Ellery Rauwerda

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!