Pastor Waldo Pauls
Pastor Waldo PaulsInterim Pastor

Adopting the adage that “variety is the spice of life” Waldo has viewed ministry assignments as seasons to match his gifts with needs. With that came the experience of new people and challenges to explore. After graduating from seminary in 1976 he has pastored five churches across three provinces over the next 42 years. His most recent role was as the Lead Chaplain in a senior’s complex.

Growing up on a farm enabled him to be adaptable and refreshment times between churches found him working as a car salesman, an installation manager at a cabinet company and running a 50 bed guesthouse in Haiti along with his wife Pam. They have two children and three grandchildren and enjoy time with their family.

In this latest season of life golf and travel have occupied some of their retirement time. However, since Waldo believes that there is never a retirement from the Christian life he has returned to part time ministry as there was a need presented that seemed to fit his gifting. Pray for a new pastor so that he can retire for a third time.


Pastor Renate Klaassen
Pastor Renate KlaassenAssociate Pastor: German Worship
Renate grew up at NUMC after her family immigrated from Uruguay. In 1984, she graduated from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now Canadian Mennonite University) in Winnipeg, with a Bachelor of Church Music. For the subsequent 13 years, she lived in Altona, Manitoba, participating with the Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, where her husband Randy was pastor. Upon discerning a call to pastoral ministry herself, she attended the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary for a year. In 1998, she & Randy took on a shared pastoral position at Bethany Mennonite Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

In 2011, Renate pursued studies in floral design at Niagara College, and spent 5 years working as a floral designer in a retail florist business in the area. However, she felt God call her back to pastoral ministry when she was invited to serve at NUMC as asso-ciate pastor to the German worship services.

Renate is engaged in the music life of the Niagara Region through her involvement in Chorus Niagara, and enjoys spending time at her ancient Mason & Risch upright grand at home. She also loves to paint with watercolours and grow flowers. At certain times, like Valentine’s or Mother’s Day, she may still be found helping out at the flower shop. Her husband Randy is serving as associate pastor to seniors at the St. Catharines United Mennonite Church. As they engage in the faith journey of 2 area congregations, Randy & Renate share personal time with their son, daughter & son-in-law, and their absolutely adorable little grandson!


Ellery Rauwerda
Ellery RauwerdaInterim Youth & Education Director

Ellery is excited to return to a role in ministry at NUMC as Youth and Education Director. She has had a passion for learning and education since the age of six, and achieved her lifelong goal
of becoming a certified teacher in 2017. Prior to completing her Bachelor of Education, Ellery studied Peace and Conflict Studies and music at the University of Waterloo while living in
community at Conrad Grebel University College. She also holds a grade 10 piano certificate with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Ellery has a passion for travel and cross-cultural learning. She spent a year with Mennonite Central Committee serving as a teacher, community worker, and radio show host in Indonesia.
Serving and learning experiences in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Paraguay, and the United Kingdom, as well as right here in Canada, have greatly influenced Ellery’s faith journey and heart for ministry (which she would always love to share more about over a cup of Fair Trade coffee).

Ellery is married to Mark, and they enjoy life in their cozy little house which they share with their cat, Mabel, in St. Catharines. Ellery feels most alive and joy-filled when she is spending
time in thought-provoking conversation with family and friends, trying new foods, cooking or baking, playing piano or singing, browsing the market on Saturday morning, journaling, reading,
and trip planning. These days, you can usually find her in a classroom somewhere in the Niagara Region, or right here at NUMC!


Jeff & Anita Friesen
Jeff & Anita FriesenCaretakers
Jeff and Anita have been faithfully serving our church for the last 3 and a half years. In their spare time, Jeff and Anita can be found on vacation somewhere warm or creating memories with their three children.

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