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About Mike

Mike OlynykI am the Pastor of Student Ministries here at South Abbotsford and have the extreme privilege of working alongside and building into an amazing team of youth volunteers. Together we have the task of loving students and raising the spiritual bar for students to go deeper in their (or enter into) faith and widen their impact in the lives of their friends, neighbors and to those in need. Seeing this happens excites me!

God has done an amazing work in my life. I grew up in a broken home where I didn't see my dad very much. Not being a Christian at the time, I found out in my teenage years that God is my Father that will never leave me nor forsake me and loves me despite what the world throws at me or the things I do; for that I am eternally grateful.

God has blessed me with my beautiful, talented wife Kim, my gorgeous girls Raelyn and Makenna, and our handsome son, Grayson. I am an avid board-gamer and you can often find me playing hide-and-seek or going to the park with my kids. I love to play all things sports, but my passion is ice hockey (both playing and watching). I am a huge Canucks fan, I'm addicted to Coca-Cola and love be outdoors or camping.

I had the privilege to attend Ambrose University College where, in 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Education with a concentration in youth studies. I am a life-long learner and anticipate working on my masters in the coming years.

I see a generation of student rising up in missions field ripe for the harvest (schools). I see youth leaders loving students and diving head-first into relationships with them and allowing God to use them and their small group in a mighty way. I see students serving their neighbors, friends, people in need and see many come to know Jesus. My hope and certainty is that God will do a mighty work in and through the student ministries here at South Abbotsford Church.