Pastor Paul Westerholm
Paul is passionate about communicating God’s grace, love, and hope in Christ. He longs to see Christians living together in love under Christ, united and filled with His Spirit, and sent out to live His mission.
He grew up in a faithful Christian home but it was as a teen that God got a hold of him. Paul’s since been motivated by what God has done for him and sought to live life in response to God’s gracious initiative in Jesus. God’s led Paul to serve Him through leading a worship ministry, serving those on the margins of society in various ways, spending three-months in a bush village in South Sudan, and four years as Pastor of Youth and Young Adults in Burlington, ON. He did a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies at McMaster University where he was stretched studying faith in a secular context, and then enjoyed doing a Master of Divinity degree at Regent College, in Vancouver, BC.
Children & Youth Ministry
I was born and raised in a small town just outside of Collingwood. When I was in grade 6 my family started attending a church and I got heavily involved in the youth group. While in high school I played a lot of sports and worked weekends at some of the local ski clubs as a lifty. After being encouraged by my pastors and family friends, I attended Emmanuel Bible College where I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Religious Education. In 2007-08, I was a part of a YouthBuilder team that traveled Canada and also made a stop for 7 weeks in Ghana. From 2009-2016 I served in Port Colborne as a Youth Pastor. Rachel and I got married in September 2016 and we welcomed two little ones into our family in summer 2018!
A little about my family: I am married to Darlene. We have three children, Christa & Steve Wideman, Ryan & Monica from Emmanuel and Tyler & Amy who attend Listowel Missionary Church. They have blessed us with eight grandchildren.
Favourite things to do/places to visit: We live on a small broiler chicken farm near Glen Allan. In our spare time we love to spend time with our grandchildren and recently have enjoyed some time at Sight and Sound in Lancaster PA.
What makes Emmanuel a special place to worship and serve: We enjoy the fellowship at Emmanuel because of its multi generational makeup.
Prayer Request for my ministry: My prayer is that unity would be strong at Emmanuel through all of the transitions and changes in leadership.
Elmira is a community I am proud to call my hometown. At 17 I left for University receiving my degree in HR Management and CHRL designation. Todd and I married in 2004 and together we have four incredible kids. I chose to retire from travel and my HR work when our youngest was one to focus on the most important blessings God has given us. I am passionate about Children’s Ministry and the Sunday School and AWANA program run here at Emmanuel. I am a firm believer in Proverbs 22:6 and I am grateful to be a part of the culture at Emmanuel where we strive to Make Faith in Jesus Live.