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VISIT TO CHETWYND
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Pastor Erroll Palipane and Principal Darren Shankel work together to build a strong spiritual environment 

There is something pretty amazing happening in Chetwynd. I was blown away by the growth of the Adventist school, and the close collaboration that occurs between both pastor and principal.

Pastor Erroll Palipane has made a commitment to minister to the students and families at Peace Christian School. He keeps his office at the school, and serves as the school pastor and mentor. Erroll is planted himself into the lives of the young people and their parents. He can be seen playing soccer on the field, counseling, and leading the worship services on Sabbath morning.

As I sat in Palipane's log cabin, with his wife, Kirsten, I listened to their passion for reaching the community. As we ate (very spicy) curry, cooked by the pastor himself, he explained how he is connecting with the many families who don't have an Adventist background, but now attend Peace Christian School.

As I sat in Palipane's log cabin, with his wife, Kirsten, I listened to their passion for reaching the community.

Peace Christian School has experienced incredible growth. Over the last decade, the school has grown from about 40 to 140 student. As a result, a major expansion project is under way to build a larger gymnasium and additional classroom space. The current gym will be a dedicated worship area for church and special programs.

It is clear that the pastor's relationship with principal Darren Shankel is paramount to ministry success. There is a clear vision that both leaders share. There is open communication and an obvious deep friendship.What's happening in Chetwynd is an excellent model of alignment in ministry.


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