Pastors & Staff

Dr. John Harrison

Senior Pastor

Pastor John started at Grace in September 2019 and serves as the senior pastor. His duties include preaching, teaching, visioning, ministry coordination, and visiting. He has served as a pastor for 30 years as a youth, associate, executive, and lead pastor. He completed a Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE); a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS); and a Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) in Church Leadership. He has written a commentary on Revelation, two books on prayer, and founded Disciples Matter (www.disciplesmatter.com).

Pastor John and Marcy have been married since October 1995, and have three adult children all living in Airdrie. He enjoys going to the symphony and sports games with his wife, collecting books and coins, travelling, playing the saxophone, kayaking, reading, and writing.

Shane Dell

Pastor of Family Ministries

Pastor Shane Dell started at Grace in September 2020, and his duties include oversight of all student ministries and staff, preaching, and discipling families.

After high school, Pastor Shane went to college and received a Power Engineering certificate. A few years later, Pastor Shane went to Peace River Bible Institute where he received a Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE) in Pastoral Studies with a Youth minor. He spent 12 years engaged in youth and young adult ministry serving as a Youth & Young Adults Pastor and as the Dean of Men and Dean of Students at Peace River Bible Institute. In 2020, Pastor Shane graduated from Ambrose Seminary with a Master of Arts in Leadership and Ministry (MALM).

Pastor Shane and his wife, Danni, met at Bible school and were married in 2008. They have three children, Jack, Raemie, and Lara. Pastor Shane enjoys cooking on his smoker, fishing, losing golf balls, writing, and cheering on his Dodgers.

Connor Bayduza

Youth and Worship Director

Connor Bayduza has been involved in youth and worship ministry at Grace for the past 3 years! He is also a trained teacher.

Connor has been married to his lovely wife Dana for 3 years; together, they love to serve the Lord by providing hospitality and peace to others.

Extroverted and eclectic, Connor has had the privilege of being involved in various ministries and jobs (seniors, children, youth, disability services, camp, worship, education, etc.). Because of this, he has picked up a number of quirks along the way. Connor is not afraid to try new things and learn new skills.

His life missionary motto Is: “Where you lead me, I will follow, what you feed me, I will swallow.”

Dana Bayduza

Director of Preschool Ministries

Dana grew up on a farm just outside of Wetaskiwin, AB, and moved to Calgary in 2017 to attend Ambrose University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Christian Studies and met her husband Connor there.

Dana has been involved in kids’ ministry in various volunteer capacities in high school and has a deep passion for working with kids and teaching them about the indescribable love of God.

Debbie Contos

Director of Preteen Ministries

My family and I have lived in Airdrie for 31 years and have been attending Grace for 17 years. We love Airdrie and have watched it grow from a small city to what it is today.

I came to salvation in my early adulthood years and I was filled with a desire and passion to share the love of Jesus and the truth of God’s Word with not just my family but those in my community. I have served as a volunteer in many areas of the church from nursery to AWANA.

I am nearing the end of our homeschooling journey and am now a grandma, I find that the desire to share God’s truth and His plan of redemption via Christ has not waned but grown stronger, especially to the next generation.

Peter and I have been married since 1988 and have been blessed with 7 kids. Our home is still
busy with kids, dogs, and birds and visits with the three grandkids! God is good!

Andrea Luna


Andrea grew up in Florida but now calls Canada her home. She studied Psychology at McMaster University and has a teaching degree from Brock University.

She has been involved in church as a  Sunday school teacher since she was a teen. Andrea is passionate about learning different ways to serve in the church.

Andrea is excited to be involved in the administrative side of church ministry and use her creative and communication skills in her new secretary role at Grace.

Sandy Whitehead

Office Bookkeeper

Sandy grew up in Winnipeg, moved to Calgary in 1994, then to Airdrie in 2009.
She has been attending Grace ever since. She has volunteered in a few roles at
Grace: a choir member for special occasions, checking in children for Sunday
School, being a greeter, and a member of the Financial Oversight Team.
Sandy retired in 2022 from her career in Finance with the City of Calgary. In 2023,
she accepted the office bookkeeper position with Grace.
Sandy enjoys reading, gardening, and knitting. She has been a member of a
Calgary knitting guild since 1999, holding volunteer positions as treasurer, vice
president, and secretary.

Mary Rempel


Mary Rempel is  Grace Baptist Church's Custodian, and helps out wherever she can .  Her past involvements have been with the nursery & toddler rooms, and has done some catering.  Mary has also volunteered for 6 years in the kitchen doing cooking & baking for Manna House at Airdrie Alliance Church.

She home schooled her children, has taught Sunday School for 10 years at a former church, and has done 18 year of market gardening of vegetables and flowers.  Mary enjoys quilting, knitting, crocheting, and sewing.  

Mary is also the  "Young @ Heart Seniors" Group  Coordinator at Grace Airdrie Church.

Meet the Elders

Chad Hardy


Rob Simerson 

Secretary & Building  and Grounds

Tim Holgerson


Seun Adeyemi 


Ryan Phillips 

Building & Grounds