Grace Vancouver Church Staff

  • mike Hsu

    Lead pastor

    Mike is the proud father of Mia, Isaac and Calvin and has been married to his beloved wife Tanya since 1995. After spending 15 years in Lincoln, NE in the US where the Hsus found lifelong friendships and vibrant Christ-centred community, Mike and Tanya loaded up the moving van and took the call to Vancouver. In leaving a congregation they had planted and grown up with, Mike and Tanya were delighted to leave it healthy and in good hands with a young protégé pastor who was able to assume the lead pastor role. The transition has not been easy, but Mike and Tanya are grateful for the new opportunities that have opened to serve alongside the remarkable people of Grace Vancouver Church. What does Mike do in his spare time? Hangs out with his family, rides his bike, motorcycle, swims, skis when possible, enjoys an occasional beer and fine cigar, shoots hoops, when motivated P90X and runs, watches his basketball team the Kansas Jayhawks on the internet through his Slingbox that is hooked up to an old college roommate’s HDTV in Kansas City, reads Wendell Berry, reads, works on his Doctor of Ministry degree and romances Tanya.

  • mark swanson

    associate pastor

    Mark moved to Vancouver in 2009 from New York City, where he served as Pastor to the Homeless at All Angels’ Church.  His move from the Megalopolis of the East Coast of the United States to the Rainforests of the West Coast of Canada has been a pleasant change of place and pace.  He has a passion for social justice, ecumenicism, and looking for God in the everyday moments of life.  He also enjoys good food, hockey, reading and the beautiful setting of Vancouver and its environs.  Mark’s dog, Sam, is the “church mascot” and spends his days sleeping belly up in Mark’s office or greeting visitors at the door of the church offices.  Sam loves food as well, and hockey, but his reading level leaves much to be desired.

  • Karli baldwin

    spiritual formation director

    Karli delights in seeing people come to know Christ and grow into mature followers of Jesus.  For those who are new or wanting a refresher about the meaning of Christianity, she provides a safe learning environment to explore life’s big questions.  Karli is also a mentor and helps others in spiritual practices that shape us to be like Christ and dwell in spiritual union with Him.  Her passion is to walk alongside and encourage others on the journey, whether in places of darkness or in light.  As the perfect love of God drives out all fear, her hope is that Christ’s love becomes our love; both toward God and our neighbours. Karli is married to Andrew who is a great support and encouragement to her.  They have two children, Anastasia and Luke, who keep life interesting and daily provide new drama.   Karli likes holidaying in tropical places and reading about culture, and biographies.  She also enjoys tennis, being on the trampoline and hopes to be funny when she grows up.

  • CHris campanelli

    director of music ministries

    Chris and his wife Sallie moved to Vancouver from Charlottesville, Virginia in 2015 for Chris to pursue his Master of Arts in Theology at Regent College. After completing his B.A. in History at the University of Virginia, Christ spent the intervening years leading music in a variety of church contexts, and performing more generally throughout the region. Chris has also completed a Hospital Chaplaincy program, and so his studies at Regent are focused on deepening the intersection of these two threads of vocation. Outside of Grace Vancouver, Chris spends his time playing music, reading, and enjoying Vancouver life with Sallie, their infant daughter Beatrice, and their dog Fiona.

  • Peggy Porter

    Director of Children's ministries

    Peggy lovingly supports and facilitates the work of christian education for the many children at Grace Vancouver Church. She is wife to Corey and mother of Caleb, Meghan, and Madeline. At Grace Van we have many many children and Peggy works hard to make sure that all of them are growing in their knowledge and love of God and his good news.

  • sarah dolan

    Office Administrator

    Sarah and her family recently relocated from the States to pursue new adventures in Vancouver. As office administrator at GVC, she is a passionate communicator who loves to make connections with new faces. Sarah is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with others to help advance God’s vision and message through His church. When not behind a desk, you can find her chasing around her two adorable, lively young boys, outside enjoying the fresh BC air, or checking out one of the many local coffee shops.  

  • John Smed

    Director of Prayer Current

    After becoming Christians in the Swiss Alps community of L'Abri, John and Caron Smed adopted the open inquiry and deep fellowship set by this community as their ministry model. Eventually John and Caron started Woodgreen Presbyterian Church in Calgary, AB. After seven years, they moved to Atlanta, GA, where John became the Coordinator for New Churches for Mission to North America. Another seven years later, the Smeds moved to Vancouver, BC, to start Grace Vancouver Church, and set up a new national church planting network in Canada called Grace Network.

    John is the Antioch Pastor of GVC. As such, and with God's blessing, his call through Grace Vancouver is to help start churches all across Canada. He has also initiated a prayer training program called Prayer Current that equips churches across Canada and internationally in kingdom-centered missional prayer.