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 Slauenwhite

Next Generation Pastor

Pastor Shaun joined FGC in August 2018 as our new Next Generation Pastor.  Shaun comes to us with tremendous experience in both business and church settings, most recently as the Associate Pastor - Family Ministries at Essex Gospel Community Church for the past 10 years.

Shaun oversees FGC's Family Ministries for all ages from toddlers through young adults and families, as well as directs our LifeGroups program.  Shaun is also a passionate worshipper and leads one of our main service worship teams. 

Shaun and his wife Michelle also have a passion for missions, working with organizations such as Metro World Child in New York City, Loads of Love Ministries working with orphans in Ukraine, as well as having been part of and lead teams around the world to places such as Dominican Republic, Ukraine, India and throughout Europe.

Creative, energetic and a true team player, we are blessed to have Shaun, Michelle, and their daughters as part of our church family!


Michelle Slauenwhite

Children & Family Ministries Pastor

Michelle joined our team as FGC's Children's & Family Ministries Pastor in September 2018.  Michelle has been involved in kids ministry for almost 20 years, and has had the privilege of both leading kids and training Children's Ministry leaders. 

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 as part of our church family!


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" 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.