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Pastor April Yamasaki

Christianity Perspective

April Yamasaki ( is Emmanuel’s lead pastor. She loves the “big picture” of focusing the church on following Jesus, being community-minded, and having a global perspective. She is a catalyst and encourager to engage people in using their gifts, and enjoys expressing her love of Scripture and creativity in worship and preaching. Beyond her pastoral work, she blogs on practical spirituality and has three recently published books (Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal, my Sacred Pauses Daybook 2015Ordinary Time with Jesus). She is married to Gary, who teaches at Columbia Bible College


Pandit Prameya Chaitanya

Hindu Faith Perspective

Pandit Prameya Chaitanya is the founder and Acharya of Shree Mahalakshmi Temple, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a teacher and spiritual guide and has been serving the community for the last 35 years. He received training in Theology and in the study of Yoga meditation and Herbal medicine  at a very young age ,under  renowned masters in the Sivananda ashram,also known as Yoga Vedanta Forest Acadamy in Rishikesh and also under Swami Chinmayanandaji and Swami Dayananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. He has endeared himself to the community with his selfless service ,for which he was recognized by the Canadian government with a commemorative award in 1992. He is also a well known figure in  many Interspiritual organisations.


Balal Khokhar

Islam Perspective

Balal Khokhar is a graduate of Jāmi’ah al-Ahmadīyyah, “the Ahmadiyya University”, an International Islamic seminary.  He graduated   in 2011 and worked as missionary in Ottawa and South West Africa.   Since 2013 he has been serving the community as a Missionary in British Columbia.  He has a keen interest in comparative religious knowledge, history and Qur’anic sciences.He encourages interfaith dialogue as tool to promote understanding and harmony in communities.