Staff & Connect Band

meet the team

Meet the Connect Team

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Luke Gordon

Lead Pastor

Luke joined the Connect team in October, 2021 as the new Lead Pastor. He is a gifted public speaker and leader and is passionate about what a community of people can do when they’re on mission together. Above all else, Luke loves his family. His wife, Morgan, is a teacher and mother to their two children, Elliette and Emersyn. Together, they enjoy all kinds of things from being outside exploring to being inside building science projects. Luke is an avid outdoor enthusiast, musician, and a self-proclaimed, below-average comedian.

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Carmen Kampman

associate pastor

Carmen is personable, loves to learn, read, and enjoys walking. She specializes in leadership, spiritual care and soul formation and is currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry from Portland Seminary. She and her husband, Albert, have been married since 1991 and have six grown children, one beautiful granddaughter, and dairy farm NW of Saskatoon.

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Twyla Baschuk

Kids connect leader & fundraising specialist

Twyla is your typical small town girl that moved to Saskatoon over 15 years ago. She loves nature, music, food, and has a servant heart. Obviously with a job title like she has she comes from a diverse background! Twyla started off in Early Childhood Development and has worked with children and families for both the Provincial and Federal governments. She then branched-off and started several businesses both in Northern Saskatchewan and in Saskatoon. Now, with several years experience in Marketing, Sales, and Advertising––in addition to being involved in over 30 charity events and service groups––Twyla is part of the Connect team and brings a wealth of knowledge to our community.

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Peter Quinlan

Music director & Vocalist

Peter’s musical career began in Lethbridge where he completed his grade 10 piano and toured the world with his high school choir. He then took a combined atmospheric science and music degree from the University of Alberta. During those years, Peter began leading worship, started a choir and oversaw the music ministry at South Edmonton Alliance Church. He then became involved in worship and leading choir at Elim Church for 8 years and is currently completing his Masters of Divinity at Ambrose University. Peter also works as a meteorologist for Global News, covering weather for Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Kelowna and Regina.

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Sonia Reid Noble

lead vocalist

Sonia has spent her life singing and learning music. From piano lessons as a child to a degree in music from Redeemer University, and continued training, Sonia sees music as something to continually grow in. For Sonia, being able to share the gift of music with an audience or a vocal student brings great joy and fulfillment.

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Zack St. Louis

Vocalist

Zack is a passionate worship leader with a heart to share the Gospel and to help others experience the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit through worship. Zack grew up in the Church and first began leading worship in elementary school. He is a classically trained vocalist and enjoys performing in various choirs, ensembles, and musical theatre productions outside of church. Zack is also trained in acoustic guitar and loves playing and singing in his spare time. Zack’s vision for worship is to facilitate a safe space to let God transform hearts and lives through genuine encounters.

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Josh Palmer

electric guitar & vocalist

Josh has been on the stage since the age of 8, a former Canadian Idol top 5 Finalist, he's Toured North America with his groups The Rebellion and The Sunset Kids. He's a 3 time nominee at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, 2 Time Nominee at the Sask Music Awards and Connect Church has been his home since 2013. He truly believes in helping others through music and Josh has been grateful to do so while playing for Connect.

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Gent Laird

bass

Gent’s formative years as a teenage musician mostly involved skipping afternoon classes with his friends to have hours-long jam sessions. Realizing that he didn’t want to do anything else other than play the bass, Gent moved away from his friendly community in Prince Albert to study electric bass in Alberta. He later found himself working on a cruise ship as an upright bassist, playing everything from a Cha-Cha to a Burt Bacharach medley. Gent made his triumphant return to Saskatchewan in 2009, and has since established himself as one of the most versatile and “in-demand” bass players in the province.

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Grant Sotnikow

keys

Grant has been involved at Connect for over 10 years and enjoys being a part of it all. He is married with five wonderful children and other than spending time with his family, children, and music Grant enjoys cooking, electronic repairs, and oddly enough, doing renovations. He has also had the privilege to have played music at venues in almost every province in Canada.

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Kyle Krysa

drums

Kyle is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and has been playing the drums for 25 years. He graduated from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton in 2008 with a diploma in performance for drums and percussion. Kyle’s experience is diverse. He has performed across Canada with artists such as Joey Landreth, David Braid, Jack Semple, Amanda Tosoff, Mike Rudd, Dean McNeil, Megan Lane, Jen Lane, Tim Vaughan, Wide Mouth Mason, John Ballantyne, Salsabor. Grant MacEwan Big band and Jazz combos, University of Saskatchewan Big Band and members of The Sheepdogs. Kyle is currently living in Saskatoon and holds a busy schedule as a performer, teacher and clinician. Kyle can be reached at www.kylekrysadrums.com for drum recording services or at www.livinrhythmstudio.com for drum lessons.

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Dan Canfield

technical director

Dan has been involved in sound production for more than 30 years. In that time he’s worked in studios, on live sound production as well as TV, movies and more. All these opportunities have given Dan a wide range of experience and knowledge. Dan loves sharing philosophies and ideas about production, life, and why the Oilers can't seem to win this year. Being a PK (pastor's kid), Dan has been around the church his whole life and has worked with Connect from the beginning. Dan also says that, “I can say Connect is a uniquely progressive and externally focused experience that I'm happy to be a part of.”