Pastor Ben Verkerk
Pastor Ben moved to Winnipeg and to the Covenant CRC community in the summer of 2018 with his wife Leshia. He finished at Calvin Seminary in the Spring, the two of them got married, and was called to serve the church in Winnipeg shortly after. He grew up near Hamilton, Ontario where he studied business at McMaster University and where he first met Leshia. This is a second career for Pastor Ben, who worked in a few different fields before answering God’s call into ministry. Leshia is also seminary trained and works at Providence University, College, and Seminary. She grew up in Kenora, Ontario. Together they enjoy God’s great outdoors, playing games, doing the crossword, watching sports, and endlessly working on their new house.”
Joan Reenders, Director of Youth
Trisha Booy, Worship Assistant
Trisha Booy has been the Worship Assistant at Covenant CRC since 2010. She enjoys being able to express her love for the arts as she works with volunteers of all ages to plan meaningful and creative worship each week. Trisha’s educational background is in classical music; for the last twenty-five years, she has been involved in studying, performing and teaching both piano and violin. She has won numerous piano competitions, has been a collaborative pianist for several soloists and groups, including the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at many notable festivals, including the New Music Festival and the Winnipeg Music Festival. In 2004, she graduated from Dordt College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Piano Pedagogy), and in 2006, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Masters of Arts degree in Piano Performance under the instruction of Dr. David Moroz. Trisha, her husband, Evan, and their three children, Eliana, Dean and Guinevere, enjoy the fellowship that the Covenant community brings to their lives.