Staff & Leadership

Rev. Milissa Ewing
Lead Pastor

Milissa is passionate about seeing men & women grow into the people God made them to be and seeing God move in and through the church to transform our city, region and world.

Milissa is a graduate of The University of British Columbia, Arrow Leadership, and finishing her studies at Tyndale Seminary. She loves spending time with her husband, Jay, and two daughters. In her free time, you will find Milissa painting, reading, trail running, skiing, swimming in lakes, or cycling.


Rev. Jay Ewing
Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Jay provides spiritual guidance and soul care for the Redwood Park community. He is passionate about seeing people come to know Christ and be spiritually formed into whole and healthy followers of Jesus.

Jay is a graduate of Ambrose University and Regent College. He has also been trained in Spiritual Direction through the Academy of Spiritual Formation and the School of Spiritual Direction. He loves spending time with his wife, Milissa, and two daughters. In his free time, you will find Jay rock climbing, trail running, skiing, swimming in lakes, or cycling.


Rev. Shawn Baran
Pastor of Worship & Communication Arts

Shawn is passionate about the Arts and how they can be a vessel of beauty and grace in a loud and dissonant world. How music, film, poetry and painting can draw people into a posture of curiosity and seeking; opening hearts and minds to the work of God, and so often challenging assumptions to point beyond the individual to more expansive, divine realities.

Shawn is a graduate of Rocky Mountain College. He loves being with his wife, Sara, and three kids. For recreation, you will find Shawn quietly reading in a corner with a fresh, hot coffee, seeing a film at the local cinema, playing video games, or walking in the stillness of the night with the melodic yearnings of dream pop music scoring the movement of the stars above.


Rev. Joel Brigham
Family Pastor

Joel leads Redwood Family Ministries from Nursery to Young Adults and specifically implements the High School & Young Adults ministries. He is super excited about seeing families follow Jesus and about this generation making a difference in this world.

Joel grew up in Thunder Bay and attended Redwood as a youth where some very significant moments of his life and God’s guidance led him into full-time ministry. He is a graduate of Canadian Bible College, and has a Master’s of Arts degree with a focus on Youth and Young Adult ministry from Sioux Falls Seminary in conjunction with the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence.

He loves hanging out with his wife, Michelle, and his three kids, Maci, Jace, and Maudie. Joel also enjoys building stuff, running, biking and soccer, as well as playing all sorts of board games with friends.


Katelyn Condon
Redwood Kids & Jr. High Pastor

Katelyn oversees our Redwood Kids and Jr. High ministries from Nursery to Grade 8. She loves having the opportunity to create fun and loving environments for kids & students to experience Jesus. If she’s not at Redwood, you’ll probably find her curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee with her giant dog Guinness.


Jackie Thiessen
Director of Operations

Jackie oversees the church’s operations, finance, human resources and facilities. She is passionate about developing people and working as part of the leadership team to support and further the mission of Redwood Park Church.

A member of our community since moving to Thunder Bay in 2007, Jackie joined the staff team in 2019 to develop policies and programs, and moved into her current role in 2021. She is a graduate of Trinity Western University and is currently enrolled in the Arrow Leadership Program.

Jackie loves spending time with her husband, Doug, and their two boys. She loves hiking, camping, travelling and reading a good book.


Jeremy Franczak
Technical Director

Born and raised in Red Lake, Ontario, Jeremy joined the staff team in late 2018. As Technical Director, he is always striving to push himself and his team forward to ensure each Sunday service looks and sounds it’s very best. When Jeremy’s not hard at work researching the next piece of tech gear, he can be found perfecting a new recipe, playing guitar, or absorbing all things Stephen King.


Kimberly Horton
Office Manager

Kim is a born and raised Thunder Bay girl. She has been a part of the Redwood Community since 1996 and part of our staff team since 2012. Kim is an administrative wizard who keeps our office running smoothly and efficiently. In her free time, Kim loves to read, bake and build Lego. She prefers tea over coffee and is rarely ever seen without a smile on her face!


Mikayla Franczak
Ministry Assistant

Mikayla joined our team in July 2021 to help make Sunday morning guest experiences run smoothly, get volunteers connected, and assist with some administrative duties. Redwood has been her home church since she was 3 years old and she has tried many different volunteer areas, loving every one of them and the community it creates within a church of this size. In her free time, Mikayla enjoys gardening, hiking, and all things arts & crafts.


Ashley Stezenko
Interim Family Ministries Director

Ashley has been a part of Redwood since the day she was born. She grew up as a Redwood kid, then student, and now fits in an as part of the Redwood Young Adults crew. She’s been volunteering in kids and youth ministry since she was 12 and has now made her position here at Redwood a bit more formal.

When not hanging around the church, you’ll either find her outside doing something active or hanging out with the Young Adult crew.


Board of Elders

The direction and runnings of Redwood Park Church are overseen by a Governing Board/Board of Elders. Board members encourage in-person or email communication from our congregation about church or personal matters at

Current board members are:

Helen Siren – Chair/Treasurer
Liz Straiton – Secretary
Larry Block
Rob Freeman
Betty Kroeker
Vannessa Strachand
Mark Moulson