Meet our Leaders

George Ridley

Lead Pastor
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It was 2007 when George made the transition back to “home” – the wonderful city of Calgary. George attended High School here in Calgary (James Fowler High School) and both his and Deborah’s families still live in the area. George and Deborah grew up here in Alberta, meet at Bible College and married on a perfect summer afternoon in 1988. Their family consists of three children (including a son who is married to a wonderful girl), two dogs, multiple geckos, rabbits and fish. There are times when their home feels like a pet store.

George’s personal interests are quite varied: Yard work – evidenced by annual changes to the yard; Photography – you are welcome to follow George on Instagram (@geogallery and @gsridleypix); Woodworking – particularly furniture; and Restoration of a 1949 Fargo pick up – a project of almost 20 years!

Since completing college George’s journey spans three decades in full time ministry as well completing a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management.

George’s desire is that South Calgary continue to be: (1) A strong church family where each person is valued and loved; (2) A church in which solid discipleship is evidenced by a passionate love for Jesus; and (3) A church where people experience spiritual, emotional and physical healing.

George’s preaching is strongly Biblical, he provides solid leadership with a team approach, and loves a relational approach to ministry (preferably with a cup of coffee and a Tim’s apple fritter!).

In addition to having a passion for the local church, George partners with the broader church community and has served in provincial and international leadership roles with the North American Baptist.

Samuel Medeiros

Pastor
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God’s call on his life began at an early age. Sam was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and at 3 years old, Sam knew that he wanted to be close to God. It was with his mom that he invited Jesus into his life, and that light was ignited. At age 14, while praying for Canada, God laid on his heart that one day he would be coming to Canada. Over the next year, there were many confirmations of this call. As a young adult he became very involved in youth and camp ministry, becoming a camp counselor, and even training other counselors later. Becoming a sports director at these camps and youth retreats was also his passion.

Working as managing director for Lifeway Brazil, a Brazilian branch of the Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing house, gave Sam the opportunity to help other churches develop small groups and discipleship programs for their churches, which drew him to seek out further biblical training.

It was not until after he married his wife Ali, and had been blessed with two daughters, that God’s call became clear once again. Was God really asking them to move their young family to Canada? After a year of confirming that this was exactly what God wanted them to do, they moved from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Cochrane, Alberta, Canada in 2005 to study at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary & College, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry in 2009. He was also privileged to work at the Seminary—first in maintenance and then later moved into the Public Relations department.

Ali and Sam enjoy having people into their home for fellowship, and after God gifted them with the addition of twin boys, they delight in busy family times with their four children.

Sylvia Mgla

Ministry Director

Sylvia is a bit of a rarity: a native Calgarian, though she can’t claim to have lived here all her life. Due to her husband’s career as an oilfield chemist, they lived in the southern States (New Mexico and Texas) for 9 years. With a background in Social Work, she was a Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counsellor in the States. Upon returning to Calgary, she worked in the Home Care field for a number of years.

Not growing up in a Christian home or church tradition, she has a lot of empathy for chasm that can sometimes exist for pre-believers to come to faith. She stands in awe that God opened the doors for her to use her social work/counselling skills in His church. She has a passion for the local church, and started serving as a Ministry Director in 1999, initially in Connections (Newcomer) Ministry. This immediately expanded to starting a Seniors Ministry which has grown into a primary area of responsibility for her. Most recently, Care Ministry has been added to her duties.

She loves animals and nature, and experiences the connection with the Creator most poignantly when she’s out on the hiking trail enjoying His creation.

Lynn McNaughton

Executive Administrator
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Kathy Simpson

Administrative Assistant / Coordinator, South Calgary Community Preschool

Kathy has been at South Calgary since the fall of 2002 working part-time as an administrative assistant. Kathy began working as an assistant for the worship department and then in the fall of 2014, her responsibilities also included providing administrative support in the office and the role of Preschool Coordinator. Kathy also provides leadership to the Thursday morning women’s group at the church.

Growing up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan is something Kathy is proud of. After graduating high school, she moved to Regina where she attended Wascana Institute and received her Secretarial Diploma. She worked for a few years in Regina and then in 1986 moved to Calgary to explore other opportunities. It turned out to be a good move as she met her husband, Derik here. Kathy & Derik were married in the early 90’s and have two wonderful children, a son and a daughter.

Working at SCCC has been a blessing to Kathy and her family. While her children were in school, it allowed her to work during school hours so she could be home for her children. Now that her children are grown, working part-time allows Kathy the opportunity to volunteer in other areas of the church. Away from the office, Kathy enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and of course spending time with her family.

INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES

As the city of Calgary grows to be a city of many nations, so South Calgary becomes a church of many nations. We desire to intentionally provide ministry to families from other nations. In addition to welcoming immigrants to our English service, we are pleased to have a Russian Language Ministry and a Hispanic Ministry. All our Ministries serve families from a number of cultural and national backgrounds.

Antonio Lopez

Pastor
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Volodya Romanyuk

Pastor
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