MEET OUR TEAM


Pastor Russell and Nancy Knowles


Lead Pastor

Rev. Russell Knowles and his wife Nancy have been leading FGC since September 2016. They have pastored churches throughout the Maritimes, most recently in Saint John, N.B. Russell also worked out of Truro for several years assisting with the oversight of churches and ministries at a denominational level. They bring a love for God’s Word, a passion for prayer and a hunger for a fresh demonstration of God’s power in this generation!


Russell and Nancy are real “people persons”, and enjoy the outdoors and an active lifestyle. They cherish their family, and have grown children who are passionate Christ followers and actively engaged in local ministries across Canada.

Pastor Shaun Slaunwhite


Associate Pastor

Shaun joined us in August 2018 as our new Associate Pastor. Shaun was on staff at Essex Gospel Community Church for the past 10 years, most recently as Associate Pastor- Family Ministries. Shaun will oversee FGC's Family Ministries for all ages from toddlers through young adults and families! Shaun will also direct the LifeGroups program, and as a passionate worship leader and accomplished musician will be involved in our music program and other aspects of ministry as well. Creative, energetic and a true team player, we are blessed to have Shaun, his wife Michelle, and their daughters Braeya and Analeigh as part of our church family!

Joe and Laura Doucette


Youth Ministry

Joe and Laura Doucette lead FGC’s “Focused Youth” program, and are driven to impart a passion for Christ to the next generation. They have nurtured a fun and interactive youth group with a solid biblical basis. Joe and Laura's testimonies have few similarities, but this diversity allows them to relate to a broad demographic of teens. Their heart for mentoring has drawn them beyond just weekly gatherings to develop meaningful relationships with kids who may be questioning their faith. They have two delightful daughters, Madison and Ivy.

Michelle Slauenwhite


Christian Education Director

Michelle assumed the role of FGC's Christian Education Director in September 2018. Michelle was most recently the C.E. Director at Essex Gospel Community Church, and has many years of successful experience teaching and leading kids. Michelle is a real "people person", with a contagious laugh and an engaging leadership style. She is a gifted worship leader and musician, and her talents will contribute to various aspects of the church. We are blessed to have Michelle, her husband Shaun, and their daughters Braeya and Analeigh as part of our church family!



Florence Rhyno


Church Secretary

Lovingly known as our “Director of First Impressions”, Florence oversees the church office and reception, and offers administrative assistance to staff and volunteers. Always pleasant and helpful, Florence is a real asset to our fellowship. She loves her morning Tim’s, bakes incredible muffins and chocolate chip cookies, and enjoys spending time with her husband Ted, their children, and grandson Jamison.

Norm Longard


Operations Manager

Norm has ministered in music since age 13, and is passionate about leading people into an authentic worship experience. He worked across Canada in the Christian publishing industry for over 30 years, then committed to full time ministry here at FGC in 2014. Norm oversees the music program, as well as facility maintenance, rentals and business administration. Norm “works hard and plays hard”. His thoughts are never too far from the ocean, and connecting with God through the beauty of His creation. Norm and his wife Sheryl have three married sons and six grandchildren. 

Malcolm Banfield


Facility Maintenance

"Mack" recently joined our staff to help maintain a safe and tidy environment in light of a growing congregation and facility usage. Always cheerful and optimistic, Malcolm has had years of experience maintaining a church property. He is a member of the “Gideons International Canada” and is always willing to serve God and others. Malcolm is married to Janis.