Our Staff at Good Shepherd
A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Pastor Ted retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (mostly army, paratrooper-qualified) after serving in such hardship postings as Victoria, Cyprus, and southwestern Germany. He moved to Vancouver in 1996 to watch a church plant grow and thrive…and he’s never left! He loves the Pacific Northwest—its coffee, microbrews, sports teams, even its weather!—giving thanks to God to be able to be both pastor and professor (Concordia University in Portland) at the same time. In his former life, he was a high school basketball coach, a disk jockey, worked for both UPS and FedEx, and is co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (in 1988, sharing it with 35,000 other peacekeepers!). He received his doctorate from George Fox University in 2012. Married to his college sweetheart, Patricia Chylla of Bloomfield Hills, MI for 38 years, they have two grown children, Laura and Rebecca. Contact Ted at
director of Christian Education & Family Ministry
Sara attended Concordia University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Christian Education, with a minor in psychology. She has 18 years experience working with youth, both as a volunteer and professionally. She has a passion for serving the community, and helping youth develop into leaders. She stays busy raising her two sons with her husband Tim. In her free time she loves reading, and all things crafting.
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