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Deanna Witwer
Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministry

 

In January of 2018, Christ Church welcomed Deanna as Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministry.

Deanna has been involved in ministry for much of her life, including children's ministry, youth groups, hospitality, music and art. Her work as a professional contemporary dance artist for the past ten years has also been work with Christian ministry at its heart. She is currently the Artistic Director of Corps Bara Dance Theatre, Canada’s only professional, faith-based contemporary dance company. Corps Bara creates art by asking dancers to engage their own spirituality in the creation and performance of dance works that embody spiritual themes with a holistic and discernment-centered approach.

Deanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and has performed and trained with professional dance companies and independent artists, both locally and abroad. For two years Deanna studied dance in Brussels, Belgium, during which time she also worked at Holy Trinity, Brussels, as a ministry assistant to the Archbishop’s representative to the EU, focussing on building welcome and hospitality within the community. It was here Deanna began to be shaped as an Anglican, having grown up in a Baptist church here in Calgary. It was also at Holy Trinity that Deanna identified a call to church work, finding great joy in building up others in their walks of faith and discovering a passion to foster belonging and rich community within the diversity of the church as the Body of Christ.

Deanna is married to Brandon and is mother to Xander and Levi. She is no stranger to the complexities of family life and faith today. She is eager to see little ones learn the love of Jesus Christ and know their worth in the life of the church. Deanna will foster opportunities for families to grow together in faith and for parents to support one another in the challenges of raising kids.