Board of Elders Update November 12, 2021

The Rios Family immigration process is almost complete! The next step is to schedule their flights. They are targeting to travel on Monday, November 29th. Jeremy’s first day as Lead Pastor would be December 1st.

Please keep them in your prayers! Please pray for God’s provision of…

  • Safe travel and entry to Canada
  • Suitable Vehicle for a family of six
  • Suitable Housing on the North Shore (beginning in January 2022, as they have temporary accommodation for the month of December) 

In addition, if you know of anyone who might have a SUV or van that the Rios family could use until they purchase a new vehicle (approx. 2-3 weeks), please contact Mary Louise in the church office,


Board of Elders Update October 17, 2021

Dear NSAC Family, 

The Board of Elders is pleased to share that after months of praying, searching, and discerning, the Board recently unanimously agreed to offer Jeremy Rios the role of our new lead pastor. After a time of prayer and consideration, Jeremy accepted the offer, and will be taking the position in November.

Throughout the evaluation process, we saw evidence of how God has been uniquely preparing and equipping Jeremy for this role, and we firmly believe he is a strong fit for this position. We want to thank all of you for your prayers and for providing feedback following the candidating weekend which was very helpful to our evaluation. 

Jeremy, Liesel, along with their children, Moses, Cates, Asa and Lucy, will be relocating to North Vancouver in a few weeks’ time. 

If you haven’t had a chance to get acquainted with Jeremy yet, you can review his bio as well as links to his messages and books here. 

We encourage you to take a moment to bless Jeremy and his family by writing a short message of welcome and encouragement. You can send a message via this online form here.

Finally, the Board would like to thank the Pastoral Search team for the time and effort they put in to initiate this process, as well as to the staff for their assistance in organizing the candidating weekend and other events. 

We have great anticipation for what God will do in this next chapter at NSA. Please join us in thanking God for His goodness to us, and continue praying for Jeremy, Liesel, their family, our staff, and our entire church family as we make this transition. 

In his service,

The NSAC Board
Brad Boyd
James Chao 
Sofia Kennedy 
Monica McAlduff
Ronnie Scott 
Craig Timm
Wendy Wray


Board of Elders Update September 23, 2021

Thank you all for making Jeremy and Liesel feel so welcome during the Candidating weekend on September 12th. We all felt it was a wonderful weekend and really appreciated the openness and candidness of both Jeremy and Liesel throughout their visit.

We also appreciate all of the feedback that everyone has shared. The Board has read through all of your comments, and it has been very helpful in helping us move forward in our discernment process.

The Board met on Wednesday, September 22nd to pray and continue our discussions around Jeremy. There are a lot of things to consider and we continue to ask you to pray for the Board as we work through the final stages of the decision making. We believe God has an exciting future for our church, and we need wisdom and knowledge beyond our own understanding as we work through this process. We also acknowledge it requires a lot of patience on everyone’s behalf. We will provide more updates as, and when, we are able.

Thank you so much for praying with us in this significant phase in the life of our church.


Board of Elders Update August 29, 2021

The Board of Elders are pleased to announce that we have a strong candidate for the Lead Pastor position, and have scheduled him to come for a public visit on Sunday, September 12th. His name is Dr. Jeremy Rios. Information about his visit, his background, experience, sermons and writings is attached as a pdf or can be found here: Candidation Sunday.  

As a reminder, inviting someone to candidate is one more step in the process--candidating does not necessarily mean that a call, to be our lead pastor will be issued, or that a call will be accepted. Candidating is a way to gather more information about the person and to gain a stronger sense of whether they are a good fit for our church.  It is also an opportunity to gauge the response of the church to the candidate.We would like to extend an open invitation to our entire community to meet Jeremy and his wife, Liesel.

Please pray for Jeremy and his family as they prepare for this visit, and pray for the Board of Elders as we continue this process.


Pastoral Search Team Update July 15, 2021

Thank you so much for your continued prayers; the entire Search Team greatly appreciates it. We are honored to be involved and can tell you it is exciting to be part of this process.

We have now had initial meetings with two candidates, both of whom offer different, but exciting skills. We will be meeting with them again in the next few weeks, in a deeper dive interview, as we continue to seek God’s will in our search.

I want to remind you all that the Pastoral Search Team is not ultimately responsible for selection of our new Lead Pastor, that sits in the hands of the Board. We do, however, take our role seriously in identifying and bringing forward candidates for the Board to select from. Please keep praying for wisdom and insight for the team, as well as for our candidates. It is as important for them as it is for us, that this be the right calling for our next Lead Pastor.


Pastoral Search Team Update June 2021

We have been advertising the role for 3 weeks now and have begun the process of receiving and reviewing applications. There has been a number of submissions and we have been delighted by the caliber and breadth of skills of the applicants so far. The team is now prayerfully considering those who have applied and are now beginning the process of evaluating and pruning the list down. The posting will remain open for the meantime and the Search Team remains open to receiving additional applicants as we seek after God’s will for our church. 

Our ask is that you continue to pray for us and the applicants, especially that we will all be able to clearly discern God’s will in this process. Please also pray for our Board and Staff team as Mark transitions away at the end of the month. If you have any specific questions regarding to the Search, please reach out to Mardi Dolfo-Smith ( or Ronnie Scott ( 

Thank you for your prayers to date.


On Sunday March 14th, Pastor Mark announced that he had been nominated for the position of District Superintendent for the Canadian Pacific District of the Alliance in Canada. The formal vote for this position was held on May 19th.  Pastor Mark's nomination was confirmed, and he finished his role of Lead Pastor on June 30th.

Pastoral Search Team

While it is the responsibility of the NSAC Board to ultimately candidate and select our next Lead Pastor, the Board has tasked the Pastoral Search Team with advertising for and shortlisting applicants for their consideration. The Search Team is a diverse group representing Board, Staff and our congregation. The team includes:

  • 3 NSAC Board members - Ronnie Scott, Monica McAlduff, James Chao
  • 3 lay church members - Rachel Maddock, Roxanne McGregor, George Canvin
  • 1 staff member - Pastor Mardi Dolfo-Smith

If you have any specific questions regarding the Search, please reach out to Mardi Dolfo-Smith ( or Ronnie Scott ( 


Frequently Asked Questions

We have attached a document below with answers to some frequently asked questions. Please also see the video below, which explains the transition in more detail including the role and plans of the Board of Elders in the upcoming transition.