Staff Bio: Mary Van Sickle

By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

Mary bio pic

It’s been awhile since we have done a staff bio. This time we are featuring Mary VanSickle, our Family Pastor. Mary has been on staff for 20 years – Can you believe it? I chose this picture of Mary because of her joy and enthusiasm for life. She is fun and amazing to work with. I asked Mary a few questions about herself, and her answers are below. Enjoy!

Tell us a bit about your work at WHC:

I have loved being on staff for over 20 years.  I have had many different jobs, but my favorite will always be Children’s Ministry Pastor.  I have loved working with the children and their families over the years.  My favorite is seeing the children start in our ministry at Baby Dedication when they are born, then, years later, watching them get trained in as Student Helpers after 12-13 years in our ministry.  Seeing them grow and develop in both body and spirit is the best.  I have the greatest job in the world!

What would your dream vacation be?

Dream vacation is with the family to Sanibel Island.  This was a favorite when the kids were growing up.  Now that is it my husband and I, I would love to go with him to Haiti.

What is something that few people know about you?

I love to white-water raft when I am in Colorado.  My 16 year old daughter and I drove all 19 hours last summer to white-water raft…so fun!

What would you do if you won a million dollars?

With a million dollars I would take my whole family to Disney World.  With anything extra I would buy new carpet for the church.

What do you enjoy about working at Woodland Hills?

I love seeing the children come in excited and ready to experience fun and different things.  When the kids pull their parents down the hall because they are excited to see Paco or hear one of our fun lessons, that puts a smile on my face.

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