Rev. Dr. Das Sydney
Minister contact Das
Das has lived most of his life in Canada, but his country of birth is India and he spent most of his teen years in Africa. He received his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at the University of Toronto (B.Sc., Th.M), McMaster (M.Div.) and Northern Baptist in Chicago (D.Min.). He is married to Angela, a Registered Nurse, and they have three children. He enjoys preaching and teaching, but more than anything else, delights in seeing transformation in human lives and in the church. He enjoys painting and golf, but those close to him have told him not to leave his day job anytime soon!
Associate Pastor, Children’s Ministries & Congregational Life
Amanda has lived in Kitchener since in 2001. After receiving her Bachelor of Religious Education in Educational Ministries from Emmanuel Bible College, she went on to study at McMaster Divinity College. She received her Master of Divinity in May 2011. Amanda is enthusiastic about finding meaningful ways to point children to Christ. Amanda is married to Adam, and together they enjoy playing board games. In her spare time Amanda also enjoys reading and going to the gym.
Youth Pastor contact Jason
Jason was born and raised in Sault Sainte Marie, a small city in Northern Ontario. He grew up in a Christian home along with his five other siblings. After receiving the call to ministry, Jason attended Emmanuel Bible College here in Kitchener, where he received his Bachelor of Theology Degree with a major in Youth Ministry, and graduated as Valedictorian of his class in 2009. While at Emmanuel, Jason met his soon to be wife Tabitha, and they wed in September of 2009. They are overjoyed to be together and excited to be serving here at Highland. In his spare time, Jason enjoys cycling, playing games, and building relationships with his family and friends.
Rev. Dr. Max DeWolfe
Max was born in New Brunswick. He trained for the ministry at Acadia University where he received his B.A., B.D. He was ordained to the Baptist ministry in 1940, and served in pastorates in the Maritime Provinces, Quebec and Ontario. He also served as a Chaplain to the Canadian Army during WW II, and in the YMCA War Services. In 1964 Acadia University granted him an honorary D.D. In 1981 He and his late wife Margaret retired in Kitchener -Waterloo where they were involved in interim pastoral ministry including three terms at Highland Baptist Church.
Carol & Norman Giesbrecht
Directors of Music contact Carol & Norm
Norman and Carol were born in Saskatchewan and Ontario respectively, but they met in Manitoba. Both hold degrees from Wilfred Laurier University (B.A, Music), ARCTs in piano and voice and teaching degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (Norman) and the University of Manitoba (Carol). Both spent many years as performers and educators, Carol in the public school systems in Manitoba and Ontario, Norman in the music business world. Their hearts have always been given to the music of the church. When not doing music, Norman loves to golf and ride his bike, Carol to quilt and read. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Church Ministry Assistant contact the Office
Lindaree has been at Highland a long time. She loves her job and is eager to be of service to you. She is married to Ted, and they have three busy daughters and 4 grandchildren. She graduated in Psychology at Laurier (a long time ago), but declares that she has learned a lot more about people on the job, than at school.