Meet our staff

God has blessed us with a staff team that is committed to the Lord, His Word & our church.
They're a talented bunch who consider it an honor to serve the church family.  

You can learn a little bit about them below.

  • Christopher Ivany

    executive Pastor

    Pastor Chris has grown up in the church, after moving from Newfoundland to Halifax as a child, with his family in 1987. He joined the staff in 2007 and serves alongside our Lead Pastor by leading the administration and business affairs of the church. His heart is to help individuals find their fit in the church family and see the call of this house conducted with a spirit of excellence. Pastor Chris oversees Uni Church for our 18-30 something generation. He is married to Jennifer and they have four children, Jayden, Emma, Joseph, and Aaron.


  • julia benwell

    children's pastor

    Pastor Julia's decision to commit her life to the Lord as a young girl impacted her life and call to children's ministry. She joined the staff in 1991 and serves as our Children's Pastor, overseeing Spectrum Kids Ministry. She was instrumental in opening Tiny Treasures Nursery School and continues to serve as the Director. Pastor Julia's heart is to see children of all ages trained to use their talents and gifts to minister. Pastor Julia is married to Rick (our GoTeams Director) and they have three children, Marc Andrew, Christopher, and Anna.

  • Justin Zinck

    Worship & Arts Director

    Pastor Justin is an experienced musician, songwriter, and worship leader who has served in worship at our church since he was thirteen. Pastor Justin's heart is to "sing a new song to the Lord" (Psalm.33:3) and to assist others of all ages to do the same by using the various gifts that God has given them in the areas of music, sound, lighting, design, and drama. Pastor Justin is married to Brittany. They have a daughter, Ellie, and a son named Declan.

  • bruce belair

    youth pastor

    Pastor Bruce gave his life to Jesus at the age of 18, and in 1983 he started our youth ministry, Shiloh Youth. He served as Shiloh's youth pastor for 25 years! That is not a typo - and we think it's some kind of record! He rejoined our staff in 2015 as Interim Youth Pastor. He's a great speaker, a genuine encourager, a house builder and a motorcycle driver. He's married to Lisa Anne (our Treasurer/Accounting Director) and they have three adult children: Brittany, Michael (Alanna) and Daniel (Kareena).


  • Sharon Locke

    Coordinator of pastoral care

    Sharon joined the team in October 2016. In her role, she assists Pastor Russ with the "care environment" of the church. Sharon has a huge heart for this ministry, and works with us on a part-time basis as she continues part-time in her career as a nurse. She gives leadership to our Prime Life (60+) ministry, and is also a Spectrum Kids Ministry Group leader. She and her husband are Life Group leaders. Sharon is married to Scott and they have two teen children, Natalie and Caleb.


  • DOris Ivany

    Executive team assistant

    Doris "retired" from her career and joined the church staff in 2009, volunteering to assist Pastor Russ on the executive team. She also serves in a number of other areas, including the oversight of Guest Services, Hospitality Teams, event management, decorating the facilities, and more. Our beautiful decorations at Christmas are just an example of Doris' good taste at work. She is married to David, who also helps us in his "retirement" and they have two adult children, Pastor Chris (Jennifer) and Katrina (Craig), and 4 incredible grandchildren. 

  • Lisa Anne Belair


    Lisa Anne, originally from Ohio, came to Rock Church in 1982 when she married her husband, Pastor Bruce Belair. She joined the church staff in 1984 and has served faithfully all these years, not only in accounting, but also in Shiloh Youth (which she led with Pastor Bruce), ministry to women, GoTeams and more. Lisa And Pastor Bruce have three adult children, Brittany, Michael (Alanna) and Daniel (Kareena). Her office always had fresh flowers and candy. Contact Lisa Anne with any questions about your giving. 


    Office manager

    Melanie came to Rock Church in 2002 when her family moved to Halifax from Calgary. Bringing her experience as a former business owner, she joined the staff in 2013 and serves as our Office Manager. In her role, she serves in many areas of the church, such as Hospitality. Melanie and her husband Kevin are Life Group leaders. and they have four children, Nicole (Luke), Heather (Robert), Brad, and Jessica, and an exchange student, Derek. If you've got a question about our ministries, call Melanie!

  • Jacqui Hill

    Administrative ASsistant

    Jacqui and her family came to Rock Church in 2004 and she joined the staff in 2007. Having served as a children's pastor in Canada and the US, Jacqui's gifts in children's ministry have been a blessing to our church. Jacqui is responsible for the creative design of our website, videos, and church promotional materials. She handles the administration for Tiny Treasures Nursery School, serves in Spectrum Kids Ministry, and leads worship with her husband Trevor in our Restore Ministry. Jacqui and Trevor have two teenage daughters, Madison and Lacey.


    Facility lead

    David recently "retired" from a senior management career with Day & Ross, and joined our staff in 2016, volunteering as Facility Lead. He's assembling the facility staff and a team of servant leaders that are ensuring the stewardship of our campus. David also serves as an usher team captain. He is married to Doris and they have two adult children, Pastor Chris (Jenn) and Katrina (Craig), and four grandchildren.

  • Bill Doucette


    Bill joined the facility staff in January 2015 - just in time to deal with one of the snowiest winters ever - and thankfully, he stayed! Bill is an excellent carpenter and helps keep our entire facility looking its best. Bill teaches our Spectrum Kids Woodworks group, really knows his way around the church kitchen, and serves on our hospitality team. He and his wife Lorraine are Life Group leaders, and they have six adult children and two grandchildren.

  • Marilyn slawter


    Marilyn has been a part of our team since 2000 and serves the church diligently on our facility team. She also serves in Spectrum Kids as a Primary teacher and is a nursery school teacher at Tiny Treasures. Marilyn has three daughters, Minis (Jeremiah), Shyla (David), and Jessica. She has seven of the cutest grandchildren you every did see.