The River Community Church Abbotsford


Senior Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the loving authority of God, and we serve under, Jesus Christ. We desire to spread the loving word of our Father. Our passion and goal is to equip believers for ministry wherever he or she may be.

Alf and Pam Dyck – Pastors

Alf and Pam DyckAlf and Pam Dyck are the Pastors of the River Church of Abbotsford. They are much loved and have modelled to us there is no limit to His power to work in our lives. They are committed to helping people experience wholeness through the love of the Father and have set the vision to equip us to love God and love others
with His love in our community and beyond. Come visit us and see what they are all about! Pam is also responsible for the prayer and the prophetic in the River.

Currently Alf and Pam are actively developing opportunities to take the Father’s Heart message out to smaller cities and towns in British Columbia. We use these occasions to develop a heart for Outreach in the River, and to train teams to go out and represent the Father’s love. We believe that another mission field in front of us, is Canada and so we believe in taking the message of the Father’s love out wherever we are invited ! We love getting to partner with God to see people freed and healed, by His love!
— If you are interested in being a part of these outreaches, OR if you’d like to us to bring a team to your church or town, please contact us through the River Abbotsford website.
Alf & Pam are available for weekend conferences or workshops. Please contact us for more information at


John Miller – Associate Pastor

John & Kristin Miller moved here October, 2010 from Oroville, California and have a unique story to tell. John is originally from Cape May, New Jersey and Kristin is from Windsor, Ont but they both met in Ororville California at The Father’s House Church. John is the River’s Worship Leader & Church Leader. He has a passion for worship and seeing people healed and restored through the presence of God. Kristin has a passion for prayer and has a heart to see the broken and lost healed and restored. John may look rough on the outside but on the inside he is a real softy. Kristin also may seem quiet but she is a warrior on the inside and has some fire to share. John seeks for justice in the Kingdom and Kristin seeks for truth and faithfulness. Together they enjoy serving, loving and giving their life away for the Kingdom of God.

John is in charge of our Intern Program and are bringing their experience with the Father’s House Church in California both from being Interns and mentoring interns there. We are excited about this new ministry and John has great vision for what God is going to do with Interns. If you are interested in knowing more or applying for an internship If you are interested please contact John through the River website at

Mike & Anna Marie Bakker – The Stream (Leaders)

Mike and Anna-Marie’ life changed when hearing the Father’s heart message for the first time and set them on a path they didn’t see coming! The River Church had everything to do with that!

After teaching elementary school for 26 years, Mike and Anna-Marie felt it was time for a change, and change came in the form of jumping into ministry fulltime. Today they pastor

The Stream, an alternate church which ministers mostly to folks who live with any number of challenges. Mike also works at the Salvation Army shelter.

Mike and Anna-Marie absolutely love the River and the ministry they have in re-connecting people with the extravagant love of their heavenly father. Anna-Marie loves the Bible study she leads and connecting deeply with women who are chasing after God. Mike is also part of the Worship ministry and loves sound engineering for worship. Mike and Anna-Marie have 4 children and are very proud grandparents of 5.

David and Claire Shieh
David Shieh – Treasurer
They are passionate about helping others to express themselves thru the arts to help others become closer to Father.
David and Claire also head up a creative worship ministry called ‘
Called to Flag‘, as well as a Tuesday night teaching and instruction on flagging called ‘ Refined and Defined’ . For information on their flagging ministry, please contact David at click HERE
to go to their Facebook site on flagging. Claire is very talented in the area of design & uses that to help create many of our colourful marketing and promotional tools. David & Claire have been married for 11 years & have 2 gorgeous girls. David grew up in Abbotsford & Claire is from Taiwan & moved here 11 years ago.

Group Leaders

Mike VanEgmond – Youth Leader
Mike is a father to 3 amazing kids involved on our youth and kids program. His wife, Karen, is a teacher at a local school here in Abbotsford and Mike is involved with social work through out the Fraser valley. He is surrounded by teens and parents which makes him a perfect fit of this role. The Holy Spirit is moving through him and the team of leaders to help this youth program be what God wants it to be.


Lillian Chan – Kids Church Leader

Lillian and Chris are originally from Hong Kong. They met here in Canada and have had a journey back and forth from country to country. They have 2 kids, Lucas and Isaac. They felt God calling them here to Canada and made the move in 2015. She has accepted to offer to run kids church! With a new space and the Holy Spirit working though them this is a great fit!


Office Staff

Karly Bakker – Admin
Karly takes care of all our administration for the church. She does the church bulletin and sends out lots of emails to keep us all informed on what’s happening at the River! If you have any questions feel free to email her
Sarah Lashley – Website and Media
Sarah was called to the River through a dream.  She showed up in the summer of 2015 and knew this was the place God was calling her.   She loves missions and media.  Sarah takes care of the website and other things media related. If you need help to download the church app or directory she is always willing to help. Email