Vancouver Nazarene Church

Van Nazarene


Servant Leaders:


Geoff DeJager
Lead Pastor

Geoff grew up in Surrey, is married to Becky, and has two elementary aged children .  Geoff completed his ministry training at Ambrose University in Calgary and Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. Pastor Geoff can be reached directly at

Lori Ward
Associate Pastor of Christian Formation

Lori arrived at Vancouver First Church in July 2017 along with her husband, Chris, and their five sons.  She has served in a variety of ministry roles in Oregon, Idaho, Missouri, Wisconsin, and most recently in South Korea where she led ESL at a Christian international school and pastored a house church.  Lori is an ordained elder with a B.A. in education from Northwest Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary.   Pastor Lori can be reached directly at

Willy Choriego
Pastor of Primera Iglesia Nazareno

Willy has served as the pastor of Primera Iglesia from its early days thirty years ago now.  Willy is married to Lilia and is both a father and grandfather.  Pastor Willy began his ministry journey in the United States serving on staff at Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene and studying at the Spanish Nazarene Bible College in San Antonio, Texas.  Primera worship services meet in the sanctuary on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM.  Pastor Willy can be reached directly at

Tekeste Genzebu
Pastor of Holy Trinity Eritrean Church of the Nazarene

Tekeste has served as the pastor of Holy Trinity Church meeting in Vancouver First church since 1992.  Tekeste and his wife Genet have three sons all currently completing their university studies in Vancouver. Services in the Tigrinya language are offered each Sunday morning at 11:00 AM in the Holy Trinity Chapel in the basement of First Nazarene Church.  Pastor Tekeste can be reached directly at