Meet the Staff at Sargent
Marla grew up in the SAMC family and has been on the pastoral staff at SAMC since 1999. Beginning in a quarter time role specifically connected to family ministry, the congregation has encouraged her growth and education to a point where she stepped into the role as lead pastor in 2010. A teaching background and 10 wonderful years as the primary caregiver to three growing children have informed and shaped her life and ministry. Her areas of responsibility include worship and pulpit ministry, pastoral care and developing leadership within the congregation. Marla is married to Karl. Beyond the church, Marla finds joy in gardening, cycling, reading, cross-country skiing and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Andrea De Avila
Andrea De Avila joined the staff at SAMC on January 5, 2016 as a Youth Pastor. Before that, Andrea and her husband Nate were pastors at a small congregation in rural Iowa, USA. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Biblical Studies at Eastern Mennonite University, where she transferred after acquiring her Associate’s degree from Hesston College. She is hoping to obtain her Master’s degree from Canadian Mennonite University. Andrea loves volunteer opportunities and has worked for Ten Thousand Villages, Mennonite Church USA, FWCC, among other organizations. She also enjoys watching documentaries, reading interesting articles and playing with her dog Fred.
Rose has been a part of the SAMC congregation since moving to Winnipeg in 1980, and has worked as the Administrative Assistant since 2000. Rose is married to Rudy, and their growing family includes three sons, one daughter, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and four grandchildren. Outside of work, Rose enjoys spending time in the garden, reading, walking or cycling, and watching the grandkids grow.