passionate about helping them grow in confidence as mothers through the power of Christ in their lives. Her husband Kris says that if nothing else Selah was for her! It’s been leading this ministry that has redefined her own life and is making her a better woman, wife and mother.

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Stefan Duerksen

Stefan Duerksen

Stefan is the Pastor of Four Winds Ministry one of Southland’s five missions. God has brought him on an amazing journey out of a life far from God through healing and into full-time ministry. Stefan and Louise have four children.

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Thom Dick

Thom Dick

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Thom is the Family Pastor at Southland and has worked with children and youth for 15 years. He and his wife, Tara, have 3 kids, 2 boys, and a daughter, as well as several foster children. The kids are spread across 20 years too, so that gives him plenty of experimental material to write about! He’s on Instagram as @thomaswdick.

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Brad Elias

Brad Elias

Brad Elias is the High School Pastor at Southland. He loves watching students turn to Jesus to overcome trials and temptations as they develop a firm walk with Him. He has had the privilege of leading grads as they come back to the High School Ministry to lead grade 9-10 cells and finds it amazing how these students apply what they have been taught over the course of their High School years to disciple the next generation. Though he hasn’t written much,,, his desire is that these articles will encourage you as you parent. Brad is married to Sheriesse and they have a baby daughter.

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Donavan Friesen

Donavan Friesen

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Donavan was formerly an Associate Pastor at Southland Church overseeing the Southland staff who work with kids right from birth all the way up to young married couples. Before that, he was the youth and young adult pastor at Southland. Donavan has 4 children; each one of whom was chosen by God for him (possibly to provide writing material precisely for this blog!). Godly parents produce godly children – and for that reason he writes!

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Bonnie Koop

Bonnie Koop

Bonnie Koop is “just” a stay-at–home mom for two energetic boys and the wife of a sports and music-loving husband. She loves Jesus and is trying to live a life that reflects that. Her desire is to see others come into a deep relationship with Jesus and experience the love and life change that our heavenly Father brings. And so in her “spare” time she helps write material and teach at Southland’s Selah mom’s program.

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Dana Loewen

Dana Loewen

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Dana presently works as the Prayer Ministry Coordinator at Southland Church and formerly worked in cell ministry and in resource development. She has been married to Mark, a high school teacher, for over 19 years and has two middle school age children (a daughter and a son). As a family they enjoy sports, camping, and just hanging out together. Dana also leads a cell group for women on Wednesday mornings.

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Chris Puhach

Chris Puhach

Chris is an Associate Pastor at Southland Church. He currently leads Southland’s School of Ministers, a discipleship ministry for young adults. He formerly oversaw the children’s and youth ministries at Southland. Chris and his wife have two children, a daughter who is 15, and a son who is 13. Chris loves to center every document that he creates, but fully expects and reluctantly accepts that the editor will make changes. [“Correct,” the editor.]

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Ravi Raccoon

Ravi Raccoon

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Ravi Raccoon is a real raccoon that lives not far from here at the end of an old dusty road. He is the great storyteller you hear every month on the Animal Underground audio dramas. He enjoys long walks in the woods (rather slowly) as well as mentoring the young animals. Ravi never got married and doesn’t have any kits of his own – he’s kind of like a grandpa to all the animals. He will soon have his very own website and yes, he tweets!

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Amy Unger

Amy Unger

Amy was the Pastor of Middle School students for several years at Southland. Her love for this age group and desire to see them know Jesus personally is so evident. She still loves seeing students and leaders take next steps as they continue to learn to live out their faith. Seeing them grow and develop in their personal lives and as leaders is a joy to her.

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Southland Church

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Posts by Southland Church, such as the Foundations for Families devotionals, are usually written by a team of volunteers. If you are interested in more information about Southland Church check out their website or Facebook page!

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