Meet Our Team
Jono Caramay | Pastor of Children's Ministry
Jono grew up in Burnaby and he came to Willingdon with his family when he was in grade 2. As a highschooler, Jono got involved in the church community by volunteering to do camerawork and lighting during the weekend services. After graduating from Moscrop Secondary in 2005, Jono went on to pursue an Art History degree at UBC. During this time, he discovered a passion for teaching and leading kids, especially using visual and performing arts, and began working on staff at Kids Ministry. Jono finished his degree and went on to complete his Bachelor of Education in 2010, and begun his teaching career. Since 2015, Jono has been on staff with Kids Ministry, while working as a teacher at John Knox Christian School. In 2018, he was invited to serve as the Pastor of Children's Ministry and thrilled to be able to lead the team and Kids Ministry to a deeper, fuller understanding of who God is and what He's done.
Jono lives in New Westminster with his lovely wife, expressive little boy, and delightful baby girl! His favourite colour is seafoam and he enjoys writing paragraphs about himself in the third person.
Tomoko Kashima | Nursery Coordinator (0-2)
Tomoko is originally from Nagoya, Japan. She grew up in the Shinto culture. When she got married to her husband, Ernie, and moved to Burnaby in 1991, her neighbor who was a member of Willingdon church invited her to their home Bible Study group; here, Tomoko was introduced to the journey of exploring God’s Word. The turning point was when she was invited to a Ladies’ Tea, which was held in HQ room; she truly enjoyed the joy of Christmas and started to attend the church regularly. Tomoko has been a member of Willingdon church for 27 years and she volunteered in the Nursery for a couple of years when her children were young. After that, she worked for Willingdon Playschool for 14 years.
Tomoko constantly feels God’s call and guiding hands to reach out for children and their families in the Willingdon Church community. She is blessed living in South Burnaby with three young adult children and her husband.
Fun fact: Tomoko has an identical twin sister who also lives in Burnaby and also attends Willingdon Church. See if you can tell us apart!
Yvelyn Tang | Director of Early Childhood Ministries
Yvelyn is originally from Malaysia and has been living in Canada for the past 11 years now. She is married to her husband Phillip and they live in Coquitlam with their little girl and baby boy. Yvelyn attended the University of London where she obtained her Law Degree. She held various administrative positions in the bank which culminated in her role as Principal of a kindergarten, where she was responsible for a staff of 18 teachers and 350 students. Being a pastor’s daughter, she was exposed to ministry at an early age and has served in various roles ranging from Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Worship Leader to more senior roles as Creative Arts Assistant Director and a member of the Church Board. She has a heart for serving children, as well as their parents, helping them build a strong relationship with the Lord.
Besides pursuing her passion for ministering to children, she is a foodie at heart and loves going on gastronomical adventures whether it’s near or far. Her favorite pastime is hosting and cooking Malaysian food for all her family and friends.
Nicole Shen | Clubhouse (K - Grade 1)
Nicole grew up in Burnaby, BC and has been attending church since birth. She accepted Christ at a very young age during a summer day camp and got baptized in 2016. She grew up in a Christian home with her parents and two younger brothers. She attended a Christian elementary school as well as a Christian high school. She is currently studying at SFU in the education program and is very excited to be leading Clubhouse. Nicole started attending and volunteering at Willingdon when she was in grade 11. She loves working with children and cannot wait to see what God can do in the lives of all the children.
Sarah Traub | HQ (Grade 2-5)
Sarah Traub grew up in Port Coquitlam, BC and has attended Willingdon Church her whole life. Her parents encouraged serving at Church from a young age and as soon as she was able to, took on roles throughout the church. Over the years, she has stepped into quite a few leadership roles, especially in children and youth contexts. She has a heart for serving people where they are at in life and is so excited to be able to serve as the Ministry Associate for HQ, the group for kids in grades 2-5. Being involved in the church from a young age, Sarah has always considered herself a Christian. However, it wasn’t until grade 12 where she really felt God’s calling on her life to live completely for Him. Since then, she has strived to know God deeper. This has included doing a semester at Calvary Chapel Bible College in California and doing a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission on the island of Kauai. Following God’s leading, she has ended up at Trinity Western University working towards her Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate. Working at Willingdon has allowed for her to explore her passions for the nations and for teaching others, especially when it involves teaching others about the love of God.
If you get Sarah talking about missions, her family, or Jesus, she won’t stop. She will always say yes to an adventure and her favourite things include: the ocean, the colour yellow, exploring new places, and a well-crafted pun.
Meghan Pritchard | Imagine
Meghan was born in Vancouver and spent the first few years of her life moving around the Lower Mainland before her family settled in Burnaby. She has been attending Church since she was a baby and began attending Willingdon in Grade 5. She accepted Christ at a very young age however, it was through Willingdon's Youth programs that her faith really began to grow. Meghan has a heart for adventure and loves spending time outdoors, particularly walking along seawall or hiking in the mountains. She has a passion for helping people and is currently studying Criminology at SFU. Upon finishing her degree she hopes to work with vulnerable/marginalized populations
Amanda Ponte | Volunteer Coordinator
Amanda started working at Willingdon in 2012 as the nursery administrator and then a couple years later, also started helping with volunteer coordinating, screening and preparing volunteers for ministry. Amanda comes from a family who doesn’t know Christ but was invited to Willingdon by some of her friends when she was 8 years old to join them for a single day of camp. Years later Amanda was invited back to Willingdon during a New Year’s Eve service where she heard the gospel and committed her life to Christ at the age of 16. She feels extremely blessed to be able to serve the Lord now through Willingdon.
Sam Alexander | Administrator
Sam grew up in Burnaby, BC and has been attending Willingdon since birth. She grew up in the children’s & student ministry programs and started volunteering as soon as she was allowed to. She always had a passion for cooking and went to culinary school in grade 12 with the Burnaby Ace-It program. She worked in the culinary and hospitality field for 5 years before God began to call her to work for Him. She feels very blessed to be able to serve the Lord in both the children’s and student ministries.